‘Tis the season for fresh garden tomatoes! Sadly, I can’t say these beautiful tomatoes came from my garden, but they did come from my grandpa’s garden! My garden has been a little neglected this year due to my lack of desire to be out in the heat digging around in dirt while pregnant. The tomato plants I put in pots have slowly withered away due to lack of attention but my herbs are still going strong, thanks to the all the rain we’ve been getting these last couple of months.
My grandfather’s garden, however, is producing a ridiculous amount of tomatoes. He planted around 60 tomato plants this year (he cut back from the 120 plants he put in from seed years prior – he’s 82 and outta control!!). He changed things up this year and planted mostly cherry tomatoes, which makes me happy because they are one of my favorite varieties of tomatoes. When I was home last week I made sure to come home with a big bunch.
Normally, I pair up tomatoes with mozzarella or feta cheese, but this time I was inspired to try something different after coming home from Whole Foods with a nice container of their crumbled blue cheese. I added a few snips of fresh chives (from my garden!) and a drizzle of olive oil – this simple summery salad turned out absolutely delicious!! If you are a blue cheese lover like I am, then you really must try out this Cherry Tomato and Blue Cheese Salad. It would make an excellent addition to any upcoming picnic or barbecue this summer – especially the Fourth of July!
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