Heirloom varieties are my favorite of all the tomatoes. They come in a plethora of sizes, shapes and magical colors that make them a feast for the eyes. They're valued for their complex flavors, and also their versatility. Heirloom tomatoes can be enjoyed fresh from the vine or cooked with meats and cheeses and chunked into sauces. Below are some of my favorite ways to enjoy tomatoes!
For a low down on size, flavor, taste, and when these beauties are most easily found in the markets, check out this chart: Comparison Chart for Heirloom Tomato Varieties
I use mini and grape tomatoes in all kinds of dips and cocktail snacks. Mix fresh tomatoes wedges into pasta (hot or cold). Or pair them with bread and delicious cheeses. I love them most just sliced and sprinkled with kosher salt as a snack. A favorite trick of mine is slow oven drying tomatoes and topping sandwiches with all of their dense rich tomato flavor.