Because deep down, past all the health food stuff ? I am southern in my heart.
This is the process. When the tomatoes are ripe in the gardens here? I eat the first real tomato "sandmich" Yes, "sandmich". Out comes the whole wheat bread (toasted), the bacon (fried), the mayo, and finally the un refrigerated, vine ripe tomato. The closest you can get to it is Campari green house tomatoes but that's as close as you can get. My dad used to have a garden in back of his house. It was huge. Alot of tomatoes. They'd can them and have them on the table in the kitchen. THE best thing in the world was to sit and eat tomatoes (with just alittle salt and pepper). The Sweet One Hundreds were like candy. In the winter? You'd open a quart jar of tomatoes add diced bell peppers and onions and salt, pepper, garlic. Simmer in a skillet. Pour over pasta and eat. The simmer changes things in the tomatoes. Heaven on Earth.
Warm and sweet on the tongue like a kiss.
Too bad Valentine's Day is in February.
Tomatoes, fresh from the garden, are the perfect fruit of love.
I'd eat a "tomayta samich" with this lemon ice box pie and a glass of tea.
Look out the window of my mom and dads kitchen. Be sitting there looking outside at the heat of the day. The grass green. The sky blue. Hot outside but cool under the airconditioning. :)
Nothing better on a hot day in July. I'm glad that I had that experience. Can still taste it.
"...Only two things that money can't buy and that's true love and home grown tomatoes..."