My Inspiration . . .

I've always had a love for baking, but it wasn't until I was in college that I had a desire to learn how to cook. In 2009, I decided to start my own cooking blog so I could access my recipes from anywhere, and ktmadeit.com was born.

I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make them healthier & happier on the hips! I love everything about food: the taste, the smells, the presentation, the experimenting, etc. I love to entertain, so I figured this was a great way to bring people together. Hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes. Happy cooking!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Caprese Salad


This is a great summer salad ~ easy, light and delicious! Obviously tastes best when tomatoes are ripe.
{ Prep Time: 5 mins / Difficulty: Super Easy! / Yields: 4 servings }

Ingredients:
3 large ripe tomatoes (I used 6 small plum tomatoes, either will work fine!)
4 ounces mozzarella cheese
8-10 basil leaves
balsamic vinegar
extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
kosher salt & ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions:
1. In a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil over medium-low heat. Cook for 10-12 mins, or until the vinegar has reduced to a semi-thick glaze. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
2. Meanwhile, slice tomatoes about 1/4" thick. Then, do the same with the mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and pepper and place on a paper towel to soak up the excess juice. Arrange slices on a plate, alternating the tomatoes and cheese. (I had more tomatoes than cheese, so I layered two tomatoes, then 1 piece of cheese.)
3. On a cutting board, finely chop the basil leaves, leaving a few sprigs for garnish. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the salads, then sprinkle with chopped basil. Let the salads marinate 5-10 minutes before serving.

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