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Jimmy’s Insalata Caprese

Jimmy & Rita

Some of you who live in the tri-state area (Cinti/NKy/Indiana) know that I have a community access cable TV show on Union Township cable here in Cincinnati.  I often have guests on the show, and Jimmy Bonaminio, son of Jim Bonaminio (Jungle Jim’s Grocery King) cooked with me this week on the show.  Jimmy is the creative and marketing director for both the main, Fairfield, Ohio store and the newer store near where I live, in Eastgate. We had the best time cooking up seasonal, fresh dishes, like fresh pasta that purchase from another Ohio company  (Jimmy brought egg and roasted red pepper and we cooked the 2 together in just a couple of minutes). The sauce was simple: tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, onions, basil, S&P. I wanted to share Jimmy’s salad recipe & also show you photos of the other food we made.

Now my tabouleh recipe is elsewhere on this blog. The crackers with quince paste were so easy – quince paste which is tangy yet sweet and Manchego cheese, a Spanish cheese, both available at Jungle’s.

Jimmy also took fresh ricotta and piled it on a plate, drizzled with a bit of extra virgin olive oil , S&P & spread it on toasted baguettes. Simple and delish.

Jimmy’s whole premise was that good food doesn’t have to be complicated. As you can see from these photos, it’s true!

Jimmy's Fresh Pasta

Jimmy’s Fresh Pasta

IMG_0118Crackers with Quince Paste and Manchego Cheese DSCN4725Caprese Salad


Jimmy Bonaminio’s Insalata Caprese/Salad of Capri


You don’t have to be a gourmet cook to produce stunning results. All Jimmy did was lay some leaf lettuce on a platter, and topped it with very thick slices of fresh mozzarella (a key to good Caprese salad) and beefsteak tomatoes. Then he drizzled  on a bit of extra virgin olive oil and added salt, freshly ground pepper, and fresh basil.

IMG_0121Rita’s Tabouleh

Jimmy and Justin, my videographer

Jimmy and Justin, my videographer



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