Plump, juicy tomatoes are one of summer's sweetest gifts. Right now they are crowding out the cucumbers and filling up baskets at farmers' markets everywhere. You'll find endless ways to dress up (or down) a tomato. And you can start here.
Ripen at Room Temperature
Don't even think about the word "refrigerator"; let your tomatoes ripen at room temperature so that none of the wonderful flavor is lost. In a hurry? A tomato will ripen faster when you pair it with an apple in a covered bowl.
If a recipe calls for peeling, plunge tomatoes in a saucepan of boiling water for a few seconds and remove. Place in a bowl of ice water until cool. The skin will come right off.
Starters and Sides
Fusilli with Fresh Tomato and Olive Sauce
Sauces and More
Fresh Tomato Salsa
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