A Winning Pick

Thanks to everyone who voted for us on Babble and for all the wonderful location suggestions. This morning Miss A did the honors of picking our winner. Mr. N offered his assistance, but she was adamant that he stay far back because she was doing this one!

After giving the bowl a good shake, she drew our winner.

Miss A did let Mr. N read the name and destination since she can’t read. 😉

Chocolate ice cream stains on ice cream jammies.

Congratulations A_Boleyn! We’re looking forward to making some recipes from Japan – especially sushi.

Thanks again to everyone, and for those of you that voted for Italy – no worries. We’ll be going there soon. I can’t hold out much longer. When we started this adventure I said I wouldn’t pick Italy right away because that’s what most of our dinners used to revolve around; but I think I’ve waited long enough.

Until then, here’s a quick little recipe for Caprese Bites that Mr. N helped me out with the other day. The recipe is adapted from the Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook. We started by slicing the tops off of some cherry tomatoes and carefully scooping out the insides.

We then turned them upside down to drain while we placed whipping cream, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and garlic in a blender.

Next we added the stuffing to a resealable bag, snipped off a corner and used it to fill the cherry tomatoes.

Lastly, we drizzled the tomatoes with olive oil and of course balsamic vinegar.

Dad and I both enjoyed these as a side dish to our meal. We both agreed that they were better with the balsamic than the olive oil. Miss A ate these up, but that was a given. Mr. N wasn’t a big fan, but he’s picky when it comes to tomatoes. All in all, not a bad little side dish – and they’re just so darn cute. I’m sure I could come up with a more delicious (read: unhealthy) way to make these, but for a diet snack, these are pretty tasty.

Print this recipe: Caprese Bites

38 thoughts on “A Winning Pick

    • Kristy says:

      Thanks! We enjoyed it too. 🙂 Caprese is such a great combo of flavors and it’s fun to have it in a variety of ways. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Have a great night.


  1. kitchenbelleicious says:

    No No No! I am like a little kid kicking her feet on the floor so no that is not fair! LOL! Kidding but seriously congrats to the winner because the giveaway was so cute!

    Love these little bites. fun and delicious


  2. Kay aka Babygirl says:

    Awww man I’m so late with the contest, real life definitely kicked my butt this weekend, but I’m happy the contest was successful. And I can’t wait to read some Japanese recipes. And did I say these Caprese Bites look absolutely wonderful? Well they do even though I can’t eat them but I think I could try this recipe and twist it a little.


    • ChefMom says:

      No worries Kay. Real life kicks my butt on a regular basis. LOL. 😉 Check out Katherine of the Austin Gastronomist’s comment…might be a good option for you. 🙂


  3. Charles says:

    Lovely recipe – I’m not sure if I’d have the patience to hollow out a whole load of cherry tomatoes – they’d probably find their way into my mouth way before I’d finished, although if I was cooking a special meal for someone I could be persuaded to behave!

    Congratulations to A_Boleyn! If I had to make some suggestions for the Japanese food, I’d definitely recommend the following:
    – Sukiyaki
    – Okonomiyaki (I posted a recipe for my version of this in April I think – it’s really good with shrimps)
    – Tempura
    – Some form of Udon noodle soup!


    • ChefMom says:

      Thanks Charles! We actually would have had more but many of these found their way to mine and Miss A’s mouth. 😉 Thank you for all of the suggestions. I’m thinking we may spend a good solid two weeks on Japan. So many options!


  4. A_Boleyn says:

    I was thrilled to hear the news! I hope you win the Babble contest. 🙂

    Thank you so much for the chance to participate in the giveaway and share my love of Japanese food with everyone. I look forward to the meal you come up with.


    • ChefMom says:

      Thanks again for the vote and all of your wonderful recipes! We’re going to have so many options for Japan. Miss A is especially looking forward to the miso soup. That’s one of her favorites. 🙂


      • A_Boleyn says:

        I’m making some miso soup tomorrow with baby bok choy as the thing that sinks. I haven’t decided whether to add beaten egg to the soup and make it an egg flower soup or crab chunks. Definitely will sprinkle crunchy chow mein noodles over the top though … chinese/japanese fushion. 🙂


  5. Kathryn says:

    I have a similar recipe for an appetizer, except you use strawberries, whipped cream and basil, then drizzle with balsamic. Yum!! I love that the kids are getting to help choose your next culinary adventure, too.


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