Monday, October 18, 2010

Heirloom Tomatoes



Thanks to our recent warm Indian summer days, we're finally able to pick some of our heirloom tomatoes. The tomatoes have been drastically behind this year due to the cool early summer. But the autumn sun has helped nudge these voluptuous fruits to ripeness.


The basil is done growing for the season. I made lots of pesto through the summer which we happily enjoyed with pasta, pizza (in place of tomato sauce), and sandwiches much like the one shown above. So in place of pesto, I've been using sliced avocado instead.

The recipe includes: a crusty loaf of organic whole wheat bread, a sweet tomato, organic avocado and organic provolone cheese. I toast the bread first, then add avocado, tomato and cheese and bake it in the oven for a few minutes until cheese has melted.

It's the perfect way to eat a fresh picked tomato on a beautiful fall day.

38 comments :

  1. Mmm. Nothing better than bread, cheese, tomato, and avocado.

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  2. I have just been germinating my heirloom tomatoes for our summer. Yours look fabulous!

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  3. Yum! Fresh tomatoes off of the vine are my favorite food. Hands down.

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  4. My neighbor grew some of these heirloom tomatoes and they delicious...some were weird colors and a bit bummpu ot maybe I should say with groves. Anyhow they were great.

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  5. Fresh tomatoes in October! What a gift!!

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  6. Yummy! That looks delicious. Sadly, our veggies/herbs are done for the year (except the cold hardy, such as rosemary).

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  7. Oooo Trina this looks and sounds delicious. Our tomatoes are doing wonderful right now..even better than this summer so I think I will have to give this a try! Enjoy your day and your tomatoes.
    Maura :)

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  8. Yum- what I wouldn't give to have that sandwich right this very moment!!

    xo,
    joan

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  9. Oh Trina, I am jealous. We enjoyed our tomatoes in June and July...they are gone now. There is nothing better than that sweet taste of a fresh tomato on a sandwich. Yours looks yummy.
    When, when, when may we see the nursery? I am dying and you are such a tease. :) How are you feeling?

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  10. Beautiful heirloom tomatoes ~ a work of art ~ and the sandwich looks very yummy!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  11. Oh, I simply LOVE heirloom tomatoes! Yours look devine :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  12. That sandwich looks so good. I wish I had one right now!

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  13. They look absolutely delicious - we don't get our share of heirloom tomatoes in Ireland quite the same way you do in the states - boy do I miss them - tried growing tomatoes this year but lack of sun - made them very delayed - will try again this year.
    Lovely photos - thanks for sharing.

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  14. How lovely! and so delicious looking too! Now I want that sandwich. Thanks for sharing...

    xo,

    annie

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  15. What a beautiful blog! And what a beautiful house! I also love the country life just like you! I had never seen the yellow tomatoes, in Italy we have only the red (and green if they are bitter!)
    Congratulations for the great blog!
    Raffaella / melogranoantico.blogspot.com

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  16. Yum! Gotta love Indian Summers.

    E+J

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  17. Trina,
    Love stopping by your blog. You always have some wonderfully beautiful fruit or veggies to share, recipes and those flowers!! Love the flowers you share with us.
    Need a tip on extending the life of hyndrangeas in the vase once they are cut. Your beautiful pic you posted the other day had me buying a bouquet of them at the grocery store, but they didn't make it beyond a day.

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  18. Oh your photos are so bright, clean and crisp... I could just crawl into my computer screen and chomp the lot of them. A-M xx

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  19. We just had heirloom tomatoes on toasted sourdough bread with our our BLT's last evening for dinner! Yum! Your heirlooms look great!

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  20. Those tomatoes look picture perfect. How wonderful. Enjoy---I'm afraid our growing season is complete.

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  21. The tomatoes and the sandwich look divine. You're so lucky to still be getting some. Our tomato harvest was pretty lackluster this year.

    Chris

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  22. look so perfect...the mosquitoes ate me before I could pick mine....beastly summer. My basil, however, was amazing! I could just run through the rows and whack off bunches before I was eaten alive. I freeze my pesto - don't you?

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  23. It's as if Summer was saying "sorry for not doing such a great job this year...I've asked Fall to be extra kind to make up for it". The crazy thing is...who knows what next year will be like...a cucumber year, a lettuce year, a bean year...a tomato year...gardening in the PNW is always an such adventure! Congratulations on your very first, spring to fall, farmhouse veggie garden, it was a huge success (yes it was)...and I'm so happy that you shared it all with us, thank you! xo J~

    BTW- I love your delicious combo...the provolone sounds like such a nice addition, I'm sure the whole thing is yummy! :d

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  24. Beautiful tomatoes enhanced even further by your photography. They look yummy.

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  25. Trina,
    Isn't it amazing how tomatoes provide perfect fall color just like pumpkins and ghourds?!

    Now if I could just have that sandwich today!!

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  26. hi trina,

    so jealous. our tomato crop was pitiful this year. thank goodness for the farmers market. at least yours finally came in.

    ~janet

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  27. Oh! There is nothing better than garden tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese!

    xo Erin

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  28. i am gobbling up the tomatoes..and i am going to try your amazing sandwich... yummie! xx

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  29. Yum! What I dream about all winter.. better enjoy while it lasts ;)

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  30. yum trina!!! this is my favourite grilled sandwich, and i always scrape pesto onto the bread first, then the toppings and pop it into the grill. yum, yum, yum!

    hope you're keeping well treasure xxx

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  31. Beautiful tomatoes! That sandwich sounds good, too. :) We're finally getting around to planning a garden, we've lived in our current place almost 2 years, and we had to eradicate a sticker problem first. So now, we'll see how much fun we can have growing things!

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  32. We are snacking on cherry tomatoes like they are candy, they are so sweet.
    I love that sandwich. We make it often around here too.
    Thanks for sharing. Stop by TLPC when you're in the mood for marmalade.
    xo Lisa

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  33. C'mon now, nice tomatoes, yes, but we all want to see pics of the nursery!

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  34. It's terrible, but I'm the only one in the house who will eat tomatoes, so we rarely cook with them--or have them. I love tomato sandwiches.

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  35. Hi I like the nice picture of the tomatoes!Thanks for sharing! I come back soon! Have a nice week! Hugs Nina

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  36. Sounds wonderful! Yum :0) I have never made pesto is it easy? Love your blog promise to drop by again soon.

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  37. mmmmmmm that looks/sounds so yummy

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