Category Archives: appetizer

Summer Caprese.

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It’s that time of year again! One of my favorite things to eat in the summertime is a delicious and fresh Caprese Salad. It’s the time of year when garden fresh tomatoes are in abundance!

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For this salad I chose one of my beautiful Heirloom Cherokee Purple tomatoes. ย There are my first four picks above, getting just a little extra sun in the windowsill.

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I used this brand of Mozzarella, which was very soft and tasty while also being fuss free.

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This Fig Balsamic Vinegar that my mother-in law found at a winery she visited last weekend here in Northern California is what transformed this Caprese into something spectacular! I highly reccomend experimenting ย with flavored balsamic vinegars! Here is the website for this particular brand, CaliforniaBalsamic.com.

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Lastly I topped my tomatoes, mozzarella, and balsamic with a healthy sprinkling of the most amazing basil I have ever discovered. It’s called Globe Basil, and it literally grows in a globe shape! The tiny leaves are super flavorful and it is primarily used to top Italian dishes with. I will forever have this type of basil in my garden from now on.

Don’t forget a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of sea salt & black pepper if you like! I hope this post looks tasty and inspires you to go do something amazing with a tomato! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips & Super Simple Shrimp Ceviche.

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I cannot believe how delicious this super quick ceviche recipe that I threw together turned out! So good that it needed homemade tortilla chips to go with it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s what I did!

Yesterday:

Peel and clean (1 lb.) Shrimp.

Cut shrimp into thirds (in half for smaller ones).

Put in medium mixing bowl.

Dice one whole cucumber and one half red onion. Add to bowl.

Add one 10oz. Can of diced tomatoes (I used Rotel with chiles) drained.

Add the juice of two whole limes and two whole lemons (the acidity from the citrus is the most important component of the ceviche!)

Salt, Mix ingredients well,convert to container with lid and refrigerate overnight.

**Tip** if you happen to have fresh cilantro at home (which I unfortunately did not.) PLEASE add some ๐Ÿ˜œ๐ŸŒฟ

What I did today (Tortilla Chips):

Preaheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Take three large flour tortillas and cut into sixths.

Melt a tablespoon of Organic Coconut Oil and brush onto both sides of tortilla slices.

Place in a single layer on cookie sheet (I did two batches).

Salt!

Bake for 10-12 minutes depending on your crispiness liking!

Place on paper towel and lightly salt again.

Then this is what I did:

Scoop ceviche onto a warm chip and enjoy!

Repeat, repeat,repeat…! ๐Ÿ˜‹