Marinated Green Olives

I had warm citrus and herb-marinated olives at Pizzeria Delfina the other night that I really liked. I decided to try and recreate at home. I simply placed Castelvetrano olives that had already been cured in lightly salted brine in a small bowl, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, added a few strips of Meyer lemon peel, mustard seeds, fresh bay leaves, garlic cloves and chile de arbol. I gently stirred to combine and stored in the refrigerator in a glass jar. I plan to serve warm or at room temperature, with some good bread to dip into the oil.

Torn Figs and Burrata

GC introduced me to serving figs with burrata. For this dish, simply tear ripe figs in half and arrange on a platter around large pieces of burrata. Sprinkle with crispy rosemary (fresh rosemary that has been sautéed with olive oil over medium heat until crisp and then patted dry with a paper towel), season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with fresh bread and a nice bottle of wine.

Burrata and Heirloom Tomatoes

If you start with good ingredients, dinner often makes itself. Tonight, I simply sliced some beautiful heirloom tomatoes and arranged on a platter around a large ball of burrata, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkled with torn basil leaves, gray sea salt and a little black pepper. I served with freshly baked bread.