My folks love tomatoes. Any tomatoes. Me, I’m a sucker for a fresh garden tomato and otherwise they leave me cold. So when I come across tomatoes that could use a little help, I jazz them up a bit. Not that these lovelies in the photos needed any help, mind you.
This simple little cherry tomato salad takes minutes to make and takes any tomato over the top. While I used this beautiful mix of cherry tomatoes today, this is just as good with plain old cherry tomatoes or a large tomato cut in chunks. If the tomatoes are very juicy, toss them in a strainer for a few minutes..
I loosely based the dressing on my Bell Pepper and Tomato Salad, which I originally loosely based on a Turkish salad, Ezme. Think of this salad like a Catalina dressing with a bit of a kick from Sweet Chili Sauce. I love that stuff and sneak it into all kinds of things.
The other surprise? Ketchup. Yep. I usually use tomato paste for things like this, but the cupboard was bare! So inspiration hit. Maybe that’s not so far off when Cook’s Illustrate uses ketchup in their Catalina Dressing! If it’s good enough for Cook’s, it’s good enough for me. 🙂
If you have an Aldi nearby, check them out. They’re so easy to get in and out of and they often have little surprises you wouldn’t think you’d find in a discount store – like these tomatoes.
Ever since I picked up my little cake pan tray, below, I’ve been dying to make something in them. When I came across a pic of Panera’s Strawberry Rhubarb Mini Cakes, the anticipation became an obsession. They were so darling!
Of all the ice-cream toppings, I have to confess I like Hot Fudge the best. Nothing else really compares. Caramel is good, Salted Caramel is fantastic and Butterscotch, what can I say? I wouldn’t turn any of them down but Hot Fudge Sauce? That I would seek out!
If you’ve never had a really good German Potato Salad, you might think you might think you don’t care for it. I know this to be true because I’ve tried, from time to time, grocery store deli German Potato Salad. It doesn’t compare to what you can make at home.