Fall starts September 23rd, which means summer is nearly over. Good riddance, frankly – there’s something about heat that makes my brain shut down. The only thing I’m really going to miss is the lovely produce — tomatoes in particular.
(Admittedly not the prettiest tomato photo)
Thanks to the generosity of my friends (and occasionally a good find at a farmer’s market), I’ve had more than my fair share of really delicious heirloom tomatoes this growing season. The kind that you can just slice up, sprinkle with a little salt, and enjoy the hell out of.
They’re also great in the heat – some of my favorite no-cook meals rely heavily on good tomatoes. This tomato basil mozzarella appetizer, for instance. It’s a relief to avoid heating up the house by way of an oven.
A few years ago, the great Oprah turned me on to another no-cook, delightfully tomato-centric recipe that’s perfect on a hot day: a simple tomato sandwich.
So simple, in fact, it kind of sounds like it’s missing something (for BLT fans, it’s basically “missing” lettuce and bacon. But you really don’t need those with an especially lovely tomato.)
(Looks are deceiving – this thing was freaking delicious).
Get yourself to the farmer’s market, pick up some tomatoes, and give this a try before summer is over. 🙂
- 1 ripe, fabulous tomato
- 2 slices of white bread
- Salt to taste
- 1 napkin
- Thinly slice the tomato and lay it on one slice of the white bread.
- Salt lightly.
- Spread a thin layer of mayo on the remaining slice of bread.
- If it's really a grand tomato, eat it over the sink - you'll likely have tomato juice dripping down your chin and eating hand.
- Use the napkin.
She lives in the Bay Area and cites her diverse background as her biggest influence: her visual artist mom is half-Chinese, half-Greek, and from Hawai’i; her film-loving, world-music curating dad is from Montana; and she lived in both California and Montana while growing up. She loves at least a little bit about virtually everything (Pokémon Snap included) and aims to be a Jane of all trades. By day Cat is a multiple-hat-wearing media person.
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