Boy oh boy! You guys don’t mess around when it comes to cooking with tomatoes! When we wrote about Bushel Boy tomatoes from Minnesota we asked for your best tomato-based recipes. And wow! We got some great responses! It didn't seem right to keep those all to ourselves so we gathered up some of the tomato-inspired recipes you sent to us via this blog as well as Facebook and Twitter. Bacon Lettuce and Tomato sandwich lovers: BLT was a popular -- and delicious -- idea among those who contributed recipe ideas. From Sara: “Nothing better than a BLT, and with a good tomato to top this sandwich off gives us a taste of summer during the long winter months!” And from Barb: “Year round BLTs!” Love BLTs, but looking for a unique recipe? Here's a great BLT recipe close to our hearts that includes not only some delicious tomatoes, but also avocados. Salsa, sauce and soup makers: “I like to make marinara sauce from fresh tomatoes, to go with my favorite Italian-style meatballs. Fresh tomatoes always make it tastier!” - Keith Kintner “I use them to make my fresh salsa, homemade spaghetti sauce, chili, the possibilities are endless.” - Kim Ingenthron “Homemade fresh tomato soup with herb croutons or oyster crackers is a fast, easy and healthy meal.” - Anne Paape The creative tomato minds: “In my grilled cheese! Thin slices!” - @CorreyHope via Twitter “For breakfast I like to toast a bagel, cover it with hummus, and then add a slice of tomato, a poached egg and chunks of avocado or mozzarella!” - Mary Flinn “Stuffed tomatoes with chicken or tuna salad; so healthy and gluten free!” - Kris Otto “Spread pesto on pumpernickel toast and put sliced tomatoes on that! Yum!” - Liz Wiechert Speaking of creative, here's a whole list of great tomato-based recipes developed by the Festival Foods team of registered dietitians. For those who like to play with their food: “Love to fry tomatoes with garlic salt, parm cheese and oregano. Nothing better. Also do food art with them. My fav pastime!” - @SnickerDoo2 via Twitter. We hope you spotted a tomato-based meal or two that you can cook up in the future! We know we sure did.
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