Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Gift, tomato sandwich and how to spot a good one

- The plant manager of the printing company came in on Monday with a bag of these home grown beauties and walked around handing them out.  It was fun to hear the expressions of delight each recipient gave.  Me:  "Oooh!  Thank you!"

- Mine turned into a tomato sandwich for lunch yesterday at my desk.  In the south, the tomato sandwich typically has white bread, but I have the South Beach diet principles so firmly in my head that I made my sandwich with whole grain bread.  But the rest is all southern:  Duke's mayonnaise, salt and pepper.

- My dad used to tell me how to spot a tomato grown outdoors on a vine (i.e., not hothouse) and the one above is a perfect example, with its cracking around the stem area.  The tomatoes that look too perfect generally do not taste as good.  The one above tasted like outdoors.


Joanne said...

Homegrown tomatoes are THE.BEST!

Jannie Funster said...

Ummmmmmm, tasty! On her burgers and sandwiches all Kelly takes are meat, cheese and tomatoes, the latter a discovery of hers in the past few months.

And guess what?? We are actually heading to the coast for a few days family vacation. Leaving in a couple hours, whoohooo. So... I'll raise a glass of wine to you on the beach!! Bringing my own bottle. :)


happygirl said...

Tomato sandwiches just taste like summertime to me. I don't even bother with tomatoes from the supermarket.

Sara said...

Once ages ago, I had a garden. The tomatoes weren't easy to grow, but every once in awhile we'd get a really good and I tell you there's nothing better. YUMMY.

Thanks for hint about picking tomatoes -- that's very helpful:~)

Hope the summer is going well and you're dealing with the constant rain. At least, we've had several days of sunshine in the morning, but the afternoon the showers return. Pesky front needs to move on:~)

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Your sandwich looks terrific...! YUM YUM YUM! Is "Duke's" Mayo available anywhere else, I wonder.....!

And you are so right....Home Grown Tomato's look and taste very different than any other---And Sooo much better, to my way of thinking.

Lynn said...

Joanne -

They are! :)

Jannie -

There you are! I hope Kelly gets a good sammy with tomato on your lovely trip. I toast you back, my friend!


happygirl -

Me, either - although I do use those Roma tomatoes from the grocery store sometimes.

Sara -

Yes - the rain is just staying with us. I guess it'll be another indoor walking day.

Good to see you!

Naomi -

Duke's Mayo is not available west of Texas for some reason (I just checked.) I was surprises to see it is available in the northeast.) I like it because it doesn't contain any sugar. I love it.

Lee said...

I love sprinkling curry powder over the tomato slices on sandwiches or toast, too. It tastes great!!

Home-grown ones don't come near them for taste!

sage said...

I love tomato sandwiches and even though I'm from the south, I eat mine on whole wheat and leave off the salt. Sometimes, when I want to be fancy, I'll add celery seeds.

Riot Kitty said...

Yum! Whole wheat is so much better anyhow.

TALON said...

Yummy! One of the best things about summer - home grown tomatoes and toasted tomato sandwiches with lots of pepper. :)

Granny Annie said...

A homegrown tomato is better than candy, cake or pie and I really like candy, cake and pie. White bread was my choice at one time but I too go for whole grain bread now with my tomato sandwiches.

Leonora said...

Ha,ha! Yes, the uglier the tomato- the better it tastes : )

Chatty Crone said...

I LOVE tomato sandwiches and mayo! Such a wonderful southern dish!

Mama Zen said...

That's right; look for the cracking around the stem!

Snaggle Tooth said...

Yay for free, homegrown tomatoes! I've had a few from my 3 little deck vines, n more green are growing. I never eat them raw (get reactions), but the stews, pizza, n rice are tastier with them. I'm eating a deck beef-steak in tonight's dinner. Yep, had a crack!

Lynn said...

Lee -

I wouldn't have thought of doing that - sprinkling curry powder. I'll have to try it.

Sage -

I just put a little sprinkle of sea salt on it. Maybe I should try the fancy treatment of celery seeds sometime. :)

Riot Kitty -

I think so, too. :)

Lynn said...

Talon -

I've never toasted one. I'll have to try it!

Granny Annie -

I agree! And I love candy, cake and pie, too. :)

Leonora -

Ain't that the truth!

Lynn said...

Sandie -

I know - I love them so much.

Mama Zen -

That's the trick. :)

Snaggle -

Oh how lucky you are to be able to grow them on your deck! I'll bet that tomato was delicious.

Betty Manousos said...

my love of sandwiches knows no bounds.
love tomato sandwiches and mayo--yummy!...i actually love any kind of sandwich.
now i am hungry!

big hugs

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn .. that looks just too good - and I love fresh homegrown tomatoes ...

So pleased you were given the opportunity to try one of his tomatoes ...

Delicious thoughts! Must be nearly supper time!! Cheers Hilary