I am craving summer even more than usual this year, and all the fresh basil in the market is just fueling the fire. I cook with a lot of basil when it’s in season. Nothing works better with basil than fresh mozzarella and tomatoes; the three together are pretty much rock stars of Italian cuisine. This flat bread is by no means original. It’s found in countless kitchens and bistros for obvious reasons. The simple flavors of a few ingredients are sometimes just what you need for a light lunch or dinner. This would also be a perfect starter for pasta or side with soup.
1. Preheat oven to 350. Roll out the dough and form several rectangles. Place them on a foil lined baking sheet or pizza stone.
2. Brush dough with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.
3. Seed tomatoes and slice thinly.
4. Layer sliced tomatoes and chunks of mozzarella on the bread. Sprinkle with sea salt.
5. Return pan to the oven and bake an additional 10 minutes.
6. Sprinkle chopped basil over the warm bread and serve immediately.
In other news…remember my paint dipped ceramic pots project and the houseplants I purchased to fill them? I had so much hope that I could keep the little guys alive. I’m sad, but not surprised, to say that I murdered yet another innocent and unsuspecting house plant.
You guys, I tried…I really did. I followed all the instructions on the little tag, and still wilting happened after a couple weeks. Then immediately I start to stress out like a high school girl who feels her boyfriend is about to break up with her. I tried to be there for it, but not too much- don’t want to smother it. I to give a bit of water, but not too much. “Some sun? I’ll give you some sun,” I say ever so casually as I try to act coy and aloof.
Frantic inside, I stare at it every time I walk past looking for any signs of a change. Obviously this doesn’t help. Within a week the plant is dead, and I have to deal with another failed plant relationship. I just hope the other two don’t follow suit…I guess I should just pick myself up and get back out there again. On to the next one, right? Really, I’m not ready for another plant in my life. I just need time to heal before I can walk past the lawn and garden section at Lowe’s again.