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Treats for the Tastebuds!!!!!

There is a wonderful deli in Salt Lake that I love to visit. I walk around the store acting like I know what all of the things are, but really I am not sure what to do with most of them. Just going there, makes me feel very cosmopolitan.  It has so many wonderful things to try.  I had a few minutes to kill the other day, so I made a quick stop.  I tried all of their samples that day and came away with most of them.  That night I had a tasting party and they were so good.  I thought I would share these with you so that everyone can have these delectable taste bud treats.  The deli is http://www.caputosdeli.com/.

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The first treat was this amazing goat cheese.  I do not like goat cheese and have had some that tasted like dirty gym socks to me. I don’t think I would have even tried it if I had known it was goat cheese.  But this stuff was amazing.  Very creamy and mild.  The took these great little crackers and spread the acai honey on them and then put a chunk of the goat cheese on top.  Let me tell you this was so good.  This is so good to have on hand in case you need to pull out a snack in a hurry that will really impress people.  But given the fact that we rarely have company that I need to impress, I just want it on hand for me to have when I need a snack in a hurry.  The crackers are very light and a little sweet and go so good with the honey and goat cheese.

The next treat was these little chocolates.  They were at the checkout and the young man helping me, said that I just had to try them. Well that was a mistake because now I have dreams about them.  This chocolate is so rich and creamy.  You don’t chew them, they just kin.d of melt in your mouth. My favorite was the salted ones (yes I got more than one kind).  I am a sucker for anything sweet and salty.  These I will definitely be going back for again.

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Panzanella Salad

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I love anything that has tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar in it.  There is an Italian Restaurant that does guest days at the cafeteria at the University of Utah.  I love to get their panzanella salad.  If you have never had this before, it is such a wonderful combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, balsamic vinegar and crunchy french bread.  So good and makes a nice summer dinner.  You can add some feta or mozzarella cheese to give it another twist.  This is a great way to use up the tomatoes and basil from your summer gardens.  The traditional way is to let it set for awhile so the bread can soak up the dressing, but I like the bread crunchy, so I add the bread just before serving.

 

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Tomato and Bread Salad ( Panzanella)

½ pound day of crusty bread, cut into 1 inch cubes (about 6 cups)

2 cloves garlic, mashed with 1 TB of coarse salt

2 large tomatoes (about 1 pound) cut into large pieces  (can also use cherry tomatoes)

½ cup sliced cucumbers

½ cup sliced red onions

½ cup olive oil

2-3 TB balsamic vinegar

10 fresh basil leaves shredded

 

I toast my bread chunks in a 400 degree oven until lightly toasted and crunchy.  Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the bread cubes prior to serving and toss to mix.

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Recipes

 

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