31 Days of Tomatoes

by in 30 Days, August 9, 2012

The steamy days of August make for outrageously sweet and juicy tomatoes. We’ve got an idea for every day this month, but whatever you do, don’t refrigerate them!

1.    Start by getting all the fun facts. Read In Season: Tomatoes.

2.    Hit your local farmers’ market for lesser-known varieties like Black Krim, White Cherry and Sweet Tangerine.

3.    The season can start early if tomatoes are grown in a green house.

4.    Roast tomatoes with potatoes.

5.    Make sweet, sour and spicy jam.

6.    Get the answers to your most head-scratching tomato questions.

7.    It wouldn’t be tomato season without bruschetta.

8.    Add diced chunks and Swiss cheese to an omelet.

9.    Make BLTs with garden-fresh tomatoes, crisp lettuce and a few slices of bacon.

10.    Toss with nectarines for a salad that’s almost too pretty to eat.

11.    Conduct your own heirloom tomato taste test.

12.    Preserve by drying in the oven.

13.     Steak + Tomato + Avocado = a heavenly combination.

14.    Dress up salad with a Tomato-Ginger Dressing.

15.    Layer thick slices into grilled cheese.

16.     Top a bagel with tomato and homemade veggie cream cheese.

17.     Thread cherry tomatoes on skewers.

18.    Make your own Gazpacho.

19.    Or how about salsa?

20.    3-ingredient sandwich: tomato, whole -rain bread and spicy mustard.

21.    Top homemade pizza with tomatoes and lots of fresh basil.

22.    Team ‘em up with crunchy, fresh fennel.

23.    Liven up anything tomato-based with basil or oregano.

24.    Cook and freeze fresh homemade sauce to enjoy all winter long.

25.    Tomatoes are one of the best sources of the antioxidant lycopene.

26.    Make a quick and easy seafood feast.

27.    Add chunks of fresh tomatoes to doctor up jarred sauce.

28.    Find out the best time to use canned tomatoes

29.    Bring a classic Fresh Corn Tomato Salad to your next picnic.

30.    Try a new way to combine tomatoes with corn.

31.    Are you a fan of fried green tomatoes? Try baking them instead.

TELL US: What’s your favorite way to eat summer tomatoes?

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Comments (269)

  1. pahllancy12 says:

    Eating healthy has more to do with common sense than anything else. It is very simple.

  2. Elle says:

    Well, my faves are greek salad with lots of tomato. Tomato cucumber/salads and bacon/tomato sandwiches. Problem is, I can't eat too many tomatoes. I'm allergic. I can get away with a little tomato every few days, but if I eat tomato everyday? Giant, baseball size hives. NOT attractive! :)

  3. Michael says:

    Don't forget a cooked tomato with an English breakfast… Or does that not count because it's unhealthy? :p

  4. Libby Murphy says:

    Bruschetta with Tomato Marmelade atop paper thin slices of Country Ham (delicious barbecued on a hickory pit), Tennessee Tomato Pie. And my friend Stella Parton makes Stewed Tomatoes with Dill Dumplins that are among her sister, Dolly's, favorites.

  5. Yvonne says:

    Sesame seed or pumpkin seed Ryvita spread with thin layer of salad cream, topped with big juicy slices of sun ripened beef tomatoes and seasoned with rock salt and ground black pepper -addictive!

  6. Jim says:

    You caneatum with eggs,eatum with gravy,eatum with beans,pinto or navy.there aint nothin in tha worldmthat a like better is bacon and eggs and homegrown tomaters..

  7. @LKinar says:

    This may sound unappealing to some of you until you try it. It never sounding unappealing to me because I was just a kid and didn't know any better when I had my first one. Toast two slices of your favourite bread, I like to use a denser multigrain one, dry no butter or that other stuff, but Cheeze Whiz and a thick slice of a garden ripe fresh Beefstake. My mouth is watering. ENJOY. Try it and tell me what you think. Thanks for reading. Lyle

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