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Last throes of summer…

Even though some of our tomatoes are obviously late bloomers, there’s a most definite chill in the air these days. Trying to prolong those lazy summer days and warm nights, Neil produced the most wonderful plate of local tomatoes (from a friend’s garden), buffalo mozzarella (ahem, not local) with fresh basil from our garden and balsamic and olive oil. Whilst it didn’t bring summer back outside, for a brief moment in our living room, we closed our eyes and pretended…

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24 Responses to Last throes of summer…

  1. penny aka jeroxie September 22, 2009 at 11:08 #

    I love simple dishes like these :) Bring on SUMMER!

  2. pegasuslegend September 22, 2009 at 11:13 #

    very nice

  3. Divina Pe September 22, 2009 at 12:51 #

    I always love that caprese salad. Very refreshing and versatile.

  4. Jessie September 22, 2009 at 13:09 #

    oh summer or not I will always have a caprese salad simply because it is delicious

  5. MenuManiac September 22, 2009 at 13:17 #

    I truly wish that our tomatoes were edible this year. They did terribly! Your salad looks delicious. Thanks for your comments on http://menumaniac.blogspot.com and have a blast at the Jamie Oliver launch. Very cool. Hope you plan to blog about it!

  6. Miranda September 22, 2009 at 13:28 #

    As you can tell from my site this combo is a fav.
    Looks fantastic!

  7. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 22, 2009 at 13:36 #

    Yum… Looks delicious! I love caprese salads!

  8. Anncoo September 22, 2009 at 14:31 #

    This is really pretty and easy to make.

  9. The Chickenless Chick September 22, 2009 at 14:45 #

    If tomatoes were perennial, I'd have one of these for lunch every day and not get tired of it.

  10. eatlivetravelwrite September 22, 2009 at 15:15 #

    Penny – so jealous that you're cming up to summer…

    Pegasus – thanks!

    Divina – me too!

    Jessie – I agree – it's a year round dish…

    Menu Maniac – you're welcome! These tomatoes were not ours, we only had a couple of them that were big and red and ripe…

    Jen – me too!

    Miranda – thanks!

    Anncoo – that's the beauty of it!

    Chickenless – I wish tomatoes were perennial too!

  11. Mary-Laure September 22, 2009 at 17:28 #

    Already there are no more peaches at the market and lots of grapes and apples…

  12. K a b l o o e y September 22, 2009 at 17:40 #

    Just wanted to say that your blog has looked unbelievably gorgeous lately (not that it looked less than delicious before) and the photos make me want to caress the tomatoes before eating them. And the posts are so effortless to read and really capture your love of food and make me wish we were hanging out and sharing appetizers. Just saying, and thanks.

  13. eatlivetravelwrite September 22, 2009 at 17:49 #

    Mary-Laure – I know – it's so sad…

    Kablooey – thanks so much!!! I am flattered. I have been working really hard on my blog so I am glad it's showing…

  14. High/Low September 23, 2009 at 02:53 #

    mmm…looks so good! Fresh tomatoes and fresh basil are one of my favourite combinations! We had a basil infused olive oil that we brought back from Napa because I love the taste so much!

  15. Geoff September 23, 2009 at 05:12 #

    Perhaps the biggest oxymoron in the English language is the term "exciting salad" – sorry foodies.
    However, I might redeem myself in your collective eyes if I say that a caprese salad is at the apex of salads. The combination of ripe, slighly acidic tomato (with a hint of salt); the slightly drier texture of mozarella, all set off with the subtleness of the basil and the sharpness of the balsamic vinegar – oh heaven! Well done, Mr Neil…

  16. eatlivetravelwrite September 23, 2009 at 12:58 #

    High/Low – Mmmm – basin infused olive oil sounds great!

    Geoff (dad) – Are you the next AA Gill or what??? ;-)

  17. Neil C. Phillips September 23, 2009 at 12:58 #

    Not sure I can take much credit other than a bit of slicing and sprinkling, Geoff! :-)

    And can I say how wonderful the bufalo mozzarella imported from Italy (at a whopping $13) is compared to the domestic variety…

  18. eatlivetravelwrite September 23, 2009 at 13:01 #

    No but it was YOUR idea, Neil!

  19. Kate at Serendipity September 23, 2009 at 14:48 #

    This is my favorite salad. It just SCREAMS summer! Great photo!

  20. eatlivetravelwrite September 23, 2009 at 18:40 #

    Kate – yes it does!

  21. MaryMoh September 24, 2009 at 10:02 #

    looks simple, neat, healthy, lovely and delicious!

  22. eatlivetravelwrite September 24, 2009 at 10:51 #

    Thanks Mary!

  23. Andrea@WellnessNotes September 26, 2009 at 13:57 #

    There is no better way to prolong summer than with a Caprese salad… :) It's my favorite salad ever! Beautiful dish! :)

  24. eatlivetravelwrite September 26, 2009 at 16:05 #

    Andrea – thanks!

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