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Savory/Sweet Switch: Tomato Tarte Tatin

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 2, 2013

Photo: Alexandra Fleischman

Whether tomatoes belong to the fruit or vegetable families is a debate we’ve all heard before. But, at least they are always treated as a vegetable, making it into salads, sauces, curries, condiments, and pastas. The list goes on. With the exception of a tomato jam, I just haven’t encountered tomatoes used in sweet breakfasts or desserts. (Thinking again, that’s not true: tomato basil sorbet, but it wasn’t very good or dessert-like.)

That is, until Bon Appétit posted their recipe for a dessert tomato tarte tatin. (A savory tomato tarte tatin wasn’t new– add some onions and olives to the tomato mixture, and use less caramel, and this goes well for dinner.) I was intrigued, and so was the blog world. Their reviews were positive, pleasantly shocked. So when I saw beautiful plum tomatoes this week, I knew what I would be using them for. (Although I considered these, too.) Read More

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10 Recipes Using Summer Tomatoes

By Christopher Stewart | June 27, 2013

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Photo by Lynn G.

For the warmest weather, everyone reaches for something light and refreshing. I’m pretty sure no one ever thinks of reaching for tomatoes. At the height of the summer season, tomatoes, whether it be Roma, Cherry, Beefsteak, or the funky and colorful Heirloom variaties are packed with flavor, the right balance of sweetness and tartness, and are perfect for any meal. Sear them and eat them with eggs for brunch, or toss them into pasta topped with lobster. Tomatoes make a quick and easy summer meal, that’s bright in color and amazing in flavor. Try one of these 10 tomato inspired recipes this week to add some summer to your meals.  Read More

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Catching Up on Ketchup

By admin | April 11, 2012

Photo: Scout Seventeen

Photo: Scout Seventeen

By: Michael Engle

Have you ever wondered why ketchup labels itself as “tomato ketchup,” even though “other” ketchup is almost impossible to find?  This is because ketchup has a long, rich, and interesting history.  Tomatoes have only served as the standard ketchup base for a little more than 200 years.  Surprisingly, if not for a since-proven misconception about tomatoes, ketchup may not have become so firmly entrenched with tomatoes.

Ketchup can be construed to be a descendant of fish sauce (ke-chiap), which is an Asian condiment made of pickled fish and spices.  After ke-chiap was invented in China, in the 1690′s, it soon became incorporated into Malay culture.  In the 1740′s, British explorers discovered ke-chiap in Malaysia, and imported it to England.  Eventually, the product name evolved to the anglicized “ketchup.”  In British cuisine, the most popular ketchup was neither a tomato variety nor the original fish version; instead, the Brits invented a mushroom ketchup to accompany their Victorian meat pies, puddings, and roasts. Read More

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The 5 Best Seasonal Ingredients in Southern California

By mahir | May 31, 2011

Chef Greg Hozinsky

Chef Greg Hozinsky

Greg Hozinsky is a talented young chef cooking out of Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California. As an up-and-coming chef at the hotel’s Zinc Lounge, Chef Hozinsky is praised widely for using seasonal, local ingredients in innovative tapas and small plates. Check out his previous list of  5 Tips Every Aspiring Chef Should Know. Now, as summer approaches, Chef Greg has the lowdown on the 5 best seasonal ingredients in Southern California.  And even if you’re not out West, there are some great American staples on his list that will be hitting market stands within a few weeks.  Read More

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Tomato Growing Tips and Recipes

By mahir | May 26, 2011

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the top foods to grow in gardens and it’s really no mystery why: whether you think of them as a fruit or vegetable, they are a delicious snack. There happen to be many varieties both large and small so no matter what the size of your garden is (even if it’s just a fire escape!) you can grow them. Here are some things to keep in mind when growing and how to make them into tasty recipes:  Read More

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Top 5 Foods For Your Skin

By mahir | May 16, 2011

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Not many people have enough time to eat right, plan out a skin regiment and have time leftover to catch up on Top Chef. Thankfully, you can accomplish two of the three in one fell swoop. Be sure to stock up on these top 5 foods as they make for great skin boosters:  Read More

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