Posted at 8:20 AM on August 23, 2008
by Julia Schrenkler
It looks like it will be a beautiful day in the land of sky blue waters. I don't know about you but I plan to be outside the rest of the day, and since one of my "chores" is to catch up on harvesting all the ripe tomatoes we have I might as well make the most of it. I found this sweet, perfectly-timed article in The Splendid Table's Food Talk discussion group. Contributor Charli Mills writes:
"While the original Insalata Caprese hails from the the Italian region of Campania, it becomes distinctly Minnesotan in August. For a wonderful, short burst of abundance, local farms, gardens and deck containers yield sweet, juicy tomatoes in an array of colors, shapes and sizes. This is the perfect fruit for the Italian salad of Caprese."
Mills makes it "Minnesota style" with Thai basil and served with local steaks. I've got fresh sweet basil and only need a quick run to the store for cheese to make this for lunch. I plan to take Mills' advice and, "Slow down, relax and enjoy the waning muggy days of summer."