You Say Tomato. . .

You Say Tomato, I Say Fresh. . .

You Say Tomato, I Say Summer. . .

You Say Tomato, I Say Italy. . .

You Say Tomato, I Say Salsa. . .

You Say Tomato, I Say Pass the Bacon, Lettuce & Duke’s Mayonnaise :-)

However you slice it, nothing says “summer” like a fresh-from-the-garden tomato. . .

We plant our favorite tomato varieties each year. . . German Johnsons, Cherokee Purples & Pink Brandywines. . .

Add a couple of Carolina Golds from the farmers market and you have one of our favorite ways to enjoy heirloom tomatoes. . .

Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio Salad~ heirloom tomatoes~ sliced extremely thin~ onion, capers, shaved parmesan, basil, olive oil, salt & pepper. You can also add pine nuts, shaved fennel, or balsamic vinegar~ whatever ingredients you prefer.

If you’re looking for inspiration with your surplus of summer tomatoes, you can find some fresh ideas for tomatoes from Southern Living, here.

 I spied this recipe for Heirloom Tomato Pie on the cover of the July/August issue of Food Network Magazine. . . it looked so mouth-watering, I had to try it.

We were not disappointed! Definitely worth the effort and so much better than another tomato pie I’ve made~

The key to this pie for me is the cornmeal crust, and the addition of thyme and manchego cheese. . .

You can find the recipe at Food Network’s site, here.

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”

~Henry David Thoreau

 You Say Tomato Table Details:

Tomato Salad Plates & Dinner Plates/ Pier 1

Placemats/ Bed, Bath & Beyond

Napkins & Goblets/ HomeGoods

Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn

Chargers/ World Market

 

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  63 comments for “You Say Tomato. . .

  1. July 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    How luscious and opulent! Absolutely mouth watering photos and recipes!
    Is that poke berries mixed into the tomato centerpiece?

  2. July 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Oh, goodness me!!!! This is just so gorgeous. Wait….gorgeous doesn’t even really begin to describe it. It is magnificent!!!! I could throw about a gazillion adjectives at it and none would ever come close to describing how fantastic it really is! Those tomatoes in the centerpiece are just fabulous! I have a stone planter very similar to that one, and I may have to borrow your idea for filling it one of these days!!! I have had it forever, but it is just so heavy that I just don’t do a lot with it. Bravo!!! (P.S. – I had fried green tomatoes for lunch today!)

  3. July 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Yes :-) Some wild growing green grapes thrown in for fun too~

  4. July 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Beautiful post! Beautiful pictures and beautiful arrangement! Prettiest and most unique I’ve seen in a very long time. Love it all!!!!!!!!!
    Cindy

  5. Dee
    July 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    WOW! That pie looks amazing!! Gorgeous pictures!

  6. July 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Your photos are fabulous, that tart, wish I had a slice right now. The centerpiece is gorgeous. Love the plates. xo,

  7. July 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Oh my gosh, You must live near me. I see you used wild muscadine and poke weed in your gorgeous centerpiece. I love the colors of the poke weed and how they work with the tomatoes. Beautiful!! I love using wild plants in an arrangement. The Heirloom Tomato pie and salad are gorgeous and I’m definitely trying both. You mentioned German Johnson tomatoes. Have you ever tried Mortgage Lifter? It’s a cross between German Johnson and ?? I forget what. That was one of the ones I planted this year.
    Anyway, LOVE your post. It knocked my socks off. LOL
    Babs
    .

  8. July 24, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Yummy post, Mary and gorgeous also!

  9. July 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Wow! Unbelievably beautiful photographs once again. I feel as if I’m getting a sneak peak to a magazine spread or a feature in a decorating book. I love it.

    Your tomato table is gorgeous, mouth-wateringly gorgeous. The centerpiece makes me smile – pokeweed. This is the only time I ever enjoyed looking at it and it does look great in your arrangement. The gold goblets really add a nice touch to the ‘scape.

    I’m wondering why in the world we didn’t plant any tomatoes this year? I’m going to have to stop at the farmers’ market this week so I can try some of these wonderful recipes. Thank you for a fabulous post!

  10. Can't Believe We Ate...
    July 24, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    What a fabulous presentation! I completely love it! Thanks for the suggestion to check out FN’s Heirloom Tomato Pie… I just happen to have quite a few ripe at the moment! Thanks so much for sharing…

  11. July 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Nothing tastes as good as a summer tomato. Loved this post. My mouth watered and my tummy growled!!!!

  12. July 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Every time I visit you I feel like I have been looking at my very favorite magazine! Your table is simple luscious! So full of tomato beauty! The urn filled with all those gorgeous varieties is ART!
    I am so happy to see you made the tomato pie on the cover of Food Network mag. I picked up the mag to make the pie as well. You pie looks mouthwatering!
    Thank you for participating in ON THE MENU MONDAY and bringing your special beauty, grace and summer recipes to all of us!
    Yvonne

  13. Clare
    July 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Mouth-watering deliciousness! I’m off to the Farmer’s Market tomorrow to buy tomatoes for the tart…..one of my favorite things in the summer. Thanks for sharing yours!

  14. July 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Just gorgeous! I would never have thought of tomatoes for a centerpiece! love it, xoxo Debra

  15. July 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    You are awarded “Best Stylist Ever Award!” Lovely post as always. The heirloom tomato pie and salad is to die for! You always inspire!

  16. Kitty
    July 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Your pictures are so beautiful!! I wanted to jump right in the screen & take a bite of the gorgeous heirloom tomatoes.

  17. July 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Awe inspiring! And that from a girl who doesn’t like tomatoes! Mary, your photos are exquisite. You had me wanting to try that tomato tart. Honestly! I do sooooooo enjoy each visit to your place. Your creative touch shines through in every detail. ~ Sarah

  18. July 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    You are my favorite tablescaper! I love your tables. Everything is so pulled together and beautiful. I want to be you next time I set my table. :-)

  19. July 24, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Hmmmm, looks good. I planted two tomato vines and they are absolutely loaded with little tomatoes. If they all grow and ripen, I’ll have enough to stock the tomato bin at the grocery! I make a couple of tomato pies/tarts as appetizers and they are always a huge hit. Mary, I’m wondering when you are going to run out of amazing tables. You should put them together in a book, if not one for publication, then one to capture your creativity.

  20. tami
    July 25, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Yummy & beautiful!

    Those “poke berries” are very unique. I like the contrasting colors in them. Could you share more information about them? Curious.

    Thank you for your lovely blog.

  21. July 25, 2011 at 8:25 am

    You are the master of the beautiful, luxurious, bountiful table and you outdid yourself with this one. A ripe tomato holds so much promise! I love how you allowed the texture of the wicker table to show through. Your efforts do NOT go unappreciated!
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  22. July 25, 2011 at 9:53 am

    you can say tomato, but i will just say MINE! i have these same dishes and as we were leaving for sea dream last week i said its about time to do my tomato table, sooooooooooooooooo funny to see yours! and so dang beautiful as always! mine will be the ugly step sister version when i get around to it now… actually, tomatoes are not ripe here yet, we have had such a cold spring, and cool summer the produce is not flowing like it should be.

    i adore your new table, i could sit for hours taking it all in there with the birdhouse, lake and boats, snacking on your fresh good, egad’s what a life… i so love your centerpiece, i love the warmth of harvest photos, it always touches me in a good spot, that the earth can be good, kind and plentiful.

    just gorgeous girl!

    off to catch up some more with you, its always heaven here for me~

  23. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    July 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Very pretty Mary, I love the plates and tomato centerpiece! The tart looks so good, I’ll just have to try it very soon:@)

  24. July 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Your salad looks delicious and the tomato pie peaked my interest. All very “look and feel of Italy” which is wonderful.

  25. July 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I have never seen tomatoes so eloquently displayed! You bring them to an entirely new level.

    – The Tablescaper

  26. July 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    OMGoodness, this is gorgeous! I ahve some tomato plates too and was planning a post with them too but it will not be as breattaking as your wonderful display! I LOOOOOOVE tomatoes so will try your recipes! Have never had a tomato pie!!!! Thank you for this LUSCIOUS post!!!! XO, Pinky

  27. Pondside
    July 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    With summer having made a late entrance up here, there is, as yet, no over-abundance of tomatoes….but I can’t wait!

  28. July 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    What an amazing post. My mouth is watering, and I would never have thought of using vined tomatoes as a centerpiece. Wonderful photos!

  29. July 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Oh you’re killing me! The tablescape is gorgeous, the tomatoes are stunning & the food looks absolutely divine!

  30. July 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I’m back for more of this gorgeous table, Mary. Every detail is fabulous!

  31. July 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Loved this post. I love tomatoes and I adore your plates. they are perfect for this season. Your table is set beautifully once again.. so when is your book coming out? thanks for sharing, xo marlis

  32. July 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I get so excited to look at your table scapes. Not only are they lovely every week, but they really take me to my favorite vacation spot in New Hampshire. Thank you!

  33. July 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I, also, love tomatoes, and I can’t say enough good things about your beautiful table. You should think about publishing these pics, they are that good!! I had thought of doing a tomato ‘scape–I found some adorable plates at a thrift store–could I bring my stuff over to your place to set up? Seriously, I adore your blog. I have a vase like the one you used in your southwest design, only mine is blue. I think I saw another one in another post? Maybe a green one? Anyway, all your designs are so lovely!! Not to mention the food, yumm!!

  34. Dining Delight
    July 28, 2011 at 12:06 am

    What a tomato-extravaganza! If they weren’t before, you have certainly turned tomatoes into a thing of beauty! Love the dishes, the centerpiece, the photography, the view and the food!! A unique theme but oh so yummy!

    DD

  35. July 28, 2011 at 12:46 am

    What stunning colors!!! Your tablescape is so festive & I adore the centerpiece! I have been gone for 2 weeks & I’m so far behind. But, I had to come visit my friends in Blogland as I missed you soooooooooooo much!

    That salad looks luscious! I am going to try it. I just made a big one with tomatoes, pesto, m. cheese, capers, hearts of palm & K. olives. YUM the sweet taste of summer. Hugs to you & the girls! I missed ya! Charlene

  36. Tricia
    July 28, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Completely stunning! Your photographs should be in magazines! Adding the cherry tomatoes to the glasses was a wonderful touch –and now I’m craving tomatoes for breakfast!

  37. July 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I’m with Tricia, your photos should be in magazines…or a BOOK! Seriously, lots of heavy sighing goes on here when I look at your posts. Lovely table, delicious food. Wow!

  38. July 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I love all of that tomato beauty! They say summer to me also. Your heirloom tomato tart looks delicious!

  39. July 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Loved all the tomatoesssss, lovely lovely setting.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Lots of Love,
    Karin Şen Cankan
    karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

  40. July 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Oh my goodness! I am drooling over your absolutely gorgeous pie, and that amazing table setting! It looks like it is straight from a magazine! So pretty! I’d love for you to come by and show off your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a blessed day :)
    Katie

  41. July 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    This is delightful. Love your tomato tablescape. I live in an area that takes our tomatoes quite seriously! People come from quite a distance to get our “Hanover tomatoes”. Your pie looks wonderful — I made one a couple of weeks ago and was sooooo disappointed — it was a waste of good tomatoes!

  42. isora
    July 29, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Oh my God beautiful table !
    Blessing
    Isora
    XO

  43. July 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Outstanding, as always, Mary! Someday, I want to do a similar centerpiece as I have an urn that would work. I learn SO much from you, Lady!
    We had fried green tomatoes last night. Ours are s-l-o-w-l-y ripening.
    I will try your recipe when they do come in.

    Hugs,
    Rett

  44. July 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    What a beautiful celebration of this summer time delicacy. Your centerpiece is absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous plates, and I love those napkin rings!!

  45. July 30, 2011 at 12:49 am

    That is such a cool theme for a table! And those tomatoes look so yummy!

    http://lessonsofanewlywed.blogspot.com/2011/07/splash-of-green.html

  46. July 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Your beautiful tablescape is breathtaking. It absolutely is gorgeous. The tomatoes are all such beautiful colors, and make such a delightful presentation. I’m sure your guest were delighted. I think your centerpiece looks like it came out of a food magazine. Great images……..

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

  47. FABBY
    July 31, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photography, stunning centerpiece and the plates are just perfect! The food is fabulous, can’t wait to make all this, my hubby adores tomatoes…thanks for sharing this gorgeous post! Lots of hugs, FABBY

  48. August 1, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Every element of your post is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your spectacular design. Cherry Kay

  49. August 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    This almost makes me want to like tomatoes! Your tablescape is the most refreshing one I’ve seen all summer. I love every part of it but especially your tomato centerpiece. Thanks for sharing.

  50. Ann
    August 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    What an incredible edible vignette!

  51. August 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Yummy! The tomatoes made such a beautiful centerpiece. What a lovely view you have!…Christine

  52. August 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Your table is so pretty. I love your tomato centerpiece! I love your outdoors tables.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  53. Sharon
    August 2, 2011 at 6:39 am

    I am new to the blog world. I so enjoy your exquisite tablescapes. I spend hours pouring over the beautiful displays. I have tried taking pictures and mine definitely lack the quality that you capture. Would you mind telling me what type of camera that you use for your blog posts. Thank you so very much.

  54. August 2, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Thanks so much for everyone’s kind comments! Sharon, I have a Nikon D60 and edit in Picasa :-)

  55. August 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I love everything about this!!!!! Hope you have a fantastic Tuesday.

  56. August 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Gorgeous and so inviting! I live in such a cool climate I have not one tomato on my vines. You say tomato I say salsa… but no such luck this year. I love the way you’ve used tomatoes as a centerpiece. So creative and so colorful.

  57. August 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    First off, dinner looks absolutely fabulous, I would love some. I would have never in a million years thought to do a centerpiece arrangement of tomatoes, but it is absolutely fabulous, and those plates are to die for. This is such a wonderful tablescape. I totally love it all. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  58. August 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Hi lovely lady.
    I love your tabkescape with your dishes Beautiful. I also love your centerpiece with tomatoes this was a great Idea sweet lady.
    I hope you have a great weekend. I just put my new tablescape on. I miss your comments.
    XXOO Diane

  59. Donna
    August 6, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Wow, this was amazingly gorgeous! I loved everything about it – the centerpiece is gorgeous – I had never thought to use tomatoes like that! I will definitely try the tomato pie. Just beautiful, you take wonderful pictures.

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