The Sprouts: How Do You Say Tomato?


Recently we discovered the Charlie and Lola storybook series. The charming wit and eclectic artwork captures the kids’ attention (and mine) every time. Lola is a picky eater (maybe you have one of those at your house). In I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Charlie and Lola), Charlie’s creative twist convinces Lola to try orange twiglets, green drops, cloud fluff and ocean nibbles. In the end, even Lola tries TOMATOES which she coins moon squirters. I found this video clip and the kids love how Charlie & Lola pronounce tomato with an English accent.

Unlike Lola, I've been dreaming about juicy, ripe tomatoes from the garden. Not much beats a simple side of cut tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, topped with basil, olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette on a summer night. Skoogie & O can’t wait for the cherry tomatoes to ripen. So while we daydream, I’ve decided to compile all of my favorite summer tomato recipes, and a few new ones to try⎯ so we’ll be ready! I hope you’ll enjoy them too. Read the book and entice your kids with Moon Squirters!

Gazpacho Soup

Greek Salad or Sandwich

Tomato, Basil, & Mozzarella on Foccacia

Tomato, Basil, Bread & Vinagrette Salad

Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich

Chickpea Cakes & Tomato Jam

Roasted Tomatoes – Add to Pasta Recipes, BLTs or whatever your heart desires

Place 2 cups tomatoes on a roasting pan or glass pyrex. Stir in 1 Tbsp. oil and a large pinch of salt. Roast at 200 degrees, stirring occasionally, at least 3 hours and up to 8 hours (the longer they roast, the sweeter they become).

A few recipes that I’m eager to try:

Heirloom Tomato Pie

Angel Hair with Green and Tomato Sauce

Israeli Couscous and Tomato Salad with Arugula Pesto

If you can’t wait for the tomatoes to turn, here are a few recipes for Green Tomatoes

Chicago Dogs with Pickled Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

Tonight we devoured a tomato, onion, basil and vinaigrette salad from my in-laws garden. It will hold us over a few weeks when our own tomatoes ripen. Until then, we’ll keep daydreaming. What is your favorite tomato recipe? Please share.

Mouth watering post!

My favorite tomato recipe is a reconstruction of a fabulous salad I ate in an Ann Arbor restaurant years ago. You layer thick slices of fresh garden tomatoes with fresh garden arugula, building a lovely bright stack on the plate. Every couple of layers or so, add two pieces of thick sliced, cooked bacon in a cross to the stack. Drizzle the whole thing with homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. Oh, my. It's good. And lovely to boot.

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