Mother Nature may be transitioning us from the warmth and abundance of summer into the cooler and shorter days of autumn, but local farmers are still offering us the bounty of their summer work.
Yesterday at the Farmer’s Market near my downtown Washington, DC office, farmers were still selling peaches, zucchini and my personal favorite: tomatoes. To me, nothing in the produce world beats a homegrown, fresh and ripe tomato. Tomatoes are simply the best!!
Despite what the calendar says, tomatoes are still plentiful right now and can be cooked and frozen as sauces or canned and eaten months from now when you are searching for something warm and nutritious that will tide you through the bare winter months.
Tomatoes can also be a nutritional best friend to someone going through a personal crisis. Besides being delicious and comforting to a troubled soul, tomatoes are excellent sources of antioxidants that strengthen your immune system, which is your front line of defense against getting sick, and are also loaded with huge amounts of vitamins and minerals that you need to reduce the risk of heart disease.
So what to make with all these big beautiful juicy tomatoes? I find a lot of great recipes by watching The Food Network!! Some of my favorite shows include Ina Garten, also known as The Barefoot Contessa, Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman, and Patrick and Gina Neely whose show, Down Home With The Neelys is fun and creative.
Below is the link to the short video and tasty recipe for Gina’s Summer Tomato Pie. I like this recipe for all of the best reasons: it’s made with tomatoes (red and yellow), it’s simple, easy and can be eaten hot or cold.
Please click on it and check it out for yourself. I think you’re going to like it a lot!!