Casual Dinner Party Playlist, first course - Insalata Caprese 


The Recipe


The Wine


The Dinner Music


  • 2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes (about 4 large), sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced1/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil or arugula leaves, washed well and spun dry
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled, if using arugula instead of basil
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • fine sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste




Terlano 2006 Pinot Grigio - Pinot Gris/Grigio White Wine

Terlano 2006 Pinot Grigio - Pinot Gris/Grigio White Wine by Terlano from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy. It is light straw in color with pleasant aromas of ripe melon and freshly picked MacIntosh apples. Crisp and light on the palate with lovely pineapple, Bartlett pear and apple flavors that harmoniously intermingle with orange zest and almond notes. The finish lingers with spicy tropical fruit. Pairs equally well with light seafood dinners and richer cream-based sauces.



The Scientist - Coldplay

Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head - The Scientist


The Zephyr Song - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way - The Zephyr Song


That's The Way - Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III (Remastered) - That's the Way


On Call - Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon - Because of the Times - On Call


Major Label Debut - Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene - Major Label Debut


Liar - Built to Spill

Built To Spill - You In Reverse - Liar


The Greatest - Cat Power

Cat Power - The Greatest - The Greatest


Talk Show Host - Radiohead

Radiohead - The Best of Radiohead (Special Edition) - Talk Show Host


Only Shallow - My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless - Only Shallow


To You I Bestow - Mundy

James R. Mundy - Romeo + Juliet (10th Anniversary Edition) [Music from the Motion Picture] - To You I Bestow




    On a large platter arrange tomato and mozzarella slices and basil leaves, alternating and overlapping them. Sprinkle salad with oregano and arugula and drizzle with oil. Season salad with salt and pepper.

    Recipe adapted from Epicurious| September 1996