Tomato Sampler

So many good tomatoes.


Yesterday’s dinner included six varieties of tomato with aioli sauce and a rice pilaf. It made for a light and refreshing summer meal. Starting at the top and working around counterclockwise; chunks of Costoluto Genovese, sliced Black Krim, small bites of Japanese Black Trifele, Green Zebra, Celebrity, and an unnamed bright orange cherry tomato.

Costoluto Genovese; was by far the best tomato

Black Krim, pretty good but somewhat watery flavored

Japanese Black Trifele,very watery flavor

Green Zebra; very tasty with a little bite to it

Celebrity, moderately flavorful and good texture

cherry tomato, also really good and quite sweet. My objection is the skin to fruit ratio. It seems there is always too much skin to chew up.

The rice was a simple dish. Wash and chop 3 – 4 stalks celery and a medium onion. Saute them in a little hot oil until starting to cook. Add one or two crushed cloves of garlic and cook for one more minute. Add one cup of your favorite rice (I used a mixture of brown and wild) and stir into the oil and veggies. Stir to coat. Pour in two cups liquid (I use chicken broth but veggie broth or even water would be fine). Season with a teaspoon of cumin, salt and pepper and a dash of cayenne or paprika. Use your imagination. Bring to a simmer, cover tightly, lower the heat and cook for the specified amount of time.

A good simple quick side dish for a summer meal we often have this with some other sides of vegetables and fruit and yogurt for dinner.

What variety tomato do you grow and what is your favorite?

Bonnie appetite!

signature, Sarah

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6 Responses to Tomato Sampler

  1. Anonymous says:

    Mmmm yum!! Hey Sarah! I’m comin to your house for din din!! 🙂

  2. Bebe says:

    my all time favorite was Prudence Purple….found the plant at small shop in Mountain View Mo. Have wondered if it was actually Cherokee Purple since I’ve not heard of Prudence Purple since then

    • S says:

      Hmmm… I know there are a gazillion varieties and sometimes a small grow out of some specialty thing someone has made on their own. So, you never know. It might be worth a google search sometime.

  3. Helen says:

    It certainly does look yummy. And rice pilaf…. I’ve just been inspired to make some for a picnic later today.

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