Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Best Part of Summer

Are the tomatoes . . .

Tomatoes fresh from the garden . . .
We're not vegetable gardeners at Linderhof but we do have a grape tomato plant and an heirloom tomato plant. So we can harvest tomatoes straight from our garden. Alas, sometimes, they are not enough for a meal and so we fill in any holes with tomatoes from the Farmer's Market.
A favorite way to eat the little tomatoes is halved, sprinkled with salt and pepper. A pour of olive oil, a smaller pour of balsamic vinegar and a big handful of basil leaves cut into a chiffonade.

It is summer on a plate and when the tomatoes start to really come to the garden and the Farmer's market, we have tomatoes at least twice a day and sometimes three (sauteed grape tomatoes go really well with the breakfast eggs).

Of the grape tomatoes, they are a burst of sunshine in your mouth. And are so perfect paired with garden basil.


Peg said...

I love tomatoes and yours look delicious!

niartist said...

Martha - what a beautiful series of photos! Tomatoes are a huge thing here - as I am sure you can imagine. I have never started a plant, but I know plenty of people who have them, and are very kind about sharing! :) I'll have to try this combination ... it sounds absolutely delicious!

Mary Bergfeld said...

What beautiful photos. You should submit them to Ruby Tuesday.

Deanna said...

Looks great!
I want to try the tomatoe salad. We have 2 tomatoe plants and 2 pepper plants. That's it, but they have really given the crops.

God bless and have a wonderful rest of the summer,

Pondside said...

Those tomatoes look scrumptious!
This coming weekend we'll be picnicking for the Symphony Splash (the Symphony Orchestra is towed on a barge into the harbour and we all sit on the grass, late into the night to listen) and the Orzo and roast veggie dish will be on the menu.
I get the best foodie ideas from your posts!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh my mouth is watering! I eat at least one tomato almost every day while they are in season. laurie