Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present Spring Time!

Its that time of year again, when there is still a looming chance of down pour, but it's so exciting to see the sun that we pretend it's summer. 

Go ahead, take out the 6-pack of Schlitz, put on your shorts (even though you're shivering), weed the garden and invite a few friends over for some bbq steaks. 

Unless you're some sort of barbarian (or maybe just a bachelor) you'll want something other than just steak for dinner. Here's a recipe for a side dish that's sure to make any bbq healthier and more balanced. It's 4 ingredients, classy, delicious, and satisfying. BAM! Trust me, there hasn't been an easier, more crowd pleasing dish since Thanksgiving's green bean casserole. 

Caprese Salad: Serves about 4-5 people as a side dish
1 - 8 oz. tub of FRESH Ciliegine Mozzarella (the small cherry sized balls in water)
16 oz Cherry Tomatoes 
2-3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
a large handful of FRESH basil (the dry stuff won't cut it in this recipe)
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Coarsely chop your basil. 
2. Drain mozzarella (you don't want any of the water).
3. Mix mozzarella, tomatoes and basil in large bowl, drizzle on the olive oil.
4. Salt and Pepper to taste. You can also add about a 3/4 tbsp of balsamic vinegar here and/or garlic powder, if you are so inclined. 
5. Done. Now, go impress your friends. 

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