Caprese salads can be made in many ways. Manipulations of the three key ingredients (tomatoes, mozzarella, basil) will result in different varieties of the salad – all being delicious. Here is my favourite version of the Caprese – it’s not really a leaning tower so much as one that has fallen over. Read the recipe and try your own take on it by changing its geometry or adding your own secret ingredients.
Tomatoes – I prefer the Kumata brand with roughly 4-5 small sized tomatoes
Mozzarella – A large ball of fresh fior di latte or buffalo mozzarella
Basil – Buy it fresh and with full leaves
Olive oil – I like Italian or Greek olive oil that has a slight burning sensation when you taste a teaspoon of it
Salt & Pepper
Wash and dry the tomatoes and basil. If the basil leaves are still on the stem, remove and discard the stems. Tear the leaves into small pieces.
Pour out the brine solution in the mozzarella packaging.
Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella in about equal sized pieces. Cut one more tomato slice than mozzarella. This will make sure that you have two tomato ends to help hold the shape together.
Alternate tomato and mozzarella slices in a row. Use the tomatoes for structural integrity and position the end pieces to steady the whole salad.
Sprinkle the basil leaves on top of the row. For me, it’s the more basil, the better.
Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
We also like to drizzle the salad with a bit of good balsamic vinegar.
For a hot version, I created a twist on a recipe I enjoyed at Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza restaurant in Los Angeles. Roast cherry tomatoes with minced garlic, basil, olive oil and seasonings in the oven at 375 degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes. Slice the mozzarella and place it on top of toasted baguette pieces. Top with the tomatoes and the cheese will melt slightly, making it the best version of bruschetta you will ever have.
The 10 best business management books as of May 2010. This list has them all, in order of best to worst.
The Art of Exceptional Living – Jim Rohn
Not a management book by definition, but probably one of the best tools you will ever come across. This is an audio book that combines recordings of live lectures with other more directed chapters. It is an absolute must-read (or listen) for life and for management.
First, Break All the Rules – Marcus Buckingham
This management book holds the results of an extensive study performed by the Gallup group into why the most effectives managers were just that. The managers studied were often famous for breaking the norms of the business world though the use of new and innovative management strategies.
Winning – Jack Welch
This book describes the successful strategies employed by Jack Welch as he let General Electric to the top. The book has great lessons for both management and for life.
Strengths Finder 2.0 – Gallup Organization
This management books helps readers to identify their core areas of competency. This should be one of the first steps any manger takes. Not only will it help you to recognize your own strengths, but also those of the employees you manage.
One-Minute Manager – Spencer Johnson and Kenneth H. Blanchard
This short and to-the-point book discusses how you can apply the best and most fundamental management strategies to your life right away.
Getting to Yes – Roger Fisher
This Book explains one of the best proven negotiation strategies to date. The book is focused on a strategy know as “principled negotiations” developed by the Harvard Negotiation Project.
Primal Leadership – Daniel Goleman, Richard E. Boyatzis, Annie McKee
Leadership is perhaps the most important aspect of any management strategy and any management book. Primal Leadership give insight into how leading and its results are heavily reliant on our basic human instincts and the makeup of our brains.
Good to Great – Jim Collins
This management book describes how and why some companies make the jump from being mediocre to be extraordinary.
12: The Elements of Great Managing – Rodd Wagner & James Harter
The primary focus of this book is identifying what keeps employees actively engaged in their work. The book is full of evidence and examples of how all elements of management can be utilized.
Getting Things Done
Essential to all managers is the ability to execute. This book is fundamental to all who seek to achieve results, especially in the area of management.
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