Sunday, July 31, 2011

Grilled Caprese Bruschetta & My Week on Mt. Desert Island

This past week, my family and I stayed in a cabin in Mount Desert Island in Maine. I came to this part of Maine last summer and fell deeply in love with the area. Everything I could ever want is located on this quaint New England Island.

The Island is home to Acadia National Park, where you can hike, bike, kayak, and explore. Another favorite spot of mine is the downtown area of Bar Harbor, which has amazing restaurants, bakeries, and shops, right along the edge of the Atlantic.

We all know I love Maine and this is probably my favorite place in New England. The views are breathtaking! And it truly is a place you could run away too, even if only for a week!

With my Dad and Brother in Acadia National Park

View of the Sand Beach

Hiking with my hubby

Cori and I at Monument Cove

Another View of Monument Cove

Sunset at Cadillac Mountain

A rainy night calls for a Steak, Lobster, and Mussels dinner inside the cabin. My brother is definitely excited about it!

While on vacation, we ate very well at the local restaurants and over the campfire. One night, my brother's girlfriend, Cori and I,had a craving for bruschetta. I've made bruschetta many times before in the summer, but this time Cori had the wonderful idea of adding fresh mozzarella. Cori spent a semester in Italy (sooo jealous!) so she knows how to eat Italian, and her addition made this fabulous!

Grilled Caprese Bruschetta
recipe by Sabrina W. and Cori W.
serves 5 very hungry campers
6 to 8 ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded, and diced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup fresh basil. chopped
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or balsamic vinaigrette
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste
8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 baguette, sliced on an angle about 1 1/2 inches thick
1/4 cup olive oil

Toss diced tomatoes next 7 ingredients and set aside.

Brush bread slices with olive oil and grill on a gas grill or over your campfire. Watch carefully as they will toast up fast. Turn once to toast the other side and then assemble with a slice of mozzarella cheese and a tablespoon of bruschetta mix. Or assemble ingredients on a platter and let guests make their own. Use leftover bruschetta mix over pasta or on a salad.

While browsing through the many shops in Bar Harbor, I came across a cookbook I just had to have. It's kind of a tradition for me to pick up a local cookbook when I travel. This trip I picked up Dishing Up Maine by Brooke Dojny. This book not only had 165 wonderful recipes, but also has many beautiful pictures of the "Down East" area. Brooke offers traditional favorites with a contemporary flair. What I love most about the food culture in Maine is that is relies heavily on fresh local, and organic foods from seafood to vegetables. 

This week I will be cooking and posting some of Brooke's recipes from her book, just as I did after my trip to South Carolina. I am super excited to explore her book and learn more about the dishes and traditions of Maine.


Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

Apparently it's on everyone's mind this week. I'm planning to make the baguettes tomorrow, so that we can have some bruschetta too! Yours are just lovely.

Val said...

Looks like you had an amazing vacation!! There is nothing, I love more than Bruschetta.

Happy When Not Hungry said...

Beautiful photos!!! My family is looking to vacation to Maine next summer. We've never been, so I'll have to suggest Mount Desert Island!

marina @ yummy mummy said...

Oh I've always wanted to visit Maine! I can't wait until I get the chance to visit such a beautiful state. Oh, and your brushchetta looks great too!

The Hall Family said...

Welcome back! : )

Lindselicious said...

This looks so good- I want several pieces! Love your photos Sabrina, looks like a fun time. =)

Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

This looks beautiful as do your photos! I could eat my weight in that bread!!

Carolyn said...

My sister in law actually lives up in Bar Harbor so I've spent a good amount of time up there. So beautiful! Great twist on bruschetta too.

Tina said...

Mt Desert Island looks like a great place to get back to nature! Glad you had so much fun.
Your bruschetta looks tasty, that is one appetizer I never pass up.

Sue/the view from great island said...

I'm lucky enough to live right over the bridge from Maine, but I've never gotten that far up the state. The bruschetta looks amazing, and I bet being on vacation made it taste all the better.

Parsley Sage said...

Looks like a great trip! That sunset is stunning :) So is that spectacular bruschetta! Yum

Erin said...

What a great trip! I was at Acadia National Park a couple years ago, and it was so much fun!

Veronica Gantley said...

Those pictures of the Bruschetta is making me hungry. I like to get cookbooks from the places I vacation. It is nice to go home and try to recreate the feelings.

Muriel Miller said...

Looks like such a fun trip Sabrina! This bruschetta looks absolutely delicious!

RavieNomNoms said...

Looks like you had a great time! Love the pictures...the bruschetta looks great! I am such a sucker for a good piece of bread with tomato on it :-)

Cori Anne said...

I've been on a mozzarella kick again! Love the pics =)
Cori <3


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