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