Damm! A whole carton of cherry tomatoes on the floor! One of those fangdangle bowl-shaped cartons with the snap-on-lid that holds a whole bunch of cherry tomatoes just came unsnapped, flinging its contents all over the kitchen. Three red orbs land in the sink, a bunch hit the counter and the majority are rolling all over the brick floor. Dolce and Amore perk up when they hear me cussing and immediately come running into the kitchen to investigate, muzzles to the ground, checking for spillage. In Amore’s eagerness, she grabs a little red sphere before Dolce can, and quickly bites into it. Just as quickly, she drops it back on the floor, her jaw working furiously to remove the acidic taste from her mouth. There’s not enough water in the toilet bowl for her to rinse out the flavor. Apparently, Amore doesn’t like cherry tomatoes.
Now Dolce on the other hand, comprehends real quick that Amore has the lead in eating the lit’l delicacies. She only sees Amore getting the drop on the tomatoes before she can. Dolce immediately turns her focus to a pile of tomatoes nestled in the kitchen corner, swiftly scoops up five tasty morsels into her mouth and promptly heads to her special pillow in the living room with her coveted stash. In her rush to grab the most, she doesn’t see Amore heading to the bathroom to guzzle down some water, she only knows she grabbed more than her sibling. Sensing victory, Dolce chomps down on the juicy lit’l guys, squirting seeds and sticky tomato juice in all directions. Faster than you can say the word “ta-mah-tau” the look of triumph that had entered into her eyes turned to horror as she realized she didn’t like what was in her mouth. Hastily, she spit out the tomatoes. UCK! Chunks of tomato carnage go flying through the air, landing on chairs, couches and pillows.
It seems Dolce doesn’t like tomatoes either.
TOMATO & MOZZARELLA SALAD
A great summer salad and perfect for company!
- 3 large Beefeater Tomatoes, cleaned and cored
- 8 oz. Buffalo Mozzarella
- Whole leaf fresh Basil, stemmed, cleaned and coarsely choppped
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
- 2-3 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp. coarse ground mustard
- 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Slice the tomatoes and then slice the mozzarella. On a serving platter, alternate the tomato slices and the mozzarella. Tuck in the basil leaves between the tomato and mozzarella. Cover with plastic wrap and chill. In the blender, mix together the remaining ingredients until well blended. Keep at room temperature. Drizzle over the tomatoes and mozzarella when ready to serve.