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Burrata with Heirloom Tomato Raspberry Basil and Mint Salad, A Guest Post by Patty’s Food

by Spicie Foodie on July 18, 2012

Today I have another special guest joining the blogoversary celebrations, my sweet friend Patty of Patty’s Food. I’ve always loved everything Patty shares on her blog. But the thing that keeps me going back is her down to earth approach. Every visit leaves me inspired to cook or bake along, and badly wishing I could do an internship for her. I am so happy to have Patty joining my third blogoversary celebrations. Take it away Patty.

Burrata with Heirloom Tomato Raspberry Basil and Mint Salad, Patty's Food, Spicie Foodie

When I think of the 3rd blogoversary of Spice Foodie, I think about Nancy-the creative force behind one of my favorite blogs. I think about the beautiful colors, staging and lighting in her photography as well as the ease of her writing style which always feels so natural on these pages. I also feel hungry because her recipes and pictures have a tendency to do that to me. When Nancy asked me to help her celebrate by creating a guest post I thought, of course that would be fun and I would be honored to contribute to the birthday festivities! I also looked back a few years to the time when I first met Nancy of Spicie Foodie. I don’t know if she remembers that  but I received my very first blogging award here and I remember thinking, Wow, that’s such an honor, now what do I do with it? Well, I finally figured out what to do with it- pass it on and make other deserving bloggers feel good about the work they’re doing, just like Nancy does continues to do with her monthly YBR feature. I see a theme here, kindness, friendship, always the most delicious food and I will venture to say spiced to perfection at every meal!

I’ve thought many times that I hope to meet Nancy in person and that wouldn’t it be wonderful to share a meal together someday. I’ve been inspired many times by Spice Foodie and once again I found inspiration to create an appetizer that I could share with friends in my home. I created a simple dish that starts with Burrata- a fresh Italian cheese made with mozzarella and cream, which is quickly appearing on menus everywhere around here in Northern California where I live. I’ve served it up with a few farmers market finds, heirloom tomatoes and raspberries, as well as a handful of fresh herbs from my garden. I whisked homemade raspberry vinegar into a fruity extra virgin olive oil and generously spooned this colorful mixture over the Burrata with the herbed heirloom tomato raspberry salad- it was the perfect finishing touch. Next time I promise to provide crackers or baguette slices for the Burrata- along with a glass of wine!

A bottle of homemade raspberry mint vinegar is my virtual hostess gift for your blogoversary Nancy, I hope you enjoy the recipe and when you visit California- to meet all your friends, of course- I will happily give you your own real bottle of homemade vinegar.

Burrata with Heirloom Tomato Raspberry Basil and Mint Salad, Patty's Food, Spicie Foodie

Burrata with Heirloom Tomato Raspberry Basil and Mint Salad

Ingredients and Directions

Burrata cheese, large enough to share
1 large or 2 small heirloom tomatoes, cut in small chunks
1 cup raspberries
¼ cup small torn pieces basil and mint
Basil and Mint sprigs

For The Dressing
3 tablespoons fruity extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons raspberry mint vinegar (recipe to follow)
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place the tomatoes, raspberries and torn pieces of herbs in a medium bowl, gently tossing to mix. Make the dressing by placing the olive oil in a small bowl and whisking in the raspberry vinegar, season with salt and pepper. Place the Burrata cheese on a plate and cut in half. Spoon the tomato salad around the Burrata cheese and drizzle with the dressing before serving. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve slices of Burrata with salad on crackers or slices of baguette.

Burrata with Heirloom Tomato Raspberry Basil and Mint Salad, Patty's Food, Spicie Foodie

Raspberry Mint Vinegar

Ingredients and Directions

2 cups white balsamic vinegar, I used Trader Joe’s brand
1&1/2 cups raspberries, crushed
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, rinsed, dried and torn in small pieces

In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm the vinegar until hot but not simmering, do not boil. Remove the vinegar from the heat. Place the raspberries and mint in a large bowl, pour in the warm vinegar and stir to combine. Set aside to cool. When cool place the vinegar mixture in a container that seals with a lid. Refrigerate for at least 2 weeks, can go longer- up to 4 weeks for a stronger flavor. I found 2 weeks to be strong enough.
Gently give the container a shake every few days to blend the flavors. Strain the vinegar through a fine mesh sieve and then through a coffee filter. Pour the vinegar into a glass bottle or small jars and cover tightly, store vinegar at room temperature for up to 2 months.

Makes 2 cups, enough for yourself and a friend.

Raspberry Mint Vinegar, Patty's Food, Spicie Foodie

 

Thank you so much Patty for your constant friendship and support, it has been an honor having you here. When I make it to California we’ll have that meal and I’ll gladly take you up on the vinegar gift;)

 

Recipe and photography by Patty Price and PattysFood.com 

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in Fruits,Guest Posts,Salads,Vegan/Vegetarian

{ 69 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 18, 2012 at 6:33 AM

What a lovely guest post – I love that most of Patty’s posts revolve around seasonal eating, something I strive to do. Burrata is a favorite of mine and the raspberry mint vinegar is so beautiful!

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2 Spicie Foodie July 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Hi Laura,
Yes, she does such a great job with seasonal eating and it’s such an inspiration. Thanks!

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3 Rosa July 18, 2012 at 7:38 AM

A beautiful guest post! I love burrata, so I find this dish particularly tempting.

Cheers,

Rosa

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4 Spicie Foodie July 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Thanks Rosa! I need to find some burrata soon.

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5 Cher July 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

A beautiful guest post – but with Patty, I would expect no less :-) The vinegar recipe sounds like a keeper.

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6 Spicie Foodie July 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

It really is Cher:) Patty is one of my food heroes and I just love all of her recipes. Thanks for stopping by!

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7 Mei-I @ gastronomic nomad July 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM

What a lovely guest post! Happy third blogaversary!! It’s a milestone. Burrata is so delicious and I can’t wait to try that raspberry mint vinegar.

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8 Spicie Foodie July 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Thank you Mei-I!

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9 Viviane Bauquet Farre July 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Looks wonderful, Nancy. Congratulations on your blogoversary – you should be very proud of how far its come!

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10 Spicie Foodie July 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Merci Viviane:)

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11 Katty July 18, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Burrata…I like it a lotta! Looks great, as always, Patty! Happy blogoversary, Nancy!

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12 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Hehe:) Thanks Katty!

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13 monet July 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Two amazing and lovely bloggers. Love to you both! This looks all too delicious. Perfect summer side.

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14 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Hi Monet,

Thank you so much, I just adore you and your blog:)

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15 Joan Nova July 18, 2012 at 8:03 PM

The salad looks wonderful … the creamy burrata, the fruit and the lovely gift of the vinaigrette.

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16 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Hehe, Patty is going to have a long order for the vinegar:)

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17 Magic of Spice July 18, 2012 at 8:54 PM

What a wonderful guest post! This is just gorgeous Patty…and I want a bottle of that vinegar too :)

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18 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Thanks Alisha! Everyone wants a bottle now:)

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19 Juliana July 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Lovely guest post…I love the idea of adding raspberries…nice dressing, such a lovely twist to the classic recipe. Patty is awesome!
I hope you are having a great week and nice meeting you Nancy :)

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20 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Hi Juliana,
Nice to meet you too:) Thanks for stopping by!

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21 kitchenriffs July 18, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I love pairing fruit with cheese in a salad, and this one looks extra special. Super flavors, and it’s so pretty! Good recipe, good post – thanks.

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22 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Me too:)

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23 Jen @ Savory Simple July 19, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Absolutely gorgeous photos. This sounds superb! I’m not sure if I’ve ever tried Burrata.

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24 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I agree, Patty’s photos are so beautiful. Thanks Jen!

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25 Susan July 19, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Just lovely! I’m especially inspired by the salad dressing! I can think of so many things it would be good with. Great photos, too!

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26 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Hi Susan,
Thanks for stopping by. I agree the vinegar could be put to very good use:)

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27 Patty July 19, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Hi Nancy, Thanks for asking me to do a guest post for Spice Foodie, it was fun and I appreciate everyone’s support and comments, thanks again!

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28 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Hi Patty,
The thanks all goes to you. You’re a great friend and a constant inspiration. Thanks sweetie:)

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29 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun July 19, 2012 at 3:29 AM

Tomato, Raspberry, Basil and Mint–what an inspired combination. And with a good burrata to boot. Looks wonderful.

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30 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I agree;)

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31 Liz July 19, 2012 at 3:31 AM

So fun to see Patty here! She makes the most fabulous (and gorgeous) dishes and this is no exception! I adore burrata and will put it on my shopping list…I’ve just been inspired :) Thank you both! xo

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32 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Hi Liz,
So true, with Patty there is always something to learn and be inspired by. Thanks:)

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33 Suzanne Perazzini July 19, 2012 at 4:41 AM

We don’t have burrata here but it looks like mozzarella and that’s also hard to find here so I am feeling very jealous since those fresh cheeses are my favourites. But we are going back to Italy at the end of September for a few days so I will get my fill then.

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34 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Hi Suzanne,
I’m beginning to think that Burrata is not imported here either, can’t find it anywhere. Luckily mozzarella is everywhere. Enjoy your trip to Italy!

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35 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } July 19, 2012 at 4:50 AM

What a lovely guest post! This salad looks and sounds amazing!!! I adore Patty’s blog and have been a fan for a long time. What a great guest poster you had on here today. Love your blog!!!!

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36 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Hi Lisa,
Thanks for stopping by Lisa. I’m so happy to hear your that you are also a big fan of Patty’s:)

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37 Eha July 19, 2012 at 5:30 AM

So simple and sophisticated: a true case of where less is more! Love the idea of raspberries and tomatoes together and the plating really brings out the warm weather colour! The raspberry mint vinegar is already on the ‘to do’ list! And now over to Patty’s for a discovery tour :) !

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38 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Absolutely Eha! Go on over, I know you’ll love Patty’s blog:)

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39 IshitaUnblogged July 19, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Congratulations on your blog’s 3rd anniversary… amazing and elegant post – inspiring!

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40 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Thank you:)

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41 Nandita July 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

What a gorgeous looking dish!!! I loved that gorgeous Vinegar :)

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42 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Me too Nandita:)

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43 Nami | Just One Cookbook July 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Wow, raspberry mint vinegar makes my mouth water!!! Sounds fruity and delicious! Very happy to see Patty’s guest post here, Nancy! I’m a big fan of her site too although I learned her site earlier this year. I’ve never had Burrata cheese before. Looks very interesting and love to try it.

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44 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Hi Nami,
So glad to hear you’re also a fan of Patty. Thanks Nami:)

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45 Suzanne July 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Fabulous post Patty and Nancy. I have though of putting tomatoes together with raspberries and mint but I bet it is lovely with the cheese. Congrats to you Nancy on your 3rd year bloggervarsy. You ladies are so good at what you do and I learn continually from you, thanks for your excellence in blogging.

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46 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Hi Suzanne,
Thank you so much and nice to have you stopping by:)

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47 Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen July 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Yum, what a lovely summery dish, perfect for sharing. Stunning photos and lovely guest post.

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48 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I couldn’t agree more Hester:)

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49 Ramona July 19, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Beautiful guest post…. what a incredible salad!! :) Well done ladies!! Happy 3rd anniversary again Nancy. :)

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50 Spicie Foodie July 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Hi Ramona,

So very true, Patty is so talented:) Thanks my friend!

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51 Purabi Naha July 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I am speechless! I LOVED this salad…so full of flavours! Both of you are simply wonderful!!

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52 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) July 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM

What a very nice guest post from Patty. This salad is definitely worthy of a special celebration. Congrats again on your blog anniversary, Nancy! You’re both super talented in my book. :)

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53 thyme (sarah) July 19, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I am definitely looking for burrata cheese at our local Whole Foods tomorrow (we treat ourselves to something every Friday). It looks absolutely divine. Happy Blogiversary!

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54 amelia from z tasty life July 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM

oh how I miss rich, milky, buttery burrata from Rome… this sounds like a wonderful and light summer lunch

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55 elisabeth@foodandthrift July 20, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Buratta cheese is so creamy, rich, and buttery…so much tastier than the fresh mozzarella!
Patty always has such beautiful, colorful, and delicious healthy foods, and the photos are just bursting with color in each and every dish she features!
A wonderful guest post, from two talented ladies!

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56 Teresa July 20, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Buratta is a wonderful ingredient – when our local gourmet store has it in, they announce it on Twitter and Facebook and are usually sold out by day’s end. Patty your salad looks and sounds amazing. Happy blogoversary, Nancy – you’ve found a delicious way to celebrate!

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57 anna July 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM

what a beautiful, beautiful recipe! i cannot wait to make that vinegar.

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58 Holly July 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This looks so refreshing and I love that the raspberry balsamic vinegar is so easy to make. I’m going to look for Burrata next time I’m at the cheese shop.

Also, thank you Nancy for all the information on Prague! We’ll put it to good use and I passed it along to a friend who will be in the city a few weeks after me.

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59 Vicki Bensinger July 20, 2012 at 4:23 PM

This is such a lovely salad and your vinaigrette sounds delicious. I will definitely make that. It would be a nice gift for anyone. Thanks for sharing.

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60 Frank July 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Congrats on three years of wonderful food and photography!

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61 Spicie Foodie July 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Thank you everyone for stopping by. Now make sure you go visit Patty!

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62 Cristina, from BA to Paris July 22, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Hi Patty and nancy,

This is amazing! I just had a similar salad, the other day, in Uzès, France..but Patty yours is better! Congrats!

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63 DB-The Foodie Stuntman July 22, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Nice to meet you, Patty, and what a great dish!

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64 Priscilla July 23, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Patty always creates such sensational seasonal dishes! I love the luscious buratta and vibrant tomatoes here – and her homemade raspberry mint vinegar is a wonderful gift to celebrate your blog anniversary. Congrats Nancy!

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65 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Hi Priscilla,
Yes, she really does. Thanks!

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66 Gina July 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Came by to catch up and see two of my favorites in action. Love that vinegar, I have to make myself some, or beg Patty for some. She is the sweetest person in real life (like we aren’t real people, lol) and I know you would love her too. Congrats on 3 years.
-Gina-

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67 Spicie Foodie July 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Hi Gina,
I’ve always had that feeling about Patty, and I’m sure you’re the same way too. Can’t wait to one day meet you both in person. Thanks sweetie, hope all is well.

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68 Trix August 3, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Mmm, I am a huge fan of burrata. This is just the sort of beautiful post I have come to expect from Patty. Love her blog!

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69 Spicie Foodie August 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Glad to hear it Trixie!

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