Summer Fest!

by Matt on August 18, 2009


summerfest-badgeYes Yes and YES!  We’re on Week 4 of our Summer Fest and can I tell you how jazzed I am to be featuring tomatoes? I’ve written so much about them before so I won’t tell you how I’m a freak for them, alrighty? For me it’s just not summer without them.

I think the biggest attraction I have with summer tomatoes, heirlooms to be specific, is that there’s not a lot that needs to be done to them. They’re excellent as is and with minimal prep. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with them because you certainly can. Here are ten of my favorite things to do with summer tomatoes.

1) Sliced and drizzled with olive oil, sea salt, maybe some shavings of really awesome Pecorino? Hell to the yes.

2) In a Roasted Tomato Bloody Mary.

3) Chopped with garlic, olive oil, basil and shallots for bruschetta.

4) Sliced and SLATHERED with mayo on really good bread. I SAID SLATHERED.

5) Made into a nice chilly sorbet!

6) Pop them in my mouth like there’s no tomorrow (provided they are the lil ones).

7) Grated and tossed with pasta, olive oil and lemon juice for a quick no-cook sauce.

8)  Chopped in a bowl and sprinkled with nuoc mam (this makes my eyes roll back into my head I’m telling you).

9) Heirloom & Fennel Soup that’s raw and chilly and perfect on a hot day.

10) Look at them and weep tears of happiness.


This is the last week of Summer Fest and I can’t thank you everyone enough for the participation! I’ve been so inspired with all the amazing ideas for using all these amazing fruits and vegetables that summer brings us. Leave your suggestions in the comments and make sure to check out what our other Summer Fest Hosts have been doing with tomatoes!

• Margaret’s making Quick Tomato Sauce, Ever So Slowly

• White On Rice Couple are doing Tomato Jam and Preserves with an entire cast of cute kids and Sierra, my girlfriend.

• Paige gives us her Curried Carrot & Tomato Soup and I can taste that marvelous combo already

• Jaden and her delicious Caprese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

• Marilyn’s — wait for it, wait — Upside Down Tomato Bread. I think I just saw Heaven.

• Shauna makes a mouthwatering Smoked Tomato Salsa

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Doug August 25, 2009 at 7:25 am

I worked in one hotel and the sous chef gave me a roma tomato with some truffle oil and sea salt. It was perfect just like that.

wasabi prime August 25, 2009 at 10:44 am

Gorgeous tomatoes; love the color and wabi-sabi shape of heirlooms. God bless summer!

Tony August 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Hey Matt, Hook a brother up with your Nuoc Cham recipe. I know in a different post you talked about your secret item. I would love to know how you make yours.
You can share with everyone or just email me directly. Thanks!!!!

rick @ à la mode September 1, 2009 at 12:48 am

better late than never!

here’s my recipe for a tomato consommé martini:

Ash September 2, 2009 at 7:33 am

Matt, I love your tomato inspiration! I feel the need to make some tomato NOW!
I just love the photo too!

penny de los santos September 2, 2009 at 6:46 pm

damnit… this looks so good.
You are a rock star!
I’m off to beat myself up now…

J2Kfm October 27, 2009 at 8:15 pm

i like tomatoes as well, no matter raw, sun-dried, cooked, or even made into salsa.
and by golly, even those tomato-flavoured potato chips.
yeah …. so i’m an addict.

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