Tomato Lutece

(Confession:  I have no idea what “lutece” means.  We’ve call these “Grandma Mary Tomatoes” as long as I can remember.  What else do we call them? DELICIOUS!)


Do you have a gazillion tomatoes from your garden?  Did you pick up more tomatoes than you should have at the farmers market?  This recipe is a family favorite for those super sweet vine ripened tomatoes.


8 firm ripe tomatoes
1/4 c chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 c oil
2 Tbsp vinegar
2 tsp prepared mustard

Wedge tomatoes into about six pieces. Combine remaining ingredients in small jar; cover.  Shake well.  Pour over tomatoes.  Cover lightly; let stand at room temperature at least 20 minutes before serving.  (Grandma Mary says: I like to sprinkle the parsley over after pouring sauce over tomatoes.)  Keeps for use the next day.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

I’m sure you can find healthier and fancier options out there, but the quick/easy factor of this version makes it one of our favorite Sunday night treat recipes!



2 pkg devils food cake mix
1 1/2 cup shortening
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Combine ingredients.  Roll into 1 inch balls.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 375 degrees.


  • 1 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
    2 sticks (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
    2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • Beat together until smooth.
  • I like to pipe the filling with a big star tip so that it looks fancy when it smooshes out.

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