That question was asked on Facebook the other day and after much consideration I'm thinking it's probably true. I've noticed that my clothes definitely fit a little tighter after I eat this...
I should have some control, but ever since I found out on Pinterest that I can cook the WHOLE package of bacon on a cookie sheet in the oven, I have this endless supply of crispy bacon waiting on a sandwich! Why does bacon smell so good cooking? Is that a Divine Plan? Why would God give us something so delicious if it is bad for us? All these questions swirl around in my head and it's all I can do to choke down this double layer, tomato heaven, crispy lettuce, creamy mayo lunchtime treat!
Another favorite, I call it the "diet version," is simple. It's bread, mayo and tomato. A whole big tomato... the ones that fill up your palm, hefty to the hand, are required for this sandwich. In Arkansas they can be a Bradley, a tomato that grows down south around Warren is a good choice. It's a dark pink, prized for it's big old fashioned acidic flavor... you know you've had a tomato when you eat this. No namby-pamby store tomato taste here!
It's really not the size of the tomato that matters, homegrown is what counts. The hard work and love that a gardener puts into a summertime of caring for them is what really makes them taste so good. My Dad loved his garden and he especially loved the "Arkansas Travelers" that he would plant every year. He'd set up cold frames so that he could start them early. In the cold months of February and March he’d go outside no matter the weather to check on the progress of the 200+ tomato seedlings. All summer long he’d weed, water and tend that garden so that the bounty could be put away for their winter use. But the abundance was the real joy of that garden, he loved to share with neighbors!
If you've not had a tomato sandwich this summer, plan one ASAP. To learn how to make a proper Tomato Sandwich, it will help you to visit Tomato Sandwich Spirituality... and don't worry about the calories!