I have always envied those people who are able to assemble beautiful works of food-stuffs, beautiful to both the palate and the eyes. Sometimes you have something at a restaurant, too and you're mystified as to how they were able to make something taste that good.
Well, it really has a great deal to do with the actual item, too! Got some beautiful heirloom tomatoes and tantalizing basil at the Alemany Farmer's Market this past Saturday. I sliced up two of these little lovelies and that fragrant basil and some buttery, fresh mozzarella and layered these simple components. Add a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, french sea salt and voila! Feast your eyes (and tastebuds) on this dish. Sweet and savory, with a little spice from the basil and a touch of creaminess from the cheese, this dish made for a beautiful Monday night meal.