Gazpacho with Green Tomatoes
Recipes Gazpacho with Green Tomatoes

As the family legend has it, on the night before I was born, my mother cooked a pizza topped with sliced green tomatoes, and the next morning, pop! There I was. (Though, truth be told, it may actually have taken a bit more effort than I’m leading on…) I won’t go so far as to call green tomatoes some kind of folk remedy for inducing labor, but perhaps they provide a good incentive for anyone taking their sweet time in the womb.

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This Is Just To Say…

This is Just to Say I have eaten the tomato that was on the fire escape and which you were probably saving for your return Forgive me it was delicious so rich and so ripe Apologies to William Carlos Willaims

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Recipes Summer Delights: Chow Chow Chow!

I’m willing to admit it: I’m a northern girl with southern envy. Having grown up on a parade of cream of mushroom soup casseroles, I’ve since discovered some of the flavorful, everyday delights my southern brethren took for granted… things like red velvet cake, po-boys and one of the finest condiments to cross my palate: chow-chow. It’s my great loss that the only chow-chows I’d ever encountered were the dog breed and the dancing chow-chow-chow cats of 1970s-era TV advertising.

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Dear Miss Ginsu: Bitter Tomato Sauce?

Dear Miss Ginsu, Ok, I figure if anyone knows the answer to this, it’s you. Spaghetti sauce: aside from adding copious amounts of sugar — how does one keep homemade sauce from being sour/bitter? I’m assuming this comes from a combination of the tomato sauce and bell peppers? Not sure how to counteract this flavor without turning it into “candied” red sauce. Yours, Bittersweet Dear BS, Cooking all the elements of the process long and slow is a sure-fire way to increase the natural sugars.

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Recipes Grilled Garden Bruschetta

Friends, it appears to be Tomato Week here at Chez Ginsu, so if you’re not a love apple lover, I’d encourage you to stop back next week, when we’ll see some tantalizing sweet stuff and a post on the tastiest yogurt I could find in these parts. But for now, it’s all about that juicy little god of the gardening world. Truthfully, I’m so crazy about good, ripe tomatoes, I don’t touch them for most of the year.

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The Wisdom of Food Proverbs

Whenever I cook with tomatoes, I remember what my dad always used to say: “Where a tomato appears, basil is welcome.” And you know what? It works. Bruschettas, sauces, lasagnas, salads, soups… When the tomato is involved, I add the basil and it’s nice. This method might work less well in a salsa, but honestly, it wouldn’t be bad. That got me thinking about other food proverbs or traditional sayings.

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Food Quote Friday: Col. Robert Johnson

“The time will come when this luscious golden tomato, rich in nutrition, a delight to the eye, a joy to the palate whether fried, baked, broiled or even eaten raw will form the foundation of a great garden industry.” Col. Robert Johnson

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Food Quote Friday: Robert Heinlein

If you do not believe that a man will commit murder for one can of tomatoes, then you have never been hungry. -Robert A. Heinlein (1907 – 1988)

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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