Life right now is complicated. There is the finishing of school. The caring for the dog. The car that we have yet to buy. The mover we have yet to find. And an apartment that we need to rent out prior to June 1. The one thing that we have been able to check off is the apartment that we just signed a lease on last week. Sometimes all I am craving is something simple.
What can be more simple than delicious ingredients coming together to provide a tasty, yet understated few bites.
Simplicity is underrated and undervalued. Take the time to enjoy the little things in life. A delicious bit of extra sauce. A glass of pink bubbles. The kindness in a hug. Being with friends. A perfect bite of sushi.
Prosciutto, Basil and Parmesan Crostini
1/4 pound of prosciutto
1 ounce of Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of basil, chiffonade
4 slices of white bread (Italian loaf here)
salt and pepper
drizzle of olive oil
Drizzle some olive oil of the bread and toast until golden brown.
Layer the toast with the prosciutto, and season with salt and pepper. Top with basil brie, and some shaved Parmesan cheese.
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