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Sitting here with sign around my neck "Will Larder Barder for Tomatoes"
Joined: Dec 12, 2005
Posted to Thread #10964 at 5:23 pm on Jun 8, 2008
All this talk about home-grown or locally-grown tomatoes is driving my taste-buds into overdrive.
First, a point of clarification: I spent the first 26 years of my life DESPISING fresh tomatoes. As far as I was concerned, they ruined a perfectly good salad. I couldn't eat a sandwich once a tomato--even if removed--had been layered in it. Chicken salad nestled in a tomato half was sheer mockery...its <i>tomato-iness</i> tainting the chicken flavor.
All this changed the day George C, age unknown but as sweet as an old, crotchy Italian can be, gave me a paper bag filled with his home-grown western PA tomatoes. George and I worked together at Westinghouse. He was a union draftsman while I was the token non-union female draftsperson hired to counter-balance 144 men. God Bless the math of Affirmative Action.
George had walked home for lunch and picked a bag full of vine-ripened beauties for me. I received them 30 minutes later still warm from the sun.
Unlike my daily 120-mile commute now, back then my commute was a 0.7 mile walk to Westinghouse. I had planned on making spaghetti sauce with the tomatoes, but the smell was almost overwhelming on the walk home. For some bizarre, unfathomable reason, I wanted to eat one, invalidating 26 years of established behavioral patterns.
If I could handle being the only female in a unionized male bastion, I could brave trying a fresh tomato. I placed this intrepid act on the same level as Jonus Salk testing the polio vaccine on himself.
This tomato was tart; it was acidy; it was Love at First Bite. Or, to quote Count Dracula from the movie of the same name: <i>"Children of the night, shut up!"</i>
See link at Larder Barter for offer of "Dyslexic Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce with Issues" for fresh tomatoes. I want to make Laurie Colwin's tomato pie and am not prepared to waste 14 points per slice on mealy, tasteless tomatoes.
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Other messages in this thread:
- 10964. Sitting here with sign around my neck "Will Larder Barder for Tomatoes" [LINK] - MarilynFL - 5:23pm on 06/08/08 (29)
- Ours aren't quote coming in yet but in the meantime a suggestion... - Music City Missy - 5:41pm on 06/08/08
- that was 'quite' not quote I meant to say. [NT] - Music City Missy - 5:43pm on 06/08/08
- Those tomatoes on the vine are on sale at Sweetbay this week, 99 cents per pound. Don't know which - Curious1 - 5:45pm on 06/08/08
- C, we don't have a Sweetbay here. [NT] - MarilynFL - 6:12pm on 06/08/08
- Sorry, I thought they were all over FL, but I see what you're looking for, old time heirloom flavor. [NT] - Curious1 - 6:20pm on 06/08/08
- tomatoes on the vine have consistently been quite good here. on sale (?) at Safeway, $2.50#. [NT] - Nan - 6:17pm on 06/08/08
- Thanks MCM! I've used Campari and they're good, but I'm looking for something a bit earthier. [NT] - MarilynFL - 6:11pm on 06/08/08
- Publix and Sweetbay carries the Campari tomatoes. They are in a plastic tub like cherry tomatoes. - Michael in Tampa - 6:11pm on 06/08/08
- Do you have a Whole Foods? They have a selection of heirloom tomatoes - Melissa Dallas - 12:23pm on 06/09/08
- WF heirlooms are a bit out my price range. They run $6.99/pound - MarilynFL - 1:57pm on 06/09/08
- They ARE expensive, but the only ones I've found beside farmer's market that - Melissa Dallas - 3:50pm on 06/09/08
- I find the concept so ironic too. Here's what a tomato is supposed to taste like...but we're going - MarilynFL - 4:03pm on 06/09/08
- Yikes! Just a bit. [NT] - Marg CDN - 8:42pm on 06/09/08
- I will hopefully have a ton, but mine don't come in until July. Not sure if you - LisainLA - 10:03pm on 06/09/08
- I can wait! Oh, I can do a taste comparison: TN versus LA [NT] - MarilynFL - 11:32am on 06/10/08
- I want in on this too! - Dawn_MO - 2:47pm on 06/10/08
- I'll put my NY tomatoes up against anybody's! [NT] - CynUpstateNY - 4:02pm on 06/10/08
- Now don't jinx me - I have this magical spot in my backyard where the tomatoes - LisainLA - 6:34pm on 06/10/08
- Love the sign, Lisa! So cute! [NT] - Sandi in Hawaii - 7:18am on 06/11/08
- Isn't it! [NT] - MarilynFL - 2:29pm on 06/13/08
- :-) DS re-painted it this year from his original. He'll appreciate the feedback! [NT] - LisainLA - 4:58pm on 06/13/08
- I love the sign, too. How about another picture when the tomatoes are ripening? [NT] - Curious1 - 1:06pm on 06/11/08
- Funny you mentioned it - here is a picture from this morning - amazing how quickly they grow! - LisainLA - 5:01pm on 06/13/08
- Wow, they're happy where they're planted, thanks for the picture. [NT] - Curious1 - 12:33pm on 06/14/08
- Amazingly sandy soil. Do you use compost Lisa? [NT] - Marg CDN - 4:02pm on 06/14/08
- Yes, it is basically a sand hill. I will ask DH what amendments he used. [NT] - LisainLA - 5:14pm on 06/14/08
- He says Miracle Grow soil. So much for organic, eh? [NT] - LisainLA - 3:49am on 06/15/08
- Hah! [NT] - Marg CDN - 3:57am on 06/15/08
- my Mom always sent me garden tomatoes from Indiana. She would wrap them in newspaper. plastic will - AngAk - 10:34pm on 06/09/08