Classic BLT Sandwich.

This simple, but delicious sandwich is a summer staple that you will want to eat again and again. Three simple ingredients - bacon, lettuce and tomato - but yet so elevated and full of flavor. We used homemade mayo and that helped really make it the best sandwich ever.

This time of year there is always an abundance of beautiful summer tomatoes in my garden, and one of my favorite things to do with them is to make a BLT. To me, the perfect BLT has to have the perfect tomato, it’s the hero of the sandwich.

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I start the assembly process by sprinkling my garden-ripe tomato slices with sea salt and cracked black pepper and placing them on top of lightly toasted bread that has been slathered with my homemade mayo. I was skeptical about this one, but it was totally worth it. If you’re not up for the challenge then I always recommend Dukes Mayo, just a personal preference but it’s a Southern staple and full of tang which I love.

I add crispy bacon (I use turkey bacon but the rest of my family and everyone everywhere else, prefers regular) and a handful of peppery arugula to take it to the next level.

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BLT

Yield: 4
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This simple but classic sandwich highlights the perfect summer tomato.

ingredients:

  • 1 pound good-quality bacon
  • 3 large beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Arugula 
  • 1/3 cup of homemade mayo
  • 8 pieces of good-quality white bread

instructions:

How to cook BLT

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Place the bacon strips in a single layer on a foil-lined sheet tray. Bake the bacon until just crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  2.  Meanwhile, sprinkle the tomato slices with salt and pepper and transfer to a paper towel to drain.
  3.  Toast slices of bread and set aside until ready to assemble sandwiches
  4. When the bacon is ready, transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. 
  5.  To assemble, spread a thick layer of  mayonnaise on the bread, then layer the tomatoes, bacon, and arugula and top with remaining slices of bread. Slice the sandwich in half or in triangles and serve. Enjoy!
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I love the simplicity of this sandwich. Another tip is that slathering both sides with the mayo will give it a lot of tangy flavor, but will also keep the thick slices of tomatoes a bit more in place when you take a bite.

you can also check out more about my garden-fresh tomatoes here!

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I hope you enjoy this staple while the tomatoes are still perfect and ripe. I’d love to know your favorite ways to use tomatoes in the summer when they are just at their peak. Let me know in the comments below.


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Bourbon Slush.

We’re celebrating a series of Classic Cocktail recipes with this refreshing Bourbon Slush drink, almost a vintage forgotten gem. It’s the perfect beverage for a hot summer day and a Southern cocktail staple, as is any bourbon whiskey drink.

It’s that time of year where things begin to slow down, and we finally get to enjoy the beautiful weather and summer sunshine. Personally, my favorite way to celebrate is with a refreshing and fun cocktail recipe. Today I want to share this delicious icy cocktail with you, straight from my Grandmother’s recipe card collection.

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The only thing that makes a good cocktail even better is serving it up in vintage glassware, and using a recipe that was passed down to me form my Grandmother. She just loved to entertain and always had a cocktail late afternoon so this one must have made the rotation from time to time.

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Bourbon Slush

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This simple cocktail makes the perfect summertime party drink.

ingredients:

  • 2 cups of hot brewed tea
  • 6 oz can of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of bourbon
  • 1/3 cup of lemon juice concentrate

instructions:

How to cook Bourbon Slush

  1. Combine tea, orange juice, and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and freeze.
  3. About 1 hour before serving, remove from freezer and wait until slushy. Spoon slush into cocktail glasses and serve.
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For a classic take on this recipe, include a drizzle of grenadine with a maraschino cherry to top it off. I’m not a big fan of red in general so we garnished with mint, but I was glad to see Grandma’s actual recipe coordinated with my liking as well.

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This frosty refresher will quickly become your favorite summer cocktail. It could not be any easier to prepare, and freezes beautifully so you can make it ahead of time. Another tip is to pop your glassware in the freezer before serving to make sure your slush is cold and icy the whole time you are enjoying it.

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