I Just Don’t Understand This

August is National Ice Cream Sandwich, Watermelon, Oyster, Root Beer Float, Zucchini, Soft Ice Cream and Peach Pie Month. There are also days that celebrate Brownies at Brunch, Catfish, Panini, Peaches and Sandwiches, among many many others. But no tomatoes. NO TOMATOES?!!!

Actually, October is National Tomato Month. That hurts, since the best of the season is over and we’re all searching for that lost fried green tomato recipe, hoping to prolong the season just a bit longer. It’s good but just not the same.

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For me, August is my tomato month. It is on my daily menu at some point during the day – good at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a mid-day snack. There isn’t a better time of the year to enjoy a delicious ripe tomato. Low in calories, rich in vitamins A and C and folic acid and an excellent source of nutrients and antioxidants. Fancy recipes aren’t needed. Eat them raw, mixed with other vegetables, in a fresh summer salad or cooked in a morning omelette. Slice and top with olive oil or basil or blue cheese or just salt and pepper. Rinse and just bite into one. Make your own mayonnaise, or not, bring your best bread to the table and make a sandwich, seasoned with just of bit of salt and pepper and maybe a few slices of crisp bacon. And what’s more refreshing on a hot day than a bowl of Gazpacho?

Having a bowl of ripe tomatoes on the counter will help make your summer meals healthy and delicious and you won’t believe how much time you’ll save. Take it easy in the kitchen. Keep it healthy, light, simple and tasty. No heat required…just lots of tomatoes!

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