When I think of simplicity and summer foods, I think of a tomato sandwich. Yes, a tomato sandwich. This must be a Southern thing, because my Midwestern friends look at me like I'm nuts. If the idea of a tomato sandwich seems a little odd to you, think of it as a BLT without the B and the L.
Here is how you get started with a tomato sandwich. First of all, you need good quality bread. You need a sturdy bread to soak up all those tomato juices. I used challah. You also need good tomatoes. This is when you get out of bed in time to hit your local farmers market or your garden. I like mayonnaise on mine, maybe with the addition of garlic. If you really want to get fancy, top it with a little of your favorite cheese, such as Parmesan, sharp cheddar, or a fresh goat cheese. You can also add chopped basil, capers or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Those additions sound really great. But I am going to stick with my simple version.