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July 13, 2011

Gorgeous, don’t you agree?

These beautiful heirloom tomatoes were a gift from Bruce and Bonnie Reynolds’ garden. Not only beautiful, they have a smell and flavor so tomato-essential that to fiddle with them too much would be a crime — a splash of extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt are enough to create one of summertime’s fine dining experiences. Having generous friends in the neighborhood, who’re master gardeners, is just another perk living here at the Rancho.

Thanks, B & B!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Mrs. Monstera permalink
    July 14, 2011 9:40 am

    Yes! Gorgeous! Are we having BLTs?

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 14, 2011 12:09 pm

      Mmmmmmm … B to the L to the Ts!

      • Mrs. Monstera permalink
        July 15, 2011 1:55 am

        Haaaaaaaay. (I know you know what that sounds like.) Have you ever tried making tomato jam? Nice ketchup alternative.

      • reubix1 permalink*
        July 15, 2011 3:19 am

        I’ve been known to make that same exclamation hearing ‘my song’! … I have not made tomato jam before but now that you mention it I will… watch this space

  2. July 14, 2011 4:55 pm

    gorgeous is right~!

  3. July 15, 2011 2:06 am

    Mmmmm! I’m with you….straight up with a little kosher salt! Or toast a little bread and then rub the toast with cut garlic, then rub it with a cut tomato, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle a bit of salt on it….yummy fantastic! I think it’s called Pan Con Tomate or “tomato bread”

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 15, 2011 3:20 am

      Oh, man, that rubbed garlic/toast/olive oil/salt/toast combo sounds fantastic… I’ll do it!

      • July 15, 2011 7:27 pm

        It’s called pa amb tomàquet and it’s a Catalan obsession. I ate it everyday when I was in Barcelona.

      • reubix1 permalink*
        July 15, 2011 10:33 pm

        Just read the recipe, sounds like simple excitement. Must try it sometime …

  4. July 15, 2011 7:31 pm

    Yum! Those look beautiful. Are they Mortgage Lifters or Brandywines or ?

    My first tomatoes ripened this week. Tomatoes (to a certain extent) make up for the yuck of summer heat.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 15, 2011 10:32 pm

      They are some of life’s beautiful mysteries: our bestowers couldn’t remember what variety they were … as for the yucky summer heat, I’m not sure even tomatoes make up for it!

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