Historic Norcross is one of my favorite local places to go. In fact, before the city passed that ban on dogs in parks, I was eyeing Norcross as a place where we would eventually move to.
But, I still do love the area. We made a stop at the Whistle Stop Farmers Market in Norcross this week to pick up some fresh, local produce. Aside from getting fresh produce and local ingredients, Paul and I love to browse through the vendor tents to see what new businesses are popping up. We love meeting new food crafters!
One thing Paul can’t resist is Italian ice. He loves his sweets, and since he isn’t too fond of dairy products, he goes nuts when he sees Italian ice or sorbets. So, we made sure to get some Italian ice for him while we were at the market. Watermelon and strawberry flavors it was for the day!
I think he’s getting used to me pointing a camera at him and saying “Wait! Hold it right there!” Either way, I’m grateful that he’s patient with me *grin*
My favorite part: buying stuff! There’s just something great about meeting the people who grow the food that you buy, take home and eat. On this trip to the market we picked up some organic squash and tomatoes from this nice man.
Do you have any farmers markets near where you live? The closest one to my house are the Norcross Farmers Market and the Brookwood Farmers Market, which I am planning on checking out this evening. I’m excited!
My most favorite summer vegetable (okay, I know it’s actually a fruit… but, anyways) the tomato. We didn’t find any heirloom tomatoes at this market, but I was very happy to take home some of these organic beauties for $1/pound.
What’s the first thing you want to make with fresh tomatoes (aside from stuffing them into your mouth)? Caprese Salad, of course!
I love this salad. I really, really love it.
What is not to love? Tomatoes – love. Mozzarella – love. Fresh basil – super love!
Instead of making the usual balsamic reduction to drizzle on top (which, I love). I made a soy sauce reduction instead. The soy sauce and sesame seeds that were sprinkled on top gave this salad a whole new perspective. It’s not overly Asian, and it’s definitely different from the typical balsamic flavor, but the freshness of the tomato, mozzarella and basil still shine through.
What are your favorite salads to make or eat during the summer? Mine are the caprese salad and this mango blueberry quinoa salad.
|Asian Caprese Salad||
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 ripe tomatoes, sliced thick
- 12 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced thick
- Fresh basil leaves
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Sesame Seeds
- Heat soy sauce and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until the mixture has reduced in half. Remove from heat.
- Arrange tomato, mozzarella and basil on serving platter.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper on top to taste.
- Drizzle soy sauce reduction over tomato, mozzarella and basil
- Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
- Serve and enjoy!
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