|Damn near perfect Tomato Jam, from The Red Store,|
Cape May NJ
Carolyn, over at the blog All Day I Dream About Food calls it Compulsive Recipe Adaptation Disorder (aka CRAD), she has it, and so do I.
While on vacation at the beach, I tasted near perfection. Actually, everything I tasted at The Red Store, a restaurant, store, coffee and bake shop at Cape May Point, NJ was damn near perfect. Particularly, the tomato jam. Jersey tomato jam. The first time I tasted it was on a grilled shrimp taco, and it was an eye opener. I've made my own tomato jam a few times, fooled with adding lemon, adding ginger, but always looked at it with blinders on, I thought of it as a breakfast time oddity. Never considered the possibilities as a...condiment. It is sublime. A savory condiment. Inspiration on a platter, to keep going, trying. There. Can't stop messing with things. I did, however buy four jars of the stuff the last time we had dinner there.
I'll for sure make some tomato jam, before the season ends, but it won't be like the one from The Red Store, and probably not like any I've made before. Why not? Well, why not!