Five Ways to Use Fresh Homegrown Tomatoes

Red, juicy vine-ripened tomatoes are in season now, and whether you grow your own tomatoes like me, or pick up a basketful at the farmers’ market or a roadside stand, here are five Some Kinda Good ways you can use them up: 

1) Charred Garden Salsa
Charring the vegetables adds an earthy depth of flavor and lime juice, plus zest, wakes everything up.   

Photo credit: Emma Christensen |

2) Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Fresh garlic and onion are the flavor foundations here, but tomatoes are the star ingredient. Finish with fresh basil and toss with cooked spaghetti or spread on store bought pizza dough for homemade flavor you just can’t get from a jar.

3) Farmers’ Market Bruschetta
This is one of the best recipes from my best selling memoir, Some Kinda Good, and my go-to appetizer for friends and family.

4) Tomato Sandwich with Herb Butter
Toasted bread, softened herb butter and seasoned tomatoes make for a homegrown tomato sandwich like no other. 

5) Panzanella
Panzanella is an Italian bread and tomato salad made with day old bread. Add cucumbers, red onion or peppers, and drizzle with olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

I can’t think of too many things that say summertime in the South than a delicious homegrown tomato. Enjoy!

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Georgia native Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser is a culinary TV personality, author and food enthusiast. Featured on Forbes, Food Network Star, ABC’s The Taste and The VeryVera Show, she is the longtime Statesboro Herald food columnist and blogger at, your one stop shop for Southern coastal cuisine, locally sourced and in-season. Pull up a chair for cooking and entertaining tips, and easy-to-execute, flavorful recipes to share around the family table. To learn more, connect with Some Kinda Good on social media, or visit


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