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July 30, 2009

Summer Treats

The first (kind of big) tomatoes from my garden!

I want to share one of my very favorite tomato recipes.
I used to make these with my grandma in her cozy kitchen

Baked Honey Tomatoes

8 medium tomatoes
1/2 c coarse bread crumbs
(I use the Japanese Panko type)
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp tarragon
(I like to add a little
herbes de Provence too... to taste!)

4 tsp honey
4 tsp unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Slice off very ends of tomatoes and carefully scoop out seeds (I always have some seeds left inside, but don't worry about it ;)
Place open side up in a buttered baking dish.

Mix bread crumbs w/salt, pepper & tarragon
Drizzle tomatoes with honey, rubbing down the cavities
Sprinkle tomatoes with crumb mixture and dot with butter
Bake uncovered for approx. 30 minutes, until skins begin to wrinkle
Place under broiler for another 4 minutes or until crumbs begin to brown.
Serve hot or at room temperature.

The newest addition to our family
watches while the tomatoes are picked

I wanted to share the prettiest little tag
I received from Sandi (she's a lover of tomatoes too)
Click above to be taken to Sandi's blog
and learn about her tags (I think she's posted them
in her Etsy store)

I am still enjoying all the new people
I am meeting from the wonderful
Where Bloggers Create Party
and visiting their blogs while I work on some fun
new objets d'art for my petite store.

Have you heard the latest news
at Karen's
My Desert Cottage?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Au revoir for now~


Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Your tomato recipe sounds so good. If you bring the tomatoes...I'll have the sweet corn ready :o)

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

The garden is certainly being kind to you this year! Beautiful! Loving that kitty, too! ~Mindy

Chrisy said...

Those tomatoes are works of art...and the way you've placed them on the plate with text makes them look extra delicious!

A Vintage Mood said...

That sounds deeeeelish! I'll be trying out that recipe as soon as I have more than one little tomato from my garden. Yours remind me of the little baby boo pumpkins I have growing :).

Judy said...

I am definitely trying the tomato recipe. I've been buying loads at the Market every week.

June said...

I am always looking for new ways to serve tomatoes. Thank you for this recipe, can't wait to try it. I will have my first tomatoes sometime next week, I think.
Isn't this just the coolest news about Karen? I am so excited for her I can hardly stand it! The party was such fun, and I have a clean space now.

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Hi Ms. Tracie,
Beautiful tomatoes...and thank you for sharing your recipe. Sounds delicious. I'll have to try it.


Alison Gibbs said...

Mmm what yummy looking tomatoes.
What type are they??

Les Cotrions said...

Congratulations! Your tomatos ae wonderful and your recipe sounds delicious! I'll try it!
Nice tag and lovely cat!
Have a faboulous week end!

Floss said...

Oh, yum. I shall have to try this recipe when my husband comes home - he and I are the baked tomato eaters in our household! He has grown a huge variety this year - yellow, red and 'black', and all shapes and sizes. The 'black' ones (really dark red and green) are huge and very sweet - they would go well for this recipe, I think.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Tracie! Your recipe sounds lovely...such an appropriate meal for relaxing during these slower paced days of summer. Those tags you received are very, very lovely. Have you ever had "Tomato Bread Soup?" Killer good...I had it once in a restaurant and if you are a tomato lover like myself, it is the most comforting soup. All you do is add "day old" bread to the pot while simmering tomatoes, olive oil, onions, garlic and all the great herbs and out comes this thick, yummy soup! Check out a recipe on line! Bisous, ANita

Jacque said...

I will certainly make that tomato recipe. I planted mine late, so all I have are green at the moment but the plants are loaded!

Thanks for sharing that recipe.

vicki archer said...

That tomato recipe sounds delicious - I shall be trying that next week.... Happy weekend Tracie, xv.

Fifi Flowers said...

That's it!!!! You have convinced moi!!! We NEED a cat in our lives!!! ADORABLE kitty!!!

Shabbyfufu said...

Tracie.......those look like pumpkins~how big are they~lol! Happy weekend to you and the family~xo~

VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

Your tomatoes are beautiful. I didn't get any planted this year. But we have such a wonderful farmers market, to make up for it. You recipe sounds yummy...I have to try it.
Thanks for sharing.
Big Hugs...

common ground said...

Hi Tracie, I've been on your blog many many times, but never left a comment. Bad,bad. So just had to come by and say that I too, was going to mention twinkle lights, but forgot since I was complaining so much. LOL. thanks for including me in "great minds". Your tomato recipe looks so good, and your new kitty sure is a cutie.

paperbird said...

Your blog is just so lovely.
I can't wait to try your tomato recipe. It looks amazing.

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Recipe sounds delichhhhh! I'm still waiting for ours to ripen. Can't wait to try the new ones from the great book you gave me too.
Great new about Karen! Wow good news travels fast. SO wonderful that WWC found out about the party. Now I have no excuse to not get my act together and clean up my mess. Before pics are definitely in order.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracie,

What beauties your tomatoes are and so much tastier from the garden, than the ones you buy.
The recipe sounds delicious and will try it out ~ thank you.

Have a happy weekend

Candy said...

I just discovered her and added her blog as 'Special Blog of the Week' just a little something I do.
Love you place as I traveled all the way down the first page. Look forward to sharing more in the future. BTW-yummo recipe

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

What lovely tomatoes from your garden, Tracie. Are they as tasty as they look?

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Tracie,
Those tomatoes are so enticing! Come over tonight and sit out with us on the deck overlooking the boxwood hedges! Tomato bread soup served tonight at 7:00 with freshly chopped basil, ciabatta bread rubbed with roasted garlic and olive oil, fresh, cold grapes for desert and a cheese platter! How I wish that this could be find a recipe and let me know what you think; it is a tomato lover's paradise. Beautiful photos of your gorgeous produce!!Bisous, Anita

Petit Coterie said...

Tracie, Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, I love tomatoes and this one looks delicious.

The Little Teochew said...

Wow, your tomatoes are gorgeous! I love simple recipes like the one you shared. Thank you!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Tracie, and thank you so much for visiting my blog and welcoming me to the blog world...I truly am enjoying it. I barely started looking at your blog and I love it...I am such an animal~nature lover I immediately fell in love with your precious little ones...I am also looking forward to browsing through your shop. I am one~fourth French and I adore anything French...your profile picture is priceless! Please visit me again soon...

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Tracie, Your tomatoes are gorgeous. I went to the Farmer's and Flea Markets this morning. Didn't find much today except for a gorgeous little vintage trinket box but I found lots at the Farmer's Market. Fried okra and corn, sweet cantaloupe, cheesy squash casserole and deviled eggs for supper tonite. yum! yum!. Everything is looking so pretty on your blog and beautiful website. xo Lynn

Couture de Papier said...

Hi Tracie thank you for comment and info on paint I will have to look it up.Thats great the primer is included Wow!
Yes that is my late beloved Manray in corner,he lived till 14 yrs and was my best friend.I can post a better photo on my blog.Have you ever read The Monks Of New Skeate?..they raise shepherds!

Couture de Papier said...

PS I love the tomatoe recipe and those tomatoes could make a dinner alone! Everything here in New England as far as vegetables is messed up because of rain! wish you were closer!

H.P.S. Blessings Denise

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracie,

Many thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words.

Just forgot to say your new addition to the family is beautiful.
The new cat is lovely.

I hope that you are having a great weekend.


Marina Capano said...

Your tomato recipe sounds so good.
What a cute cat! so cute!

thanks for your visit!

Write with you soon


Marie Antionette said...

Yea cats are like that...LOL They watch while you do all the work. Those tomatos look so good,but what kind of tomatos are they?XXOO Marie Antionette

TattingChic said...

Those tomatoes look delish! I like 'em raw! Silly me.

La Table De Nana said...

I don't know where my little post went:(~
I just ..wanted to repeat myself I guess..I love the tomatoes on the plate and will make this as soon as I have tasty tomatoes:)~
Kittie..and the vignette w/ the tag..are disarmingly sweet:)

Tamara Jansen said...

We have 10 acres of greenhouses but I never get a single tomatoe out of them! Enjoy that delicious looking harvest :)

Allidink said...

Sounds good. Love tomatoes! Love your kitty :)

All the best,

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Tracie, Your tomatoes look so delish and the recipe yummy. Love your little family addition. Too cute.
The tag is beautiful.
Have a great week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Laura said...

ooohh! I can't wait to try this recipe! I just LOVE tomatoes in August and this recipe sounds delicious! Thank you!
:) Laura

Jeanneoli said...

The recipe sounds so good and it is so much fun that you have your own was the plan for this summer....we never got to it. I hope next year!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh Tracie, your recipe for the Honey Tomatoes sounds divine! I'm going to try it for sure!!

I love your work room or shall we call it your "room for creation"?? It's a pretty as the rest of your home girl! I could just live in your work room.

I just added myself as one of your followers, I thought I was and wondered why I was missing your posts DUH... problem solved.

Please keep our sweet Marie in your prayers. I'm so worried about her.

Big hugs, sherry

KaReN EiLeeN said...

How funny!! I posted my tomatoes and recipe too!! LOVE it!! I will try yours....


Connie from Big Bear Lake California said...

They are beautiful. Mine are still green but are starting to turn red. Connie

Gypsy Flea Market said...

I'm going to try your tomato recipe ... sounds good! Have you ever had a "Jersey" tomato? ... I might be biased but, I swear they are hands down THE BEST!! I eat them like apples.

Thanks for taking a peak at my studio clean-up ... still a few more things to do ... isn't there always? ; )


Paula said...

Dear Tracie,

Thank you so much for visiting me from Alice's blog. It is so good to meet you! You have a very beautiful blog! I am enjoying it so much!

Your tomatoes look so delicious! Isn't it wonderful to harvest food from your own backyard? Thank you for sharing the recipe, it sounds so good!

Your new family member is so sweet, as are your other kitties and darling Zeke! He is such a handsome doggie, and I can tell he is a sweetheart!

The tag Sandy sent you is so pretty. Wonderful news at Karen's! I love your beautiful studio, everything is so organized and lovely. I love the table and chair and those windows are wonderful. How nice to have so much natural light and wonderful views of your lovely garden. I love the creams and whites and your 'fireplace' is so charming. Very creative!

I look forward to visiting you again!

Have a blessed evening!
Love, Paula

alicew said...

How did I miss this one??? Where the heck have I been...anyways...I always love when you share recipes and photos of your garden could write the most beautiful cook book ever. Your newest addition is beautiful ;) as is the pretty tag from Sandi. And how exciting about the news over at Karen's! Thanks for sharing!

The Victorian Parlor said...

Your new family member is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the tomato recipe-there's nothing better than summer tomatoes!



Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Hi Tracie,
Just wanted to let you know I posted about the great giveaway I won from you. I was so anxious to post it now that I have actual tomatoes from the garden.
Hope your enjoying the Summer.

Fifi Flowers said...

We ate tomatoes from my son's mini garden tonight... I do not like tomatoes but these were yummy!
I hope you are ENJOYING a FAB weekend with your company!

Anne Marie said...

love that image....your tomatoes look perfectly delicious!
and the recipe is unique and simple-
just perfect!

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Tracie!

Thank-you for the recipe! We have tomatoes galore...
sounds goooodddd!

love, kelee


Nice looking tomatoes from your garden. Lucky gal. Next year I hope to plant some again. Enjoy.


Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Hi Tracie,
I just wanted to update you on the results to my Romantic Homes monthly post poll. I am happy to announce that I will be continuing the monthly post. Thank you for stopping by and for your participation! It was a great help. And thank you so much for your lovely comment. Have a great day.


A Romantic Porch said...

Tracie, Those tomatoes are so totally totally cute. I bet they are darling when cut in slices with the "scallopy" edges. I've never seen a tomato like that! xorachel

Rue said...

Good morning sweet Tracie :)

I think I'll have to make this for lunch today... yum!