Sunday, August 10, 2008

Garden Goodness

There is nothing quite like harvesting your own food. Getting the satisfaction of biting into a fresh, sweet, and juicy tomato that is still warm from the sun makes it all worth the effort. Whether it is a Roma, heirloom, or cherry they all seem to satisfy their purposes in different dishes. A fresh tomato carpaccio salad with garden basil, really good olive oil, salt and pepper showcases the heirlooms. While the cherry tomatoes add a burst of sweetness to pasta dishes with sliced sauted artichokes, shaved asparagus, garlic, lemon, olive oil and some crushed red pepper. Beautiful summer dishes can be created with a proper tomato. Sorry that I don't have any pictures of the food, but hopefully the garden bounty can create your own inspiration.

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