I am head of the Caprese Salad Appreciation Committee (this is a self-appointed position) and I can and will caprese up just about anything, so it’s wonder that I haven’t cooked up a chicken caprese salad until just now. But better late than never, and this one was worth the wait! Tender chicken marinated in a balsamic vinegar dressing and lovingly laid on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, basil and some cute little mozzarella balls. Hello, my new favorite chicken salad! Ready for some chicken caprese salad of your own? Let’s make it!
Well, I thought I had caprese-ed everything there was to caprese (yes, in my world caprese is a verb) but as it turns out, I HAD FORGOTTEN TO CREATE A BACON VERSION. I know!! If you haven’t yet discovered the wonder that is caprese, in its purest form it is a delectable conglomeration of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil, and I do love it that way. And along the way I have turned caprese into an appetizer, a steak topping, a bread pudding and a pastry.
But wouldn’t you think the first lightbulb that went off in my head would have been to add bacon to the mix? Well, better late then never, here I am with bacon caprese salad. Let’s make it!
Settle in with me for a while as I tell you about the joy that is cast iron skillet pizza. I’m all for ordering good old take-out pizza for much of the year, but when it comes to summertime and we find ourselves surrounded by a cornucopia of fresh tomatoes and herbs and other delicious local veggies, I pull out my trusty cast iron skillet and with just a little more effort than it takes to call in a delivery order we have a cheesy, melty pan full of pizza deliciousness.
So if you want to put your own skillet to work making an explosion of fresh summer veggie pizza deliciousness, come along with me and let’s make it!
This easy recipe for pasta with mozzarella and turkey meatballs is a fun spin on the classic spaghetti with meatballs, and has the extra added advantage of coming together in about 20 minutes for those busy weekday nights when you know you should make dinner, but you don’t want to, but you should. If you can hang in there for those twenty minutes, you will be rewarded with a nice warm bowl of pasta with cute little meatballs, sweet cherry tomatoes and melty mozzarella, and if that isn’t incentive for spending those twenty minutes in the kitchen I don’t know what is. Let’s make it!
This recipe for frying pan lasagna is just further proof of 1) my undying love for my cast iron frying pan and 2) my undying search for any way to get out of the complicated production that is involved in making traditional lasagna. This version is chock full of pasta and cheese and beef and yes, a little spinach for good luck. It’s easy and scrumptious and requires only one frying pan and exactly zero struggling with floppy wet lasagna noodles. So if you, like me, are a lover of lazy lasagna recipes, let’s make it!
You know how sometimes you go to a restaurant and you are helpless in the face of the Chicken Parmesan on the menu, so you order it and the server asks if you would like pasta on the side, and of course you say YES and then you have a giant plate of chicken parm and a giant plate of pasta and you momentarily don’t know which to dive into first? This recipe for chicken parmesan pasta solves that issue for you. Yes, we are talking about chicken, cheese, pasta, tomato and a little fresh basil in every happy bite. I KNOW. Let’s make some!