Saturday, August 29, 2015

Homemade Chesapeake Mayo

Summer always seems to drag on in North Carolina. By the time September arrives, I am MORE than ready for autumn. I mean who doesn't love crisp air and pumpkin spiced everything?! But even though I always find myself wishing summer away at the end of August, it only takes one trip to the Farmers Market to remind myself to savor the season while its here!

I mean, tomatoes out of season just aren't worth it.

So Parrish and I have been eating our weight in tomatoes. We've had them on top of salads, sandwiches, and stuffed in omelets. I've had a few slices at breakfast and on top of pizza for supper. To me, tomatoes are the BEST of summer produce, and while I'd eat them on nearly anything, to me there is no better way to enjoy a tomato than a simple sandwich.

A freshly toasted gluten free baguette from the downtown Durham Farmers Market topped with a Pineapple Tomato and local bacon. When we had these for supper the other night, I made two different types of homemade mayo to spice things up. I whipped up my usual Lemon Garlic, and then made a special treat for Parrish: Chesapeake Mayo.

So stinkin' good and super easy to make. In a mason jar, combine one egg and 1/2 cup Tessemae's Lemon Chesapeake Dressing. Blend using an immersion blender and drizzle in light tasting olive oil until you get a thick consistency. I've been keeping a small jar of it in the fridge for sandwiches. I would like to say that it will keep for a week but ours never lasts that long!

We ended up having our tomato sandwiches tapas style because neither of us could decide which mayo we wanted.

Which was really the best choice! Both the mayos are just too good to commit to one.

Mason is currently taking his morning nap, but as soon as he wakes up we're headed back to the Farmer's Market. I need more tomatoes!

I'll grab a couple more for sandwiches, and then a handful to make my Potato Crust Pizza.  (Which is still one of my most visited posts of all time!) I haven't made salsa yet either, so I should grab a few for that....and fried green tomatoes. So many delicious tomato dishes - too little time!