One the of the simplest, tastiest ways to enjoy fresh tomatoes and basil is the classic Caprese salad. Jess and I had this with our supper the other night, using the first ripe tomato and some fresh basil from the garden.
I like to chiffonade my basil and sprinkle over the top of the sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Add a little salt and pepper, then a quick drizzle of olive oil.
This was a fresh and flavorful side dish that we served with grilled chicken.
We're Food Network TV addicts, and we both like to cook. As we get older and braver, we're more willing to try new things - brave new frontiers, so to speak.
This is documentation of our efforts. It probably won't all be pretty.
Would you like a glass of wine with that?
Some of our favorites:
Chateau St. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot
“This is a serious Merlot for the price, yet still soft and satisfying. We craft this Merlot to be on the approachable side with a core of red cherries and ripe fruit. We call this our "I’ll have another glass please" Merlot.”Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker
2006 Horse Heaven Late Harvest Chenin Blanc
“Chateau Ste. Michelle is truly passionate about dessert wines and we have been making a Late Harvest Riesling for decades. This is only our second vintage making a Late Harvest wine out of Chenin Blanc grapes and we are thrilled with the results. The Late Harvest Chenin Blanc offers aromas and flavors of ripe melon and sweet lime. Think Key Lime pie in a glass! The sweet fruit flavors are wonderfully balanced by a natural refreshing acidity.” -Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker
Columbia Valley 2006 Gewurtztraminer
“The popular Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewürztraminer is a bright, refreshing medium-dry wine with inviting aromas of lychee nuts, nectarine, jasmine and clove spice. This Gewürztraminer is nicely balanced between fruit and the grape’s natural crisp character, while still being lush. Try this complex wine with Thai food or any cuisine with a little “bite” to it.” - -Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker