Big Boy tomatoes 2There still seems to be some controversy over a tomato; is it a fruit or a vegetable?  I will leave it up to you to decide, because I have a new issue with tomatoes.  One of my tomatoes grew a “spare” part, which looks like a nose, giving this tomato some character.  So I decided to dress it up a bit, and call it  “Mr. Tomato Head”, to accompany the ever famous “Potato Head”.

Here are my “before” and “after” pictures of this peculiar looking tomato.  Did you ever see anything like this?  Pretty strange, wouldn’t you agree?

Tomato head Tomato with a face

Well, besides this strange specimen of the fruit/vegetable, the other ones were quite normal.


I love the taste and texture of homegrown tomatoes, so fresh and ripe, right off the vine, ready to eat….yum!  Tomatoes can be used in so many dishes, like sauces, soups, stews, sandwiches, salads, etc.

I enjoy making vegetarian canapés from a fresh slice of rye bread, spread with a thin layer of garlic butter, and layered with thin slices of a fresh tomato, fresh basil, salt and pepper. It makes such a light and refreshing snack or lunch.

This year I planted only 3 tomato plants, but they produced an abundance of tomatoes, and so many of them ripened at once, so I used them to make a homemade tomato soup.  If you ever had tomato soup made with fresh tomatoes, you will agree that it is simply delicious.

I will share my tomato soup recipe in my next post.

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9 Responses

  1. Diana

    September 15th, 2009 at 11:31 am


    LOL at the Mr. Tomato Head…very cute idea to give him a face! Your tomatoes look great and the soup sounds tasty. Though I’m a huge fan of tomatoes in my salad and on a sandwhich I’m not too crazy over tomato soup!

  2. Suburban Grandma

    September 15th, 2009 at 4:55 pm


    I could not resist to put a face on that tomato….it was fun!
    My son eats tomato soup, catchup, tomato based sauces, but does not like the actual tomato…..figure that!
    Soup is one of those dishes that some people love them and others can easily do without them.
    I’m glad you enjoyed my Tomato Head guy!!!

  3. Megan Farraj

    September 15th, 2009 at 8:12 pm


    I LOVE tomato soup!! I can’t wait for your recipe.

  4. Suburban Grandma

    September 15th, 2009 at 9:07 pm


    Megan, thank you for your loyalty….keeping up with reading my posts. So sweet of you!!
    I hope you will like the recipe. It is the easier version of my mom’s original recipe, since she made her own soup stock from chicken wings, and used much more heavy cream,which did make the soup that much creamer and richer. But I try to cook lighter, and with less time spent by the stove, whenever possible.

  5. Diana

    September 16th, 2009 at 12:38 am


    Hi again!

    Just incase you were wondering or saw that some of the comments on allwomenstalk were gone…we didnt delete them…I LOVE YOUR COMMENTS! There was a virus on there and some things got messed up. I hope you have a wonderful day. :)

  6. Suburban Grandma

    September 16th, 2009 at 8:22 pm


    Thank you Diana for the heads up. Actually I did notice some of my comments were there before and now they are gone. Oh well, there is always another day, another post, another comment. Those darn viruses…..or gremlins…???

  7. suzy

    September 18th, 2009 at 8:21 am


    Love your little Tomato Head, my kids enjoyed the pic too! Thanks for sharing your idea.
    Our tomatoes are all gone now, getting the garden ready for next year.
    Thank you also for your lovely comments!
    Keep it Sweet,

  8. paulaparmelee

    August 3rd, 2011 at 3:40 am


    Excellent! This is the info which I’ve been looking for so long. Thanks for posting. I really need it.

  9. Suburban Grandma

    August 3rd, 2011 at 9:58 pm


    Thank you very much.
    I have other gardening posts you might like to check out as well, if you are interested.

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