"When people ask me what I remember most about my childhood summers in New Jersey, the first thing that comes to mind is the heat. It is branded on my psyche.
But the next thing is tomatoes. People may wilt under a New Jersey summer. But New Jersey's state 'vegetable' thrives...
You're talkin' tomato, you're talkin' state pride. Tomatoes are arguably but by no means certifiably, among the few things new Jersey residents can be universally proud of.
Our corn's pretty darn good too." ...from Bayshore Summer by Pete Dunne
I know this because my grandmother told me this as a child and she was a world class tomato critic. My grandfather taught me how to cook scrapple correctly and my grandmother taught me about tomatoes.
It was a well rounded childhood.
But the tomato...that was her first love.
There was a little grocery store nearby that we would go to and they would have the best vine, ripe, fresh from the farm tomatoes. My grandmother would take them home, rinse them and place them on the windowsill until lunchtime. Never, never, never in the refrigerator, a mortal sin for a tomato.
Take a tomato, slice with a very sharp knife.
Add salt and pepper.
Now...often my grandmother would take the next step.
Her idea of the perfect sandwich.
Add mayo..Hellmann's of course...to other slice of bread.
Place slices together.
Cut sandwich in half.
And then if you want the pinnacle of the Tomato World, we will take the final step. The perfect lunch or dinner. The BLT.
You did get enough tomatoes to start with, right??
Take two slices of nice white bread.
Place in toaster.
Do not over toast.
Remove from toaster and put mayo on toast.
Add several slices of crispy, slightly greasy, delicious bacon.
Top with slices of beautiful, Jersey tomato.
Volume of bacon and tomato should be about equal, in my opinion, or leaning toward the tomato.
Add one leaf of crisp romaine lettuce, for crunch.
Ok, maybe two.
This is my contribution this to this week's Weekend Cooking.
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Be sure to check out the other entries this week. As always, hosted by Beth Fish Reads.