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An Easy Peasy Cooking Column by a Fun Loving Foodie
Carl Minding loves to cook and loves to create photo tutorials in his super cool home kitchen. His instructions are clear and easy to follow for a novice while more experienced home chefs can take the recipe up a notch by customizing it with their own personal twist!
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Welcome to my Flirty Guide food column. My name is Carl Mindling and I am enthusiastic about food. And I love every facet of food from recipe writing to cookbooks to shopping to prep to photography and watching my dishes come to life. When I entertain it is always about food first. I also love to dine out and often bring my favorite restaurant foods home for a makeover. And speaking of feeding, I crave feedback so be sure to send me your comments. I am always intrigued by culinary adventures and love to share them with like minded fantastic foodies.

Unless otherwise noted, all Cooking with Carl photos are by Carl Mindling.

Taco
Mashed Potato Tacos

Bars
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Pasta Salad
Pasta Salad

Peach & Mozzarella Salad
Grilled Peach &
Mozzarella Salad


Easy Antipasto

Asparagus
Asparagus with
Vinaigrette

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Grilled Peach & Mozzarella Salad

This salad has only four ingredients and it couldn't be simpler. There are so many variations of this recipe it's not possible to define who thought of it first. This is my version tweeked from the one my friend Bri B. uses. The only cooking step is to grill the peaches and let them cool down before joining the other three ingredients. It's one of those salads where simply combining a few unlikely ingredients produces a fantastic flavor result.

WHAT YOU NEED:

Fresh Peaches (4 medium)
Arugala and or Baby Spinach leaves (I used a blend)
Fresh Mozzarella Perlini (pearl size)
Good aged Balsamic Vinegar

WHERE TO START:
I used Donut Peaches because they were the best I could find at the store. You can use yellow, white, cling or free variety and there is no need to even remove the pits. In this photo my donut peach on the right (named after the famous pastry it resembles) is lower profile than it's traditional counterpart on the left.

How do you grill a peach? It just couldn't be easier.


Just split them in half, keep the pits and brush lightly with some vegetable oil.


On a hot grill they should only take about two minutes per side.


Done!

HOW TO FINISH:

Remove the pits and cut the cooled down peaches into bite size chunks.

Arrange on a platter on top of the greens.

Top with Perlini Mozzarella balls.

Drizzle with a good aged Balsmic Vinegar. Although any variety will do but the older ones are more syrup like a reduction which really intensifies the flavor. My favorite is a twelve year old Aceto Balsamico Tradizional de Modena.


Ready to serve with tongs so each plate has some of the four flavors.


For presentation I feel a platter works better than a bowl.



Okay now I am making MYSELF hungry. Just go out and get yourself some fresh mozzarella because the possibilities are endless. It will add no heat to your kitchen but fire up everyone's taste buds. And feel free to substitute my other favorite summer fruit, nectarines, in this salad. Your family and friends will be pleasantly surprised.


MORE ABOUT FRESH MOZZARELLA:

For it's super mild flavor and inviting texture it has becomes my go-to cheese in the kitchen especially in the hot months of summer. Here are some examples of the most common shapes and varieties available in grocery stores.


Most fresh mozzarella is packed in a lightly salted water.


So make sure to drain it well like this Perlini.


A popular variety is called Bocconini resembling a kiwi fruit in size and shape.


Medallions make for an instant stacking with tomato and basil Caprese Salad


Ciliegine are grape size and my favorite for appetizer dishes.


Marinated in olive oil and herbs makes Ciliegine crazy good.


Fresh Mozzarella even comes smoked and it is sinfully tasty.


Less common but really delicious Burrata is a mozzarella and cream cheese.


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