Pico de Gallo

I have almost nothing in the way of tomatoes this year- my couple plants that survived the wet spring/early summer are just starting to fruit now and they are still little and green. The “real” farmers even had huge trouble this year because after the wet spring, they got the blight. Very sad.

But- I did have just enough to make a (double) batch of Martha Stewart’s (Everyday Food July/August 09) Pico de Gallo- just right for summer!

4 medium small tomatoes, diced small
1 medium onion
2 hot peppers (1st from my garden- yea!) minced
2 tsp coarse salt
4 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves

In a nonreactive bowl, combine all ingredients. Let stand 5 minutes. makes 4 cups

Then, when we were done eating the tomatoes- we had all this extra, very yummy juice. Not wanting to let it go to waste- we turned it into a (kind of) bloody mary. Adam mixed the juice, gin and a little pepper. Doesn’t that look great?

Gin? Yea, Adam’s favorite (mine not so much) but when he’s mixing- I’m not complaining!!

How about you- how was the tomato crop in your neck of the woods? Tough year for the NE farmers.