Monday, January 23, 2012

Stuffed Tomatoes


Tomatoes in North America... "English herbalist William Salmon...In 1687...he left for the New World...He traveled to New England and the Caribbean and practiced medicione in South Carolina...During the early years of the eighteenth century, he began working on his major work, Botanologia; he completed it in 1710. In an early section of the herbal, Salmon revealed that he had seen tomatoes growing in Carolina, which was in 'the South-East part of Florida.'

 
As strange as this may seem today, his geography was accurate because the term Florida then referred to what is now the eastern part of the United States. This is the first known reference to the tomato in the British North American colonies. Several different theories have been espoused to account for the presence of tomatoes in the Carolinas. The most likely explanation is that there were multiple introductions by different peoples at different times for different purposes. The Spanish, who had probably cultivated and consumed tomatoes in their settlements in Florida earlier in the seventeenth century, had established colonies and missions...It is probable that the Spanish introduced tomatoes into what is today Georgia and the Carolinas. Alternatively, as gardeners grew tomatoes in Europe, French Huguenot refugees and British colonists may have brought seeds directly from the Caribbean...Whatever the initial source, tomatoes were cultivated in the Carolinas by the mid-eighteenth century...Only one colonial cookery manuscript is known to have contained a tomato recipe...author Harriott Pinckney Horry...From the southern states, tomatoes spread northward...Beginning in the late eighteenth century, cookbooks and agricultural books published in Philadelphia contained references to tomatoes...the earliest primary source pinpointing the tomato in New Jersey was George Perot Macculloch's farm journal, which noted the planting of tomatoes from 1829 onward in Morristown...In Massachusetts, tomatoes were introduced in the late eighteenth century."The Tomato in America: Early History, Culture, and Cookery, Andrew F. Smith [University of South Carolina Press:Columbia] 1994(p. 25-32)
By http://foodtimeline.org/foodsauces.html#tomato

Stuffed Tomatoes
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Ingredients:
4 large tomatoes
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup corn
1 tablespoon light mayo
salt and pepper, to taste
green onions, garnish

Directions:
Cut 1/2 inch off top of tomatoes. Remove pulp from tomatoes. Turn tomatoes upside down on paper towel to drain.

In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients except green onions. Spoon salad into tomatoes.
Chill until ready to serve or serve immediately. Just before serving garnish with green onions. Enjoy!

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28 comments:

  1. Simple,healthy and yummy stuffed tomatoes :)
    Ridwan

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  2. I love serving chicken salad in an edible container...so lovely in the tomatoes, Christine!

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  3. This sounds great as usual, Christine! I love this one!

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  4. Just turned on the computer and your lovely little bowls of tomatoes filled with chicken popped on my dashboard. Very pretty!

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  5. There has always been something comforting about this delicious dish - I adore the colouring and healthy aspects :D
    Lovely blog by the way!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Aus Day Green and Gold Cake

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  6. This is fantastic, Christine! I love that you included some interesting facts.

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  7. Looks great! I love stuffed tomatoes!

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  8. oh wow, they look really good and healthy at the same time!

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  9. Christine, I always forget about stuffed tomatoes in the wintertime -- thanks for the colorful reminder! Your chicken salad filling sounds delish and your photo is lovely. Buzzed!

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  10. Creative idea of using tomatoes for a holder for chicken salad. It sure does beat using sandwich bread. This looks like a serving from the tea room! Great post.

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  11. WE just loved stuffed tomatoes great job!

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  12. Such an intreresting article! Love the recipe too.

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  13. I love stuffed tomatoes. Looks great.

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  14. Thanks for all the amazing comments, I just love hearing from you.

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  15. Lovely stuffed tomatoes, I'm sure it made a refreshing dish! :)

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  16. I envy your being able to get good tomatoes at this time of year...this would make a perfect lunch or light supper.

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  17. I love stuffed tomatoes but I usually use tuna. Chicken is such a great way to make this.

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  18. I am always a fan of using fruit or vegetables as a edible container! This sounds like a great light brunch recipe, I will have to try it soon!

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  19. Stuffed tomatoes are the best...these look very yummy!

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  20. Can you believe I've never made stuffed tomatoes??? Well, you've inspired me! :D

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  21. They sounds and look very delicious! :)

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  22. I love stuffed tomoatoes! And every time I visit your blog I learn some food facts...totally love that!

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  23. Great recipe and love that you've stuffed us with the history. Fascinating. Isn't it amazing that tomatoes are really quite newcomers? In France we stuff them mainly with pork/beef but this chicken version sounds super

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  24. Oh yum! What a lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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