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Tomatoes Provencal

This week was scorching hot. I did turn on the oven a few times, to bake a savory tart, to bake a sable breton galette base for freshly picked strawberries, and to toast ramen noodles and almonds for a refreshing napa cabbage salad. I also turned on the oven to roast tomatoes provençal which is this week’s recipe pick for French Fridays with Dorie.

Local tomatoes are not yet available in the markets, though greenhouse ones are just starting to show their rosy faces. We can also get decent hydroponic ones grown in Maine, which is what I chose.

tomato halves

This is a definitely a recipe to file away for peak tomato season. This fabulous side screams summer when the aromas waft through the kitchen. Other than the need to turn on the oven on a hot summer day, there is no challenge involved. You clip a handful of mixed herbs from the back door herb garden. That meant rosemary, winter savory, thyme, marjoram, and chives for me. The herbs are chopped with some garlic and spooned onto tomato halves which are drizzled with olive oil and roasted until they are soft and fragrant.

(my) garden herbs

Not only do the tomatoes provençal smell like summer, they taste like too. They rounded out our “peek of summer” meal. We ate a greens tart made with greens from our CSA share (plus the tops from the beets and radishes too) and some Georgia corn and tomatoes provençal. Yum!

peek of summer dinner

This weekend, we enjoyed a visit from one of my dearest childhood friends and her family. We’ve been fortunate to be able to rendezvous with them at our Maine cottage every couple of years when they come East to visit family. It is such a treat to reconnect, catch up on our current lives, and reminisce about our shared youthful adventures. There is nothing like a longtime friend.


Check out what the other Doristas thought of the tomatoes here. If you’d like to try making these scrumptious tomatoes for yourself, you don’t really need a recipe. If you feel like you must have one, you can find it in Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table or on-line at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Posted on 5 July 2014, in French Fridays with Dorie, Summer, tomatoes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I love your summer on a plate dinner! And hanging out with childhood friend is SO good for the soul! I’m glad you got to enjoy some quality time together. Welcome home!

  2. “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Not calling you stupid, I just happen to love this quote and relate to it every time I get together with my old friends.

  3. I agree – these lovely tomatoes scream summer.

  4. Happy 4th, Betsy!
    I waved at you when we were driving along I-495 :-)

    Good food and long time friends are both to be cherished!

  5. Smelling AND tasting like summer – and so easy to prepare :) My kinda dish!

  6. I loved seeing your pictures of your friend’s and her family’s visit on Facebook and here, Betsy. Those friends that have history are indeed precious. But, you already seem to realize that. You’re right – this recipe screams summer. Didn’t realize it was such a scorcher on the East Coast. We have hot days here but it really cools off at night so it’s a perfect combination. I don’t have air-conditioning either. Your tart looks pretty7 darn good also.

  7. We really enjoyed these too. I will definitely make them again.

  8. When I was a girl scout leader, we used to sing a song…”Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold”. I have a friend from my very young years that I meet every October in Fla. We love reminiscing and hanging out together…just like old times! I think it’s wonderful that you got to spend time with one of your long time friends!
    You are so right…this dish screams summer! I can’t wait till my tomatoes come in! This will definitely make it to the table again! Yours looks delicious!!

  9. Peek of summer – very clever! These were worth turning on the oven, even in a heat wave. And it’s so important to keep connecting with old friends.

  10. Gorgeous summer dinner. Tomatoes and corn are my favorites.

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