Bacon from the butcher shop in town

Bacon from the butcher shop in town

Tomaotes on my kitchen windowsill

Tomaotes on my kitchen windowsill

 

Ingredients for a BLT sandwich

Ingredients for a BLT sandwich

One of my favorite summertime meals -- BLTs

One of my favorite summertime meals — BLTs

Summertime means fresh tomatoes.  I miss the homegrown ones, but I find that the on-the-vine tomatoes at the supermarket are reasonable substitutes.  One of my favorite summertime meals is a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.

Song to Bacon
by Roy Blount, Jr.

Consumer groups have gone and taken
Some of the savor out of bacon.
Protein-per-penny in bacon, they say,
Equals needles-per-square-inch of hay.
Well, I know, after cooking all
That’s left to eat is mighty small
(You also get a lot of lossage
In life, romance, and country sausage),
And I will vote for making it cheaper,
Wider, longer, leaner, deeper,
But let’s not throw the baby, please,
Out with the (visual rhyme here) grease.
There’s nothing crumbles like bacon still,
And I don’t think there ever will
Be anything, what e’er you use
For meat, that chews like bacon chews.
And also:  I wish these groups would tell
Me whether they counted in the smell.
The smell of cooking’s worth $2.10 a pound —
And how ’bout the sound?

September in the Skagit Valley

My friend Carol and I made a day trip north to the Skagit Valley to visit a flower farm, and afterwards we stopped for a late breakfast at the Rexville Grocery Store between Conway and LaConner.  We learned, too late, that they serve breakfast only on Saturdays and Sundays, but we pulled up two stools to the deli counter and ordered sandwiches and coffee instead.  After all, a BLT has bacon, so we considered the sandwich a hybrid breakfast entrée.

The Rexville Grocery is a real find.  This little country store is far, far from a chain store.  It’s shelves are stocked with an eclectic collection of local and international items — a wide assortment of preserves, sauces, crackers, cookies, candy, etc.  I now know where to buy treacle!  The deli sandwiches and coffee were outstanding, and we learned that Sunset Magazine had just named the Rexville Grocery one of 41 Top Road Spots in the West.

I’ve now put the Rexville Grocery Store on my list for a future destination breakfast.  I want to try the smoked salmon frittata!

Stuart Welch, the personable proprietor of the Rexville Grocery Store

Interior, Rexville Grocery Store

BLT sandwich and coffee from the deli counter