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VEGETABLES. 205

and the pulp; season with pepper, salt and sugar and add a cup of sweet cream; when all is well mixed, fill the tomato shells, replace the slices and place the tomatoes in a buttered baking-dish, cut ends up and put in the pan just enough water to keep from burning ; drop a small lump of butter on each tomato and bake half an hour or so, y till well done ; place another bit of butter on each and serve in same dish. Very fine.

Another stuffing which is considered quite fine. Cut a slice from the stem of each and scoop out the soft pulp. Mince one small onion and fry it slightly; add a gill of hot water, the tomato pulp and two ounces of cold veal or chicken chopped fine, simmer slowly and season with salt and pepper. Stir into the pan cracker dust or bread crumbs enough to absorb the moisture ; take off from the fire and let it cool ; stuff the tomatoes with this mass, sprinkle dry crumbs over the top ; add a small piece of butter to the top of each and bake until slightly browned on top.

BAKED TOMATOES. (Plain.)

PEEL and slice quarter of an inch thick; place in layers in a pud- ding-dish, seasoning each layer with salt, pepper, butter and a very little white sugar. Cover with a lid or large plate and bake half an hour. Remove the lid and brown for fifteen minutes. Just be- fore taking from the oven pour over the top three or four table- spoonfuls of whipped cream with melted butter.

TO PREPARE TOMATOES. (Raw.)

CAREFULLY remove the peelings. Only perfectly ripe tomatoes should ever be eaten raw and if ripe the skins easily peel off. Scald- ing injures the flavor. Slice them and sprinkle generously with salt, more sparingly with black pepper, and to a dish holding one quart, add a light tablespoonful of sugar to give a piquant zest to the whole. Lastly, add a gill of best cider vinegar; although, if you would have a dish yet better suited to please an epicurean palate, you may add a teaspoonful of made mustard and two tablespoon- fuls of rich sweet cream.

FRIED AND BROILED TOMATOES.

CUT firm, large, ripe tomatoes into thick slices, rather more than a quarter of an inch thick. Season with salt and pepper, dredge

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