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!