With the summer's bounty in full swing, sometimes the biggest challenge of the season is deciding just which ingredients to include in a dish. A great way to navigate your way through a farmer's market is the sage adage: what grows together, goes together. . . or the philosophy of pairing ingredients that grow together in the same region and season. Tomato and basil have always been sweethearts, and after a recent visit to a farm in upstate New York, I discovered the concept of companion planting. The farmer explained why the two were planted next to each other in the garden. Basil's heady fragrance helps repel pests from tomato plants. In honor of this duo, I combined basil, tomato, extra sharp cheddar, and avocado for sandwiches. In a pinch, I wrapped them up in newspaper for the trip home. (And it worked as well as parchment!)
What Grows Together, Goes Together: Tomato and Basil EditionPosted by Shira Bocar
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