August 31, 2010

Pommes d’Amour

tomatoes

I promise this is not another post bemoaning my sad little tomato plants that never produced any tomatoes! I’m just trying to savor the last wonderful bits of summer and that includes the bounty of tomatoes that have been available in my local farm stands and markets.

Because they were believed to have aphrodisiac qualities in 17th century France, these glorious fruits were known as “love apples” or pommes d’amour. How do you like them love apples? And we’ve all heard the on-going argument of to-may-to vs. to-mah-to. No matter what you call them, I call them wonderful! I froze a small batch of stewed tomatoes for soups and chili this winter. I really want to go all out next year and can some too.

DSC01187 {I spotted these orange beauties at one area market}

 

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{then i munched on these fried greenies at a delicious local eatery…i promise there is a healthy food under all that batter…the southern beau said these were the best he’d ever had, but i say my me-me’s hold that title!}

Here is a quick and easy tomato recipe if you are looking for something with a bit of a twist…

Chevre Tomatoes

Halve 2 tomatoes horizontally and shake out the seeds. Place the halves cut side up on a broiler pan, salt lightly and broil until sizzling (about 3 minutes). Sprinkle 3 ounces of crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and top with a few grinds of pepper. Broil a while longer until the cheese softens. Sprinkle with chopped fresh oregano. Yum!

Are you doing anything delicious with your love apples? Do tell!

13 comments:

  1. Lovely! We usually just slice ours up, sprinkle a little salt on them and serve them alongside lunch or dinner. I do love some fried green ones, though!

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  2. This recipe sounds delicious and so easy to make! What a great week night side.

    I like to remove the seeds from a creole tomato and stuff it with tuna salad!

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  3. plain with salt or stuffed with tuna....y'all are speaking my language! love it! xoxo

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  4. Hey little miss, that's it, you will forever be known as my sweet little love apple from here until eternity! You are too cute I can hardly stand it! :)

    I say to-may-to, how about you sweetie?

    LOVE some fried green tomatoes, tomatoes on grilled cheese sandwiches, sliced tomatoes with a little salt & pepper, tomato and mayo sandwich on white bread YUMMMMM, tomato stuffed with chicken salad (or tuna like Jen said!), roasted tomatoes, you name it, I'm all over it when it comes to these sweet little goodies!

    Love ya!! xoox

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  5. miss trish....you are darling! and i'm fine to be called a love apple...thanks for stopping by! i hope you are having a fabulous week!

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  6. Vicksburg, MS. A little place called Rusty's down by the river. Best. Fried. Green. Tomatoes. EVER! They serve them with hollandaise sauce and lump crab meat. Heaven on a plate.

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  7. That recipe sounds wonderful! I'm going to have to try that...my husband loves feta!

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  8. Okay, now! You've gone and made me want a plate of fried green tomatoes and the best I can do is just watch the movie. :>)

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  9. By the way, our tomatoes never amounted to a hill of beans either. I was sooooo disappointed this summer.

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  10. Ooooooo yum. Now I'm craving fried green tomatoes.

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  11. Love, love, love anything "ta-may-ta".

    Hope you're having a good week!

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  12. ohh my goodness, i'm not even a tomato fan, but I'm drooling over these fried green onesss... looks so yummy

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Lay it on me y'all!