Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Perfect Summer Side

I like to plant my vegetable garden from seeds.  It's less expensive and so much more fun.  London helps me dig the holes and then places the seeds in.  We check and check and check in the next couple weeks until we see green poking up out of the dirt.  The one thing I buy started are tomatoes.  I don't have a good spot in my house to start them indoors and I've never had success starting them outdoors by seeds.   (The never get big enough to get tomatoes on them when I do.)  I will keep trying though.  We like to buy our plant from the Farmer's Market in Boise.  We also like to buy the Early Girl variety. We have had great success with this type and like today we are always drowning in fresh tomatoes come end of July.  Right now at this moment after making a delicious side of tomato salad I still have 10 on my counter looking juicy red.  I like to the extras whole or can them diced.  I wait until towards the end of the summer to do that because right now I am still loving eating tomatoes every day.  Nothing tastes better than a warm fresh picked garden tomato.  Yum yum.  We have been having sliced tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic on them almost every night.  I also have basil that is doing really well this year.  Here is my summer time Tomato Salad recipe:

Tomatoes, how many you use is up to how many you are feeding and how much they like tomatoes.
Big Bunch of Basil
Fresh Chives
Clove of garlic
salt and pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar

Chop up the tomatoes and place in a bowl.  I didn't dice them but chopped them so they would be larger chunks.  Don't forget to add the juice from the chopping board, it adds lots of tomato flavor.  Chop up the basil and chives and add to bowl.  (I used about 8 chives from the garden but how many you use depends on how big of a serving you are making.)  Dice up the clove, or slice it really thin, and add it to the bowl.  Sprinkle salt and pepper.  Drizzle the oil and vinegar over top of the ingredients.  Stir to combine.  Let marinate for a couple hours to intensify the flavor.  I had mine marinate from 3 until 6 pm and it worked fabulously.  

Super easy and super tasty.  Happy Tomato Eating!