Summer Fest: Tomatoes

by Jennifer Iannolo

This is our favorite, favorite, favorite week of Summer Fest — and summer in general. For us, tomatoes are like summer lovers we can’t wait to meet each year and renew our steamy affair. We reserve all of our tomato lust for this time of year, as we think there is no other time to eat a tomato than in season. That supermarket baseball variety simply doesn’t work for us.

Our tomato celebration this week includes the following:

More importantly, here are the recipes:

Enjoy these waning days of summer, darlings.

Here’s what our other Summer Fest cohorts are doing this week with stone fruits. Go take a peek and leave a comment or recipe. You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #summerfood.

Margaret Roach: Away to Garden
More than one way to ripen a tomato

Michelle Buffardi: Cooking Channel’s Devour/The Blog (Scripps)
Easy Summer Tomato Tart

Alison Sickelka: Food2 blog (Scripps)
Heirloom Tomatoes

FN Dish: Food Network
Tyler’s Ultimate Tomato Salads

Healthy Eats: Food Network
Top 10 things to do with summer tomatoes

Cate O’Malley:
A Loaded Bowl (filled with brown rice, Jersey fresh tomatoes, buttery avocados and more deliciousness)

Paige Smith Orloff: The Sister Project
3 substantial, healthy, vegetarian tomatoey main dishes

Diane and Todd: White on Rice Couple
Sun-dried tomatoes (actually dried in the sun!)

Kelly Senyei: Just a Taste
Tomato Jam

Caroline Wright: The Wright Recipes
Savory Tomato Crumble

Caron Golden: San Diego Foodstuff
Chunky Garden Gazpacho with Flowered Corn Tortillas and Melissa Clark’s Tomato Tarte Tatin

Tigress in a Pickle
Over 50 ways to preserve tomatoes in jars

Alana Chernila: Eating from the Ground Up
Roasted Green Salsa (green zebras and tomatillos), and how late August makes her hurt for New Mexico

Judy: Divina Cucina
Tomatoes the Italian Way

Shauna Ahern: Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef
Heirloom Tomato Tart with Parmesan Crust

Tara: Tea & Cookies
Making Peach Jam

Nicole: Pinch My Salt
What to do with slow-roasted tomatoes

Food Network UK
The Seven Deadly Tomato Sins

Marilyn: Simmer Till Done
Cherry Tomato & Maytag Blue Beignets

Each Wednesday for the rest of the summer (and probably longer), a group of blogging friends including those above will swap our recipes and tips about the following harvest-fresh ingredients. Here’s the schedule:

7/28: Cukes ‘n Zukes
8/4: Corn
8/11: Herbs, Greens and Beans
8/18: Stone Fruit
8/25: Tomatoes

We each post something and then link to one another, so that you can travel around the combined effort, gathering the goodies. Sharing makes the experience even better, so if you have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes, you can do either of the following:

  • Leave a comment on participating blogs with a link to your recipe/tip
  • Publish a post of your own, and grab the juicy Summer Fest 2010 tomato badge (illustrated by Matt Armendariz of Mattbites)

We hope to see you in the kitchen!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Leah August 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Yay! It’s finally Tomato Week! I’m celebrating all week by posting some new tomato recipe discoveries as well as some old family faves. Yesterday, I began with Neely’s Chicken Salad in Tomato Cups:

In the upcoming days I’ll have Ina Garten’s Scalloped Tomatoes, Paula Deen’s Tomato Pie and my own take on Caprese Salad. I sure have enjoyed playing along with all the Summer Fest 2010 participants. I also learned a lot of useful info for my garden next summer. Thank you Margaret for creating this event!

Winnie August 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Thanks for all the tomato-related links!

My contribution:

Deirdre August 25, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Hi guys, I just met you at Cordair Gallery in Napa about five minutes ago! Love your tomato posting for Summerfest. I did one as well, using dinner in the gardens of Gott’s Roadside as inspiration. That and my rekindled love affair with pa amb tomaquet…

Lyndsey August 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I can’t believe there was a time in my life where I DIDN’T like tomatoes! How wrong I was!

And here’s my contribution to Summer Fest:

Stephanie @ Dollop of Cream August 25, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Ooh, I’m looking forward to trying that white pizza — what a good idea!

My contribution to Summer Fest this week is a cheesy tomato and zucchini gratin, bubbling out of the oven, just waiting to be eaten for dinner . . .

Jami August 26, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I love this time of summer when we’re swimming in tomatoes, too! Here’s my favorite recipe to use ’em up quick (to make room for more, of course…):

Lana August 26, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I love the story about your Dad’s garden. Our memories are formed following the smell, taste, and texture of food grown or prepared by people we love. I have similar memories of eating juicy, sweet heirloom tomatoes (nobody called them “heirloom”, though), and taking them for granted.
I bring seeds from Serbia that my friends and relatives keep for me. And I shop at farmers markets just to get the essence of summer I crave so much.
I posted about my mother’s Sautee of Onions, Peppers, and Tomatoes for the Summer Fest.

Kathleen August 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Thanks for all the great tomato ideas! Here is a couple more contributions for Summer Fest 2010 to see at and also

marla {family fresh cooking} August 29, 2010 at 8:46 am

Glad to read Tomatoes are your favorite, we love ’em here too! Thanks for sharing so much tomato info with us 🙂

Here is my latest addition to Summer Fest:
Bacon Guacamole Salsa

Leave a Comment

{ 6 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: