So, I'll jump directly from one of the least favorite things that come with summer to one of the most beloved... TOMATOES! I know that for most of you, especially you southerners, juicy, homegrown tomatoes make these near 100 degree dog days of summer almost bearable. For me... the joy comes in seeing y'all enjoy them so hardily! As you may remember from a previous post, tomatoes aren't at the top of my list of likes. For me the best thing that I can say about tomatoes is that usually where you find ripe tomatoes you're apt to also find BACON!
Today, one of my best friends stopped by the office with a bag of tomatoes for my sweet hubby. Here in Tennessee there's not a much truer test of friendship than sharing one's tomatoes! Oh there's always organ donation, becoming a surrogate mother, or sharing your lottery winnings; but seriously... if given the choice between an organ, a child, cash or tomatoes... you know you'd go for the tomatoes! Shared tomatoes really let you know where you rate on the friendship scale! I especially love it when they hand you the bag of tomatoes, with a proud look on their face, but then they don't seem to really want to let it go!
I also know what you're probably thinking... "those aren't sliced right for a sandwich" (or SAM-wich as we say here in the south). You're exactly right... but just like there's more than one way to skin a cat... there's also more than one way to eat a tomato... as long as you have enough salt!
I won't keep you. I'm sure you're probably headed off to the kitchen to make sure you've got enough bread, lettuce, mayo and bacon for your own BLT. If not, you'd better start makin' that list!
I hope that if tomatoes are high on your wish list you have more than you can give away! Besides, it's a great way to make new friends!
For you other non-tomato folks out there... hang in there... and have some fried corn!
I'll see you in the garden shortly!