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Oh how excited am I that Taste Spotting is back! I am back viewing it on a regular basis and getting my daily fix of food porn! Thank you Internet Gods for giving us back such a wonderful site!

In honor of such event I am posting a salad that I made the other day with butter lettuce. About 20 years ago I went to a sheeshee foofoo restaurant in Beverly Hills which served entrecôte. The food was delicious and the presentation of their starter salad made an ever lasting impression on me. It was made with butter lettuce and the leaves were left attached and therefore presented like an open flower. It was a simple salad, only adorned with walnuts and a fabulous dressing.

I tried to make something similar, I had some Brie cheese and decided to experiment. I sauted the walnuts in a pan with some sugar and salt, for a sweet and salty flavor. Made a salad dressing with diced red onion, rice vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Then arranged the walnuts and cheese on the salad and poured the dressing over it. It was simple, different form a regular salad, and delicious.

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I was addicted the first time I came across the website Taste Spotting. To my horror it is now gone. There is only a note on the website saying that because of legal matters the site has been shut down. Tragedy….where are we all gonna go for some food porn now????

Anyway, while surfing the other day on Taste Spotting I was inspired by a post and I wanted to create my own version. I had an eggplant in my fridge which needed to be eaten so I went to work and created the master piece above:

Eggplant, Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Sauce Stack

I sliced and placed the eggplant in water and salt for about an hour. J marinated the eggplant in oil, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary over night.

This morning I started with the Basil Sauce which is basically a pesto without the pine nuts. I grilled the eggplants on Georgie and in the mean time sliced the mozzarella and tomatoes.

Once the eggplants were ready I spread some of the Basil Sauce on the plate, placed a slice of eggplant, built up with the mozzarella and tomatoes. I added some of the Basil sauce between each layer. I finished by placing some fresh basil on top of the stack and around the plate.

Note that I didn’t not season the layers as I was building them because my Basil sauce was on the salty side since I added a bit more salt than needed and combined with the Parmesan cheese it was more salty than I wanted it to be. Anyway, the results were very very yummy!!!

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