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Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Balls

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Prosciutto wrapped melon is a quintessential summer appetizer that you should be eating like fiends while melons are in season (read you don’t have much longer so jump on it). It’s a sweet and salty bite that you’ll be coming back to the serving platter again and again for. The sticky sweet melon paired with the salty swoon worthy prosciutto is hard to resist. Luckily most of the melon is water so it’s okay to eat say half the platter (no bursting my bubble alright). Typically it’s served in a wedge with prosciutto wrapped around it.  You know we don’t do typical so we grabbed our melon baller and went to town on a petite portion that makes a pretty presentation perfect for a party.

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Marinated Mushrooms

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Last week was unintentionally dessert week on the blog. It was hard to miss our parade of chocolate. I know you saw them all. It’s hard to look away from Warm Chocolate Nutella Melting CakeBrown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and  S’Mores Panna Cotta . I go for a few weeks of blog posts until I realize I have neglected my sweet tooth and then I tend to get a little carried away and over compensate for said lack of baking. Sigh. Which is exactly why I don’t bake more often. I eat it all. Then I want more. Double sigh. I am a sucker for sweets. Are you saying no duh Paula (and is it suddenly the 80′s again? Where did that phrase get dug up from) What do sweets have to do with marinated mushrooms? Nothing at all. Just marks our return to cooking for a few weeks.

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Warm Chocolate Nutella Melting Cake

Warm Chocolate Nutella Melting Cake | www.bellalimento.com

Am I the only one who feels like this summer has flown by? I blinked and it’s August. Since school let out back in June we have tried to squeeze in as much family fun as possible. We have visited the mountains of Virgina and the beaches of North Carolina and then last week we all boarded the Carnival Fantasy compliments of Carnival and took off for for 5 days to the beautiful blue Bahamas for our last big hoorah before school starts back in 11 days (not that I’m counting or anything ehem). This warm chocolate Nutella melting cake is what’s helping me get over my end of summer blues and I think it will help you too.

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Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Crostini

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Crostini are amazing little bites of crunchy toasts topped with just about anything your heart desires. While Brushetta may get the most attention, and hello yes there’s a reason for that, it’s amazing, this version, let’s call it the second cousin to Brushetta is definitely a taste turner and one that you won’t soon forget. It’s easy, just about effortless and yes perfect for entertaining. Or keeping for yourself and eating it as your sole lunch, not that I’ve done that or anything ehem.

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Cardamom Panna Cotta with Honeyed Figs

Cardamom Panna Cotta with Honeyed Figs | www.bellalimento.com

I get really excited when I see figs in the market. Practically giddy. Okay completely giddy. Since they’re only available for a short time I load up when I find them. With the first score of the season I always make FIG PRESERVES. This way we have them to tide us over until next season. This year I even planted a fig tree. I’m praying it makes it through winter and eventually will produce fruit. If not I may cry. Luckily I will be crying with fig preserves in hand if so. Silver lining people.

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Simple Summer Pesto Pasta

Simple Summer Pesto Pasta  | www.bellalimento.com

There’s nothing better than going to my deck garden and plucking fresh ingredients and taking them inside to snack on, cook with. Okay maybe if my garden was in the Northern country side of Italy but anyhoo you get the idea. My smaller tomato plants are starting to burst at the seams. Every day, little man goes out and plucks a handful of red headed beauties and brings them inside, hands them to me and asks what are we going to make with them today? Sauce? Salad with white cheese (that’s code for Caprese Salad)? Nope. Today we make noodles (aka pasta). Don’t you love kid speak?

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