Before summer is gone…

This week I noticed it’s getting dark by 8 o’clock and you can feel a certain chill to the air. My driveway is littered with fallen leaves, I have begun to see Halloween candy in the supermarket and I finally had to start using a bike light for my evening commute.

These things terrify me because it means that fall is approaching. Now I have no problem with autumn — we get along okay. I like the changing of colors and snuggling up on the couch with my kitties while a chicken roasts in the oven. My problem with fall is that winter is close behind it, and well, let’s just say it’s my least favorite season.

But before I get too sad, there’s still some leftovers from summer here to enjoy. One of my favorite things is tomatoes — delicious, sweet, warm tomatoes. Growing up in Alaska, I had no idea how good a tomato could be until I moved to Oregon. I was astonished.

And one of my favorite ways to eat them is in a simple salad. While I do love a good Caprese, I have also come to adore a salad based off one of my favorite cocktails, the Bloody Mary. In fact, I wrote a post about it a while back, but I think these new pictures could tempt you to give it a try. Even without the steak, it’s just a great salad on its own. I even used the leftovers in a vegetable panini the next day and it rocked. (To take it one step further and make it totally vegetarian, just leave out the Worcestershire.)

Seriously! Give it a try — it’s amazing! Click here for the recipe.

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5 thoughts on “Before summer is gone…

    • Growing up in Alaska, I also used to dread winter, especially because when never really had a fall. It went straight from being kind of warm to freezing! Living in Oregon I can actually appreciate the leaves changing color and the last of the summer produce. It’s a whole new world! =)

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