The BLT Cookbook by Michele Anna Jordon
|I approached this book eagerly as a fan of all things pork- if every recipe calls for bacon, that's a good start in my book- but I quickly realized to my chagrin that there are NO good tomatoes to be found anywhere at this time of year. As the author notes in her section on ingredients, "hot-house tomatoes just don't cut it." So faced with the utter impossibility of actually making any of the sandwich recipes, which ranged from straight-forward to funky to "out-there" (you'll never find smoked salmon on my BLT), I decided to try some of the recipes that required cooking the tomatoes.|
| The Pasta with Tomato Wedges, Bacon and Shredded Romaine, didn't work out too well.
Sautéing didn't help my poor tomatoes' mealy texture, and the low water content meant I didn't have enough sauce to dress my pasta. I will say that the Romaine was an interesting contrast to the hot pasta dish, and aside from being a little bland, the flavors were decent. The Potato Onion Soup, utilizing canned tomatoes, worked well enough although I found that the soup
benefited from the addition of some dried oregano and thyme. Overall the recipes were clear and easy to follow. The ingredients section gives a good overview of all the elements in the equation. I only wish I had some real tomatoes.