unfried green tomatoes

November 2, 2011

I know I exaggerate a lot, but I swear I have over 50 green tomatoes sitting on my counter.

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Apparently when my tomato plants started to ripen, they forgot that it was supposed to happen in September, not in late October. I have been waiting since May to pull red juicy delicious Roma tomatoes from my plants. I literally had visions of myself pulling a red beauty from the vine, taking a bite out of the tomato with my feet bare in the summer grass, having to bend over to prevent the tomato juices from getting on my clothes. I kid you not, this is what I think about in my spare time — which of course, could open a whole other can of worms about the ridiculous things I think about, but we’ll save that for another time.

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But no, those tomatoes just wouldn’t cut me a break. All I got from my tomato plants this year were unripe green tomatoes. Which, of course, is never a bad thing if you are a southern belle. And if you’re not a southern belle (::ahem:: me), you can at least pretend like you’re talking to Paula in the kitchen while you bake green tomatoes instead of fry them. I’m sure Paula just had a panic attack talking about me not frying something. 
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Which brings me to another point — have you ever even seen the movie Fried Green Tomatoes? I haven’t. But I want to watch it on Netflix tonight with a plate of green tomatoes in one hand and the lemon dill dipping sauce in the other. And then my mom is going to get mad at me for not inviting her over for unfried green tomatoes and movie watching.

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The really awesome thing about this recipe is that it’s super easy. All you have to do is slice, dip, coat, and bake. And then you can feel free to burn your tongue on the 3 tomatoes you ate the second they came out of the oven. We can walk together saying fun things like “sally sells sea shells by the sea shore” with our new lisps from burning off all our taste buds.

Can I just also add I’ve never eaten a green tomato in my life? And I may or may not have never understood what the big hype about green tomatoes were? I definitely understand now. Green tomatoes are the new dark chocolate.

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Okay, I laughed just typing that. Green tomatoes are not the new dark chocolate, but they’re good in a “we have our own category” category if one were to exist.

Have a good night y’all.

That felt so southern.

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