About the Recipe
Years ago my daughter and I went to lunch at Nordstrom Café and ordered an appetizer on their menu that was called "deconstructed bruschetta" - and it was a life changer. This is my version of that.
Burrata cheese is basically like a creamier version of mozzarella, so it's very mild and you can do so much with it. I have been using jarred bruschetta lately, but you can also switch that up. Try a pesto or if your grocery store has something interesting, give it a try! My local store used to have a roasted tomato bruschetta where they carried the fancy cheeses, but they don't anymore. I miss it!
I buy just store bought balsamic glaze, but you can make your own. Here is a quick recipe: https://addapinch.com/homemade-balsamic-glaze-recipe/
You can stretch this recipe to feed more - I have yet to make this for a party where people didn't go nuts for it - but it really makes me feel so luxurious when I make it for myself. It only takes minutes and you've got a delicious appetizer or light dinner.
1 ball of buratta cheese
Fresh ground pepper
Put desired amount of bruschetta in a small bowl and toss with a little fresh basil. Put buratta on plate or board. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
Thinly slice desired number of pieces of bread. Put on tray for oven or toaster oven. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and a few grinds of pepper. Toast until browned.
Spread a little buratta with the glaze on a piece of toasted bread. Spoon a little bruschetta on top.
What I'm Reading/Listening to
I can't tell you how much I loved this audiobook. Here is a quick summary:
Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon is part memoir, part investigation, and unlike any creative portrait you’ve ever heard before. Recorded over a series of 30 hours of conversation between Simon, Gladwell, and Gladwell’s oldest friend and co-writer, journalist and Broken Record podcast co-host Bruce Headlam, the conversation flows from Simon’s music, to his childhood in Queens, NY, to his frequent collaborators including Art Garfunkel and the nature of creativity itself. Gladwell and Headlam traveled from the mountains of Hawaii to Simon’s own backyard studio to record an artist they’ve idolized since childhood.
Woven throughout the audiobook is distinctive commentary about Simon’s songwriting alongside archival audio footage and never-before-heard live studio versions and original recordings of beloved hits including “The Boxer", “The Sound of Silence", and “Graceland”. Between conversations, Gladwell deploys his signature blend of historical research and social science in an attempt to understand how a boy from 1940s Queens conjured near-perfect songs over an incredible 65-year career. Along the way, he gathers reflections on Simon’s particular genius from the likes of Sting, Herbie Hancock, Renee Fleming, Jeff Tweedy, Aaron Lindsey, and Roseanne Cash.
The result is an intimate audio biography of one of America’s most popular songwriters. Brimming with music and conversation, Miracle and Wonder is a window into Simon’s legendary career, what it means to be alive as an artist, and how to create work that endures.
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