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Tomato – the Jekyll and Hyde Ingredient

You’d think a post about tomatoes would be at the high of tomato season, right? We will doubtless have multiple tomato posts during the season, but I was inspired to write this after reading an article by Andy Griffin of Mariquita Farm's in Ladybug Postcard (thanks SlowFood East Bay for posting). Tomatoes are indeed my favorite ingredient. They have a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. They can stand alone, simply sliced or with a dash of salt and drizzle of olive oil. There are very few things to compare to a Gazpacho on a hot summer evening. They also bring balance to something complex and rich like a Bolognese Sauce. Fresh tomatoes, straight from the farm, are simple perfection. There are multiple methods of preserving them – making them available throughout the year. Whole tomatoes, canned at the peak of freshness, work perfectly in something complex like a Bolognese Sauce – or blended to form the base of an

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