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As anyone who knows me will tell you, I have an addiction problem.  Tomatoes, especially heirloom tomatoes.  Totally addicted to them.  This time of year is a particularly heady time for me, the tomatoes are rolling in from the fields, everyone’s backyard, rooftop, and balcony plants are dripping tomatoes.  The choices are almost overwhelming, what to do, what to make, which to eat?  I personally am a purist. Sliced and salted is my method of choice.  But, I’m also totally in love with heirlooms and burrata cheese, as you’ve seen before.  As I stood before the counter with these beauties in front of me, leaning yet again towards the simplest preparations, this time a caprese salad, I remembered the box of puff pastry languishing in the freezer. Hmmmmm….caprese tart.  That could work.  That totally could work.  So here it is, something different to do with those tomatoes you’ve got sitting on your counter. Different, but familiar.  You’ll know this one as soon as you start!

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My mother is a Southern woman.  She moved with my Dad to the Northeast, but has always remained a Southern woman.  It has been my experience that people in the South know how to cook.  And eat.  She comes from a long line of good cooks. She grew up with her mother trading recipes with her friends and relatives, always trying to outdo one another.  It occasionally got so competitive that they would leave an ingredient out, or alter the measurements in a small way so that the resulting recipe was never quite as good as the original.  They were women who wore house dresses and aprons, who got dressed up, hats and gloves, matching bags and shoes, to go to town in the afternoon.  Elizabeth, Inez, Snooks, Dorothy and Avanelle, women who took pride in and were known by their sour cream pound cake, fried chicken, or particularly light biscuits.  They cooked with the seasons, from the gardens, according to the weather.  They were locavores before there was term for it.  They passed their expertise to their daughters, who taught their daughters, and so on, and so on, and now I’m telling you about a favorite.   A simple dish, perfect for the hot sultry days of August, when the produce is rolling in from the gardens but it’s just too hot to cook.

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