8 Tomato Recipes for a Tasty Summer

To-may-to (and to-mah-to) photos taken by Jaymi Heimbuch

I love tomatoes. Growing up, my father and I would eat them right off the vine, much to my mother's disapproval. Armed with only a salt shaker, I couldn't resist them as they seemed to ripen right before my eyes every Summer in the backyard garden. These eight recipes celebrate the tomato, such as bruschetta with mint and goat cheese, cherry tomato pizza, and the best damn guacamole you'll ever have!

Pizza with Cherry Tomatoes and Gorgonzola

Photo by Kevin Schuder

Coming up with pizza combinations is one of my favorite past times, like this pear and caramelized fennel combo. How about beets, blue cheese and arugula? Getting creative is fun, but sometimes it is nice to stick to the basics.

Best Damn Guacamole Ever

© Jaymi HeimbuchFor me, nothing is more Californian than Mexican food. I know that sounds odd but anytime I travel outside the state, it is the first thing I miss (after my cat).

Bruschetta with Mint and Goat Cheese

© Jaymi HeimbuchWhile bruschetta is usually made with basil, I chose mint to help keep the flavors a little lighter. By the way, bruschetta is pronounced like "brusketta", which I said incorrectly for many, many years.

Baked Spaghetti with Homemade Ricotta

© Jaymi HeimbuchThis dish has a lot of moving parts but it can easily be simplified by substituting some of the from-scratch ingredients with your favorite store-bought items, such as the fresh ricotta cheese. However, once you make fresh ricotta cheese you will never return to the store for it! Never.

Italian Sandwich on Homemade Ciabatta

© Jaymi HeimbuchThis ciabatta recipe is rather simple and you'll be lucky if there is any left for sammiches once you take it out of the oven -- it is that good! While I chose an Italian standard, feel free to mix it up: pear and basil, a portabella mushroom duxelle or just fresh ricotta with sage honey.

Easy One-Pan Mole Sauce

© Jaymi HeimbuchWhat's better than mole? In Mexico the dish is associated with celebrations such as weddings. While the traditional recipe can be quite intimidating, this recipe simplifies a few steps and has fewer dishes to wash in the end.

Simple and Savory Stuffed Peppers

© Jaymi HeimbuchI really love the flexibility of a stuffed pepper -- a simple addition to the stuffing can take the dish in a whole different direction. Instead of stuffing a pepper with tomatoes, how about just stuffing a tomato?

Indian-Spiced Tomato Soup

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