Today is cold and dreary but this morning Hubby and I toughed it out and went to Tomatomania at White Flower Farm in Litchfield, CT. It is billed as the world's largest tomato seedling sale and this is their only East coast date. Heirloom tomatoes are their specialty - my favorite! We picked up 23 plants plus 10 more for my boss! Hubby is currently out at Home Depot buying supplies so we can actually plant our new little darlings. We picked up many interesting varieties including Cuban Yellow Drops, Brandywine, and Black Russian. I can't wait until the tomatoes start coming! We are going to have so many different kinds it will be fun to figure out new and interesting ways to use them. Here is a simple but delicious little tomato recipe for inspiration:
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Mozzarella and Basil
2 T red-wine vinegar
1 t Dijon mustard
1 t salt
1/2 t sugar
1/2 t black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 lb mixed heirloom tomatoes, quartered if small or cut into 1/4-inch-wide wedges if larger
1 lb cherry tomatoes
1 lb small mozzarella balls
1 1/2 cups loosely packed basil leaves or torn large leaves
Whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt, sugar, and pepper in a large bowl. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking constantly until dressing is emulsified. Add tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.
Yum! Hubby and I are so into tomato and mozzarella salads (Insalata Caprese) since our honeymoon in Italy where they are a staple.
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Posted by Sugar Bear at 1:19 PM