I received a text from my niece two days ago. “Hey, Can I give u some tomatoes from our garden? We have so MANY!!!!!”

Who would say no to that, especially since she probably won’t be able to make an offer like this much longer? Tomatoes are bountiful right now, but two weeks from now, they’ll be on their way out in my region.

She dropped by a little later with a bag full of large, ripe, beautiful, organic tomatoes. I now have to decide what to do with them. I could make garden fresh pasta sauce or fresh salsa with them. But, I want to try something new so I’ve hunted down some recipes for heirloom tomatoes.

homemade-ketchup Forget store bought when you can make your own ketchup from scratch. (Photo: Komarina/shutterstock)

  • Homemade Heirloom Tomato Ketchup – This ketchup is sweetened with honey and dates. It also mixes fresh tomatoes with canned tomatoes (to help make it ketchup red). The blogger recommends using tomatoes from a can without BPA in the lining. Muir Glen is a brand that can be bought in most stores that doesn’t line their cans with the controversial BPA. (recipe from JJBegonia)
  • Savory Goat Cheese Tart with Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes & Jalapeno Honey Drizzle – I’m intrigued by the addition of jalapeno and crushed red pepper to honey in this recipe. I’d love the idea of it without the heat, but it’s the heat that really caught my attention. It also uses egg whites instead of whole eggs and reduced fat sour cream in the filling, which makes it not as calorie-laden as it could be. (recipe from Cooking with Cakes)
red alcoholic drink in martini glass

Tomatoes and watermelon are two quintessential summer fruits that pair well in a cocktail. (Photo: Sergey Novikov/Shutterstock)

  • Summer Crush Cocktail – I’m all about using fresh produce in cocktails this summer, and this vodka concoction has heirloom tomatoes and watermelon in it. Yum. (recipe from Kitchen Konfidence)
  • End of Summer Empanadas –This recipe calls for tomatoes, corn and ground pork wrapped inside dough. I have a lot of leftover pulled pork in the freezer from my neighborhood block party last weekend, and I’m sure I could substitute that for the ground pork. It would be a good way to use that up in a new way. (recipe from Kitchenette)
  • Heirloom Tomato Soup – This recipe calls for fresh basil, thyme and marjoram. I have all that growing out back. In fact, I have everything needed for this recipe either out back or in my kitchen right now – onion, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar. Sounds so good to pair with a grilled cheese. (recipe from Marin Mama Cooks)
  • I have a lot of tomatoes. Perhaps I can make more than one of these recipes. Which one(s) would you make if you had a bounty of heirlooms?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

5 recipes for heirloom tomatoes
Summer and its beautiful tomatoes aren’t done yet. Here are some dishes to use up the tail end of the season’s beautiful heirloom varieties.