Simplicity and Caprese.

I wish everything in life were as simple as Caprese.

The garden tomatoes are ripe and bursting with flavor. The basil plants are filling out more and more each day — offering sweet, spicy leaves. Add some fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic, and the loveliest summer dinner is served.

But I am at a crossroads. I’ve reached a point where I need to make some choices about my career path and I find myself wishing the answers were as obvious as vine-ripened tomatoes.

They never are.

Yet, with change always comes excitement and opportunity for expansion and growth. All the flavors that make life interesting, right?

So I’ll breathe deeply and think carefully and feel grateful that I get to carve my own path, grateful to be faced with a chance to rethink where I am and where I’m going. It may not be as simple as picking the ripest tomato or the best basil leaves, but maybe one day when I look back, it will seem as lovely and perfect as a plate of Caprese.

Caprese doesn’t require a recipe, just artfully arrange slices of fresh tomato, mozzarella, and basil on a plate, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. I served mine with slices of Italian bread.

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About Karen Milling

Freelance Photographer and Writer with a passion for vegetarian and vegan cooking. Currently my work can be viewed online at my three blogs: Buried Carrots is devoted to colorful writing and delicious vegetarian and vegan food; Composing Kitchen focuses on my efforts, together with my partner, to follow our passions and design our lives; and Karen Milling Photography features my work as a portrait, headshot, wedding and food photographer.
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