Tomatoes Are Here! Are You Getting Any?

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?

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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)

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