Kicking off Tomato Week

I can eat a fresh tomato like an apple

We’ve had such a great tomato crop this year that we’re throwing a bit of a party over here at the Rufus Guide. Miss Chica, you bring the olives; Chicago John, you bring the cheese and Roger, wine please?

What will we bring to the table, aside from our sparkling personalities? Well, all this week we’ll be featuring tomato recipes and highlighting ones from our archives and other bloggers. We’ll have soups and salads, drinks and sides. And we hope you all leave hungry!

We’ll start a new round of tomato recipes tomorrow, but first a look at some of our favorites.

Tomato Pie

This is a great example of an unhealthy vegetarian meal

Stuffed Tomatoes with Tuna and Capers

Just scoop out the seeds

Baked Eggs with Tomatoes

Don’t let the eggs overcook

Stuffed Chicken with Roast Squash and Tomatoes

Brighter than the sun, almost

Marinated Tomatoes

Fresh garlic is so good

Pico de Gallo

I prefer regular tortilla chips but the blue ones make a better photo


Red bell pepper works well too


Really ripe vegetables and really stale bread, who would have thought it was a good idea

Grilled Veggie Stacks

What I wished a Big Mac looked like

Tomato Cucumber Salad

A medley of color

About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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40 Responses to Kicking off Tomato Week

  1. Lauren says:

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. I’ll be in heaven this week!

  2. Great ideas! I have a ton of tomatoes left over from a BBQ today and I wasn’t sure what I should do with them. Very fortuitous that I read this post πŸ™‚

  3. emmycooks says:

    I want all of those!

  4. Alicia says:

    I’m jealous of all the fresh tomatoes (my favorite food!) we have quite a while yet before ours are ripe… Well, I think one of my sungolds is almost ready, but it could be more than a month before the large ones are.

  5. Carolyn Chan says:

    If I had access to fresh tomatoes from my garden I would be loathe to do anything other than eat tons of fresh tomato salads to enjoy their flavour. My mother in-law has an allotment in the UK and they grow tomatoes and she always has so many she can’t finish it all and makes tomato relishes and jams which are delicious with cheese and meats.

  6. The tomato pie looks fabulous.

  7. I’m very envious. Our tomato season is starting very late owing to the wet and cool weather. So many good dishes that it’s impossible to choose.

  8. rsmacaalay says:

    I would love this week! tomatoes are such a key ingredient in Filipino cuisine as well a pork belly πŸ™‚

  9. I heart the tomato with eggs… drooling already. It’s going to be a fun week!

  10. Mad Dog says:

    You should live in Valencia – they have a tomato festival too, where the whole city throws tomatoes at each other in a dedicated festival, the Tomatina πŸ˜‰

  11. Great round up! Tomatoes are my favourites! I used to eat them like apples at school, no more soggy sandwiches. And yes, Dad still makes a tomato and garlic salad. Pungent and delicious!

  12. ChgoJohn says:

    This is going to be a great week at the Rufus Guide, one that I’m going to fully enjoy. This round-up alone is fantastic! Thanks for the mention. A little cheese is a small price to pay for a chance to sit at that table.

  13. Mmmmmm…my favorite time of the year! I won’t have any ripe ones this week from my own garden, but they’re starting to show up at the farmer’s market in the stalls of the inland farmers!

  14. Red, red, red…who can’t love fresh red?

  15. sallybr says:

    Loved them all! But I always get a smile on my face when I see you using one of the plates we have… πŸ™‚ (like the one in the bruschetta)

    great roundup, Greg!

  16. IΒ΄m on my way, clutching the olives! So many lovely recipes….I think I just have time to make the tomato pie this week πŸ™‚

  17. Eva Taylor says:

    Mmmmm. What a great post about tomatoes. I didn’t get a chance to plant them this year, so I shall live vicariously through you and Norma. Now I’m going to check out the marinated tomatoes.

  18. spree says:

    I’ll drop by with crusty just-baked bread and extra good olive oil! (I’ll be in the neighborhood.) This is a feast you’ve laid out for us already and I’ll be anxious to see what follows! Beautiful!

  19. Wonderful repertoire you have here!
    Luckily I don’t have to pick only one… πŸ˜‰

  20. The tomato pie can’t be unhealthy – it has tomatoes in it!! All looks great – are these all your homegrown tomatoes? That’s pretty fabulous if they are.. πŸ™‚

  21. A_Boleyn says:

    All those tomatoes scare me. (whimpers) Can I have a drink, or two, instead?

  22. billpeeler says:

    Love all the great ideas for fresh tomatoes – thanks for sharing!

  23. Caroline says:

    I’ve died and gone to tomato heaven. Everything looks amazing! ‘Tis the season.

  24. My mouth is watering….I must have a tomato-something for dinner.

  25. Love, love love tomatoes so this is just the ticket πŸ™‚

  26. why is it that in Houston I cant find good green tomatoes- got any suggestions? love all these dishes and can’t wait to try some. By the way- i am having to leave comments on your site using my twitter account. Just wanted you to know in case you were wondering where my comments have been! I am using twitter!

  27. Hey.. can I play too:D I’ll bring dessert.. now will you let me? No? How about some drinks, lol? Love Tomato Week.. and a much needed break after Stampede Week;)

  28. Kristy says:

    Mmmmm. I need to get to my mom’s and raid her fresh tomatoes!

  29. Courtney says:

    Tomato week?? Genius!!

  30. egg me on says:

    Such a great list! Can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up for the week.

  31. peasepudding says:

    you have gone tomato crazy! It would be nice if we could all get together one day wouldn’t it? I pick France as the destination :o)

  32. It looks as if I came just in time… Tomatoes…. Heavenly. I am a bit envious guys. My tomatoes and peppers, although they look lovely arevery slow to grow. Maybe I will be celebrating next season. Your dishes look amazing.

  33. It never ceases to amaze me how far ahead you guys are in the season! We’re still in the middle of berry season here, and tomatoes are so far off that I can barely imagine them yet. But even to non-tomato lover (I want to love them, I really do!!) these dishes look fantastic. Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with this week!

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