Warm Caprese Salad

I had a counter full of tomatoes, all looking rather ugly. They were cracked and spotted and unripe in spots.

Some of them had hard white spots under the skin but I didn’t know that until I peeled them.

Some of them were sadly lacking in flavor; others were fantastic.

I decided to peel the lot and decide what to do with them when I figured out what I actually had.

I now have bags of yellow tomatoes, orange tomatoes and red tomatoes in the freezer.

I saved the prettiest and the nicest for this…. Yes, I know, it doesn’t come close to a proper caprese. salad.

We were happy – and I would bet that some frugal Italian has done the same thing.

I used 1 white, 1 green, 1 yellow and 1 red tomato.

And I used oregano as my basil was done for the year.

Warm Caprese Salad

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1 ball mozzarella de Bufala, 4oz (120gr) net weight
  • 2 – 3 garden ripe tomatoes, any color
  • 1 large handful fresh oregano
  • 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs salad olive oil

Warm Caprese Salad


  • Peel tomatoes and cut into large chunks.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium skillet
  • Add tomatoes and sauté just until hot.
  • Remove from heat and add Balsamic vinegar.
  • Slice the mozzarella into 6 slices and arrange on 2 plates.
  • Spoon tomatoes with juices over mozzarella, sprinkle with oregano leaves and serve.

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Actually, this was probably my favorite tomato dish of the year.

I think I might have mentioned that we’ve been invaded by Asian Lady Bugs – or something like that.

Whatever they are they look like the beneficial lady bugs but they’re annoying and, as far as I can tell, have no redeeming qualities.

They live in / on the windows where the afternoon sun shines. So, just when it warms up enough outside that I would like to open the windows I can’t because I get a shower of lady bugs on my head.

I brush them off, then they get stepped on and I have to clean the floors.

I’m not talking about a few here… I’m talking many dozens.

A little research said that they don’t like the scent of bay leaves. Since I have a huge laurel tree next to the house I went out and grabbed a couple of branches and stuck them in the shutters.

It actually worked.

Plus I now have a nice batch of dried bay leaves for winter!

I have 2 new colors of morning glories.

These blue flowers are huge! I have no idea why they are blooming at the end of October.

Right next to the big blue ones are these small lavender flowers.

Maybe that’s why I keep gardening – it’s always surprising.

Last update on October 25, 2017

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