It is that time of year. My girls are back in school & I’m starting to think fall thoughts, but I’m not quite ready for the cold that I know is coming here in the midwest! I find myself holding onto summer. The flavors of vine ripened tomatoes and fresh basil helps me savor these last few days of August!
I’m continuing to love my square foot garden. I practically ignore it all summer long and it produces amazingness with no weeds. It is my type of gardening. This year I kept it simple by planting just 2 types of tomatoes (early girls & cherry 100’s), one cucumber plant, one basil plant, and some swiss chard. I have had great success with no garden pests this year. Last year I was bugged by those ugly, squash bugs and it was dreadful!
We have had enough rain lately to give my tomatoes a huge growth spurt, and I’m super excited to make some Freezer Salsa & Henry & David Knockoff Onion & Pepper Relish with the abundance of tomatoes that I have.
In the meantime, I have been enjoying the tomatoes by simply slicing them, sprinkling them with ribbons of fresh basil, a bit of feta, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I sprinkle just a bit of garlic salt and pepper to taste. This could not be more simple or delicious! It tastes so fresh, the sweetness of the tomatoes and balsamic, the bite of feta and the freshness of the basil all come together to create a mouthful of flavor. It is simply delicious!
Do you have an abundance of tomatoes? Need some great ideas of how to use them? Then go visit my Recipes: Tomatoes! board on Pinterest.
Simple Sliced Tomato
(a no recipe, recipe)
2-3 leaves fresh basil, rolled up then sliced into ribbons
a bit of feta cheese
a drizzle of balsamic vinegar
a sprinkle of garlic salt
a sprinkle of pepper
Slice the tomatoes, sprinkle with basil, feta, garlic salt & pepper. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Enjoy!
What are your favorite ways to use up those garden or fresh from the farmer’s market tomatoes?