Sunday, July 13, 2008

It's Tomato Time in Tennessee!

Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes
What'd life be without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can't buy
That's true love & homegrown tomatoes

-- Guy Clark

If you live to be 100, you will never hear-tell of an individual who's more hot-natured than yours truly. Because I'm so hot-natured, I am absolutely miserable during the months of July and August. About the only thing that brings me great pleasure each long, hot summer is homegrown tomatoes.

Back in the spring, I planted six tomato plants. I watered 'em, fertilized 'em, staked 'em, and then prayed that they wouldn't get blossom rot (which happened to half of my tomatoes last summer). Beginning last week, I started getting me some red tomatoes on my plants. I've had a few that were afflicted with blossom rot, but by and large my tomatoes are coming in quite nicely.

On Friday, I picked me a tomato that was just about fully ripe. I looked at it today and I said to myself, "That mater's ready to be eaten!" So I sliced my fine-lookin' mater; I put a couple of slices on some wheat bread; and I added several squirts of Duke's mayonnaise. Mmmm, mmmm good! Here's a pic:

(I snapped that picture after only one squirt of The Best Mayo In The USA. I wanted folks to see how good my tomato looked before it was fully covered with Duke's.)


Brian Stanley said...

Wasn't it John Denver that sang that song?

Mister Jimmy said...

The best tomatoes that ever sprouted on a vine come from gardens in Tennessee. Along with the best strawberries in the world; when I was in the upscale food and beverage biz the executive chef would be up at the crack of dawn during strawberry season, hitting all the fruit-and-veg truck stands by the side of the road. He'd buy everything he could get.
Anyone who has ever had a fresh, vine-ripened home-grown TN tomato will never be happy with anything from California, Florida nor Mexico.
And your recipe for a tomato sandwich is perfect.

Joltin' Django said...

"Wasn't it John Denver that sang that song?"

John Denver may've sung and/or recorded the song, but Guy Clark wrote it.