Caprese Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Balsamic Drizzle

Happy Hump Day everyone. Only a few more days till the weekend! I have nothing planned and I’m really looking forward to it! I have not slept well so far this week – tossed and turned ALL night since Sunday so I can’t wait to sleep in a little Saturday morning. I’m trying to come up with a way to keep my eyes open all day – any ideas?!

Last Sunday I put together a casserole to reheat later this week and I think tonight is the night. I will share it with you in a few days! But first up – Caprese Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Balsamic Drizzle!

Caprese Salad

I absolutely love this salad! The roasted red peppers make all the difference. You can make them yourself, or you can get assistance by using a jarred kind from the store, which is what I did. Make sure to get roasted red peppers in olive oil with garlic. I just realized I didn’t take a picture of the kind I got! I will try to get one and post soon so you can see.

Caprese Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Balsamic Drizzle


Roma Tomatoes

Mozzarella Cheese Ball

Fresh Basil

Roasted Red Peppers in Olive Oil with Garlic (Or just roast your own!)

Balsamic Reduction

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

To make:

Rinse the tomatoes and basil. Pat basil dry.

Slice tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Layer tomato slice, mozzarella slice, and basil leaf. Add roasted red peppers to plate, around the layered tomato, mozzarella and basil.

Season very lightly with salt and pepper, add a light drizzle of olive oil and then top with a balsamic reduction drizzle.

Go here to see how to make balsamic reduction.


I used fresh basil from my garden! Exciting stuff :)


Make this salad ASAP as it is the prefect summer dish!

I’m off to a full day of work and will be working even harder trying to stay awake all day.

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What’s your favorite summer salad?

Cheddar and Pepper Stuffed Chicken

Happy Monday y’all!

How was your weekend? Mine was fairly action packed – at least the evenings were. I kicked off Friday night by meeting some friends at our favorite bar and enjoying some drinks. Good times were had by all. On Saturday afternoon my girlfriend and I went to see Magic Mike XXL. It was everything we hoped it would be. At one point we actually looked at each other and said, “What is happening?!” because we had no idea what the scene/dialogue was about. But alas, a mere five minutes later the shirts came off and the dancing begin and we were content :P We then met some friends at a BYO Italian restaurant called Sotto and enjoyed dinner over multiple bottles of wine. I just love BYOs! (For those of you non-Philadelphians, in Philly you can “bring your own” bottle (wine/liquor/beer, but typically wine) to certain restaurants and enjoy it with you meal). We capped the night be enjoying the leftover wine on a friend’s roof deck listening to old school R&B and then country. It was a great night! I’m now on wine detox until at least next weekend! :)

For dinner this weekend I made Cheddar and Pepper Stuffed Chicken. This is very very similar to this recipe, which I love so much and which is a staple in our house. Here’s a twist on that recipe with a slightly different cooking method.

cheddar and pepper stuffed chicken

Cheddar and Pepper Stuffed Chicken

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The Secret to the BEST English Muffin Pizzas

Hello all! Happy Thursday! Only one more day till the weekend! I worked from home today so I was able to cook lunch, as opposed to bringing something to be eaten cold or reheated. So what did I decide to make?

English Muffin Pizzas!

english muffin pizza

These were a popular meal when I was a kid and they never quite tasted like “real” pizza to me. Then I grew up and decided to try them again, this time using a new method! I consider the secret to the best english muffin pizzas to be…

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My Favorite Pizza in Philly

Santucci’s! The “original square pizza”!

This pizza is so good! The sauce makes the pizza and it is served on top of the cheese. SO.GOOD.


This is my favorite pizza in Philly and when I moved into my current apartment I was thrilled that I was now in Santucci’s delivery area. YEAH!

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