Basil. Mozarella. Tomato

To me, these three ingredients scream “summer” in terms of cooking healthy, light dishes. I bought a big bunch of basil this weekend, not knowing exactly what to make with it. I also bought a ball of fresh mozarella and some ripe tomatoes, imagining some sort of “caprese” dish. Because I didn’t want to heat up the oven or thaw chicken, I decided to make the standard caprese salad.

I mean to take a photo before I dug in, but my stomach got the best of me! This salad consists of tomato, mozarella and basil, drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, salt and pepper.  It was very refreshing and light! However, the basil was a little bit strong for me.  I used the leftover basil from the bunch to make a homemade pesto sauce which I used for this: Pesto Pizza with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze**

1. Use whatever type of crust you prefer.  I used a Betty Crocker instant crust because I wanted this baby to come out of the oven fast.  However, I actually prefer the WalMart brand of crust because it turns out a little bit crispier.

2. Grill up some chicken!  I seasoned mine with some Garlic & Herb Mrs. Dash.

3. Chop up the toppings: spinach, roma tomatoes, fresh mozarella

4. After cooking dough for about 5-7 minutes in the oven to get it a little crispy, spread on pesto sauce. I made a simple pesto sauce with 3 cups of chopped basil, 2/3 cup parmesan cheese, 1 cup olive oil. 2 T minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste.  Put all of it in a blender or food processesr to make the sauce

5. Add additional toppings to the pizza crust and cook for 8-10 minutes or until crispy and melty.

6 Ta Da!! I missed the step where I was supposed to make the Balsamic Vinegar Glaze. Oops. Instead of simmering the vinegar over the stove for 20 minutes to get it nice and thick, I just drizzled it on right out of the bottle. Big mistake. It flooded the pizza and made the crust soggy : ( Still so so yummy though!!

What new recipes have you tried lately?? Mine wasn’t really an actual recipe, I just kind of made it up, but still. What have you been cooking?!

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Last Weekend

I spent last weekend hanging out with friends, Jessica H. and Jessica F., in their new apartment in Kansas City! I know both of the Jessicas through our major, Communication Studies, at K-State and think it is so cool that they are continuing their friendship after college and are now roommates!! Upon my arrival, Jessica H. and I went to Lulus Noodles and I absolutely loved it! In fact, I’ve been thinking about eating those drunken noodles a lot lately…

Saturday was a fun-filled day spent at the River Market Farmer’s Market shopping for produce and the Toy & Miniature Museum to see the Barbie exhibit. Later we went back to the Jessicas’ apartment for a homemade dinner and then their house warming party, followed by a night out at the bars in Westport.