Carrie K's delectable photo of her garden produce directed me to a recipe for Panzanella Salad. Aurora mixes up fresh tomatoes, stale sourdough bread, cucumbers, fresh basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinagar. Yum!
The Hoboken version of this salad is one of my all-time favorite (and easiest ever) dishes: fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and the aforementioned basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, with a little freshly-ground black pepper. Best eaten with a hunk of Italian bread you can drag around in your bowl afterwards to sop up all the oily-vinegary-tomatoey goodness left in the bottom.
So if you're lucky enough to have garden-fresh tomatoes (or access to some) try spritzing them with some good olive oil and balsamic vinegar! I have to try Aurora's version with the cukes and sourdough...sounds yummy. (You don't even have to mix a dressing, just drizzle that stuff right on your salad...mmmm!) We're just beginning to get tomatoes now, I can't wait!
By the by, O'Kitten will once again be gone to the lake for three days for knitting and napping respite. I'm packing freshly picked sweet corn and our first cantelope, plus a just-delivered shoo-fly pie and some real doughnuts (the best I've ever had) from Pennsylvania Dutch Country as well. So I shall return fat and happy on Wednesday (Mr. O'K starts school on Thursday). Pray for rain and tomatoes.