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Peach, Tomato, and Mozzarella Crostini

I had just spent a weekend in pretty rural parts of America, eating probably the most processed foods known to mankind, so I wanted to start the week off on a healthy note. I think I found this recipe trolling on Pinterest, but don’t quite remember. The crostini embodies everything that is summer – -ripe … Continue reading

Baked Caprese

I can’t believe how long it took us to realize just how much of a goopy, cheesy goodness baked caprese would be. We’ve experimented with a couple of different traditional caprese with Insalata Caprese and Mini Caprese, so I decided to do something different. Another nice benefit of this recipe is that if your ingredients … Continue reading

Mini Caprese

Insalata Caprese is a simple Italian salad made of mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.  When you downsize all the ingredients to bite-size form, you get the perfect party appetizer that is both refreshing and, well, really cute.  I prefer to keep my Mini Caprese salad skewers very simple; I use the same olive oil + balsamic vinegar + … Continue reading

Grilled Tomatoes with Mozzarella

This is how my mom grills tomatoes and it’s my favorite grilled vegetable dish out there!  Elote (Mexican grilled corn) is very closely tied though… something about grilled veggies and smothering them in cheese is just irresistable. My mom typically serves this with barbequed spare ribs, corn, and rice.  Any barbequed meat will go well … Continue reading

Portobello Pizza

My friend’s mom (Mama G!) whips up these tasty Portobello Pizzas in just 30 minutes, and they are so simple and flavorful.  Plus, the no-carb vegetarian pizza idea is quite ideal for those looking for a healthy appetizer or snack.  I didn’t list the actual ingredient measurements as they will vary based on the size … Continue reading

Maialino, NYC

Maialino Chef: Nick Anderer Cuisine: Italian, Roman Neighborhood: Gramercy Price: $80 per person for a full meal with wine and dessert and some leftovers Phone: 212-777-2410 Address: 2 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY 10010 Hours: Maialino, another solid culinary outpost in the Danny Meyer restaurant empire sits  on the ground floor of the lovely boutique Gramercy … Continue reading

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This is a super easy pasta salad that I love to make at any time of the year.  The pasta is full of rich Mediterranean flavors, and includes as medley of tomatoes, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, mozarella, and bacon.  I have used feta cheese before although I think the milder mozzarella is a much better complement to the rest of the … Continue reading

Baked Eggplant (Aubergine) with Tomato and Mozzarella

I was perusing Jen’s Essential Mediterranean Cookbook (newest edition here) looking for inspiration for a few meals for the week, and came across this hearty side dish. We both love eggplant and had leftover mozzarella cheese, so this was a done deal. I followed the recipe pretty closely, except substituted dried herbs for fresh parsley … Continue reading