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My Suburban Tomatoes

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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