Tomato Fever

July 31, 2011

Between our garden and the bag of tomatoes Karen brought over, Matt and I are head to toe deep in them! I used to despise tomatoes and I am still in disbelief that I can eat them raw like this. But only in the summertime! Winter tomatoes make me gag.

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So naturally our lunch revolved around them. Tomatoes and bread, naturally.

I spent the morning cleaning up the house. I owe you all a post on not only what I use to clean (read all about Shaklee here in the Home Clean Home posts) but how I use them. Today I did my kitchen with Basic H, laundry with Nature Bright (it got a tea stain out of my Votes for Women towel!) and used Scour Off to spot clean the house. Scour Off continues to wow me – I had a shelf in a bookcase filled with what I thought were black scratches and they came right up with a little scrubbing! And here I thought I was going to have to either live with the scratches or repaint the bookshelf.

After making the house sparkle, Matt and I went for a run. At noon!! Luckily the sun is tucked behind the clouds today, but it was still hot. I took my Camelbak full of water, which really helped.

What did not help were the hills! I felt like we were running uphill the entire time.

Long gone are the days where I regularly did 6 miles. These days 4 is juuuust fine.

Back home, showered of sweat salt and cool in the AC, we had sandwiches!

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With summer sides!

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Garden heirloom tomato, cucumber, fried egg and cream cheese on Cville Crunch!

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GAH this bread is good!!

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On the side – some tomato basil salad Matt made

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And a pile of stone fruit!! <3 stone fruits

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Peach, plumb, cherries (which I pronounce “char-ries” like I’m from Long Island!)

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I’m going SHOPPING!! Have a lovely afternoon!

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1 Balancing Sylvia July 31, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Summer lunch indeed! Hrmmm, I’m going to have to try that combo with my egg sandwiches. I’ve never combined cucumber and cream cheese with an egg before. Have fun shopping!

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2 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing July 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Perfect summer lunch! I would probably sell a kidney for heirloom tomatoes ;) And they are expensive enough here that I would have to! Hehe. Fingers crossed I can find some at a reasonable price soon :) Have a great afternoon!

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3 Emily @ Savory and Savage July 31, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Those tomatoes look amazing! Cream cheese with a fried egg, huh? A very interesting combination.

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4 Hillary July 31, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Tomato basil salads are one of my favorite things about summer : )

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5 Stef @ Living HI July 31, 2011 at 2:19 pm

The tomato salad looks beautiful, as did the sauce last night. There really is nothing better than fresh garden tomatoes!

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6 Molly @ RDexposed July 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Oh yes! Good choice to put on an egg sandwich! YUM

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7 lynn @ the actor's diet July 31, 2011 at 2:33 pm

i grew up eating egg n cheese sandwiches….i’ve never had it with cream cheese!

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8 Christine @ Burning It Off July 31, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Man, that first picture has me craving some tomato salad… my Nonno grows his own, I’m gonna have to hit him up for a fresh supply now :P

During the summer, I hate running anytime between 9 am and 8 pm. It’s just too hot… I did 5 miles in the afternoon last week and thought I was going to die.

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9 Dana July 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I’m born and raised on Long Island and I have no idea what the “Long Island way” is to say cherries hahaha

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10 KathEats July 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I say “ch-air-eees”

NY says “ch-ehr-ees”

At least that’s how my good friend from college who was from Laurel Hollow pronounced it!

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11 Dana July 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Interesting! I am definitely a “ch-ehr-ees” person :)

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12 Danielle August 1, 2011 at 4:50 am

I didn’t know what you meant at first either (I’m from LI) but now I get it. Ch-ehr-ees here too ;-)

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13 Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 31, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I love tomatoes, especially with fresh basil!

Hope you enjoy shopping :)

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14 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 31, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Have fun shopping! of course your lunch look bomb. Tomato and bread…YUM :)

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15 Kinley July 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I have some tomato plants that are literally taking over my backyard and kitchen… if they ever ripen, I am going to have to try this recipe for tomato salad because lately tomato sauce and salsa have = terrible heartburn :(

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16 Kelsey @ My Search of Summer July 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I can’t wait until my tomatos turn red! I have a bunch of huge, green heirlooms out back and have held off buying any from the store so I don’t get sick of them before I get the really good ones!

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17 Baking N Books July 31, 2011 at 3:02 pm

End slice! My fave :)

I used to eat tomato sandwiches all the time growing up. Loved them – 2 slices of WW bread, thick tomato slices, a little black pepper and ….mustard!

Have you gotten injured in the past from running? Is that why you say you keep your mileage lower now? (although 4 miles is stellar girl).

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18 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I love tomatoes! I mean I eat one per day and love doctoring them up with various vinaigrette or sometimes just eat them totally plain..or with a sprinkle of stevia. Heirlooms are awesome and to have a garden overflowing with them would make me sooo happy!

Enjoy your Sunday!

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19 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I was the same way with tomatoes – I wouldn’t so much as touch them until a few years ago. Now I can’t get enough! I still refuse to eat ketchup though!

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20 Sondra July 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Hi Kath,
This is random but could you suggest a good pedometer to use for runs? I’m looking at getting one.

I also wanted to let you know that since reading your blog the only bread I buy is GH bread and I LOVE it! :) Love your blog too! Thanks!

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21 KathEats July 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Hey Sondra, Unfortunately I don’t have any recommendations

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22 cathy July 31, 2011 at 8:37 pm

can i jump in?!
pedometers are ok for walking, to give you an idea of the # of steps you’re taking.
for running, your best bet is to invest in a garmin. more $ but more accurate. the nike + sportband would be another one to check out.

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23 AmyD July 31, 2011 at 9:55 pm

You could also try mapmyrun.com. I have found it to be pretty accurate and it’s FREE!

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24 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I love tomato salads in the summer. There’s really nothing like a fresh, summer tomato.

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25 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I’m a firm believer that there is no thing as too much tomatoes :D

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26 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I love cream cheese with eggs on bread. YUMM. Looks great!

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27 Allie July 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I think I just caught the tomato fever…. :)

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28 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles July 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Stone fruit season is my FAVORITE! I’ll be sad to see it end…=(

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29 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy July 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Tomato basil salads is one of my absolute favorite salads! I just love the smell of fresh basil!

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30 cj weaber @ http://cjh002.wordpress.com July 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I love summer tomatos! Drizzled with a little balsamic and finished with some basil is one of my favorite summertime combos. You made me very hungry for a nice fresh caprese salad!

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31 Jennifer July 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I love love love summer tomatoes. Winter tomatoes are so blah in comparison!
Lovely tomato salad, it’s a staple in my house around this time of year!

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32 rumfunandsun July 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Ooooh shopping, jealous!!!!

Those tomatoes look delicious! I love tomatoes and yes hothouse tomatoes you find in the store in winter are YUCK!

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33 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I hate tomatoes, but your lunch actually looks delicious :)

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34 Living, Learning, Eating July 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Your lunch looks delicious! I’ve been appreciating raw tomatoes lately, and kind of dissing their cooked counterparts, which is a COMPLETE reversal of how I am in winter (then, I can’t get enough tomato sauce and a raw tomato incites a *yuck* face). It’s so funny how our appetites change with the weather/sun/season!

And I haven’t run in forever (almost a year?) so four miles sounds like A TON to me right now :P

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35 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Tomato and basil were made for each other! Especially with some EVO, balsamic, and feta. That’s my favourite tomato dish!

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36 Becky July 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Tomatoes, Cherries, Peaches!! I am “in heaven” this time of year! All so delicious and good for us. Eating as close to nature as possible is always the best! And CLEANING as close to nature as possible is awesome, too! This morning, I just took a DAB of Scour Off on a wet sponge and cleaned out the inside of a VERY badly tea-stained old rough porcelain mug. It was amazing for sure! And it’s a BEST DAD mug, so that made me happy to hand it my husband, spotless! It’s his favorite from our sons. It’s the little things . . .

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37 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 31, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I miss the days of having tubs and tubs of homegrown tomatoes. Nothing is better than a homegrown tomato with S+P, red vinegar, and EVOO. :)

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38 kaila @ healthy helper! July 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I hate tomatoes in the winter too!!! But when its summer….give em’ to me!!! I can’t get enough right now! They just taste so fresh and delicious!

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39 Angel7 July 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

My husband made spaghetti sauce tonight, but not with the tomatoes my dad gave us from his garden. He used good canned tomatoes. The tomatoes my dad gave us will be used for salsa and tomato sandwiches/salads.

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40 Lauren @ MRS July 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Same here! I used to avoid tomatoes, but never in bottle form.hee. But lately, since I’ve been trying to learn more dishes, I’ve come to love using them. They’re quite delicious and easy to incorporate in anything.

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41 Sarah Lienard July 31, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I’ve always loved tomatoes, and that looks so delicious! You’re right though, they taste much, much better in the summer.

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42 Nancy-The Wife of a Dairyman July 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Those tomatoes look GOOD! Ours are not quite ready yet in our garden…I’m hoping by the end of August we’ll have some to eat. Have a great day shopping!

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43 Clara July 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm

You should try roasting them in the oven with a little garlic and olive oil and herbs. And eat them with some pasta. It’s so yummy and delicious you’ll want to eat nothing else ;-)
Check it out here: http://sogoodandtasty.blogspot.com/2011/07/pasta-with-roasted-tomato-sauce.html

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44 Dani Delicatessen July 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm

i love tomatoes! i know so many people who dont like tomatoes but like the tomato taste? i dont understand it

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45 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I have been in LOVE with tomatoes lately. For my birthday dinner last night, the Padre ordered a salad with tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and grilled shrimp — oh lord it was good.

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46 Erica July 31, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Summer tomatoes are amazinggggg! Great job rocking the run in this heat. Hope you had fun shopping!

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47 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 31, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Stone fruits are so good – right now I’m eating a big bowl of cherries!

I like tomatoes sometimes — they have to be just right and they definitely taste better in the summertime!

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48 Kristen @ Change of Pace July 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I used to hate tomatoes, peppers, and sweet potatoes. Now I don’t know what I’d do without them. It’s sad that some people don’t believe you can change your tastebuds. Like me, they are missing out on such wonderful things!

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49 Cait's Plate July 31, 2011 at 7:53 pm

GAH! That bread LOOKS so good! I need it in my life! And I wouldn’t mind those cherries either.

Hope shopping was fun! :)

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50 Erin July 31, 2011 at 8:06 pm

My brother stopped by the bakery the other day to pick up some treats to send to me in Japan and I am so excited to get them! He went in there just for me and ended up leaving with bread for himself. :) We just finished three weeks of leave in VA and I wanted to come myself, but it just didn’t quite work out. Things never go quite as planned when there are three kids along….

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51 KathEats July 31, 2011 at 8:27 pm

He said hello!!!! I sent a hello back to you via him :) Hope you enjoy the treats!

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52 Silvia July 31, 2011 at 8:26 pm

That spaghetti sauce looks soooo delicious!! I’ve yet to make it, waiting for my tomatoes to grow a little more. Didn’t know Matt was that good at Spanish to read HP books in Spanish!! wow, good for him. Thanks Kath for always making the delicious food which encourages me to cook healthy/local/simple for my own family!

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53 Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots July 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I agree! I can only eat raw tomatoes in the summer! In the winter, I have to roast the little suckers to make them edible!

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54 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine July 31, 2011 at 10:49 pm

I agree. Chaaaaaaaaaar-ries are to die for!

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55 Hannah July 31, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Hmm, your ability to overcome a distaste of raw tomatoes makes me think that one day I might be able to stomach orange chocolate… no, probably not :P

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56 KathEats August 1, 2011 at 7:38 am

I don’t care for orange chocolate either :)

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57 Khushboo August 1, 2011 at 1:27 am

I’m so glad that my dinner tonight involves marinara sauce! I was totally thinking the same as u last night about running- i used to run +10km regularly but now i’m happy with anything between 5 and 8 km!

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58 Lisa @ Life in Green August 1, 2011 at 9:12 am

Ahh so jealous of your fresh tomatoes. Still waiting on mine to ripen…they just continue to sit out there and tease me.

I’m with you I can’t do winter tomatoes and actually can’t buy any from the grocery store ever. It’s just not the same as what you get fresh from the garden!

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59 Seth Waite @ DrVita Vitamins September 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Those tomatoes look delicious. Nothing is better than fresh (locally grown) tomatoes! Especially when you add fresh herbs and a nice vinaigrette.

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