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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Some say toe may toe - some say toe mah toe and even some say 'maters

I have to admit I was a little stumped by this months CCC (Creative Cooking Crew) challenge. I had no idea what I was going to do and I had no idea how I was going to do it. I thought of all kinds of things to try to come up with 3 different dishes using one ingredient. I thought about figs and how I could use them with pork chops, I thought about pineapple and how I could use it on pizza, I thought about watermelon and how I could use it with feta - I pretty much thought about all kinds of things and how I could make a savory dish out of something sweet. Then it hit me as I was picking tomatoes from my garden plot here in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, NYC. 

What a perfect ingredient - I would use tomatoes and I wouldnt make three different dishes with the tomato I would make one dish and use the tomato 3 different ways. I would use green tomatoes and sundried tomatoes and yellow tomatoes and cherry tomatoes and plum tomatoes and I would make three different things that will all go together on one plate. 
What I did was make fried green tomatoes on a fresh sauce of plum tomatoes and basil served with a fresh tomato relish and then topped with a sundried tomato chutney, oh, and I snuck a little bufala mozzarella in between the two fried green tomatoes for a little extra oompf- so I guess I cheated and used the tomatoes 4 ways instead of 3 - oh well.
It was super good and a perfect lunch - I like a light lunch since I have to stay busy during the day and I dont like to be weighed down. Check out what the others are doing and thanks again to Laz and Joan for hosting.


14 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I like the way you think -- and cook.

Joan Nova said...

Your garden tomatoes are beautiful and your dish is a knockout. Bravo! I eat tomatoes somehow, someway, every day.

Maureen C. Berry said...

I love fried green 'maters. And I love that you used a tomato relish and a sun-dried tomato chutney! And...beautiful photos as always!

Lazaro Cooks said...

Love the concept, flavor profile and execution.

Great job.

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

I LOVE Fried Green Tomatoes and your tomatoes 3 ways wow!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Tisk tisk for making 4 ;-), love how you put the mall in one plate. Beautiful.

deana sidney said...

That's fun... tomatoes in many sauces in one dish. The dish looks delicious and that mozzarella is gorgeous.

http://platanosmangoes.com said...

Great tomates and your execution of this challenge... as always you leave me speachless.

Jennifer Kendall said...

such a great idea to use tomatoes three different ways in one dish! this looks and sounds absolutely wonderful!

urban vegan said...

I thought I was the only person in the world to say "maters." Yumminess! Hope all is well, Christo

Blond Duck said...

Looks delicious!

Trix Middlekauff said...

Summer tomatoes are seriously one of my favorite things on the planet. This is one luscious plate.

Shannon Grande said...

you can never use too many tomatoes :) love the presentation here, especially with the buffalo mozz!

Agrigirl said...

What a beautiful dish! I haven't found a way to eat them that I don't enjoy but I love your combination here.

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