When I was in East Hampton, I was obsessing over a box of baby heirloom tomatoes at Round Swamp Farm. They were so unbelievably colorful and mini, with their funky shapes and sizes. But what would I do with them? Put them in a salad? How could I really showcase them in a dish? I left East Hampton without purchasing them, and pretty much forgot about those little guys.
Until yesterday, when I was lucky enough to be in Union Square at 9:30 AM, believing that I would have a chance to go to Trader Joe’s without having to wait in that god-awful line that is second only to Shake Shack. We were having a friend over for dinner and since it was SO UNBELIEVABLY HOT for the past few days, we decided that salad was the way to go. Since plain salad is pretty insubstantial, I decided that panzanella would be filling and interesting while also being a light meal that’s bearable in our very lightly air-conditioned apartment.
Then I saw them: a 16 oz. box of lovely baby heirloom tomatoes. Bingo. These would be sweet and hold their texture, whereas regular tomatoes are soggy, grainy, and, frankly, just not as gorgeous as these little jewels. I think these tomatoes are at Trader Joe’s for a limited time, so GO GET THEM! Even if it’s just to pop in your mouth as a refreshing snack, these tomatoes are so sweet and just so fun. Go now. No, don’t even finish reading this post.