One of my absolute favorite summer treats is Caprese Salad. I make my version with fresh-picked tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, a swirl of good olive oil, and salt and pepper. Delicious!
From my garden!
Now, if I could just find some mozzarella di bufala - a fresh mozzarella made from the milk of a water buffalo. This excerpt from Murray's defines the sublime mozzarella di bufala:
Carefully crafted from the milk of water buffalo-- the richest milk in the cheesemaking arsenal, with more than twice as much butterfat as cow’s milk-- buffalo mozzarella is a gorgeous contradiction: at once feather-light and unmistakably rich, delicate and assertively full flavored, slightly sour, lightly gamy, buttery, grassy and tangy all at once.
Unfortunately, the $11.99 price tag (before shipping!) deters me from buying this. Maybe someday...