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Letter From Home “Perfect Side Dish For Summer Supper” 8/8/11

August 8, 2011

It is that time of year when the salad portion of the summer supper can be made with only one vegetable (though technically a fruit) that stands out in both appearance and flavor.

Every spring James and I buy a variety of tomatoes for the colors they provide, and the flavors they add to any meal.  Watering and fussing makes for a nice bountiful harvest heading into fall.

As a child in Arkansas my Mom recalled most meals in the summer dotted with a large bowl of tomatoes from the backyard garden.  It was that tradition my mom kept alive while I was growing up in Hancock, and one that is now found in our Madison home.

The circle remains unbroken.

  1. August 24, 2012 8:19 PM


    Thanks so much for the kind comment. Glad to have you as a reader, and also that some of my posts mean something to you.

    Also thanks for food ideas!

  2. Cissy Walshaw permalink
    August 24, 2012 9:47 AM

    Ah, fresh tomatoes in the summertime – ambrosia for the gods!. Because of our severe Oklahoma heat/drought this year, in spite of diligent watering, we haven’t enjoyed the same abundant riches of fresh tomatoes that we usually do. But I did have one or two opportunities, before the end of July, to toss together what my 1930’s East Texas farm-reared Mother, always called “Depression Supper”. She always told me her family never knew there was a depression until someone told them about it, because small farmers in the Ark/La/Tex area didn’t have very much to start with (and certainly never a lot of cash money) – but as a self-sufficient farm family there was always abundant good food, so they never went hungry. She considered that a genuine blessing as she grew older and learned that other Americans, including many children, often did go to bed hungry during that dreadful time. Until she died, even during her final years as a single person living in a small city, she always grew a vegetable garden and ‘put up’ her extra fresh produce as a cushion against her winter food needs.

    This is truly a delicious dish, and I often serve it as a starter course in the summertime – it never fails to get raves from guests.

    East Texas Depression Supper Recipe

    Peel several very ripe tomatoes, cut them into medium sized chunks in a bowl, break up small chunks of bread (crust included, and French bread is really best) into the tomatoes, add liberal pepper and enough salt to taste, toss and refrigerate until nice and cold.

    If you want to ‘dress up’ this dish, toss in either chopped fresh basil, chopped celery, or chopped green peppers – or all three – for a nice addition. And obviously, if you like, you can ‘dress’ it with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar – but it’s really delicious just served plain, as the juice from the tomatoes provides all the ‘moisture’ needed.

    I love your site. I just found it last night, and I’ve read all your Letters From Home, printed off both your election night cake recipe (which we will enjoy in November while we await the good news of Mr. Obama being re-elected), and your mom’s Lemon Fluff recipe, and I saved several of your LFH, as well, to read again .

    I feel as though I’ve made two new friends – thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings and perspectives on life so beautifully – and so generously.

  3. Steve Adams permalink
    August 10, 2011 11:39 PM

    Get over it…

  4. Solly permalink
    August 9, 2011 2:29 PM

    yuck, tomatoes are the devil’s apples!

  5. Steve Adams permalink
    August 9, 2011 10:11 AM

    Ignore the spelling – I haven’t found spell check on here yet – and some fat-fingering going on too…

  6. Steve Adams permalink
    August 9, 2011 10:10 AM

    I didn’t need anything else – I enjoyed a bowl of tomatoes for my meal, esp.if it was hot outside and the tomatoes had been in the fridge long enough to “cool them off”. Quartered in a bowl and with the salt shaker handy… those were the days. Now I’m in Alaska suffering through greenhouse tomatoes that for the most part taste like you forgot the tomatoes and are eating the napkin… Enjoy while you can………

  7. August 8, 2011 9:03 PM

    I’ve been eating fried green tomatoes for the past week. I’d forgotten how tasty they are, fresh-picked in the summer.

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