burrata & heirloom tomatoes

 

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Easy does it with this dish. I love it when a few simple ingredients do all the work for you. Food doesn’t need to be complicated. Just real, fresh products are all you need, especially in the summer when the markets are bountiful and the produce screams to be eaten just the way it is... ripe, raw and juicy.

Every which way you look at the greenmarkets the vibrant colors and beautifully imperfect shapes of heirloom tomatoes grab your gaze. It’s always hard for me to stop myself from buying bags full of them. Each one with a quirky shape and vibrant color, I want to decorate my kitchen with them... what a mess that would be.

Burrata's creamy texture and pure buttery flavor is to die for. I first had burrata while visiting family friends in Torino, Italy. It was our first day in Italy and we were greeted with a bounty of fresh produce, pasta and cheese shared on their sun soaked patio. It was an exceptionally lovely way to start off our time in Italy. I distinctly remember how creamy and clean the flavor was, I had been missing out! Word has spread about how scrumptious burrata is, and it can now be found quite easily (in NYC at least).

Despite being a farmer’s daughter I can’t say I have the greenest of thumbs, but luckily my wonderful roommate seems to know the tricks. Our windowsill garden brightens up our teeny-tiny nyc apartment, and provides us with lovely herbs to spruce up all our meals, and cocktails of course. My roommate has a hard time holding back when it comes to her mixology skills and our drinks turn into herb salads with a splash of gin. Hard to complain about that.

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“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”  - Lao Tzu

Burrata & Heirloom Salad

  • a few heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 ball of burrata
  • fresh basil
  • balsamic
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • crusty bread, toasted

Place burrata and tomatoes on a plate or in a shallow bowl. Drizzle with olive oil & balsamic, sprinkle on a  good pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper and dig in. Simply delicious.