Tomato Bread

Tomato Bread was only available at once restaurant back home and this was the place you named when asked where you wanted to go for dinner, your birthday, anniversary, or just for a get together. It was a hometown mainstay. The family that owned it, always made you feel like you were in their home as a guest. Perhaps we were, I believe one of the second generation owners lived upstairs. And we really were like old friends, the DH and I both grew up eating dinners there. Then we were older we started eating dinners there together.

There were some things that you just had to order with every meal, tomato bread and quesadilla. There was also their bread and cheeseballs that came out as soon as you sat down. I have not been able to recreate the cheeseball, nor the bread.

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Tomato Mozzarella Bruschetta

Sometimes, the best foods have few ingredients and are easy to put together. Tomato Mozzarella Bruschetta is one of those foods.

Served as an appetizer or light snack, this Tomato Mozzarella Bruschetta is a great way to use the bounty of ripe tomatoes available during the summer months. In my opinion, there is no winter tomato or canned tomato product that can beat the taste of tomatoes fresh from the garden or farmers’ markets.

However, if you are looking for something different to serve at gatherings, this will work with the “on the vine” tomatoes from the store, even through the winter.  They may be a little mealy, but the flavor is better than other year round tomatoes.  Whenever I am forced to use these kind of tomatoes, I tend to cut out the middle mealy portions and just use the outside portions with skin still attached.

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Grandma Hunt’s Tomato, Cucumber, & Onion Salad

This is one of those rare recipes my mother made well. But she made it all the time. The recipe for Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad stayed taped to the inside of her spice cabinet. I don’t remember a time not seeing it anytime I went for a salt shaker.

It was always present at her parties by the pool. There would also be the required steaks on the grill, mushrooms, cucumbers and onions, boxed scalloped potatoes, and those little sponge cakes you can buy in the produce section of most stores alongside sweetened strawberries and vanilla ice cream (my mother’s version of strawberry shortcake).

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