January 19, 2012

A Ray of Spring: Mozzarella Caprese

I haven't spent much time on the Lone Star Quilt.  Though I am nearly done with the 5th blade.  Instead today I wanted to show you my little slice of heaven.  The week before Thanksgiving I discovered that while I knew my sage plant had died earlier in the summer, I did not replace it, truthfully I simply forgot.  No sage plant means no sage butter rubbed all over and in my husband's turkey.  Do you know how hard it is to find a sage plant right before Thanksgiving?  I called my local grocery store, two different home improvement stores who couldn't help me, before spending half an hour on the phone with the nicest man at a different my home improvement store who told me to call Walmart, you get the point

Of course after all that my husband finds Sage plants at Walmart.  Yes, I could have purchased cut sage but for $1 more you can have a live plant to have for next time. Of course being the man he is, he doesn't just bring home the sage plants.  He also brings home a tomato plant.  I spent 4 years in Arkansas, I know all about tomato plants.  They have an oil in their leaves which makes them stink all the time.  No one else seems to know what I'm talking about but I do not like the way the tomato plants smell.  I looked upon his new found winter hobby with distain.

Now I know, I was wrong and I'm glad I just left him alone with his little plant.  Because when he picked a fresh tomato off the stem the other day he found another fresh and ripe one behind it, and one above it too.  Oh how I love winter indoor container gardening!  No weeds and amazingly summer fresh ripe and juicy tomatoes.  If that wasn't enough DH brought home buffalo mozzarella cheese and fresh basil (yes it was the packaged kind, I don't have much luck keep Basil alive for more than a season or three - feel free to leave your tips so I can kill another plant).
I know food is hard to photograph to make it look good, but with something this fresh and wonderful I just had to try.  What do you think of my Mozzarella Caprese?  One thing I will tell you.  We ate it all gone!


Jayne said...

That Caprese salad looks absolutely delish!! I'll be right over for a helping!! :-)

Heather Landry said...

It looks absolutely yummy and it seems simple too. I think it's great that you have fresh produce in the middle of Winter!

QuiltSue said...

That looks gorgeous. Is there any left for me?

stitchinpenny said...

Caprese is so great. We buy basil plants often and no they don't last, but if I buy 3 at the beginning of spring by fall when it finally turns woody and dies, I have made 3 or 4 sauces (5 quarts at a time), many Caprese salads, Italian chicken noodle soup, chicken spinsch mushroom soup with basil and pasta cruda a fresh pasta salad with a lot of basil. Buy it, use it and let it wither. In the winter, I usually only have 1 plant, but they aren't long lived in my garden either.

Pattilou said...

I love Caprese! Yours looks wonderful. I haven't had much luck growing basil either, but don't you love being able to buy it fresh if you want some!