Local Gourmet: Simple and Fresh Ingredients

tomatoes.jpgI often find myself drowning in recipes from Bon Appétit, and Gourmet, looking for the most challenging and exotic. My mouth waters with the delicious list of ingredients and my head aches with the 3 hour estimated preparation time.

Let’s face it, most people don’t have that kind of time or the resources to find red curry paste. Often, the best recipes are the simplest. With the combination of fresh and local ingredients, you can have a healthy meal in seconds… sans the truffle oil.

The following recipe tastes like summer: sliced tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, with fresh chopped garlic. It’s a caprese salad in its simplest form, you don’t even need mozzarella. Have an herb garden? Toss in fresh basil.

2 ripe tomatoes thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
Tbls. of extra virgin olive oil
Tbls. of aged balsamic vinegar
salt & vinegar to taste
*basil (optional)

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  • Definitely one to save for summer when ripe tomatoes are available at the farmers market.

  • Kendra

    I want to squeeze those tomatoes. So. BAD.

  • Sharon Troy

    I love pictures of vegetables. Is that weird? I kept taking pictures of the heirloom tomatoes at the farmer’s market this past weekend. Haven’t quite decided what to do with them yet, but I do love this idea of keeping it simple.