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Italian appetizer with Prosciutto and buratta

Italian Starter: Prosciutto Ham, Baked Pears & Mozzarella Burrata Appetizer Recipe

Italian cooking starts with deceptively simple ingredients: hams – like the mouthwatering Prosciutto di Parma – that are cured to perfection, cheeses that are crafted with attention to detail, plus ripe fruit and herbs, all picked fresh, of course.

You might not be able to tour Italy (right now), but you can start you meal with this delicious appetizer made of two Italian classics: salty and buttery Prosciutto di Parma ham, and juicy and sweet Burrata alla Panna, a runny cheese that’s taking the US by storm. Add some perfectly ripe pears baked in honey and a sprig of rosemary, and you’ll be instantly transported to an Italian ristorante.


Italian appetizer with Prosciutto and buratta

Start with Italy’s finest ham, the classic Prosciutto di Parma, a ball of Burrata cheese, and some ripe and juicy pears.

Italian appetizer with Prosciutto and buratta

Assemble it: roll up all the ingredients together, so simple!


Italian appetizer with Prosciutto and buratta

The final product: beautiful and delicious!


Prosciutto Ham, Baked Pears and Mozarella Burrata Appetizer Recipe

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Prosciutto Ham, Baked Pears and Mozarella Burrata Appetizer Recipe


  • 3 pears, washed and cut into six lengthwise wedges
  • 3 tbsps. honey
  • 1 tbsp. aged balsamic vinegar
  • 18 slices Prosciutto di Parma
  • 2 mozzarella bur rata balls
  • 4 tbsps. crème fraiche
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh rosemary


  1. Turn the oven to 375 F.
  2. Mix the honey and balsamic vinegar in a bowl, and toss with the pears to coat.
  3. Arrange in a baking sheet, and bake for about 25 minutes, or until tender, turning once. Let cool out of the oven.
  4. Cut the burratta into slices. The slices should be about as wide as the slice of prosciutto.
  5. To assemble, place a slice of prosciutto flat on a board, and brush with crème fraiche. Add salt and pepper. Place a wedge of pear and a slice of burrata, at one end, leaving about ½ inch of prosciutto overlapping. Roll into a tight bundle, then, skewer with a stem of rosemary to hold the shape.

Labor Day Cookout Gourmet Feast!

Bye Bye Summertime! A Sophisticated Gourmet Labor Day Cookout Menu

Labor Day Cookout Gourmet Feast!

A Labor Day Cookout Feast! Left to Right: Bacon Scallops by Kate, Gourmet Chili Dogs by Bev, Succotash by Profiteroles & Ponytails, & Key Lime Pie by Galaxy Desserts.

It’s… inevitable. Summer, with all it’s fun under the sun, is almost over. Labor Day weekend  is almost upon us, and with it, the unofficial close to the summer season. But before we unpack the sweaters and bring out the comforters, there’s still time for a last summer hurrah! Get ready for a Labor Day Cookout! Celebrate a fun-filled, warm and beautiful long weekend with family and friends… and great food, of course!

Labor Day weekend celebrations are all about barbeques and grilling, picnics and cookouts, so we’ve prepared a summery Labor Day Cookout Menu for you, with recipes as fresh as they’re unfussy, as down-to-earth as they’re sophisticated, with the freshest ingredients of the summer season.

  Labor Day Cookout Menu

Grilled Bacon Scallops by Kate
Summer Succotash by Profiteroles & Ponytails
Gourmet Chili Dogs by Bev Cooks
Key Lime Pie by Galaxy Desserts


Grilled Bacon Scallops by

Bacon Scallops for a Labor Day Cookout

Summer on a stick! Photo: Bacon Scallops by Kate of

Start off your meal with an easy, summer-ready appetizer.  Plump sea scallops wrapped with bacon, brushed with olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and grilled to perfection.  Add a squeeze of lemon and you have the most delicious start to a Labor Day cookout. Grilled Bacon Scallops Recipe

Summer Succotash Salad by Profiteroles & Ponytails

Colorful Labor Day Cookout Salad

The most colorful Labor Day yet! Ph: Saccutash by Profiteroles & Ponytails

An outdoor meal is never complete without a fresh, seasonal salad. This Succotash Summer Salad by Profiteroles & Ponytails could just as easily be a meal by itself. Sweet corn, juicy grape tomatoes, plump edamame, avocado, onions and sweet pepper. Drizzle with some lime juice, olive oil and season with salt and pepper, and you’re done! Summer Saccutash Recipe


Gourmet Chili Hot Dogs by

Gourmet Chili Hot Dogs For Labor Day Cookout

(Hot) Dog days of summer! Gourmet Chili Hot Dogs, Ph:

A stylish, sophisticated version of an American classic we all know and love? That’s what we’re talking about! There’s no need to get complicated, to get gourmet. Bev of made these barkin’ hot dogs with grilled Polish Kielbasa, slid those puppies into fresh baguettes, then ladled a generous portion of her amazing sweet and spicy chili and finished off with shredded cheddar, diced onion and cilantro. This recipe inspired our Labor Day Cookout Menu, so run for the recipe, now!  Gourmet Chili Dog Recipe

Key Lime Pie by Galaxy Desserts

Key Lime Pie For Labor Day Cookout Desesrt

A flourishing finish! Key Lime Pie by Galaxy Desserts

Our Labor Day Cookout dessert is the most labor-less of them all! These gourmet key lime tarts are made by Galaxy Desserts in California, featuring an all-butter shortbread crust and a filling made out of real Key limes. Just take out of the freezer and serve. Order here >



smoked salmon apsarragus

Summer Special: Fresh & Filling Smoked Salmon Salads!

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top: Smoked Salmon, Egg & Asparagus Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing by The Everything Soap Blog.
bottom: Smoked Salmon Chopped Salad with Cilantro Caper Vinaigrette by

Hello, fellow foodies! Summer is now in full gear, which means your kitchen is probably filled with a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s time for light fare and cool dishes that’ll help you battle the summer heat, and that means one thing: salads!

The trick to taking a salad from a boring side to a magnificent main dish? Protein. Chicken, beef, or, our favorite for summer, fish. Protein takes longer to digest, as opposed to fiber-rich vegetables that your body digests rather quickly, so adding it to your salad keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time. Just add a nice portion of protein to a salad, and it becomes filling noon or evening meal that won’t leave you sweating in the heat.

This week we bring you two delicious summer salads with our favorite summer protein: smoked salmon. One of the best things about smoked salmon is that there’s no cooking involved (which we’re thankful for, since turning the oven on with 90-degree temperatures is nothing short of culinary torture). Salmon is also one of those super foods, incredibly healthy, filled with Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is an antioxidant that reduces inflammation and can even help prevent cancer growth. Contrary to some popular belief, smoked salmon contains as much Omega 3s as raw salmon (this was supported by a study by Norway’s National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research- for more information on this, click here), so you’re getting all the benefits plus the smoky flavor.

The bottom line? A salad with delicious smoked salmon is both a simple summer meal solution AND a healthful powerhouse: you get delicious flavor, filling protein, healthy antioxidants, lots of veggies (of your choice, but we’ve got some suggestions below), and an all-around fresh, and cool, summer dish.

We picked our favorite two smoked salmon salad recipes to feature on our post today. We hope it helps you keep deliciously cool this summer!

Smoked Salmon Chopped Salad with Cilantro Caper Vinaigrette

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Summer in a bowl! Smoked Salmon Summer Salad by

Our first pick is by (yes, we found the name of this blog hilarious as well). It’s a twist on a chopped salad, which combines the smoke of the smoked salmon with a rainbow of fresh seasonal veggies like refreshing cucumber, plump tomatoes and onions, mixed with flavor-packing ingredients like capers and cilantro.  There’s absolutely no cooking required for this one.


1 large cucumber diced into cubes
2 red round tomatoes diced into cubes
1/4 cup of chopped red onion
1/2 cup cubed smoked salmon
2 tbsp. non-pareil capers
1 tbsp. caper brine
1 tbsp. cilantro
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

For the full recipe, easy-to-follow instructions, and laugh-out-loud cooking posts, click here.

Smoked Salmon, Egg & Asparagus Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing

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Smoked Salmon, Egg and Asparagus Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing by

Our second pick requires a bit more preparation and minimal cooking, but it’s definitely worth it. Adding even more protein to the table, this Smoked Salmon, Egg and Asparagus Salad with Creamy Dill by The Everything Soap Blog is a four-ingredient masterpiece that is guaranteed to fill you up without leaving you lethargic. Asparagus is in season right now, so you’ll find it super fresh and cheap at your local supermarket or farmer’s market. The hard-boiled eggs add extra “meat” to the dish, and the creamy dill dressing marries fabulously with all the ingredients.

 Ingredients – the salad

12 ounces asparagus, trimmed
7 ounces sliced smoked salmon
4 hard boiled eggs, halved
1/3 cup creamy dill dressing

Ingredients – the dressing
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill
Click here to view the full recipe, along with gorgeous pictures.

Products from this post:

Norwegian & Scottish Smoked Salmon Selection
Capers Non-Pareil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Aged Red Wine Vinegar
Fine Sea Salt From Noirmoutier