Is it normal that I bought 20 pounds of tomatoes on a whim? I think being so wrapped up in this whole food blogosphere has altered my sense of normalcy.
No matter. I did it and I could not have been more excited as I picked up my loot from The Ladybug Truck parked outside Piccino hawking cases of juicy red tomatoes like a fresh shipment of LV fakes off Canal Street.
For awhile I was snacking on them straight out of the bowl like apples. I piled them on sandwiches, egregiously loaded them onto salads, made a big pot of sauce, and then peeled and canned the rest.
What should I do with my jarred beauties? What’s your favorite tomato dish?
Why the tomato madness?
- Because I have to get them while I can! They are ripe for the picking right now, and it won’t last forever. Yes, this is the "end of the world” fear tactic reason. Every week I stop by the farmer’s market afraid that this is the day they disappear.
- Because I can. California, you have got yourself some amazing produce, baby. Fresh, accessible, delicious.
- Because I simply cannot resist a good deal. Normally priced at a steep $3.50/pound, buying in bulk brought that down to $1.40/pound!