Thursday, June 30, 2011

California Caprese Sandwiches & Link Party

Lets be honest. This week kicked my butt. I had a 3 year old with a raging ear infection and a 1 year old with the stomach flu. On top of it all, L (1) decided she was going to boycott naptime and bedtime, and instead scream at the top of her lungs. I apologize for not responding to your wonderful emails and comments. Please keep 'em coming. I promise I'm not intentionally ignoring you. 
The craziness of the week, coupled with the warm weather left me wanting to step away from the oven/stove and make a fresh, no-cook dinner. We had some left-over cooked chicken breast in the fridge so I threw together these simple but delicious Caprese sandwiches with chicken and avocado. Choose the ripest, juiciest tomatoes you can find, and the freshest mozzarella (the kind in water). I drizzled drenched this bad boy in balsamic vinegar after the photos were taken. And it was perfect. For a vegetarian option, leave off the chicken. You won't miss it at all. 

California Caprese Sandwiches
printer friendly recipe 
makes 4 sandwiches

1 French baguette, halved lengthwise
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced/crushed
1 cup shredded chicken breast (optional)
2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
2 fresh mozzarella balls, sliced
1-2 avocados
salt and freshly ground pepper
fresh basil leaves
balsamic vinegar

Preheat broiler. Pull out some of the soft insides of the bread to make more room for your fillings. Place crushed or minced garlic in olive oil in a small bowl. Brush garlic oil onto cut sides of bread. Place under broiler, cut side up, until toasted.
Top bottom piece of bread with chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella, and avocados. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze (I love the balsamic glaze from Williams Sonoma). Top with basil and top half of bread. Slice into sandwiches!



Yummy Mummy

Last week was the best link party Yummy Mummy has seen yet! I was blown away by ALL of the 24 amazing links. If you haven't gotten a chance to check them out, click here and go through these recipes. I promise you will be inspired.
There were a few that I just had to share with you.

Slim Paley's Lavender Pudding. Everything Slim touches is so lovely and elegant. 

I could eat this Sushi in a Bowl by ValSoCal every day. 





This Chocolate Ice Cream Cake Hanna made for her hubby's birthday needs no words. Go check out one of my new favorite blogs, Bouffe e Bambini.

What are y'all thinking about these weekly linky parties? I really appreciate your input so please be honest. Do you think they are awesome, inspiring, annoying, crowding your inbox? Tell me, People, so I know if this should end with June, or continue on through the Summer, etc.

Here's this week's linky roundup! Link up anything creative. Doesn't have to be a recipe. Please come click through all the entries and let the fabulous bloggers know you appreciate their inspiring posts. It would be lovely of you to add the Yummy Friday button to your blog or post, but it's not necessary. It's a party, after all!






30 comments:

  1. That caprese sandwich looks delicious...minus the chicken...I don't do meat :)

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  2. You are just brillz!! I am pinning your sandwich!

    XO Lindsay

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  3. I love your linky parties! I wish I had something creative to share...And I really wish I had a piece of that chocolate ice cream cake.

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  4. I love the linky-party. I've made at least one of those recipe every week, and added a bunch on the to do list of mine!

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  5. Love the sandwich! And I hope that your kids are feeling better.

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  6. That Caprese sandwich look to die for. Perfect for a picnic at the beach!

    ciao from Newport Beach

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  7. Wow! Seriously Marina! That sandwich is calling my name! That looks amazingly good! I hope your little ones start feeling better soon :) Poor things I hate when your kids are sick! Lovin these Linky Parties, they are giving me so many great ideas for dinner and well lets be honest Dessert!

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  8. Glad I stumbled upon your blog, It looks awesome and I'm excited to be following. As for the linkys, I love them. I say lets hear some linky love.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Keep up the linky party! I am so inspired by everyone who has stopped by YM. Hope B & L are feeling better and hope you are recovering from being the 24-hour doctor.

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  10. I don't know how mums do it, I don't think I would have the patience!
    Oh this is something I can manage and it's warm here today so thank you, I'll pick up the ingredients this morning.

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  11. I could eat a sandwich every night for dinner, easily. I heart everything that is on your beautiful sandwich. My mouth is watering. I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

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  12. I linked up the Chilled Cantaloupe soup for today. You always have such wonderful looking recipes and pictures. Just so yummy looking.

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  13. There is nothing like a good sandwich! I love everything you put in yours! Hope you're able to enjoy the holiday weekend!

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  14. Thank you so much for featuring me:) I linked up my patriotic pretzels this time:)love your blog!!!

    xoxox Hanna

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  15. I love the linky party...keep it coming! :) And thanks for hosting!

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  16. Just found your site via Dulce Dough. I'm linking up to your party! Thank you for hosting ... I like your linky party. :-)

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  17. I LOVE your linky parties! I've discovered wonderful new blogs and gotten new readers to mine, and so many great recipes as well. Please, please keep 'em coming. I'm just sorry I have nothing to share this week, as it was a long, hot, sweaty, eat cereal for dinner kind of week around here :).
    Happy 4th!

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  18. I love this sandwich! So refreshing and satisfying. My favorite part of this post is the photo of the sandwiches with the single basil leaf in between. So artistic. I want your camera!
    http://homesandbabies.blogspot.com

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  19. Yum! That caprese sandwich looks fabulous, filled with all kinds of delicious goodies. I wish I had thought ahead to make THAT for dinner this evening. Very nice!

    I'm so happy to be joining your wonderful Friday Linky party for the first time today. Thank you for hosting us! Happy looong weekend, too. xo

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  20. so many goodies and beauties! loving it!

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  21. Sorry it was such a tough week, Marina! Hope the weekend proves to be a lot better! This sandwich is MY kind of sandwich! I think I will have to make one ASAP! I enjoy your linky party:) Happy 4th of July!

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  22. That sandwich looks AMAZING Marina! Yummy : )

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  23. I know you're worn out from children who don't feel good. Love the sandwich above. I'm harvesting basal and that might work. Love everyone's ideas. Debi

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  24. I hope your kids are recovered. Sounds like a REALLY hard week.
    I'm sharing two recipes - one for Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp and the other for a Swiss Chard Gratin that should balance out all the sweetness of the crisp! :)

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  25. I really wanna make that sandwich now!! Looks so yummy :)
    Visiting from Amanda's party!

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  26. This looks delish - you had me at the avocados! What a beautiful family - will be back to visit more often, thanks for sharing! xoxo michele

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  27. It's a 100 degree outside today, so I was wishing, of course, that I was somewhere cooler...like Cuyucos, which made me think of Brown Butter Cookies, which made me think that I'd check online to see if anyone had posted a good facsimile of their recipe...and I found you. What a wonderful site you have. I'll be back!

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  28. Beautiful caprese sandwich. Perfect for a hot day.

    Hope your week is better.

    Happy 4th of July to you.

    Velva

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  29. That sandwich - without the chicken - is one of my very favorite sandwiches ever! Your look so pretty :)

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  30. That chicken sandwich looks fantastic! I'll make it as a salad for my gluten free toddler, who absolutely adores avocado!

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