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Posted on 03 May 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Scientific American Magazine Claims Heirloom Tomatoes are Feeble and Inbred

tomato3By Vanessa Richins

I was puzzled by an article I came across from Scientific American called, “How to Grow a Better Tomato: The Case against Heirloom Tomatoes”.

The article asserts that because of breeding over time, “Heirlooms are the tomato equivalent of the pug–that “purebred” dog with the convoluted nose that snorts and hacks when it tries to catch a breath,” and calls them “feeble and inbred.”

It claims that over time, humans have bred out disease resistance in the quest for bigger and better tasting heirloom tomatoes. They also assert that the flavor comes because heirlooms sometimes only produce 2 tomatoes, which naturally means that those two will have more flavor and size than a hybrid producing many fruits.

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Posted on 07 February 2008 by tomatocasual.com

The History of Throwing Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten TomatoBy Michelle Fabio

We’ve all heard of or even seen people throwing rotten tomatoes when disappointed in a live performance; indeed this is where popular movie reviewing and previewing site Rotten Tomatoes gets its name from.

But did people really throw rotten tomatoes at actors?

Well, obviously not during Shakespeare’s time since, as according to the website of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, tomatoes weren’t even available in England at that time. The site notes, though, that at the end of performances, the actors announced the following day’s features–and if people didn’t like it, they just might have thrown things.

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Posted on 28 October 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Bloody Mary Recipe: Part 2 of Bloody Mary Series


Bloody Mary Recipe: Part 2 of Bloody Mary Series

Photo Credit: Bloody Mary by Mark H. Anbinder used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Michelle Fabio

We talked about the origins of the Bloody Mary in Part 1, but now it’s time to get down to the good stuff–the recipe.

Here is a basic Bloody Mary (and remember, you can even make your own tomato juice!):

– 3 parts top-quality tomato juice
– 3 parts top-shelf vodka, depending on strength of drink
– 1 teaspoon horseradish
– 6 shakes Tabasco Sauce
– 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
– Juice of ½ lemon or lime
– 1/8 teaspoon salt (preferably sea salt)
– 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or cayenne pepper
– Celery stalk
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Posted on 27 October 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Bloody Mary History: Part 1 of Bloody Mary Series

Bloody Mary History: Part 1 of Bloody Mary Series

By Michelle Fabio

Now that Halloween is approaching, perhaps you’re thinking about the perfect drink to serve at your party.

Although a Bloody Mary is traditionally served in the morning, there’s no reason you can’t turn this creepily-named and colored mixture into a ghoulish evening pleasure as well.

Before we get to the recipes though, let’s talk history.

The origins of the Bloody Mary are disputed, but there are two main contenders.

The first, and the one accepted by TABASCO®, is that the drink was invented by Fernand Petoit, a bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in the 1920s. He mixed tomato juice and vodka and said that “one of the boys suggested we call the drink ‘Bloody Mary’ because it reminded him of the Bucket of Blood Club in Chicago, and a girl there named Mary.” Some say, though, that the rich, red cocktail was named for Bloody Mary herself, Queen Mary I, persecutor of Protestants.
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Posted on 20 September 2007 by tomatocasual.com

The History of Tomato Soup


warholtomato.bmpBy Michelle Fabio

It’s one of America’s greatest treasures, immortalized by Pop Art icon Andy Warhol in the 1960s, and enjoyed by countless children (and adults) alongside grilled cheese sandwiches every day.

We’re talking about tomato soup.

Although an Internet search will come up with hundreds of different recipes and variations from “bisque” to “gazpacho” to “cream of”, the one that many of us could probably pick out of a taste test was the idea of a 24-year-old European chemist–in 1897.
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Posted on 21 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Coincidence or Connection?: The Tomato’s Contribution to Western Civilization


Coincidence or Connection?: The Tomato's Contribution to Western Civilization -TomatoCasual.comBy Danny Thompson

Here’s an interesting thought that stuck me just the other day.

The tomato was introduced to Europe in the 15th century, taking hold especially in Italy before spreading throughout the continent.

It just so happens that something else interesting began in Italy in the 15th century and spread throughout EuropeThe Renaissance.

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