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Caprese Crostini Recipe: A burst of summer flavor anytime

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Basil, Tomatoes, Bread

Made these the other night. These little nibbles explode with flavor in your mouth. I like to make these when I’m craving a taste of summer, but the weather and seasons aren’t cooperating. They aren’t overly complicated to make, but it does require a little planning ahead, as the tomatoes are oven roasted. It’s basically crostini, a slice of buffalo mozzarella, a basil leaf topped with an oven roasted tomato half. Ha! Now that I think about it, these would be a great Christmas appetizer. Easy, elegant – Sham Style!

I would love to hear from you, what is your easy, elegant go-to appetizer?

Caprese Crostini

Serves 4

8 small hothouse tomatoes (I like to use the Campari tomatoes)

½ cup olive oil

1 tsp kosher salt

16 basil leaves

1 ball fresh buffalo mozzarella

16 slices of French stick bread

Balsamic vinegar for drizzling


Pre-heat oven to 380 degrees. Cut tomatoes in half and sprinkle with salt. Let rest for 5-10 minutes. Gently pat the tomatoes with paper towel, removing excess liquid. Place tomatoes in a ceramic baking dish with cut halves facing up. Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and place in pre-heated oven. Roast for 10 minutes and then turn the temperature down to 250 degrees. Roast for 2 hours. When finished, the tomatoes should look like juicy sun-dried tomatoes. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, using a pastry brush paint the bread slices on both sides with remaining olive oil. Heat a grill pan to high and toast bread on both sides in the grill pan, adjusting temperature as needed. While bread is toasting, slice buffalo mozzarella into thin slices. Half slices of mozzarella in half to double the amount.

Place the toasted bread slices on serving platter. Top each with a slice of mozza. Top mozza with one basil leaf. Place the tomato on the basil. Drizzle crostini with balsamic vinegar.

Enjoy with wine – red, white or Prosecco would work.

Written on my Microsoft Surface RT with purple backlit keyboard

My Favourite Things

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I have lots of clothes…probably way too many clothes. There are lots of items in my closet that I only wear for business or only wear occasionally. But I do have my go-to items that I wear all the time – here are the things that I couldn’t live without.

Majestic T-Shirts

Made in France from soft cotton and linen, these are the lightest t-shirts you will ever buy. These are the t-shirts you will wear when it’s so hot, you really don’t feel like wearing anything at all.

Autumn Cashmere Sweaters

Cozy cashmere that never pills and wears terrifically. I have 6 year old Autumn Cashmere sweaters that I still wear and that still look brand new.

Black Sheath Dress

I have worn this to Office Christmas parties, funerals, weddings and work meetings. Dress it up with a well-tailored blazer or make it casual with a little cardigan. For a basic, inexpensive black sheath, check out Ann Taylor.

J Brand Super Skinny Black Jeans

So comfy, wearing these J Brand jeans is like wearing sweatpants. They look great dressed up with heals or tucked into riding boots with a cozy sweater.

Tilo Scarves

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. I use these Tilo scarves for everything from a blanket on planes, to an evening wrap, to keeping the wind off my neck.

What are your favorite, “can’t live without” items?

If you’re interested in where you can purchase these fabulous brands, check out Carriage Trade in Toronto.

Written on my Microsoft Surface RT with purple backlit keyboard