Thursday, July 9, 2009

Foodie Friday - Marinated Tomatoes

Hello, Dear Ones and welcome to another Foodie Friday. Pop over to see our most gracious hostess, Dear Gollum at Designs by Gollum for more fab food.

Mr. Precious and I eat rather simply at Note Songs. We love tomatoes and especially the summer tomatoes. So I'd like to tell you how we like them best!

Get your tiny ingredients together: Balsamic Vinegar, Garlic Powder, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and salt and pepper.

Since I'm using Olive Oil, I wanted to show you my pretty little dispenser we bought many years ago in Italy! It's the color of sunflowers!

Now look up close and see how pretty this little cute thing is! Well, there I go getting off the subject.

Oh, I almost forgot, I left out one key ingredient ~ Basil! Gotta have the Basil!

Now I don't use any measurements for this marinade so you could adjust it to how you like it! I add as much olive oil as I want and then a little less balsamic vinegar. Add some sprinkles of garlic powder, sprinkles of basil and some salt and pepper. I have the teensiest little wire whisk I use and I just whisk away to try and blend the oil and vinegar. You know how hard that is!

Have your tomatoes sliced as thin or as thick as you like and place them on a platter.

Then after whisking one more time, just because I love my tiny wire whisk, drizzle the marinade over your tomatoes. Let them soak in the marinade while you prepare the rest of your tiny dinner.

Now you can go to town eating...this night we had pork chops, shoe peg white corn, wheat rolls and TOMATOES! I know, there's no green stuff on the plate! Well, let's just pretend we started out with a salad, okay! :)


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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Home Grown Tomatoes

Ain't nothin' in the world that I like better
Than bacon & lettuce & homegrown tomatoes
Up in the mornin' out in the garden

Get you a ripe one don't get a hard one
Plant `em in the spring eat `em in the summer
All winter with out `em's a culinary bummer
I forget all about the sweatin' & diggin'
Everytime I go out & pick me a big one

Homegrown tomatoes homegrown tomatoes
What'd life be without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can't buy
That's true love & homegrown tomatoes

You can go out to eat & that's for sure
But it's nothin' a homegrown tomato won't cure
Put `em in a salad, put `em in a stew
You can make your very own tomato juice
Eat `em with egss, eat `em with gravy
Eat `em with beans, pinto or navy
Put `em on the site put `em in the middle
Put a homegrown tomato on a hotcake griddle

If I's to change this life I lead
I'd be Johnny Tomato Seed
`Cause I know what this country needs
Homegrown tomatoes in every yard you see
When I die don't bury me
In a box in a cemetary
Out in the garden would be much better
I could be pushin' up homegrown tomatoes
~sung by Guy Clark


  1. Shelia, these look yummy ... simple and delicious!


  2. Well, I now know what I'm having on my tomatoes tomorrow... Thanks, Shelia. :-) Sue

  3. I'm not a fan of tomatoes (unless they're in a bloody mary LOL)but hubby is & i'm sure he'll love your marinated tomatoes recipe...thanks for sharing it w/ us. Happy Foodie Friday!

  4. Delicious!
    Summer Blessings,

  5. Ooooh Yum Pickle girl...I can almost taste girl I got me 2 tomatoes vines growning one has 16 ounces tomatoes on it and I am just waiting for them to get big enough so I can made fried green tomatoes with ranch dressing...oh No there I go making myself hungry again ha ha!! May you have a great Friday my dear friend...did I win that sweet pillow yet ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  6. We eat simply especially in the summertime. This will be delicious for a light supper. Thanks Shelia.

  7. If you have tomatoes, do you have to have something green?? I don't think so - tomatoes are healthy and sooooo good. We had our first tomatoes from our garden tonight. Yum! Sally

  8. We think one of the best delights of Summer is when tomatoes are in season! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. i adore marinated tomatoes, nothing screams summer more to me!

  10. Oh, Shelianess... I love the way your mind works and your fork!

    I have to share that tonight, I ate soy crisps, some sort of black bean dip, and Publix Moose Tracks Ice Cream for my so-called dinner. Mr. Magpie is not here, so the mapie in me played! ;-)

    Love that marinade and must try it!

    Happy FF to you!


    Sheila :-)

  11. Thanks for the recipe. I think we will have some this weekend. We love tomatoes and I really like Balsamic vinegar. I hope you are having a nice evening ♥

  12. Yuummmmmmmm............ sugar!

  13. Shelia...I'm starving now..and it's 11:00 at night..and way to late to start frying pork ;) HMMM...everything looks so delish! Nancy

  14. Yum:) Tomatoes look wonderful. One of my favorite summer treats.

  15. Thanks for the recipe, Shelia. It looks so good and yet so simple to prepare. I will serve it one of these days, perfect for our home grown tomatoes...Christine

  16. Looks like a yummy recipe for tomatoes and the oil is so good for you. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Looks like a very classic way for tomatoes..will definitely try..

    Love the poem!!

  18. Shelia, you've come to my rescue! I was just wondering how I can use up my tomatoes without having to cook them... Perfect! Thanks!

  19. Love it, Shelia...especially the part of "let's pretend we started with a salad"! crack me up!

  20. Hi Sheila
    I love your oil dispenser all the way from Italy. Thanks for sharing your tomoato recipe. They look great.
    Best Wishes

  21. Oh, Mrs. Shelia, that is one delicious looking plate you've prepared. I can just taste it right now. I love how you've served it with a wheat roll. That makes it a healthy meal just like a candy bar and a diet coke, right?!? :) haha Thanks for sharing

  22. Hi Shelia
    Oh yum yum yum yum yum yummmmmm...I love tomatoes...and balsamic vinegar so that would be very delish for me too. I can eat a tomato on the side for lunch and another on the side for dinner and especially ones right out of the warm garden..mmmm..

    Very pretty olive oil container and salt shaker. Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe!

    have a lovely day.

  23. I do love vine grown tomatoes--plain or fancied up. Yours look yummy.

  24. yum! That looks like the perfect summer meal! :)


  25. O, tiny mouth is slobering because those tomatoes look so good. Must try that as soon as our tomatoes get ripe...
    Happy weekend..
    xo bj

  26. O, tiny mouth is slobering because those tomatoes look so good. Must try that as soon as our tomatoes get ripe...
    Happy weekend..
    xo bj

  27. Morning Pickle...I love tomatoes!!!! I never tried them that way..mine usually never make it very long around here ..we love just plain ole tomatoes sandwiches! lol That whole meal looks fantastic...but uh...Pickle...about the corn...if I was to come eat with would give me alittle bit more corn than that wouldn't you,..Pickle????lol lol Have a great weekend sweetie~♥~

  28. I make mine almost exactly like this, Shelia! But I add one tiny ingredient that makes it oh so much better. Slices of mozzarella on top of the maters! YUMMY!

    Justine :o )

  29. Love the olive oil dispenser...the tomatoes look tasty too.

  30. I love tomatoes, and these look scrumptious. I can't wait until the fresh tomatoes around here come in.

  31. I bet I could eat those tomatoes daily! They look delicious. We like simple foods like that too.

  32. Shelia, I love tomatoes any way you fix them, these look and sound devine, so I will try them soon.

    Happy Friday,

  33. Sheila, one of my standard sandwiches during tomato season is simply mayo, Vidalia onion, black pepper and sliced tomatoes. Now you've given me a new idea, I think I use your tomato recipe on my sandwich! Oh yummy, that sounds good.

  34. Just add a glass of cool tea and thats a meal for me! Sometimes the simple dish is the best...

  35. Simple summer flavor favorites. What's not to like! I love tomatoes so much that when I was expecting my 2nd child (too many moons ago to count) that I ate tomatoe and mayo on white bread for 9 months with salt too (a real no no these days). Amazingly I never gained weight and was able to zip my pants upon leaving the materniity ward. If I ate that way now I would need yards and yards of spandex:)

  36. I have a lot of home grown tomatoes for the moment and this is a good alternative for the way we usely serve them We make a vinaigrette of salad oil and white vinegair and add some salt and peper and a small chopped oniun. But now I'm going to try it you way. I think I will use fresh basil since I have a tub of it at home for the moment.

  37. Shelia, of course I changed my blog dress again, you know I'm such a blog fashionista! LOL

    No, I've been looking for one layout simple enough but have colors I like as well or simple enough so it's not too distracting. He he, I'm also having fun trying out different ones!

  38. There is much to be said for simple and delicious. I loved your pictures and must admit to envy over your olive oil dispenser.

  39. I adore tomatoes but my husband and son not so much. They like them in spaghetti sauce and that's about it. Can you say Prego!

    However, they both love Bruschetta and this is a variation on that dish. It looks scrumptious. Please educate this Yankee chick on what Shoe peg white corn is.

  40. Deee---lishus! As for green on that dinner plate, the tomatoes used to be green, and that's close enough!

    Looks yummy, all of it

  41. Oooh so good. LOVE this! Your marinade is different from one I make so I will try it out! I KNOW we will love it!

    Sue, who also loves your dispenser!!

  42. I make that for DH. I like to grow tomatoes, but don't eat them..but pass the ketchup!
    Strange I know!
    Do you do Fried green tomatoes? I have never tried..
    No tomatoes here for a few more weeks at least..we are late!!!
    Have a great weekend, Sheila!

  43. Thank you sweetheart for the prayers, you don't know how much they mean to me.Love ya, hugs !

  44. This is the reason I grow fresh basil! I love those flavors together. Your oil dispense is beautiful!

  45. Shelia,

    Those tomatoes look yummy! That's one of my favorite summer foods.


  46. Hey sweet friend... It sounds so yummy... I kinda do that but with mozzarella & fresh basil added on top... try it I think you'll like it...


  47. Mmmm love tomatoes like that! Thanks :)

    All the best,

  48. Those tomatoes have my mouth watering. I do something similar only I cut the tomatoes into a large dice, and I've never used the garlic in them. We all like garlic, though, so I'll to add that in next time,

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

  49. You just can't beat a good tomato, and yours looks really good.
    Jean in virginia

  50. Hi Sweetness,
    those tomato's looks yummy! I have to try..
    please stop by at my place.. i have something for you.
    ♥ & ((hugs))

  51. Shelia, oh how I love good fresh tomatoes. Had one tonight with dinner. I think I might have to adopt this song as mine! I might wanna be pushing up tomatoes! Your receipe sounds scrumptuous! laurie

  52. what an easy way to tastebud heaven!!!

  53. MMMM, this looks like a lovely recipe to try for these hot summertime days...thanks for sharing...wonder if fresh basil will be good also???

  54. I'm afraid that I don't eat raw tomatoes with the exception of salsa. Cook them suckers up and I'll eat them on some pasta. lol
    I'm waiting along with everyone else to hear who won your pretty little pillow. When are you making the announcement?

  55. What a fresh idea for tomatoes--and I would love using olive oil if I had a pretty vessel like that. I will start hunting. Joy, joy, joy! Thanks so much for this wonderful summer treat.
    XX 00


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