Seasonal Sundays (Week 34) Tomato Season!

It's like a race, right? Such a short season, so many can't-wait ways to gorge on summer tomatoes. Let me tempt you with Seven Days of Tomato Inspiration ...

Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

I'm still popping the last of candy-sweet and sun-warmed mini tomatoes straight from the pot in my kitchen herb garden even if our regular tomato plants are duds-duds-duds this year.

Luckily, our neighbor a few doors down is not only generous but has a big garden in a sunny spot with an overflow of juicy tomato slicers, just as good if not better than pricey heirlooms from the farmers market.

They won't last forever, another three or four weeks at most.

So I'm trying to pack in all my summer favorites!

There's no denying a lunch-time tomato sandwich (y'know, just tomato and mayo and salt and pepper on good bread) and the household favorites like my husband's mother's Old-Fashioned Cucumber & Tomato Salad and the Insalata Caprese that evokes memories of patio lunches in Zurich twenty one years ago now and of course, Tomato Gazpacho.

My husband crisps an almost-embarrassing amount of Baked Bacon for big Wedge Salads and I whisk up Homemade Mayonnaise for BLTs.

Ahhh. Summer tomatoes!

But with only so many tomatoes and so little time, it's time to get serious about moving past the "standard" tomato recipes and moving onto those that both inspire and satisfy.

Fingers crossed you find a new personal favorite or two!

It's Not Politics. It's Civics.
It's Like Voting Every Day. Legally.

The country needs calm, thoughtful and assertive voices amid the chaos inflicted by a minority hellbent on taking/retaining power by strangling democratic principles and equal rights.

It's time to look up, study up and speak up. Make your voice heard!

Don't get overwhelmed. Don't think you have to personally change the world.


Pick one thing and put it on top of your To Do List this week. Next week, add another.

Here are my suggestions. I'll be adding to this list ...

  • NEXT WEEK Suggestions Welcome.

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Seven Days of Tomato Inspiration

Fresh Tomato Sauce ♥, how to make tomato sauce, not for canning but fresh for supper with perfect summer tomatoes.

Chipotle Chickpea Salad ♥, beans mixed with summer-fresh vegetables and a smidgin of heat. WW Friendly. Rave Reviews. Gluten Free.

Panzanella (Classic Italian Tomato Salad) ♥, the classic recipe for Italian tomato and bread salad. Worthy of an occasion.

Warm Goat Cheese Appetizer with Mini Tomatoes & Capers, another easy summer appetizer ♥, a big jumble of tangy goat cheese and tomatoes in a simple vinaigrette. Weeknight easy, worthy of an occasion. Fresh & Seasonal for casual summer entertaining.

Afghan Eggplant & Tomato Casserole (Borani Banjan) ♥, an explosion of tastes and textures and temperatures. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Summer's Tomato Soup ♥, simple, light homemade tomato soup, made with fresh tomatoes. Beautiful color. Looks simple, tastes complex.

Salmon with Pesto Zucchini Noodles & Warm Tomatoes, another Quick Supper ♥ High Protein. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Paleo. WW Weight Watchers Friendly. Whole30 Friendly.

Wait! There's More!

I gotta say, it was a real trick nailing down just seven recipes. There are so many more! Hang on, tomatoes, hang on!

Tomato Recipes ♥, simple to sumptuous, super-organized to find exactly the right recipe, fast.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Peach, Cherry & Blueberry Fruit Sauce or Fruit Soup ♥, a summery combo, unusual and delicious, especially good with chocolate ice cream.

Peach, Cherry & Blueberry Fruit Sauce or Fruit Soup ♥, a summery combo, unusual and delicious, especially good with chocolate ice cream.

Just Updated!

Skillet-Stewed Green Beans with Tomato & Basil ♥ All the best tastes of summer in one pan.

Something to Read

I'm savoring every moment in a long book called Fellowship Point. When was the last time you read a book about lifelong friendships between women now in their 80s? It's stark and contemplative, a great read – and would make for great conversation in a women's book club.

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