Gettin' fresh … in Northern Nevada

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:

The Sandwich of Summer

My love of bacon cannot be denied.

Did I mention that we are still getting nice lettuce in the CSA box as well?

A picture perfect tomato

When the slices look like this, you know it is going to be good.

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.

 

 

 

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10 responses

  1. Kalli and Bill

    this looks like pure heavenly goodness girl!

    August 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  2. I love BLTs! Those look fabulous!!!

    Bonnie
    http://www.recipeshappen.com
    http://www.facebook.com/recipeshappen

    August 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

  3. Gorgeous…and Oh.So.Satisfying! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    ps: Mmmmm bacon!

    August 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

  4. Funny how our taste buds change as we age!

    August 13, 2012 at 12:51 am

    • No kidding. Add to the list: mustard, onions, hot things .. so many different tastes!

      August 13, 2012 at 2:07 am

  5. Awesome post. Very helpful. Thanks for the info.

    August 13, 2012 at 7:27 am

  6. I love BLTs – but of course due to my diet I can’t do the bread, but I have found a great way to enjoy a low carb BLT – wrap it in Romain Lettuce or use a low carb tortilla instead of the bread. I love it on the crispy romain lettuce with mayo…. 🙂

    August 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    • the no carb thing doesn’t work for me just for that reason … MUST. HAVE. BREAD. I blame it on my dad being the Wonder Bread Man once upon a time.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

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