July 18, 2010




We reminisced about summer over lunch. Going to the pool, sustaining ourselves with greasy french fries, ice cream cones, and small Coke's with lots of ice.

Every Breath You Take.


Not a care in the world.



Early rise.

To market, to market...

Two loaves bread.





"Do we need lettuce." He asked.

"We've still got some." I said.



More tomatoes.



"How much did we spend." He asked.

We tallied over breakfast dishes.


"I'm going to make gazpacho." I said.


I opened up Joy of Cooking to use as a guide.

1 medium cucumber (peeled, seeded and chopped).

1 small green pepper (seeded and diced).

1 small white onion (diced).

1 pound tomatoes (peeled, seeded and chopped).

1 garlic clove (diced).

Many leaves of basil (in lieu of parsley, to taste).

Extra virgin olive oil (to taste).

Red wine vinegar (to taste).

Crushed red pepper (to taste).

Salt (to taste).

Parmesan (to taste).


It was all very I Love Lucy.

Clean up took longer than anything else. In addition, we are now the proud owners of one gazpacho stained Joy of Cooking.


Our Sunday summer supper:


Red Snapper filets perfumed with extra virgin olive oil, white wine, flecks of parsley, flecks of chive, and lemon;

mixed green salad with heirloom cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and onion dressed with extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper;

corn on the cob;

toasted baguette rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil and maybe a grating of paremsan;

and red wine.




  1. I love that first photograph Tracy. Those tomatoes look so juicy. I want to reach and take one or two or three... :)
    Such variety. Don't you just love summer for that?

  2. This post is perfection. Beautiful, lovely, and looks beyond tasty!

  3. your tomatoes are so so beautiful!!!

  4. beautiful tomatoes, must've made lovely gazpacho :)

  5. I've made so much gazpacho over the past few weeks because it's so easy to make ton of it, put it in a container and then fish it out when we need a veggie dish during the week.

    Yours looks lovely--but where is the bread? I have to question those Joy of Cooking folks if they are omitting bread from a gazapacho recipe.

  6. Your gazpacho looks fantastic...mine always looks too much like salsa! Perfect on a hot day like this.

  7. Every copy of The Joy of Cooking should be stained. And this gazpacho looks lovely. Perfect hot weather food! Can I just say that I wish you were my neighbor... if you were I would be inviting myself for Sunday supper!

  8. My husband likes to prep all ingredients neatly as you have in your second photograph. I always mean to do the same, but it rarely happens.

    If it was all very I Love Lucy, it must have been fun. Good to know.

  9. I love the stains on my cookbooks. Like battle wounds, they are something to be proud of.

    That looks like a simply fantastic summer supper.

  10. Sounds like a perfect weekend to me.

  11. i can feel summer through your post! lovely.
    I recently had a gazpacho at a restaurant served with a basil-olive oil ice-cream on top...wow!

  12. The weekend sounds just like what a summer weekend should be. Relaxed, fun and delicious!

  13. Ah, summer is truly here in all its bounty. I am crazy-crazy for that bowl of tomatoes. We taught a bunch of teens to make gazpacho in cooking camp yesterday---fun!

  14. Lovely. I am making the Cook's Illustrated version of Gazpacho for a yoga lunch for 18 on Saturday. It is one of my favorite things in the world to eat. My summer food memory is the mini pizza at our community pool. It was smaller than a frisbee, as far from freshly made as you can get, and I thought it was the most delicious thing I had ever eaten. :)


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