Look! Tomatoes Make Good Centerpieces Too

We don't believe in keeping tomatoes in the refrigerator - especially when they are gifts from the garden. They should be left out for admiration.

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I just moved into a new home, and while the first component in my dream dining setup has arrived, its farm table simplicity is cluttered by piles of boxes.

I couldn't stand the un-moved-in feel, and in a moment of determination (and probably subconsciously inspired by these centerpieces) I took a gift of tomatoes from a friend and a few IKEA vases and laid them out in a straight row on the table.

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Turns out that tomatoes have some very interesting sculptural qualities; they should be left out as small works of art - maybe even used as paperweights! No, too juicy, I suppose.

But they should be admired while they last, and a red ripe tomato is also one of the best ways to make a new place feel like home. The bright sparks of color reminded me that this table is for good food, the treasures of harvest, and inspiration with friends around to share.

(This is better for the tomatoes too; they get mealy in the fridge. So until they go into a caprese salad they are going to sit on the table!)

Where do you keep your tomatoes?

Related: Heirloom Tomatoes with Oranges and Basil

(Images: Faith Hopler)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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