You say tomato, I say Sun Gold

Is there anything that tastes as good as summertime tomatoes?

Well, there probably is. But right now, in mid-July, 2011, I can only think of Sun Gold  tomatoes.

Haven’t ever enjoyed a Sun Gold? Go find some, fast! Make sure you ask for them by name. There are other yellow cherry tomato impostors.

Sun Golds are small and almost as sweet as candy. It’s hard to save them to cook with, because they’re delicious enough to pop into your mouth as-is.

But over the weekend I bought enough to eat by themselves and work into a recipe. Last night I made a simple, uncooked sauce with Sun Golds. Here’s how: halve the tomatoes and toss them into a bowl with some fresh basil shreds, any other herbs you’d like, sliced green onions (and any other raw veggies, for that matter), good olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and good parmesan. Let it all sit and marinate for a bit, then throw hot cooked pasta on top, toss again and enjoy. Best dinner ever! At least right now.

A couple of other gustatory asides …

I went to a friend’s 50th birthday party potluck Saturday night and enjoyed a plateful of fresh, delicious summer goodness. I was particularly taken by a yummy watermelon salad, surprisingly attributed to that Tupperware-of-the-kitchen, Pampered Chef.

I also enjoyed one of the most luscious chocolate-based desserts I’ve had in a long, long time. If you ever get over to Glasshalfull in Carrboro and are a chocolate fan, you have to try their Piedmont Torte: a flourless chocolate cake with a blueberry glaze set on a crisp black walnut cookie. The cookie was delicious in its own right, and added a nice crunchy texture to the dessert. But the little cake and glaze were the standouts. Rich and smooth and sinful yet not cloying. I only had a mini sample, so am now obsessing about returning for the full portion.

Which is not a bad thing. I love having foodie outings to look forward to …

About atarheeltastes

I'm a passionate foodie who started this "temporary" blog during a gustatory tour of Tuscany. I decided to continue, since I love to dream about, plan for, prepare, eat and write about food!
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