N. Renee Brown

Part-time Author, Full-time Book Junkie

A Little Taste: Oscar Dinner

So, last Sunday it was Oscar time. Now normally my family doesn’t go in for the the whole “awards show” thing. This year though I’d made such an effort to see some of the nominated films, that is seemed a waste not to watch them.
In order to make it the event I thought it should be I made dinner.

Anyway, I thought I would share part of our menu.

Balsamic Tomato Mozzarella Salad-
2 handfuls of Mixed Spring Salad Mix
3 tomatoes (chopped into large-ish chunks)
1 cup of chopped marinated braided mozzarella (we pick it up at Trader Joes, it’s got a heat to it)
1/2 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
A dash of fresh pepper and garlic powder
Mix everything but the salad mix together in a bowl. Place the salad mix in the bottom of a bowl and place the tomato/mozzarella mix over the top of it.

OMG Baked Brie!
1 round of Brie (I love Wegman’s “buttery” style, it comes in triangles but, eh, is it really that important if it is a cheese round or a cheese log!)
1 pastry puff square, defrosted
1 container of Wegman’s apple/caramel/walnut spread
(alternately mix: dried apple slices, walnut halves, dried cranberries, and melted caramels together in a bowl)
Spread roughly 1/3rd the caramel mix in the center of the pastry puff, place the cheese on top of the mix. Spread the rest of the caramel mix on the top and sides of the cheese. Pull the puff up over the cheese/caramel and seal it by pinching it closed. Bake for 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
Ingredients on display...


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