Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

This salad is a celebration of two things—heirloom tomatoes and homemade croutons.

Davis is in the heart of tomato growing country, so for the whole month of August you'll see what I call "tomato turns" or what happens when tomato trucks take a turn onto or off of the freeway too fast and tomatoes fall out. There is a particular section on the ramp on 113 North that is notorious for being covered in very sad smashed tomatoes. That's how I know we're in the thick of tomato season and that they should be gobbled up until they are no longer in season.

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Cauliflower Soup with Croutons

Cauliflower Soup with Croutons

Sometimes I feel like my spirit animal is a duck.

There's an amusing line from one of my favorite radio shows, Cabin Pressure where one of the main characters Martin Crieff nervously describes himself as so:

"I'm paddling like hell on top, but I'm very calm underneath...Oh no. On no! I mean, I-I'm like a capsized duck."

Let's pretend that Martin intended to describe himself as a swimming duck; one that's calm on top but frantically paddling underneath. That's me. Incredibly calm on the outside but on the inside it can sometimes be like a drastic scene where all of the feelings from Inside Out are running around in a frenzy.  

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