FRESH Ideas for homegrown tomatoes

Published on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 23:04 - Written by Christine Gardner

This Saturday is the Jacksonville Tomato Fest and in anticipation of all the homegrown fresh tomatoes I hope to purchase I created this sauce recipe that capitalizes on all that wonderful summer tomato flavor. 

The Tomato Fest is all day Saturday and there are so many great activities planned. All centered around the glorious Jacksonville Tomato. For more information and a schedule of events go to or contact the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

I will be there judging the salsa contest so I hope to see you there.


Fresh Tomato Sauce



6 Roma tomatoes

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

1/2 cup pine nuts

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste



Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Make an “X” on the bottom of each tomato with a paring knife. Drop the tomatoes in simmering water for about a minute, or until the skin starts to pull away from the tomato. Remove from the water, and add to a bowl of ice water to stop further cooking. When cool, use your fingers to peel the skin off. Add the tomatoes and other ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. (Additionally, I like to remove the seeds from the tomato to eliminate any bitter flavor.)