When basil and tomatoes are absolutely throwing themselves at you, it is nice to be able to do something a little different than traditional caprese. Here’s my spin on the traditional “Basil, Mozzarella and Tomato” caprese combo. I use cubes of firm mozzarella that you can buy by the hunk in the deli case, cherry tomatoes in various colors, fresh basil pesto and a reduction of balsamic vinegar.
Did you know… you can make any (cheap) balsamic vinegar taste AMAZING by simply simmering it down in a small saucepan, until it is reduced by about half, or slightly thickened. The more you simmer, the sweeter it will be. WARNING: Do not breathe over a pan of simmering vinegar. This is NOT cool! You will feel like you scorched your lungs, or burnt the fine hair inside your nose!
This week we sent our little man to preschool for the first time, he enjoyed it quite a bit!
He also enjoyed working with Grandpa a bit, on his farming skills.
His favorite thing? Giving the tractor a bath… well, I think his favorite thing was getting Grandpa wet (as he did right after I took this picture), but he begs to differ. Each day of preparation is one day closer to #harvest15, one of my favorite times of year.
Today is the ISU vs. Iowa game… we’re excited to watch some good football. On this weekend 8 years ago, Mike and I got married. Our anniversary is coming up on September 15th, and he’s planned something… stand by!
Hopefully it is a little more ‘anniversary-like’ than chore-selfies in coveralls.
But he’s one heck of a guy!
Oh… did we need to make a salad? Let’s get on that, while the tomatoes and basil are still rampant in the garden.