Nothing Like a Simple Summer Meal

Dinner tonight was one of the best there is: simple, fresh and delicious.  Fresh, local buffalo burgers on the grill, grilled corn on the cob, and the I’m-not-exaggerating-when-I-say-I-could-eat-this-every-day-of-my-life caprese salad.

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There’s nothing like fresh tomatoes, and soft, salty mozzerella, topped with salt and pepper, a little balsamic vinegar and my new favorite thing, basil infused oil.

I know this is an unpopular statement, but, I’m not really a huge fan of big, fresh basil leaves.  I know, I know, heresy!  It’s not that I don’t love basil, it’s just that I don’t like biting into a whole leaf…  So, this infused oil gives you the yumminess of fresh basil, without the big basil leaf!

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See the green drizzle on there?  That’s the basil oil.  Good stuff.  Really good stuff.  Like I would eat it with a spoon if I didn’t know better good.

It’s really easy to make, too.  Two ingredients: a couple of small handfuls of fresh basil and a half cup of olive oil.  Give it a whirl in the food processor (or blender), warm to a simmer on the stove for 5 minutes, strain and refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.  Recipe from How Sweet It Is, fair warning, you may get stuck on that site for a while.  I don’t think there are too many recipes (and pictures!) that don’t look amazing!

And then there’s the corn on the cob.  With the heat wave around here, I hate to turn on my stove or oven if I don’t have to, so the corn gets a few minutes soaking in the sink, then popped on the grill for about 15-20 minutes.  Easy peasy!

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No pics of the buffalo burgers, ’cause the pictures didn’t look very appetizing, but trust me, they were great!  We don’t really eat a whole lot of beef anymore, if we make burgers, they’re almost always buffalo meat.  Leaner, more flavorful, I highly recommend it if you’ve never tried it!

Any favorite easy summer recipes to share?

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