After a too-cool spring, a too-hot summer, and almost zero rain followed by unpredictable torrential downpours, my garden is finally setting forth ripe tomatoes. They are cracked and ugly, yes, but really — can anything compare to the luscious juiciness of a ripe, red tomato, warm from the sun?
We actually picked nearly 10 pounds of tomatoes off our five plants yesterday, and now I have them piled up in the dining room, waiting to be cooked or eaten.
What about you? Are you enjoying the late-summer bounty of tomatoes? Are you getting any out of your garden, or are you buying them at the farmers markets? Do you have a favorite variety (mine this summer is Black Krim) and, perhaps most importantly, how are you eating them?
Here are a few past tomato recipes — I'm also eyeing a good chunky tomato sauce.
• Cherry Tomato Bites
• Tomato Mozzarella Sandwich
• Egyptian Tomato Soup
• French Tomato Tart from David Lebovitz
• Herbed Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad
• The Perfect Tomato Salad
(Images: Michael Durand)