Simple Baked Tomatoes; credit cards

After two months of having fresh, sliced tomatoes for lunch and dinner (and, sometimes, breakfast) we are turning to other options.

Like baking them.

You could, of course, fill them with crisp bacon or tuna or ham or any number of things.

I decided simple is best, and just added some herbes de Provence, a few breadcrumbs to soak up the juices and Parmesan… because we love Parmesan.

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Simple Baked Tomatoes

Simple baked tomatoes…. Sometimes simple is best.
If you have never baked a tomato, now is the time. Great for a first course or veggie side.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Summer Vegetables


  • 2 large tomatoes, suitable for stuffing
  • 1 tsp herbes de Provence
  • 2 tbs grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbs dried bread crumbs


  • Slice the tops off of the tomatoes and scoop out the pulp and seeds leaving a hollow shell. 
  • In a small bowl mix herbs, cheese and bread crumbs. 
  • Spoon mixture into tomatoes. 
  • Put into a small, shallow baking pan and bake at 400F for 15 – 20 minutes, until tomatoes are hot and juicy. 
  • Remove and serve.


We like Parmesan, but any cheese will work

Baked Tomatoes

When we left the US it was the height of the easy credit era. We used to get credit cards in the mail, unasked for, with $10,000 or $15,000 or $20,000 credit lines attached. Just sign and use.

When we moved to Ireland we applied for a Visa card. We got it with no problems…. and a $400 credit line.

No, that is not a typo.

It wasn’t worth the effort to fill out the paperwork so we never bothered in Andorra, or, for years, here in France.

A few years ago, when we were replacing our washer and dryer, we were offered a credit card.

Why not?

After filling out the reams of paperwork and signing a few hundred pages we had a credit card with a $1500 credit line…. enough to cover the appliances with a little to spare.

Every month, with the bill, I get offers of easy financing for DIY projects, increased credit line, etc. which I have always ignored.

With the cost overruns (ahem) on our pool deck I decided the other day I would accept their kind offer of an increased credit limit…. Say from $1500 to $2500. Crazy, I know but go for the sky.

Let me give you a comparison:

In the US: 

Credit Card: Would you like some more credit?

You: Sure!

Credit Card: Great – here’s another $20,000. Happy spending!

In France:

Credit Card: Would you like some more credit?

Me: Sure.

Credit Card:Tell us what you want the credit for.

Me: We have a renovation project.

Credit Card: Great! Can you please submit proof that you own the house, copies of your last 6 months of electric bills, copies of your last 6 bank statements and last year’s tax returns.

Me: Sends documents.

Credit Card: Great! Please read, sign and date both sides of every page in this 6 inch stack of legal documents. And write “I have read and I understand this” above your signature on every page.

Me: 3 days later returns 6 inch stack of completed forms.

Credit Card: Thank you. We will now send it to the committee for evaluation, Expect to hear from us in 14 days.

14 days later…..

Credit Card: Here’s your $500 – please submit invoices on your purchases.


We will now return to our previous stance of not bothering with credit cards……

Oh – and a credit line attached to you checking account – overdraft protection?


If you don’t have the money don’t spend it.

So there.

4 thoughts on “Simple Baked Tomatoes; credit cards”

  1. I’m just curious but as ex pats, can’t you still have a card based in the US? Or do they frown on that just on principle?

    I would try this recipe, but at this point, I’m rather sick of looking at tomatoes and I have a full size rimmed sheet pan, you know, the 18X13 one that barely fits inside your oven, double stacked and then some with tomatoes and I have to pick the garden again tomorrow. As much as I don’t want to because I really don’t have the room, I’m afraid I’m going to have to freeze them all again.

    • Hahaha! I told you that you would soon be inundated! Been there (2 weeks ago) It does get overwhelming. I ended just peeling, cutting into chunks and freezing to sort out later. I predict lots of good soups and sauces this winter.
      I do have a US credit card still (with the big credit line lol) And I use it for travel (it earns miles). And I still have a US checking account with a large credit line, 😉 But we just wanted a local card. It’s handy to have a credit card – but they are so difficult….
      Of course, the French don’t have a lot of personal debt, either….. Funny how that works.

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