Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tomatoes

I LOVE homegrown tomatoes!!! I always have. I remember going out to my grandparent's garden at a very young age, picking a big tomato and sitting right there on the grass to eat it....getting covered with tomato juice in the process. :) My favorite summer food was when Mama would make her fresh tomato relish...well that is what we called it then, now it is called salsa.  We would just eat it as a side - without tortilla chips - and then fight over who got to drink the juice left in the bowl.


 Somehow we ended up with all cherry tomato plants this year and they are all producing abundantly.  So I have been making all my favorite summer fresh tomato dishes all with cherry tomatoes.
YUMMM Bruschetta!!!  Salsa and chips!  Fresh Summer Tomato Pasta! Caprese Salad!

I like to just throw things together when I cook, although I do like to go through recipes to get some new ideas.  For supper on this very, very hot evening I thew together this salad to eat with tortilla chips.

I can tell you what is in it, but I really have no idea what the measurements are, and I don't really think it makes much difference on a dish like this.  It contains: Chopped cherry tomatoes, about a half the bowlful, I tossed in a part of an onion and three kinds of peppers (one being a jalapeno) chopped and a finely diced large clove of garlic , also chopped and added about a half of a yellow squash and maybe a cup and a half of black beans and the kernels off of two cooked ears of corn, I squeezed in the juice of one lime, drizzled olive oil over the top and seasoned with freshly ground pepper and sea salt then added a generous palmful of cumin.  All seasonings to taste. It is chilling out in the fridge just waiting to have some cold cooked chopped chicken added just before we eat it with tortilla chips.

I found these tomato items on Etsy.




Many blessings, Zuda Gay



15 comments:

Luella Newkirk said...

Your salad looks and sounds yummy! It appears very much like our 'southwestern' salad, just substitute Italian dressing for the lime and olive oil and add cilantro.

Kelly Bermudez said...

We love tomatoes too! I love BLT's:))

FabricFascination said...

Our tomatoes are still green, but I will keep this in mind for when they are ready. It looks yumm!

bananaorangeapple said...

I love tomatoes too. Around here we know when it is warm enough to plant them in spring by the ground temperature - if it is warm enough to sit on the ground with a bare bottom it is time to plant tomatoes! I am not sure who invented that rule.....

Aloquin said...

Wow... I'm not a "spicy" liker... no jalepenos or cumin for me, thanks, but the rest of it sounds fantastic! I eat Goya Black Beans straight from the can, and I really enjoy tomatoes, too. I bet, rather than adding chicken to the dip, that you could make juicy chickencutlets and put your dip over top! Mmmmm...

Linda Pruitt said...

Love the recipe and the tomato ornie! It's so cute!

Mechelle said...

Your tomato dishes look so yummy!

Angels and Everlastings said...

That salad look really good -- and easy too. Love the Etsy tomato finds.

Kim said...

oh yum!! I'm drooling . . .lol That recipe sounds fantastic and even without the exact measurements will definitely be something I'll be trying:) Thanks for sharing:)

sammysgrammy said...

tomatoes are my favorite part of summer too. and the caprese salad has always been a family favorite. we fight over dipping bread in the dressing left over in the bottom of the bowl.

JulieandMax said...

Yummy looking salad and I love tomatoes too! Hope you are enjoying your summer :)
Julie

The REAL EverSewSweet said...

That sounds de-lish!! We love tomatoes at our house, too. I'm going to have to try your "throw together recipe"!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Can't wait to go today to the public market to get homegrown tomatoes. Your recipe sounds really yummy. I love just plain ole' tomato and mayon sandwiches!

ZudaGay said...

Kelly, I LOVE BLTs too!! YUM!

Hannah, hehe...I just got this mental image of bare bottoms testing the ground.

nancybabb said...

Hi ZudaGay! Just popped over to thank you for the CASTTEAM info on Etsy, I just applied. And, I am so wishing you lived near me! I have been wishing I had a friend that had tomato plants! It seems when someone does they are always needing someone to give some extras to :-) I WANT some fresh tomatoes! I haven't bothered because my yard seems to be the local wildlife habitat! I have wild cats and raccoon that make a daily visit to see what's to eat, not to mention all the other critters...I'm afraid they would get to the tomatoes before me!

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