First, I want to thank everyone who entered You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto with fabulous tomato dishes which captured the essence of summer. Your dishes were all so beautiful and imaginative. We certainly have many passionate bloggers out there who love local, fresh ingredients.
Drum roll please…..the winner, generated by Random.org, is…Mrs. L, from Pages, Pucks and Pantry. I know you will love the tome, Bouchon, as I do, and that it will inspire you as it has me. Please send your shipping information to firstname.lastname@example.org and place “Bouchon Winner” in the subject line.
Congratulations to all of you for your talent, dedication and passion. Stay tuned to THG for more seasonal contests where we can share our love of local ingredients and get inspiration for around the blogoshpere!
Our first entry is from Grace (New York) from A Southern Grace. Titled “Blowing Hot and Cold”, Grace made 2 beautiful salads using tomato. First, Grace combined tomatoes with cilantro, avocado and banana pepper. Next, she added okra and basil to the mix, sauted the ingredients and added red cabbage at the end for a nice crunch and a splash of color.
(be sure to check out Grace’s yellow tomato with butt cheeks!)
Next, Mary of The Arugula Files (Washington, DC) sent in “Grilled Tomato Salsa”. Mary attempted to replicate Baja Fresh’s black salsa, but could not produce the “liquid gold” that she sought after. She did, however, manage to make a delicious smoky salsa by roasting tomatoes and adding cilantro, jalapeno and chipotle pepper.
Nathan from House of Annie (San Jose, CA) sent in “Lazy Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho With Cucumber and Red Bell Pepper Garnish”. Can you say ‘summer in a bowl’? Wow. Nathan proves that those who give, shall receive. A lovely neighbor, who was the benefactor of several heirloom tomato plants courtesy of House of Annie, shared some of the tomato bounty, accounting for this lovely summer soup.
Be sure to check out Annie’s tips for growing tomatoes. Hint #5-too much watering leads to weak tasting tomatoes.
Tiffany from The Garden Apartment (Alexandria, VA) made a “Roasted Tomato Tart With Caramelized Onions“. Tiffany is an avid farmers market fan, and has discovered many new and delicious tomato varieties this season. In her tart, Tiffany combines roasted tomatoes, mascarpone cheese and caramelized onions in an olive oil rosemary crust. Check out how she manages to top her tart with tomatoes, without ending up with a soggy crust.
I don’t know of any other dish that can take a small number of humble ingredients, and turn out a summer dish that evokes the hills of Tuscany like our next entry can. Sarah from The District Domestic (Washington, DC) did just that when she made “Tomato Bread Salad (aka Panzanella). Here, Sarah toasts the bread in the oven, and the tomato juice is collected in the bowl and savored for its ability to permeated and soften the golden chunks of bread. Sarah recommends that you use only the ripest, freshest tomatoes for making Panzanella.
Our next entry really stacks up–literally! Mrs. L from Pages, Pucks and Pantry (San Jose, CA) made an “Heirloom Tomato Napoleon With Parmesan Crisps”. With Parmesan rounds, sliced tomatoes, and a vinaigrette made with Champagne vinegar, shallots and Dijon mustard, this Napoleon has a range of tastes and textures, from juicy soft tomatoes, to crispy Parmesan rounds, to a slightly sharp edge from the vinaigrette. It sounds (and looks) wonderful. Way to support your local produce stands, Mrs. L!
Finally, Colleen from Foodie Tots (Alexandria, VA) paired tomatoes with nectarines( from one of my favorite producers, Papa’s Orchard) to make “Grilled Nectarine Tomato Salad”. Colleen grilled the nectarines and paired them with sweet, tangy, golden cherry tomatoes. Along with using basil and feta, she topped this summer salad with a simple, clean, lemon vinaigrette.
With appreciation to all who entered YSTIST, here’s looking forward to Fall, with many braises, soups and roasts wafting in the air of our kitchens and homes.