Safe to say it’s summer yet? When shopping at the Kerrytown Farmer’s Market last week, I can finally believe it. Produce stands are in full swing, with berries, squash, mushrooms, greens and tomatoes begging to be put to good use.
Yesterday I purchased a 7-ounce ball of Italian-imported buffalo mozzarella from Trader Joe’s. The classic pairing of tomatoes — hot from a local vine — paired with creamy mozzarella is just what I’m craving. Of course you could keep the dish entirely local by pairing the tomatoes and bread with mozzarella freshly made from Zingerman’s or The Boulevard Market in Tecumseh. Both sell there wares at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in Kerrytown, and Produce Station carries local cheeses as well. Usually these are my choices for pairing with tomatoes.
Last fall I spent a couple of weeks visiting a friend in Lucca, Italy, and was spoiled with the buffalo mozzarella readily available on every street corner. It’s creamy and has a unique, piquant tang that buffalo milk provides; what I’d purchased from TJ’s was quite good.
Here’s another recipe for a classic tomato-mozzarella (Caprese) platter with pesto oil.
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