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Posted by Devra First  August 20, 2009 04:18 PM

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Late blight, affecting our usually glorious late-summer tomatoes, has put a damper on our usually glorious late-summer tomato binges. By this point in the season, I'm usually nearly almost kind of sick of gazpacho, one of my favorite foods, which I eat incessantly in August. I have yet to make a batch this year.

Miss you, love you, wish you were here.

But it's possible to enjoy some favorite tomato dishes without the tomatoes. A few ideas:

Tomato-less gazpacho: Combine finely chopped watermelon, cucumber, red onion, garlic, mint, sherry vinegar, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with a bit of feta if you like.

Tomato-less caprese salad: Alternate slices of fresh mozzarella, ripe peach, and basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Tomato-less salsa: Toss together cooked corn (ideally grilled/roasted) cut off the cob, chopped red peppers, scallions, chilies, cilantro, lime juice, and olive oil. If you want, garlic, black beans, and/or avocado make good additions.

How are you making do without great local tomatoes?

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