I had such great intentions for this post.

I figured that there would be plenty of tomato posts with this assignment from Recipe Redux this month:

Fresh from the Garden: The season of bountiful produce has arrived. Whether your produce comes from the farmers’ market, a CSA share, or a plot of dirt out back, show how you are using fresh July fruits or veggies. And if you have gardening successes – or failures – please share! 

Bursting with pride at my garden this year (hello, watermelons, tomatoes, red peppers and cucumbers!) It was going to be 100%, full on, no holds barred CUCUMBERS for this one.  I’m a big fan of the cucumber. 


 Not quite finished….see the flower on the bottom? 



 Work your magic, Mr. Bee!



 Harvested cucumber next to phone case for size comparison.

Note: the phone case was not harvested


I harvested my cucumbers, peeled, sliced, diced and added them to a delicious salmon salad with tomatoes and avocados. I set up the pictures, shot them and upon editing, realized that they–well–sucked. Determined, I went back the next day armed with another cucumber and prepared the same salad and shot it a few different ways. Again, the shots sucked. 

It was fall back time….and what a delicious and summery fall back I have for you—with yes, the tomatoes. 




This might not even qualify as a recipe, but I’m going to count it as one. Stay with me.

Tomato and Pesto Bruschetta with Burrata


French Bread + store bought or homemade pesto + sliced tomatoes + burrata + salt, pepper, Spanish olive oil and a touch of balsamic vinegar (all to taste)

The bread is best grilled, the pesto is best homemade, the tomatoes are best homegrown and if you don’t have burrata, use Mozzarella. All in all, it’s a very beautiful and forgiving recipe. 

Perfect for summer cookouts, parties or even a quick breakfast or lunch. 


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