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Just recently, the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and Mass Farmers’ Markets, hosted the 33rd annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest.  The contest was held in the amazing KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, courtesy of the Boston Public Market Association and The Trustees.  A panel of expert judges sampled several varieties of the quintessential summer fruit (yes, tomatoes are fruit!), judging each entry for flavor, firmness/slicing quality, exterior color and shape.  I’m glad that I was only there as a spectator…with so many gorgeous, colorful, and clearly delicious tomatoes to choose from, I am sure picking a winner was no easy task!  (You can learn about the 2017 contest winners by visiting https://bostonpublicmarket.org/blog/3319/state-agricultural-officials-announce-winners-of-2017-massachusetts-tomato-contest)

August is also tomato time in my backyard garden….and this year, the cherry tomatoes are excellent!  I leave them in a bowl on the counter and inevitably they are eaten before I can create any kind of meal with them.  My favorite way to eat the larger tomatoes is to toss them with some fresh mozzarella, basil, oil & vinegar, and some salt and pepper…but my family is probably ready to try something new.

I came across this recipe from the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program (https://extension.umass.edu/nutrition/recipes/broiled-tomatoes-and-cheese) in my search for yummy ways to make the most of my tomato harvest.  I think it will appeal to kids and looks pretty easy to prepare.  I hope you can give it a try as well!

Broiled Tomatoes and Cheese

Serves: 3

Ingredients: 

3 large firm tomatoes

1/2 pound (8oz) cottage cheese, low-fat

1/2 teaspoon basil, dried

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup plain bread crumbs

Vegetable oil cooking spray

Instructions: 

  1. Set oven to BROIL.
  2. Spray the broiler pan with cooking spray
  3. Wash tomatoes and cut in half.
  4. Mix cottage cheese, basil, and pepper.
  5. Spread cheese on tomato halves.
  6. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and spray with vegetable oil cooking spray.
  7. Place prepared tomatoes on broiler pan and broil about 10 minutes.

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