If you know me well, you know how much I love cheese. I mean, LOVE cheese. So naturally, I’m a fan of mozzarella sticks. Though delicious, they’re greasy and caloric, and always make me feel guilty after eating a few. These mozzarella bites are just as tasty (and healthier), since they’re coated in panko bread crumbs and baked instead of fried. The bites would be a great appetizer for any get together or dinner party. :)
Rest in peace, Mikey, you’ll always be remembered. Love always, ‘Stegler.’
“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” – John Taylor
Here’s another simple, delicious and fool-proof summer side dish–the ever famous caprese salad. The key ingredient to this particular caprese? Heirloom tomatoes, of course.
If you’ve ever tasted a slice of a juicy, ripe, melt-in-your-mouth heirloom, you can understand the difference they make in this salad. Not only do heirloom tomatoes taste better, but they also make for a more colorful and visually appealing dish.
I’m hopping on a plane to New York tonight, so I won’t be back until early next week. I can’t wait to share all of the delicious food I plan on eating during my visit. Ciao for now!
My roommate and I had an urge to make pizza the other night (note why most of my photos are night shots–sorry). We were inspired by our new favorite pizza from Bottega Louie in Downtown LA–the Burrata pizza topped with burrata, Grana parmesan, rapini and Prosciutto di parma.
Though our pizza wasn’t to the standard of Bottega Louie, it was pretty dang close. The salty and somewhat crisp prosciutto was delicious with the creamy ricotta.
I included a few photos below of my roommate and I rolling out the dough, as I thought they were somewhat comical. We’re still pretty newly moved into our apartment, so we’re missing a few kitchen items (a rolling-pin in particular).
My method of simply using my hands wasn’t working well, so my roommate grabbed a bottle of champagne to roll out the dough. Initially, I doubted her idea, but surprisingly, the bottle did wonders! No, our pizza wasn’t perfectly circular, but it still tasted wonderful. :)
I often prefer food and dessert in mini form. Not only is it easier to eat, but it also doesn’t make me feel as guilty about eating an entire hamburger or cupcake. :)
While home for Father’s Day, my mom and I racked our brains for new recipe ideas. We worked with ingredients already in the fridge/pantry, minus a few we had to buy at the store, and came up with these delectable grilled chicken sliders.
The bite of the aioli worked brilliantly with the saltiness of the bacon and slightly charred tomatoes . The sandwich was also great for its complexity of textures.
I’d say these sandwiches were a home run. :)