As you all know, my cooking column is titled ‘Simply Delicious.’ For those of you that have been with me since the beginning, you’ll recall that the name is Simply Delicious because I believe in simple ingredients and delicious food. Well, this is going to be a edition of what I like to call ‘Overly-Simply Delicious.’ While not exactly grammatically correct, I think it fits with what I’m about to unveil.

I love cheese. Who doesn’t like cheese? If you don’t, then I’m concerned you haven’t had the right kind of cheese. Every May I try to make it to the Seattle Cheese Festival where thousands of cheeses are laid out on tables in the Pike Place Market and you can try every kind. For free! Yippee!


Next: Basil is yummy. I can put basil on may things; a few days ago I had a basil, pineapple and sweet onion pizza. The flavors were incredible. Basil is my friend.

Tomato. I’m on the fence about this contested vegetable-fruit. Some days I love it, other days I want to throw it in garbages. For the most part it’s good on most days. Currently, I think tomatoes and I are on good terms.

Put them all together. YUM. It’s Caprese salad, an Italian deliciousness. Less of a salad and more of an appetizer, its insanely simple ingredients give it the best taste. Add a little balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to it and you’ll be more than satisfied.


Caprese Salad

2-3 tomatoes, sliced
½ pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
Basil leaves

Makes: 12 to 24
Prep time: 15 minutes

For each tomato slice, add a slice of mozzarella, and one to two leaves of basil (depending on their size). Make as many as desired. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and add balsamic vinegar and enjoy!