I could marry a tomato.
Or name my one of my kids Caprese.
Thankfully I am the daughter of a suburban farmer who grows more tomatoes than even I can eat.
Nothing from any store or farmer's market can come close to comparing with eating a fresh picked tomato still warm from the sun.
Don't get me started on the heirlooms.
Because I will not stop.
Or the SunGold cherry tomatoes.
Better than candy. Janey and I can take down an entire bowl in minutes. Sadly, yet thankfully we are the only two family members with a love for the tomato goodness. Because we aren't so good at sharing.
But the prom queen of them all is when you combine them into perfection that goes by the name
My summer staple. Lunch. Dinner. Snack. For no reason.
Caprese. Caprese. Caprese.
I would take a plate of it over a plate of toffee crack. That is saying a lot. It may or may not have something to do with Root Canalaganza 2010. But that is neither here nor there.
Back to my love. My Caprese.
Simple. Pure. Blissful.
All you need is a few minutes and a few ingredients.
Sliced fresh mozzarella
Rough chopped basil
Salt & pepper (ideally sea salt and fresh ground pepper)
Balsamic vinegar (technically optional, but if you ask me, totally required.)
Layer. Sprinkle. Pour. Eat.
As often as you can.
Because there are only a few more tomato days of summer left.
For that I will request a moment of silence.