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6 Ways to Celebrate Tomato Time

by in In Season, Tomatoes, August 24, 2014

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Plump and juicy tomatoes aren’t just a summertime seduction, they’ve got nutrition credentials as well. They’re low and calories and high in vital nutrients, including choline, fiber and folic acid. They also feature cell-protecting antioxidants lycopene, vitamins A and C, and lutein. (Interestingly, a 2013 study found that organic tomatoes contain more antioxidants than their conventionally grown counterparts.)  But whichever type you buy — and however you prepare tomatoes — just remember not to refrigerate them.

Spicy Green Tomato-Avocado Salad (above, from Food Network Magazine)
Green tomatoes are firmer and less sweet than their red equivalents and downright delish. Pair wedges with heart-healthy avocado and a handful of greens, then add a kick from fresh jalapeno. Read more

10 Easy Tomato Appetizers

by in Tomatoes, August 28, 2011
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#7: Tomato Salad

Tomatoes find their way on to salads and sandwiches without much consideration, but they deserve more attention for tomato week. Here are 10 fabulous nibbles where tomatoes are the star.

1.) Serve sweet and spicy tomato jam with whole grain crackers (or slices of toasted whole grain baguette) along with shards of sharp cheddar cheese.
Recipe: Tomato Jam

2.) Look for locally produced dried tomatoes at your local farmers market – it’s a great way to hold on to that tomato goodness for months.
Recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Skewers

3.) Cherry tomatoes are the perfect size for skewers. Watermelon (also in season now) may seem like an unlikely match up, but the combo of flavors scream summer.
Recipe: Tomato, Watermelon, and Basil Skewers

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Tomato Questions from Our Readers: Storing and Handling Fresh Tomatoes

by in Tomatoes, August 26, 2011
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Don't you wish these guys grew all year long?

To refrigerate or not to refrigerate? When to peel and seed? Proper handling of fresh tomatoes is trickier than it might seem. Our readers asked tomato questions on Facebook and Twitter , here are our recommendations.

Shopping Tips
This is prime time for local produce so get out to your local farmers’ market or farm stand where colorful and plump tomatoes are abundant. Choose large tomatoes that are free of bruises and heavy for their size (heavy equals juicy). For smaller cherry tomatoes, look for ones that are brightly colored with tight skins.

Don’t look only for perfectly round or red tomatoes. Oddly shaped, bizarre-colored heirloom and other unique varieties are some of the tastiest kinds! Learn more about the various heirloom varieties.

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Make Your Own Gazpacho

by in Tomatoes, August 25, 2011
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You say tomato, we say gazpacho.

Between the backyard garden, CSA deliveries, and compulsive trips to the farmers’ market – my kitchen is bursting with tomatoes and other goodies like cucumbers, onion and herbs. What’s one of the most tasty and healthy ways to use up lots of veggies? When life hands you tomatoes . . . make gazpacho!

Step 1: Choose your ingredients
Take your pick of favorite fresh seasonal vegetables and herbs. The only other ingredients needed are olive oil, a source of acid, tomato juice, salt and pepper. If you’ve got some day old bread lying around, use it to thicken the soup (see recipe below).

Classic veggie options include tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, onion and celery. Then add a flavor punch with fresh garlic and herbs like parsley, basil, chives or cilantro. Use a good quality extra-virgin olive oil and some acidity from fresh lemon or lime juice or vinegar like red wine, balsamic or sherry.

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Why We Love Tomatoes

by in In Season, Tomatoes, Why We Love, August 23, 2011
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Tomatoes. We love 'em. (Who doesn't?)

For all you die-hard tomato fans, these babies are now in season! We’ve dedicated this week to celebrating these red gems. Pick some up during your next visit to the farmers’ market and whip up some tomato-licious recipes.

Tomato Facts

Tomatoes were introduced to Italy in the early 16th century but many folks feared they were poisonous since they belonged to the nightshade family (peppers, potatoes and eggplant also belong to this family). The French, however, felt differently about tomatoes and called them “pomme d’amour” (a.k.a. love apples). Colonists who settled in Virginia brought tomatoes with them, but they didn’t become popular until the 19th century.

Tomatoes are technically a fruit since they grow on vines. They come in various shapes, sizes and colors, too. Don’t be fooled into thinking they should all be round —check out some of the crazy tomato finds out there. Read more

Summer Fest: Top Ten Things to Do With Tomatoes

by in In Season, Tomatoes, August 25, 2010

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Summer Fest

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

You say tomato. I say . . . well I say tomato, too. I don’t actually know anyone who says to-mah-to. However you pronounce it, I think we can all agree that tomato season doesn’t last long enough. So until someone figures out how to extend fresh tomato season by another 10 months or so, here are 10 ways you can enjoy them while we have them, and even preserve some for later.

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Make Your Own Tomato Sauce

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, Tomatoes, August 19, 2010

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We’re celebrating tomatoes this week on Healthy Eats, so we’re cooking up a classic.  We’ve taste tested the jarred stuff, but nothing beats a homemade batch of tomato sauce loaded with vitamins C and A, potassium and the antioxidant lycopene. With tomato season in full swing, don’t let extra tomatoes go to waste!

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Market Watch: Seasonal Tomato Jam

by in Farmers' Market Finds, In Season, Tomatoes, August 18, 2010
Dana's Tomat Jam
Dana's Tomato Jam

When I have a surplus of tomatoes from my CSA, garden and trips to the farmers’ market, it’s time to make a batch of finger-licking tomato jam.It’s spicy, it’s sweet and  it’s pretty irresistible. Spread it on sandwiches, whisk into salad dressing, or serve with crackers and some sharp cheddar cheese.

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Spotlight Recipes: Gazpacho

by in Healthy Recipes, Tomatoes, August 18, 2010

watermelon gazpacho

Enjoy a refreshingly cool (and super-healthy) soup this summer. Make tomato gazpacho in honor of our in-season tomato celebration, or switch it up and use watermelon, red peppers or even grapes.

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Taste Test: Heirloom Tomatoes

by in Farmers' Market Finds, In Season, Tomatoes, August 17, 2010
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Heirloom Tomatoes At The Farmers' Market

Juicy tomatoes are at their peak, and that means farmers’ markets are exploding with heirloom varieties.  Heirloom tomatoes are special, because cultivators have saved the seeds and passed them down through the generations. They come in a range of sizes, colors and of course, flavors.  We tested several varieties for taste and texture. Plus, a quick recipe for heirloom tomato sauce.

Photo gallery: Heirloom tomato taste test »

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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