Tiny New York Kitchen: Tomato Essence

Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 5.27.42 PMBy Victoria Hart Glavin of Tiny New York Kitchen

Here is a delicious and simple recipe that harnesses the pure essence of the tomatoes, that can be used either as a light garnish for grilled fish or as a refreshing drink. You may even want to try it in a Bloody Mary.


14 Large Heritage Tomatoes

1 Stalk Fresh Basil

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

Cut tomatoes into a rough dice and place in large-size bowl. Add kosher salt, pepper, and entire basil stalk. With a hand blender or food processor purée until smooth. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Pour into cheesecloth over large-size bowl and allow to drip through. Transfer to container with
tight fitting lid and place in refrigerator for up to 2 days. Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Victoria Hart Glavin has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a teenager. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France.

While living in France, Victoria studied French cooking from an expert Lyonnais chef. Victoria learned to love the local culture of preparing and enjoying fresh, seasonal foods. While in France, Victoria experienced the joys of shopping for local produce at the market and preparing fresh foods simply and beautifully in order to enhance the experience of the table. During her time in France, she says she “learned how to squeeze tomatoes at the local market” and “took everything in by osmosis.”

Currently, Victoria creates tasty treats in her tiny kitchen, in New York City, for all to enjoy and on weekends she explores Fairfield County where has a second home. Victoria has shared her recipes with others and now you can enjoy the Tiny New York Kitchen recipe collection, too!  Victoria is a member of Culinary Historians of New York and a member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society.
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