You Say To-may-to, I Say To-mah-to

“And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food”
‭Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭29

 Early girl. Better boy. Celebrity.  If you’re from the south, these words are ringin’ a bell.   Here in Alabama, we gauge our summer’s beginning by the day that we spot these little red beauties in our gardens!  Last Thursday, much to my surprise, (ten days prior to summer’s official start) I picked our first tomatoes!  This is the earliest we have had these guys make their debut…and you won’t hear me complaining!  We love our homegrown tomatoes, and no store-bought imitation will do!  The tried and true southern meal and the one that takes me back to my childhood like no other is fresh cut-from-the-cob sweet corn, the crispiest fresh fried okra, fresh pink eyed peas cooked with streak o’ lean, cast iron skillet baked cornbread, and home grown sliced tomatoes from the back yard!

Butch’s favorite way to enjoy a tomato is-a warm-from-the-sun tomato sliced and placed between two pieces of “white” bread, slathered with Hellman’s mayo and a heavy sprinkling of salt and pepper.  I, on the other hand, (being the foodie that I am) love them sliced with a splash of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, topped with Belle Chevre, fresh basil from my garden, fleur de sel, and cracked black pepper!  He says to-may-toh, I say to-mah-to!  Anyway you slice it, we love our maters!

Making the exciting discovery of our first tomatoes in our garden prompted me to bombard Pinterest to find some new, as well as age-old recipes to share with you, our readers!  You can click each picture for the recipe and you can follow my Pinterest board here:  Sweet and Savory.

IMG_9873 Home-grown tomatoes from our garden last summer!ad6671a0efcb0198c4628af5c9ab0434 Chef Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham offers his famous tomato salad on his summer menu with peas, corn, okra, and applewood smoked bacon!  Several years ago, I attended a cooking class where he prepared this amazing salad! It taste as good as it looks!3 Tomato, watermelon, and peach salsa!!5 Tomato, watermelon, and feta skewers with mint and lime!  Great summer appetizer! Who doesn’t like a BLT sandwich??7 Fresh tomato bruschetta, another delicious summer appetizer!8 Tomato, cheddar, and bacon pie…definitely worth the time and effort to prepare! Tomato and cheese tart!  Perfect for a summer luncheon! Panzanella with summer vegetables!  This is great for an al fresco summer supper! Greek orzo salad with olives! Hot bacon caprese salad I enjoy making home-made pizza with fresh farm to table ingredients! Our homegrown tomatoes with Belle chèvre, basil, and a light splash of balsamic!

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato”
Lewis Grizzard

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  1. Diana says:

    I enjoy to-mah-toes as well and you have some really nice ways of using them here. Handy for taking out or eating at home. I hope I can still remember them when summer rolls around again 🙂


  2. Sue says:

    I love home grown tomatoes, ours are not quite ready though we are picking a few grape tomatoes.You have shared some great ways to eat them! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Pam – Your tomato recipes look delicious! I really want to tray a tomato garden next year. My little one will be 2, so I think it will be a fun age for her to learn how to garden. I have recently started a new link party with Refresh Living and Vintage Refined and we would love to have you stop by and link with us! The party gets started every Tuesday night at 7pm CST.

  4. Dee says:

    I love tomatoes, and it’s funny because I prefer mine like you do while my husband is more of a mayo guy. Thanks for sharing these ideas! 🙂

  5. Sue Williams says:

    I am visiting my mom in Southern California and one of her neighbors brought over a basket full of the loveliest ripe tomatoes! We had them with sliced avocado and bacon on whole wheat toast. So amazingly delish. In my native Montana, tomatoes haven’t yet made their appearance. Thanks for sharing during the Thursday blog hop.

    • Thank you Sue! Your tomato dish sounds perfect! We love your native Montana! Spent a wonderful few days at Triple Creek Ranch near Darby last summer! Thank you for the party! Blessings, Pam

  6. Stephanie says:

    Everything looks delicious! I have always “disliked” tomatoes and often would not eat them. Then, I got pregnant and during the first three months I craved tomatoes like crazy – I could not get enough of them! Now I can only “tolerate” them.

    Seeing your many tomato dishes has my mouth watering! You may have won me over for good, dear Pam 🙂 Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

  7. Jann Olson says:

    Yum, Yum! I have both Early Girl and Celebrity planted in my garden. No picking yet, but I can’t wait! Everything looks so delicious. I always hate it when the tomatoes are through and we have to go back to eating store bought. YUCK! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. Kristi says:

    These all look so crazy good! I need to get some tomatoes (“may”). 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at #HomeMattersParty! Hope you’ll stop by again this week. The door opens Friday morning EST (or 9pm Thursday PST). 🙂

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