It’s been a busy summer. We finished our kitchen remodel, yeah! And I’ve been having so much fun cooking up a storm!
My bubbly sister-in-law gave us this lovely “new kitchen warming gift” that she had made for us by our local Appalachian Press ~ I love Madame Lilly Bollinger’s quote:
And I’m always happy because this is pretty much me on the lazy hazy days of summer…
Next week I will be on our local NBC Affiliate show “Daytime Blue Ridge” preparing my favorite Sangria recipes: http://www.wsls.com/daytime
Peachy Rosé Sangria
Sandy’s Peach Mango Sangria
I would love to hear from my readers…What is your favorite Sangria…Do you prefer the traditional red wine/fruit sangria or the lighter white wine/summer fruit sangria?
During the summer we enjoy lots of outdoor festivals. At the Deschutes Brewery Street Pub in Downtown Roanoke Virginia we met Karen Eland, an artist that paints with coffee and beer. http://www.karenelandart.com
Now on to the TOMATOES…On Saturday I visited our local farmer’s market and enjoyed a fresh tomato tasting. After tasting the tomatoes we put a toothpick in our favorite tomato. The tomato with the most toothpicks won the tomato tasting competition.
Mr. Stripey Tomato, beautiful yellow and red striped beefsteak tomato, with its pleasantly sweet taste, was the crowd favorite that day.
Our market offered up huge tomatoes, but none as heavy as this: The heaviest tomato weighs 3.906 kg (8.61 lb), was grown by Dan Sutherland (USA) and weighed in Walla Walla, Washington, USA, on 30 August 2016. The achievement was authenticated by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC). Source: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/heaviest-tomato
I will be using some of my juicy ripe tomatoes to make Tomato Water Martinis. Here’s a link to a yummy recipe for said martini: http://drinkwire.liquor.com/post/spicy-tomato-water-martini.
Surprise! A green tomato can be ripe if it is a green tomato variety. The Green Zebra Tomato is yellow with dark green stripes. Sweet and tangy. If a green tomato is soft to the touch and the bottom of the yellow stripes begin to turn a light reddish color then the tomato is ripe. Green tomatoes come in cherry tomato size too!
I love purple tomatoes! This Cherokee Purple Tomato has a slightly smoky taste, rich and sweet. This purple tomato, originating from Tennessee, was thought to have been passed down from Native Americans of the Cherokee tribe.
Rosé is a delicious accompaniment to fresh tomatoes. One of my favorites is La Chapelle Brut Rosé Nuance Premier Cru Champagne. $40 range. Crisp and elegant with notes of framboise (raspberry) and fraise des bois (tiny wild French strawberries).
Don’t forget to stay cool and hydrated this summer…
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