Official Sandwich of Summer: The B.L.T.
One of the best things about doing the community supported agriculture subscription this year is that we get the best possible vegetables when the are perfectly ripe. This cannot be understated for a tomato. There is simply no comparison when it comes to having a good tomato.
When I was a child, I wasn’t crazy about tomatoes. I would usually avoid them in a salad, ignore them in other dishes and always pick them off of my sandwich. Oh.How.My.Tastes.Have.Changed. I now seek out different varieties of tomatoes and I even go a little giddy when I see those pretty heirloom varieties at the store. But, even the most simple, regular-old garden tomato can have a special magic of its own.
I know what it means to taste the difference between a homegrown (or, at least, organically/small farmed) tomato and a store bought (from who knows where) one. I can remember my grandparents raving about how good a fresh tomato could be and seeing people eat tomatoes like an apple. I always thought they were making a big deal about nothing. Nope. I was wrong. They were right. Tomatoes can be awesome. There is a clear taste differential between something that has not been genetically modified and pesticide coated and picked before its prime in order to get it to the store for you. A tomato that just hung out at home base on the vine soaking up clean water waiting to just ripen as it should is a spectacular thing. We have a game changer here. Real tomatoes are real food.
Then, when you add the fresh crisp of a nice, clean lettuce against the juicy tang of that ripe tomato for the winning combination to the salty meaty goodness of bacon, we are talking about Olympic gold. How could you go wrong?
I am officially declaring the Bacon Lettuce Tomato (BLT) as The Sandwich of Summer and here is my tribute:
If you don’t have a garden where you can grow a tomato, go out to a roadside farmer’s market stand and get yourself a real tomato. Make a sandwich. Enjoy summer.