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Tasty Tomato Treats

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Depending on where you live, you may already be enjoying the first garden fresh tomatoes of the season, or eagerly awaiting their arrival. . Whether grown yourself, by a neighbor or family member, or bought at the local farmers’ market, homegrown tomatoes can be one of the deepest joys of summer.

Try these tasty tomato recipes:

Fried Green Tomatoes

3 medium green tomatoes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup breadcrumbs or cornmeal
1/4 cup olive oil

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Cut tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices and sprinkle slices with salt and pepper. Place flour, milk, eggs, and breadcrumbs in separate dishes. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Dip each tomato slice in milk, flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs, in that order. Fry the coated tomato until brown, adding olive oil as needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Margherita Salad

4 large tomatoes
extra-virgin olive oil
1 large baby mozzarella ball (4-5 oz.)
12 leaves fresh basil
salt and cracked pepper

Cut the tomatoes into flat, 1/4” thick slices and place them in a large plate. Cut the mozzarella into approximately eight slices and lay them over the tomatoes. Cut the basil leaves into thin strips and sprinkle them over the salad. Drizzle the ingredients with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow the salad stand for 10 or 15 minutes before serving.

Vegetable Kebabs

16 cherry tomatoes
16 small mushrooms
1 medium zucchini, sliced into 16 pieces
2 red onions, diced into 8 sections
2 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 8 pieces
2 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 8 pieces
8 metal skewers

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon oregano
5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Place the marinade ingredients in a sealed plastic bag and shake to mix. Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, onion and peppers and shake to coat the vegetables evenly. Marinate the vegetables for at least 30 minutes.

Heat a your charcoal or gas grill and lightly coat the grill rack with cooking spray. Slide two tomatoes, two mushrooms, two zucchini slices, two onion wedges, and two green of each kind of pepper slice onto each skewer. Place the kebabs on the grill rack and baste with leftover marinade. Place the lid on the grill and cook for about five minutes. Turning the kebabs as needed.

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