This Week's CSA: Tomatoes at Last!

The Food Network Kitchen shares what's inside this week's CSA box.
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Finally! Sweet summer tomatoes have arrived in this week’s CSA from Mountain View Farm. For a cook, being handed a bag full of unadulterated produce is like being a kid handed an ice cream cone; it’s a moment of pure wonder. Still, it’s easy to grow weary during a long season of squash, squash and more squash.

Don’t get me wrong — summer squash is outstanding roasted, tossed into stir-fries and grated for slaws. But sometimes you yearn for something more … something just like a sweet, juicy tomato.

Now that we’ve gotten our wish, here are a few ideas for what to do with those fresh-from-the-farm tomatoes.

Salads: What says summer more than a fresh tomato salad? Good produce means very little work is required; just a simple vinaigrette, some fresh herbs and light seasoning will make the natural sweetness in your tomatoes pop.

Soups: Since it’s hot outside, chill down your soups. Make a vibrant gazpacho with other in-season produce, like cucumbers, peaches, bell peppers and more.

Sauces: Concentrate all that ripe tomato flavor for the best sauce. Can it so you can keep enjoying the taste of summer long after the warm weather is gone.

Sandwiches: Every good sandwich needs something that’s crunchy and savory and has just the right amount of juiciness when you bite into it. Simply slice tomatoes and add them to grilled cheeses, subs, club sandwiches and, of course, BLTs.

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