Italian Spice Mix

I use my Italian Spice Mix in a lot of my recipes.  I have posted it here so that you can refer to it.

To make a dry rub, mix equal parts of:

Italian Spice Mix

  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Oregano
  • Garlic Powder
  • Red Chili Flakes

You can also just sprinkle each item on individually.  It is a simple but flavorful spice mix.  I have linked this as a reference tip in each recipe where this formula is used.

If you want to make it less or more spicy just increase or decrease the amount of red chili flakes.

Heirloom Caprese Salad

Ingredients:  Serves 4-6

  • 1 pound baby heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 large bunch of basil leaves (I used sweet Italian basil which I grow myself)
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella
  • the best olive oil you can find (I drizzle it on.  I don’t measure how much I am using)
  • seal salt (to taste)
  • freshly ground pepper (to taste)


  1. Cut tomatoes in half (use a serrated knife so the tomatoes don’t get bruised).  Put them in a bowl.  Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and olive oil.  Toss together and set aside.
  2. Cut the fresh mozzarella into pieces about the same size as the tomatoes.  Set aside in a bowl.
  3. Remove the individual leaves of basil from the stem and set aside on a plate.


  1. Arrange on a platter.20151105_152317
  2. Place a tomato half, then a piece of mozzarella, then a basil leaf.  Keep alternating in this fashion.  I usually start at the edge of the platter and work my way to the center.  You can use whatever pattern you like.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and enjoy.