Caprese salad is the world's best use of tomatoes and possibly the world's best salad. This classic summer dish from the Island of Capri off the west coast of Italy is the essence of August on a plate.
Hurricane Irene is coming, and many of us on the east coast may find ourselves without power and tired of eating crackers, chips and other no-cook items. With a couple fresh ingredients you can create a great fresh pesto salad, electricity be damned.
In my four undergraduate years of college, I have had eleven different and wonderful roommates, I have frequented three dining hall cafeterias, and I have cooked in two different small college kitchens.
After some rattling of bowls and a few choice curses, my sister emerged from the kitchen area carrying a large glass bowl of pesto pasta to the table. I took my first bite before she did. My taste buds immediately shut down. My throat burned.