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Monday, August 27, 2007

Attack Of The Killer Summer Tomatoes!

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2007 at 7:34 AM


It's official: the tomatoes are taking over, and they're not going to stop until they've invaded every recipe in every food section in the country. Overkill? Hell no. Many home gardeners this time of year are literally racing to use up their mountain of tomatoes before it dissolves into a runny puddle of goop.

From Cherokee Purple and Brandywine to Striped Germans and Green Zebras, summer tomatoes reign supreme as the kitchen fetish du jour, even inspiring some blush-worthy purple prose fit for the romance section: "Meaty and succulent, their velvety flesh enclosing a fragrant jelly of golden seeds and dripping with sweet pink juice ..."

Whew. Did it just get really hot in here?

If you're still jonesing for more, or you're just in the mood for a little tomato 'strange,' there's always Oliveto in Oakland, where the annual late-summer Tomato Orgy Dinner -- 15 years strong -- features 40 menu items, all of them containing tomatoes. This year's crackpot idea? Pineapple ice cream with pineapple tomato syrup.

Here are some of the most delectable recipes we've found:

  • Getting Saucy Without Heat

  • Multicolored Tomato Tartlet

  • Pan Con Tomate

  • Green Tomato And Lemon Marmalade

  • Red And Yellow Cherry Tomato Confit

  • Heirloom Tomato Tart

  • Tomato Salad With Pickled Shallots And Goat Cheese Crutons

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