Last year, I made this tart with tomatoes I picked from my garden. It was so good, I still think about it, and look forward to making it again when I have vine ripened tomatoes. The picture was taken before I baked it, when it was easier to see the four different types of tomatoes I used. Unfortunately, after it was baked it was hard to distinguish them from each other.
Rosie, of the fabulous Bitchin' In The Kitchen With Rosie tagged me with a Favorite Foods meme and vine ripened tomatoes is the number two choice on my list below. Go over to Rosie's blog and check out her list. She'll make you laugh and hungry all at the same time.
Here is my official Favorite Food List:
1. Good bread. You know the kind I mean--home baked or from a good bakery. I can't resist a slice of hot, crusty bread right out of the oven, slathered with butter.
2. Vine ripened tomatoes. I never eat fresh tomatoes unless they are vine ripened and rely on canned tomatoes when they aren't available. In Winter and early Spring, I almost count the days until I can plant my tomatoes. My favorite way to eat a vine ripened tomato? A tomato sandwich. The drool is puddling in my mouth just thinking about it. Good mayo, good bread, salt, pepper--and the tomato, of course. Sometimes the tomato is so juicy, you stand over the sink as you eat the sandwich. Homer Simpson has donuts to make him drool, for me it's a tomato sandwich. I'll probably plant my tomatoes at the end of next month, and start the countdown until I pick the first fruit.
3. Homemade Jam. It's worlds away in taste from the store bought variety, if made with freshly picked fruit. And it isn't filled with corn syrup. Yes, I'm talking about you Smuckers.
4. Cheese. I could give up meat. But I'd be absolutely miserable if I never ate cheese again. Some favorites: Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam cheese, Point Reyes blue cheese, Constant Bliss, and Gorgonzola Piccante. And I could go on and on.
5. Tuna. I grew up eating so much of it, kids called me "Tuna Mouth". I love canned tuna from Italy or Sardinia. Right now, I have the jar of tuna pictured above, packed with the best damn sun dried tomatoes in the world, in my pantry. When the moment is right, I'll eat it with some really great bread.
6. Speckled butter beans. This is pretty much a Southern thing because it's impossible to get them any place but the South. The beans are speckled when raw, but change color as they cook. In our family, we pick them when they're small and incredibly tender. I grow them each summer and my husband loves them so much, he begrudges every bean I eat, because it's one less for him. And this from a man who told me he hated lima beans when we first met. One taste of speckled butter beans and he was a convert.
7. Butter. Love it. I don't eat a lot of it, but life would be awful without some butter now and then.
8. Cherries. I have a sweet cherry tree in my back yard and each Spring I eat the berries right off the tree. California produces some of the best sweet cherries in the world,although people in Oregon and Washington might argue with that. But, my favorites are Agrimontana sour cherries from Italy.
9. Smooth creamy food. I couldn't choose between mashed potatoes, polenta, refried beans and steel cut oatmeal. Usually they're the side dish, but for me they're the thing that makes the meal special. St.Patrick's Day is near and that means colcannon. Yippee! I can't wait.
10. Seafood Gumbo. This is the big deal food in my family. We often make it in huge quantities, with teams of people peeling mountains of shrimp for the gumbo. Emotional meltdowns among the shrimp peelers are not uncommon and can be memorable.
Honorable mention. Jay's potato chips, dulce de leche, avocados, morel mushrooms, and God help me---Cheetos!