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hello, august: heirloom tomato BLT salad with goat cheese and dijon vinaigrette

heirloom tomato BLT salad with goat cheese and dijon vinaigrette

There are few things in life that delight me more than fresh tomatoes ripened on the vine; that earthy and slightly spicy scent that rubs off on your fingers when you carefully twist one apart from it’s branch is, to me anyway, quite possibly one of the most intoxicating perfumes that exists in nature.

heirloom tomato BLT salad - fresh heirlooms

But tomatoes require patience, a virtue that I, categorically speaking, have not exactly been renowned to posses. For try as you may, you simply cannot force a tomato; I am a firm believer that there is nothing in this world less enticing than a watery, mealy, pale round of ‘tomato’ sliding sadly out the side of a sandwich in the middle of Winter. What’s the point?

heirloom tomato BLT salad - thick cut bacon

Sure, you can eek by with some hothouse-grown grape tomatoes in your salads for most of the year, and, in their own right, they will do perfectly fine. But if you forgo the sad and sallow ethylene-ripened specimens and hold out for the Real McCoys, that patience is handsomely rewarded.

heirloom tomato BLT salad - fresh arugula

And come August, they’re ready — and here we suddenly are.

heirloom tomato BLT salad - the makings of a great dressing

heirloom tomato BLT salad - perfect vinaigrette

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a new seasons start: brussels sprout & kale hash with bacon, garlic, & salted almonds

brussels sprout and kale hash with bacon and salted almonds

Happy first day of Spring!

brussels sprout and kale hash with bacon and salted almonds - brussels whole

It’s foggy here in San Fran, and the forecast is calling for rain, but given that my first two weeks here have held nothing but blue skies, it’s actually kind of nice to feel like it’s ok to stay inside and finish up a few things around the house. We’re about nine-tenths of the way unpacked, and I’m vowing to take every little last thing out of it’s box and find it a place.

brussels sprout and kale hash with bacon and salted almonds - halved brussels sprouts

That’s easier said than done, as we moved from a three bedroom house (with a basement!) into a two-bedroom apartment, but nothing irks me more than staring at a cardboard box that lives in a corner filled with odds and ends, that, odds are, we don’t even need. If nothing else a move is a time for trimming and editing, and I’m trying my best to be ruthless when it comes to extraneous household whozie-whatsies that I seem to have a knack for accumulating en masse.

brussels sprout and kale hash with bacon and salted almonds - shredding the kale

(Let the record show that to free up some valuable closet space James did suggest paring back my shoe collection; a breezy proposition that was nipped in the bud with an acerbic sideways stare from yours truly.)

brussels sprout and kale hash with bacon and salted almonds - chopped bacon

brussels sprout and kale hash with bacon and salted almonds - chopped almonds

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