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Caprese salad by EILEEN GOLDFINGER in her Ocean Grove kitchen. ©



By Eileen Goldfinger, food editor @Blogfinger.net and Paul Goldfinger (right hand man)


We had family over for a chicken dinner last night, but the stars of the show were the Jersey tomatoes done up by Eileen who prepared her Caprese (Capri style) salad  with slices of tomato alternating with sliced  fresh mozzarella;  See the actual recipe below.

The chicken thighs and wings. (thicken chis)  were prepared with a dry rub and then finished with Wegmans’ Organic Sweet Chili sauce.

In addition we served fresh yellow Jersey corn from Wegmans.  (4 for $2.00)

The crop of Jersey tomatoes is at its prime, now,  and you can get them all over.  They have ripened quickly due to the heat wave; $2.49 per pound and they are wonderful.  We have purchased them at Matts in Belmar, Asbury Sunset market on Saturdays, and Wegmans Ocean.

Delicious Orchards will ship them for you.

Remember to look for the fruits where the red reaches the stem and don’t buy if they are too mushy to the touch.

They should have a slight give when gently squeezed, and that is a fine life lesson.


Here is Eileen’s Caprese salad recipe:


NJ beefsteak tomatoes

Handmade mozzarella*

Fresh basil

Fig flavored balsamic vinegar

Tuscan extra virgin olive oil


Assembling the salad:

Cut four quarter inch slices of beefsteak tomato

Place the slices on a plate and sprinkle with salt

Place a slice of mozzarella on top of each tomato slice and place one or two large basil leaves on each slice of cheese.

Drizzle a small amount of balsamic vinegar over each stack and then drizzle a small amount of extra virgin olive oil over each stack.

Repeat the above steps creating four stacks of 2-layers each.

Use smaller basil leaves as garnish on the plate.

Serves two.


*The wonderful homemade mozzarella came from Antonio’s Gourmet at 2201 Sunset Avenue, Wanamassa, in the same strip as the liquor store.


Fill the night with song…    Music, family and good food—-a fine recipe for a family gathering.


Here is FRANK SINATRA regarding a tomato he found in Italy:

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