Can you believe summer's almost over? Not that I'm complaining! Fall is my favorite time of year; its filled with beautiful weather and beautiful coloring but its come so fast. Its also the beginning of real travel season for me :o). I still have to ask for vacation time but I'm planning a Thanksgiving trip to Morocco and Paris (with a day long layover in Madrid) and a Christmas trip to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Is it a shock to anyone why I spend more time planning my trip then studying/working?
My schedule's been crazy lately. 6 am workout class then study then work until 6 pm then study again and finally sleep early so I can make it up for a workout class. Add in travel almost every other weekend, and you get the answer as to why I'm so exhausted. But on a rare slow afternoon, I decided to peruse the hallowed hall of Whole Foods and saw these gorgeous tomatoes. With summer coming to an end, I decided to take advantage and make Caprese! But, one of my big failings is life is my inability to consider a meal complete without carbs (or dessert) so I grabbed a loaf of sour dough to make Caprese grilled cheese in addition to the traditional salad. This is what I call summer on a plate!
Also my newest little cousin was born this morning. *Sigh* she's so beautiful so my final words are for her....Never rush and never settle. Welcome to the world :o).
For the Salad:
- 3 tomatoes (1 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow)
- Good quality extra virgin olive oil
- Good quality balsamic vinegar
- Fresh ground pepper
- Fresh mozzarella
Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella. Assemble the salad by alternating tomato slices with mozzarella. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle the EVOO and balsamic vinegar on top. Top with chopped basil.
For the Grilled Cheese:
- Caprese Salad
- Garlic clove (smashed)
- Sour dough bread
Toast one side of the bread on a skillet. Rub with a little EVOO and garlic clove. Place caprese salad and basil (and sprinkle with a little salt if you want) on the toasted side of the bread and top with the other piece of bread (toasted side in). Rub the outside of the sandwich with EVOO and grill until the cheese is melted.