Tomato Mozzarella Skewers

Tomato Mozzarella Skewers are one of my favorite no-cook appetizers. They are quick and easy to pull together and they make an elegant and delicious small plate. No muss, no fuss. They're perfect for a Memorial Day cookout or if you just want to snack on them around the house. 

All you need are a few simple ingredients:
  • fresh organic cherry tomatoes
  • fresh organic basil
  • marinated cherry size mozzarella balls
  • balsamic vinegar
  • skewers (you can find at almost any market)
  • sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper

I picked up these marinated mozzarella balls at Whole Foods but also saw the same ones at several other markets. They are fabulous. They're marinated in Italian herbs and olive oil and you can just drizzle a bit of the oil over the finished skewers for added flavor.

To make the skewers:
  1. Thread the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil onto the skewers alternating as you go.
  2. Arrange the skewers on a plate and drizzle some of the oil from the marinated mozzarella balls over the skewers.
  3. Then drizzle the balsamic vinegar - I highly recommend any of O Olive Oil's Balsamic Vinegars - they are fabulous and healthy.
  4. Last, sprinkle a little sea salt and fresh cracked pepper atop.

Delicious (and addictive)!!!!


"Kale Caesar!" Spaghetti (inspired by Rachael Ray)

"Kale Caesar!" Spaghetti (inspired by Rachael Ray)

I happened upon an episode of Dr. Oz recently where Rachael Ray was guest appearing. She demonstrated her lightened-up version of "You Won't be Single for Long" Vodka Cream Pasta which she dubbed "Now You'll be Living a Lot Longer Spaghetti". Essentially it's a lightened up Caesar dressing tossed with good-for-you kale and whole wheat spaghetti - YUM-O!

Seriously quick-n-easy to make, and seriously good! In my opinion, the anchovies are the key to the well-rounded flavor of this dish, so don't leave them out. You'll end up with a dish that's lacking - one that seems like it's missing something but you just can't put your finger on what it is. It's anchovies! If you've cooked with anchovies before, you know that there's no fishy flavor or odor, and they definitely impart a saltiness that you can't get from salt. If you haven't, I encourage you to try it and let me know what you think.

"Kale Caesar!" Spaghetti
inspired by Rachael Ray

Serves 2 (recipe easily doubled)

8 ounces organic whole-wheat spaghetti (1/2 of a 1 lb. box)
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
3-4 anchovy fillets, drained (I used Bellino Anchovies that I picked up at my local market)
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 - 1 bunch of fresh organic kale, stemmed and chopped
fresh cracked black pepper
1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 organic egg yolk
1/4 cup reserved pasta water
3 ounces freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for garnish
sea salt (optional)

Prepare spaghetti according to package directions, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water before draining.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. When oil is warmed add anchovies and garlic and stir until anchovies melt and garlic is fragrant - about a minute or two.

anchovies and garlic
anchovies are broken down and garlic is fragrant

Next add the Worcestershire and stir, then add the kale and turn to coat. I used half the bunch of kale but later wished I had used the entire bunch.


Add fresh cracked pepper to taste, nutmeg and lemon juice and turn to coat. Let set over low heat while you prepare the rest of the sauce.

Take the reserved pasta water and add it a little at a time to the egg yolk beating it as you go, to temper the yolk without cooking it. Next add the drained spaghetti to the skillet, the pasta water/egg yolk mixture, and the Pecorino Romano cheese. Toss to coat and remove from heat.

toss with kale mixture, pasta water/yolk mixture, and cheese

Taste for seasoning and add sea salt and additional fresh cracked pepper if desired. Top with fresh grated Pecorino Romano before serving.

Pecorino Romano Cheese

Delicious and light!