This is why I have a vegetable garden……
I picked all of these just this morning. Fresh vegetables are so much better tasting than any produce you get from a grocery store. Plus when you’ve grown it yourself in your own yard, picking the fruits of your labor is an achievement!
Around here it’s been a humid, rainy summer but the vegetables seem to approve of the weather. I’ve gotten so many cucumbers, squash, peppers and ears of corn already it’s crazy! However my absolute favorite garden bounty has to be fresh tomatoes! They’re like orbs of garden gold!! Quite often my husband and I will simply slice up a tomato, sprinkle on some salt and pepper and eat them just like that. You can’t do that with a store-bought tomato! Well okay, technically you can but it simply does not taste the same. It’s funny too that I am now such a staunch supporter of the fresh tomato. I can remember being young and watching my grandfather or my parents eat freshly sliced tomatoes just like I described. But back then? My underdeveloped palate couldn’t stand them and I even thought the adults were nuts! Sad but true … well, I was very young and clearly very wrong. Heck in my youth I enjoyed canned pasta – need I say more?
Anyhow, my garden has blessed me with scads of tomatoes so far and many more are ripening daily. Luckily not only are they delicious, tomatoes are extremely versatile. They can be eaten as mentioned fresh from the garden, added to hot pasta or a cold pasta salad, made into sauce, salsa, roasted, added to burgers or sandwiches, the possibilities are seemingly endless! With what I picked just this morning I forsee lots of salsa, bruschetta, sauce and some canning in my very near future!
I have to say my very favorite way to eat a fresh tomato is one of the most simple and possibly most mundane way ever – a tomato sandwich. There’s absolutely nothing better for a quick summer meal! Granted this isn’t really a recipe per se but I can’t write about tomatoes and ignore the genius of a simple fresh tomato sandwich! There’s just something about a fresh tomato with some mayo on your favorite bread – toasted (it has to be toasted!) I know, I know, it sounds unimpressive….until you actually try it! Truly!
Since this is not exactly a recipe in my opinion I’m not going to write it as one. All you do is grab two slices of your favorite bread. Mine is rye, any kind, seeded, unseeded, swirled with pumpernickel – any rye does it for me! But use your own favorite! Toast your bread and spread on a layer of mayo. Slice your fresh tomatoes – as thick or thin as you like then stack them in your sandwich. Salt and pepper to taste and that’s it! Add an ear of fresh picked corn and or maybe some pickles? Oh baby, that’s summer to me!