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Summer Means Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, and Other Things I’m Thinking About (8-19-14)

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For years I’ve loved this Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Fresh Herbs

It’s tomato salad and tomato sandwich season, and even though my new town has a weekly farmers market where I’ve been stocking up on tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini, I can’t get over how much I’m missing my garden.  I love all the summer veggies, but tomatoes are the summer treat I wait for every year, and my favorite way to eat them is this Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Fresh Herbs.  I’ve probably been making this salad for at least 20 years and I never get tired of it.  (The other two tomato salads I make over and over are Middle Eastern Tomato Salad and Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette.)  I’m savoring summer for at least another month here before I’m willing to even think about fall, so a lot more tomato salads are going to be on the menu!

And I’m seriously investigating the idea of a greenhouse so I can grow things away from the deer and other critters for next year.  If anyone has greenhouse suggestions, I am all ears!

Now here are a few more things I’ve been thinking about . . .

I love the idea behind Blurts, the fun new service by my brother Rand’s former creative partner Betsy Grimm.  Betsy takes those funny things your kids blurt out and makes them into interesting wall hangings to help you remember those precious early years.

Here’s the perfect butter knife (from Eater, via my friend Elise on Facebook.)  And I want one!
Summer Means Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, and Things I'm Thinking About on Tuesday found on KalynsKitchen.com

Speaking of summer tomatoes, check out this Easy Way to Cut Cherry Tomatoes, Grapes, Olives, and Cherries from The Yummy Life.  This has been featured all over the web, but Monica does an exceptional job of explaining the method.
From Message With a Bottle, this really might be The Greatest Letter Ever Sent Home from School.
I also love this list of 100 Wise Thoughts for Everyone from an economics teacher.
And from Brain Pickings (via my friend Lydia), a wonderful list of 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living.
Summer Means Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, and Things I'm Thinking About on Tuesday found on KalynsKitchen.com

And finally, if you hate oven cleaner spray like I do, here’s an idea from The Kitchn for How to Clean an Oven with Baking Soda and Vinegar.
(You can use the label Things I’m Thinking About to see more round-ups like this one.)  What have you been thinking about lately?  Please share in the comments, and if you’re spotted something especially interesting online, links are welcome.
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    2 Comments on “Summer Means Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, and Other Things I’m Thinking About (8-19-14)”

  1. Katie I don't have a garden at all at the new house. Too many deer, squirrels, rabbits, etc. to even try. Sorry to hear about the blight. That's a drag.

  2. Too bad the critters got the best of the garden. My tomatoes got blight a month ago…. I spent hours trimming and spraying, but managed to save the green ones, which are slowly ripening. Summer just wouldn't be right without tomatoes.