Caprese from Scratch

What to make with some fresh homemade mozzarella?  A caprese salad, of course!

You know what’s better than going shopping with your girlfriends? Having a Naked Lady Party with your girlfriends. What’s a Naked Lady Party?  Also known as a Clothing Exchange, it’s a party when you get a bunch of your girlfriends together, bring a bottle of wine and a snack, and clothes that no longer fit or that you’re just no longer feeling anymore.  Then, you eat, drink, and rifle through the clothes that your girlfriends brought to see what looks good on you and what will be a great addition to your closet. No boys allowed.  No negative body images allowed. Just friends, clothes, wine, and food. Why spend money when you can just shop in your girlfriends’ closets?  Our thoughts exactly.  That’s why we have these parties every few months.

Fresh, homemade mozzarella cheese

My girl Emma was hosting this particular party at her new downtown apartment, and since she has an incredible love for all things cheese, I decided to make her some fresh mozzarella. Even though I knew she would still love it if I just brought over mozzarella on it’s own, I decided that a quick and easy caprese would be a perfect Naked Lady Party snack!

Fresh, homemade mozzarella cheese!

Making mozzarella is really a lot easier then people think. It only takes about 30-40 minutes and it’s soooo delicious!  And it’s super fun to play with when it’s nice and stretchy!

What to make when you have fresh, homemade mozzarella?  Well a Caprese salad, of course!

Once I had the mozzarella balls shaped and cooled, I sliced up some roma tomatoes and ripped off some pieces of basil, and all it needed was just a little drizzle of a balsamic vinegar.

Caprese Salad with fresh, from scratch mozzarella cheese!

Just a touch, not too much and I had a wonderfully fresh Italian snack!

Miss Emma channeling Joan in this Mad Men-esq new-to-her dress!

Add some super fun ladies, some red wine, and some hot dresses and shoes ready for a new home, and we had ourselves a pretty awesome afternoon.  I’m bringing this delightful little snack to Ms. Angie’s Fiesta Friday too- another awesome party filled with lovely people, food, and drinks!


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