Expensive tomatoes

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Serves 2

  • 2 Large heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 dash Good coarse salt
  1. Live in Southern California. This step is important.
  2. Go to the farmer's market. Pass the $5-a-lb heirloom tomato lady several times. Do nothing. As you are about to leave, approach her table, dig around in your pocket for the last time, place two tomatoes on her scale, then fork over your last $10, $3 of it in change. Go home. Lie to your spouse about how much they cost. Place salt on a nice piece of china. Cut up tomatoes, dip them in the salt and eat them. Regret nothing.

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almost 2 years ago mdm

I substituted New Hampshire for Southern California in step 1 and it came out perfectly! Thank you! (though I'm a So Cal native, sniff sniff)


almost 2 years ago Panfusine

Heh heh.. I got a 'South Joisey' equivalent of this recipe, its a staple at home!


about 2 years ago SuSanFran

Turns out you can substitute 'live in Northern California' for Step #1 without doing too much violence to the essence and soul of this recipe. Thanks for your dauntless courage and relentless researching skills.


over 4 years ago MeghanVK

Step #1 is SO important! I used to live in LA and love tomatoes. Now I live in New York and hate them.


about 5 years ago chez danisse

This just might be the best recipe I've ever seen. Well, maybe a very close #2. I'm kind of committed to Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Recipe For Happiness Khaborovsk Or Anyplace as #1... A ripe heirloom tomato (or 2) are very difficult to turn down, at any price. I'm patiently waiting for them to arrive.


almost 6 years ago Carolyn Jung

Because I have a black thumb, I usually buy heirloom tomatoes at the farmers' market. I feel like I need to mortgage my house every time I do so! Hah. But the taste does make it worth every penny.


about 6 years ago JoanAmy

I'm telling.


about 6 years ago Rhonda35

Hysterical! I, too, wouldn't regret it one bit...well, maybe the living in Southern California part...but the rest is just perfect!


about 6 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Hedonism with a side of neurosis. Love it.


about 6 years ago Helen

I think this is my favorite recipe yet.