Cherry Tomatoes

What do you do with an overabundance of homegrown cherry tomatoes?  Make cherry tomato salad, of course!

Cherry tomatoes – from the Holly’s Diner garden
Dressing – try this “from scratch” delight (note:  go easy on the garlic – as much as I like garlic, this was almost too much for me)

Oh, and don’t forget HH’s homemade tacos (all done on the grill) and a side of sweet potatoes.

Cherry Tomato Salad with Buttermilk-Basil Dressing
Recipe courtesy of The Neely’s from the June 2012 Food Network Magazine

Put the cherry tomatoes in a large serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss.
In another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, sour cream, basil, shallot and garlic. Season with pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the tomatoes and toss.



Attack of the Ripe Tomatoes

What’s been happening at the Diner lately?  The attack of the ripe tomatoes!!  HH and I have been harvesting and eating and sharing as fast as we can.

I’m being greedy this year and trying to harvest before having to surrender too many to Mother Nature and her critters, so far only a few have gone by the whey-side.  And although all the specials on the Diner menu have been delicious – enchiladas covered in fresh salsa, tomato wedges and corn on the cob, BLTs, tomato salad with homemade buttermilk dressing – I can’t wait until the burger with a tomato slice as large as the bun is served!

Stay tuned for more tomato treats this summer, that is, after the Gilroy Garlic Festival which is just around the corner.

Look out…tomato fight!!  (No way!  I won’t waste those beautiful, sweet, delicious, juicy tomatoes!!)


Fair Food Favorites - Cookie Dough on a Stick

It’s the last day of the 2012 San Diego County Fair and it's the Fourth of July, so let’s end on what must be a uniquely all-American treat – Cookie Dough on a Stick.

I love cookie dough on a spatula and cookie dough tablespoon even cookie dough on my finger, so a bona fide Fair Food item should be really spectacular, yummy!!  Gingerbread House, here I come!  But can I get chocolate chip cookie dough or snickerdoodle cookie dough?  Or does it have to be gingerbread cookie dough, we’ll see.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s Fair Food Favorites.  Now it’s time for a little R & R…Gilroy Garlic Festival in three weeks!


Fair Food Favorites - Deep Fried Hamburger

You’ll find this one in the Infield (stop by Area Fifty-Fun while you are there) at Blue and White Concessions.

I’m not sure this one needs much explanation, but just in case – take a completely cooked hamburger with condiments and bun and all, dip it in batter and fry it up.  I’m not sure if I should be dipping it in ketchup, ranch dressing or bbq sauce – maybe I’ll try all three!


Fair Food Favorites - Food Truck Festival

Let the feasting begin!  What fun!  I think the only thing I would like different at a Food Truck Festival is for the vendors to sell more tastes and less full-on items.  That way I can sample more, experience more and discover more!


Fair Food Favorites - Bacon Pasta

Okay, this one’s at Pignotti’s Pasta.  Bacon Pasta just sounds uncscious.  Pasta, creaminess, bacon – and you can get it in a bread bowl!!  I’m drooling already.