Love at First Bite

To quote Tom Petty, "The waiting is the hardest part." I'm of course referring to tomatoes; I'm one of millions of Americans who find this to be their favorite garden vegetable (fruit, actually). It really does make summer feel like summer to me when I can pick tomatoes from their vines. I've been eying this one for a couple days...the first tomato to show signs of ripeness (there are many more on their way as I type these words). It probably could have stayed on the vine another day, maybe even two, but I couldn't take it any longer. While I was rummaging around the garden for dinner tonight I stood and looked at it for a minute, and as I bent to cup it in my hand it fell from the vine...ready! I pressed it to my nose and took a deep whiff...nothing like the smell of a fresh tomato. Then I brushed it off and bit in. It was delicious and still warm from the sun. Excellent!

To read an article about tomatoes I wrote for Edible Buffalo Magazine last year click here. For an earlier post with a recipe for 20 minute tomato sauce, click here. To see an example of how I deal with tomatoes towards the end of the summer--when they ripen faster than I can eat them--click here.