Tuesday, July 15, 2008

summer garden sauce

Since there really is more to life than writing and reading great books, here is a recipe to prove it! We have a big garden here but sadly a real, ripe Washington tomato remains a mirage. For all you Kentuckians drowning in tomatoes about now, this one's for you!

Summer Garden Sauce

2 large ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped
1 yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 scallions, sliced thin
1 medium cucumber, peeled and seeded and chopped
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
freshly ground pepper, to taste

Mix tomatoes, bell pepper, cuke, cheese, scallions, basil, and salt in large bowl. Whisk oil, vinegar, and garlic in small bowl, then pour mixture over tomato mixture and toss to coat. Cover and let stand at room temp for 1 hour. Toss with cooked pasta such as prepared penne, bowties, or campanelle. Enjoy!


  1. Sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe as new ones are always fun to try............the easiest ones are my favorites, ha. I know you enjoy your garden and hope you enjoy your new deck soon. :)

  2. Hi! I found your blog thru Ann Gabhart's site. I love reading other writer's blogs. I'll be checking back!

  3. Hi Bobbi,
    Thanks for popping in! Great to see Harrodsburg on the old neo-counter! You have some very interesting blog activity yourself. I'm always thrilled to meet a fellow bibliophile. I'll be back to visit you in future as well. Happy reading, Bobbi!

  4. Rhonda,
    What would I do without you!!?? Your comments always make me smile and keep me going. You are a very faithful reader and favorite cousin and friend!

  5. The Garden Sauce was out of this world. Two of us ate the whole thing. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  6. Glad you two liked the garden sauce! Bet you had really good tomatoes. I will try to post some favorite recipes now and again - thanks for letting me know!