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  1. #1
    Paul M. Cook Guest

    Default Lunch - Caprese

    Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed some.
    So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from TJs, sliced
    the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz and leaves of fresh
    basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt, pepper and EVO.

    Man, that is some good eating. So aromatic and tasty.



  2. #2
    Gloria P Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese

    Paul M. Cook wrote:
    > Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed some.
    > So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from TJs, sliced
    > the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz and leaves of fresh
    > basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt, pepper and EVO.
    >
    > Man, that is some good eating. So aromatic and tasty.
    >
    >



    It's one of our favorites. If I don't have fresh mozzarella at home
    it's also good with mild goat cheese as a substitute or feta in a real
    pinch.

    gloria p

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    Paul M. Cook Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese


    "Gloria P" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >> Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed some.
    >> So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from TJs,
    >> sliced the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz and leaves
    >> of fresh basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt, pepper and
    >> EVO.
    >>
    >> Man, that is some good eating. So aromatic and tasty.

    >
    >
    > It's one of our favorites. If I don't have fresh mozzarella at home it's
    > also good with mild goat cheese as a substitute or feta in a real pinch.
    >


    I just may try the feta cheese since I usually have it. With a squeeze of
    lemon, perhaps.

    Paul



  4. #4
    bob in nz Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese

    On Mon, 13 Jul 2009 15:53:20 -0600, Gloria P <[email protected]>
    shouted from the highest rooftop:

    >Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >> Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed some.
    >> So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from TJs, sliced
    >> the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz and leaves of fresh
    >> basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt, pepper and EVO.
    >>
    >> Man, that is some good eating. So aromatic and tasty.
    >>

    >
    >It's one of our favorites. If I don't have fresh mozzarella at home
    >it's also good with mild goat cheese as a substitute or feta in a real
    >pinch.


    Sometimes I'll add some black olives (Greek or Spanish depending on my
    mood) to the feta, maybe some thinly sliced red onion and, if I'm
    taking it to eat on the beach, a few anchovies.

    --

    una cerveza mas por favor ...

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Wax-up and drop-in of Surfing's Golden Years: <http://www.surfwriter.net>
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~

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    Kris Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese

    On Jul 13, 5:24*pm, "Paul M. Cook" <pmc...@gte.net> wrote:
    > Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed some.
    > So lunch was caprese. *I got some decent fresh mozzarella from TJs, sliced
    > the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz and leaves of fresh
    > basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. *Salt, pepper and EVO.
    >
    > Man, that is some good eating. *So aromatic and tasty.


    Yum! One of my favorite ways to use tomatoes. Also good with a little
    balsamic for a change once in a while.

    Kris

  6. #6
    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese


    "Paul M. Cook" ha scritto nel messaggio
    > Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed some.
    > > So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from TJs,

    > sliced the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz and leaves
    > of fresh > basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt, pepper and
    > EVO.
    >
    > Man, that is some good eating. So aromatic and tasty.


    Last week I had visitors from Peru here. I took them to the buffalo farm
    and we watched the mozzarella being formed then toted 600 grams home with
    us, With some tomatoes-- not local yet-- and basil from my pots and some
    Umbrian oil, everyone was happy. Next morning they both had the two balls
    left over for breakfast.

    There are lots of good things in the world, but none of them are actually
    better than mozzarella bufala just 7 hours old.



  7. #7
    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese


    "bob in nz" ha scritto nel messaggio
    Gloria P > shouted from the highest rooftop:
    >
    >>Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >>> So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from TJs,
    >>> sliced >> the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz and
    >>> leaves of fresh
    >>> basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt, pepper and EVO.


    >>It's one of our favorites. If I don't have fresh mozzarella at home
    >> >>it's also good with mild goat cheese as a substitute or feta in a real
    >> >>pinch.

    >
    > Sometimes I'll add some black olives (Greek or Spanish depending on my>
    > mood) to the feta, maybe some thinly sliced red onion and, if I'm
    > taking it to eat on the beach, a few anchovies.


    I love Greek salad, and that's just what I eat in Greece, as you described.
    It can't be Caprese, because they do not have feta in Capri.



  8. #8
    ViLco Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese

    Paul M. Cook wrote:

    > Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed
    > some. So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from
    > TJs, sliced the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz
    > and leaves of fresh basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt,
    > pepper and EVO.
    > Man, that is some good eating. So aromatic and tasty.


    Caprese is really a wonderful dish, so easy to arrange and so really
    wonderful.
    If you happen to find some, try adding a pinch of chopped fresh oregano
    --
    Vilco
    Mai guardare Trailer park Boys senza
    qualcosa da bere a portata di mano




  9. #9
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese

    ViLco wrote:
    > Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >
    >> Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed
    >> some. So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from
    >> TJs, sliced the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz
    >> and leaves of fresh basil from my garden picked seconds earlier.
    >> Salt, pepper and EVO.
    >> Man, that is some good eating. So aromatic and tasty.

    >
    > Caprese is really a wonderful dish, so easy to arrange and so really
    > wonderful.
    > If you happen to find some, try adding a pinch of chopped fresh
    > oregano


    I have some really nice balsamic vinegar, too. My sil gave me a bottle
    of some good stuff. I'll be picking up some mozzarella later today.

    nancy

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    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese

    Kris wrote:
    > On Jul 13, 5:24 pm, "Paul M. Cook" <pmc...@gte.net> wrote:
    >> Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed some.
    >> So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from TJs, sliced
    >> the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz and leaves of fresh
    >> basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt, pepper and EVO.
    >>
    >> Man, that is some good eating. So aromatic and tasty.

    >
    > Yum! One of my favorite ways to use tomatoes. Also good with a little
    > balsamic for a change once in a while.
    >
    > Kris


    Yes, and garlic. Now I am reminded that I am going to scoot out
    to a farm stand and see whether there are any local tomatoes.

    --
    Jean B.

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese

    In article <h3g8vs$qi4$[email protected]>,
    "Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed some.
    > So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from TJs, sliced
    > the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz and leaves of fresh
    > basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt, pepper and EVO.
    >
    > Man, that is some good eating. So aromatic and tasty.


    Oh gods... I've always wanted to make that dish and never have yet! I
    need to either grow some or gets some from the farmers market and share
    it with my sister and her family. ;-d
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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    Zeppo Guest

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    "ViLco" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:Sp%6m.38134$9f6.33969@[email protected]..
    > Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >
    >> Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed
    >> some. So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from
    >> TJs, sliced the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz
    >> and leaves of fresh basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt,
    >> pepper and EVO.
    >> Man, that is some good eating. So aromatic and tasty.

    >
    > Caprese is really a wonderful dish, so easy to arrange and so really
    > wonderful.
    > If you happen to find some, try adding a pinch of chopped fresh oregano
    > --
    > Vilco
    > Mai guardare Trailer park Boys senza
    > qualcosa da bere a portata di mano


    Really love it. I haven't found really great locally tomatoes yet but I've
    been making do with hothouse until my tomato plants' fruit ripens up.

    I always seem to struggle slicing the mozzarella evenly. Any tips on that?

    Jon



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    Paul M. Cook Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese


    "ViLco" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:Sp%6m.38134$[email protected]..
    > Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >
    >> Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed
    >> some. So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from
    >> TJs, sliced the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz
    >> and leaves of fresh basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt,
    >> pepper and EVO.
    >> Man, that is some good eating. So aromatic and tasty.

    >
    > Caprese is really a wonderful dish, so easy to arrange and so really
    > wonderful.
    > If you happen to find some, try adding a pinch of chopped fresh oregano
    > --


    I've got tons of it in a planter. I think I can spare some.

    Paul



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    Paul M. Cook Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese


    "Zeppo" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > "ViLco" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:Sp%6m.38134$[email protected]..
    >> Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >>
    >>> Pretty decent organic tomatoes at the market yesterday so I grabbed
    >>> some. So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from
    >>> TJs, sliced the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz
    >>> and leaves of fresh basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt,
    >>> pepper and EVO.
    >>> Man, that is some good eating. So aromatic and tasty.

    >>
    >> Caprese is really a wonderful dish, so easy to arrange and so really
    >> wonderful.
    >> If you happen to find some, try adding a pinch of chopped fresh oregano
    >>
    >> --
    >> Vilco
    >> Mai guardare Trailer park Boys senza
    >> qualcosa da bere a portata di mano

    >
    > Really love it. I haven't found really great locally tomatoes yet but I've
    > been making do with hothouse until my tomato plants' fruit ripens up.
    >
    > I always seem to struggle slicing the mozzarella evenly. Any tips on that?
    >


    Use your sharpest, thinnest non serrated knife, heat it in boiling water.
    It will slice through the cheese like a hot knife through cheese.

    Paul



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    bob in nz Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese

    On Tue, 14 Jul 2009 09:02:04 +0200, "Giusi" <[email protected]>
    shouted from the highest rooftop:

    >
    >"bob in nz" ha scritto nel messaggio
    >Gloria P > shouted from the highest rooftop:
    >>
    >>>Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >>>> So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from TJs,
    >>>> sliced >> the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz and
    >>>> leaves of fresh
    >>>> basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt, pepper and EVO.

    >
    >>>It's one of our favorites. If I don't have fresh mozzarella at home
    >>> >>it's also good with mild goat cheese as a substitute or feta in a real
    >>> >>pinch.

    >>
    >> Sometimes I'll add some black olives (Greek or Spanish depending on my>
    >> mood) to the feta, maybe some thinly sliced red onion and, if I'm
    >> taking it to eat on the beach, a few anchovies.

    >
    >I love Greek salad, and that's just what I eat in Greece, as you described.
    >It can't be Caprese, because they do not have feta in Capri.


    Sadly, caprese - as described by Paul - isn't an option in the part of
    New Zealand where we live because fresh mozzarella isn't available
    outside of the big cities ... and we live in a remote coastal area.
    But considering how much I love cheese, that may be a good thing.


    --

    una cerveza mas por favor ...

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Wax-up and drop-in of Surfing's Golden Years: <http://www.surfwriter.net>
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese

    In article <h3ip5n$pe3$[email protected]>,
    "Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]> wrote:

    Re: Caprese:

    > > Really love it. I haven't found really great locally tomatoes yet but I've
    > > been making do with hothouse until my tomato plants' fruit ripens up.
    > >
    > > I always seem to struggle slicing the mozzarella evenly. Any tips on that?
    > >

    >
    > Use your sharpest, thinnest non serrated knife, heat it in boiling water.
    > It will slice through the cheese like a hot knife through cheese.
    >
    > Paul


    I use a wire to cut all cheese any more.
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    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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    Paul M. Cook Guest

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    "bob in nz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > On Tue, 14 Jul 2009 09:02:04 +0200, "Giusi" <[email protected]>
    > shouted from the highest rooftop:
    >
    >>
    >>"bob in nz" ha scritto nel messaggio
    >>Gloria P > shouted from the highest rooftop:
    >>>
    >>>>Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >>>>> So lunch was caprese. I got some decent fresh mozzarella from TJs,
    >>>>> sliced >> the tomatoes and arranged them in a ring with the mozz and
    >>>>> leaves of fresh
    >>>>> basil from my garden picked seconds earlier. Salt, pepper and EVO.

    >>
    >>>>It's one of our favorites. If I don't have fresh mozzarella at home
    >>>> >>it's also good with mild goat cheese as a substitute or feta in a
    >>>> >>real
    >>>> >>pinch.
    >>>
    >>> Sometimes I'll add some black olives (Greek or Spanish depending on my>
    >>> mood) to the feta, maybe some thinly sliced red onion and, if I'm
    >>> taking it to eat on the beach, a few anchovies.

    >>
    >>I love Greek salad, and that's just what I eat in Greece, as you
    >>described.
    >>It can't be Caprese, because they do not have feta in Capri.

    >
    > Sadly, caprese - as described by Paul - isn't an option in the part of
    > New Zealand where we live because fresh mozzarella isn't available
    > outside of the big cities ... and we live in a remote coastal area.
    > But considering how much I love cheese, that may be a good thing.
    >


    Mozzarella is quite easy to make, I've done it myself a few times. New
    Zealand has some of the best milk in the world so I would think you could
    make a darn fine cheese. All you need is milk, salt, rennet and a stove.

    Paul



  18. #18
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese

    In article <h3itq5$cu9$[email protected]>,
    "Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Mozzarella is quite easy to make, I've done it myself a few times. New
    > Zealand has some of the best milk in the world so I would think you could
    > make a darn fine cheese. All you need is milk, salt, rennet and a stove.
    >
    > Paul


    Recipe please?
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    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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  19. #19
    Paul M. Cook Guest

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    "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > In article <h3itq5$cu9$[email protected]>,
    > "Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Mozzarella is quite easy to make, I've done it myself a few times. New
    >> Zealand has some of the best milk in the world so I would think you could
    >> make a darn fine cheese. All you need is milk, salt, rennet and a stove.
    >>
    >> Paul

    >
    > Recipe please?



    Well there are hundreds of web pages devoted to this, Leeners.com is where I
    buy from.

    The key is the milk, you must get as close to raw as you can get. If you
    can get milk straight from a dairy you'll have the best luck. You want to
    use whole milk but bear in mind whole milk by dairy standards has much more
    fat than store bought whole milk. I add a cup of cream per gallon. All
    milk sold in stores is pasteurized. Not all is homogenized, though. The
    homogenized milk does not yield the best result as the fat does not
    coagulate to form the curds like you want. But there are places you can get
    fresh organic milk that is just pasteurized. If you have connections, pure,
    raw unpasteurized milk makes the best cheese.

    All you do is warm the milk, about 2 gallons, to about 88F, add your rennet
    and slowly raise the temperature to 105F. Now you want to maintain the 105
    for about 15 minutes. You'll have a nice heavy curd which you'll spoon off
    into a strainer or cheese cloth. Then you'll cool, dry and salt the cheese
    curds.

    The final step is you put the dried curds into hot water and let it get
    soft, then you pull it like taffy in your hands in the hot water. When it
    is shiny and stretchy you form it into balls by folding it over and over
    into a lump.

    That's basically how it's done. You can buy everything online.

    Paul



  20. #20
    Becca Guest

    Default Re: Lunch - Caprese

    Giusi wrote:
    > Last week I had visitors from Peru here. I took them to the buffalo farm
    > and we watched the mozzarella being formed then toted 600 grams home with
    > us, With some tomatoes-- not local yet-- and basil from my pots and some
    > Umbrian oil, everyone was happy. Next morning they both had the two balls
    > left over for breakfast.
    >
    > There are lots of good things in the world, but none of them are actually
    > better than mozzarella bufala just 7 hours old.


    How wonderful for your visitors, I am sure they loved it. I know I would.


    Becca

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