I received my August Foodie Pen Pal package over a week ago and I’m still enjoying all the treats. It was packed full of fun foods. I especially love the Back to Nature Granola; it’s a bag of little bags of granola, perfect for on the go meals. I can’t wait to try the organic raw oatmeal.
I love this time of year, all the fresh local veggies at their prime. We have been having tomatoes with almost every meal. Nothing like a scrambled egg topped with fresh chives (including the chive blossoms) and a side of sliced tomatoes. We’ve been skipping the lettuce with salads; it’s all about tomatoes when fresh Michigan tomatoes are in abundance.
I often make a tomato salad with fresh mozzarella or feta cheese but decided to give blue cheese a try for a change and it was a nice contrast of flavors. I wanted to add some red onion for a little extra crunch. When I began to slice the onion I was nearly knocked out by the strength of the onion. An easy way to make onions a little less strong is to give them a little soak in vinegar. I sliced the onion, placed the slices in a small bowl and then barely covered the slices with red wine vinegar and let it sit for about 30 minutes. I didn’t really add a dressing to the salad, not much extra flavor was needed to make this a great tasting salad. Just a drizzle of a tiny bit of olive oil was all I added and the fresh flavors of the tomatoes and cucumbers were a perfect contrast to the tangy blue cheese.
3 medium tomatoes, cubed
2 small pickle cucumbers, peeled, halved and cut into bite size pieces
1 small red onion sliced soaked in red wine vinegar (see above)
¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1 or 2 teaspoons of olive oil
Add tomatoes, cucumbers and onion to serving plate. Sprinkle with blue cheese and parsley and drizzle with olive oil.
Getting into my herb garden has gotten a little tricky; the wall of chives to keep the bunnies out of the herb garden is now in full bloom and the bees love the blossoms. It is a very nice fragrance, sweet without being overly so, so can’t blame them for going crazy for the blossoms!
Happy Labor Day Weekend!