Crack (AKA Heirloom Tomatoes) & Genetics – What I Got From My Mom

They say addictive tendencies are passed down through families.  Booze, smoking, drugs, pills, meth.  Tomatoes?  Do those count?  Also passed along is the normal genetic crap – like hair color, eye color, breast size and weird toes, etc.  And then there is nurture which molds and shapes us.

From my mother I've inherited a few things:

  • A severe addition to buying all the heirloom tomatoes that I can get my hands on during the last two weeks of August in the Northeast.  Seriously, folks today I spent OVER $60 on tomatoes.  And that is just ONE DAY of tomato buying.  I will eat them all.  Well, my mother is visiting, so she will help.  And my daughter (be it by nature or nurture) has also inherited this severe addiction. 
  • I did not inherit my mother's blond hair, bad teeth, aversion to conflict or affinity to beer.
  • I did inherit her big boobs, long legs, green eyes, and lack of verbal filter. 

All in all, I think I've done pretty well.  And if my daughter's worst addiction continues to be tomatoes, I think we will all get big pats on the back.

How to Prepare an Heirloom Tomato for Proper Consumption

  1. Never, ever, ever, ever put that tomato near the fridge. 
  2. Have a good, sharp knife.  And slice that ugly/beauty in thick rounds.
  3. Sprinkle with good salt, preferably course, preferably sea salt.
  4. Let sit for about an hour. 
  5. Eat.