Mini Whole Wheat Pesto Caprese Pizzas + Galbani® Mozzarella Caprese Contest!


In the summertime, I love a fresh, light Caprese salad in any form. Placed on a plate and drizzled with oil and vinegar, melted into a creamy pasta dish, or decorating delicious mini pizzas perfect for parties and weeknights… there is just nothing better than a Caprese with Galbani® Mozzarella Fresca™!

I’ve been using this incredible mozzarella long before Galbani Fresh Mozzarella reached out to me about collaborating on this special blogger challenge. I’ll get to that in a minute! Before I do, though, I just have to tell you about this amazing brand that I’ve called a favorite for years…

Using an original secret family recipe, Galbani Fresh Mozzarella is crafted here in the United States. Their high-quality cow’s milk mozzarella is traditionally made through a process known as pasta filata – a process of gently stretching and kneading the mozzarella into soft, melt-in-your-mouth cheese with the mild, delicate taste Galbani Mozzarella Fresca is known for.

You can find the mozzarella, listed by Saveur Magazine editors as one of their favorite fresh mozzarellas, in the specialty cheese section. Check out the Galbani store locator to find it in the grocery store nearest you.

In this exciting challenge, I’m up against many other mozzarella-lovin’ bloggers to create the most original, inspiring Caprese dish ever. Kind of a big weight on my shoulders, huh?

The true essence of my cooking, though, is simplicity. Simple, easy-to-find ingredients, simple preparations, and simply fabulous flavors! I am a fuss-free kind of girl in every day life, and that also reflects in my style of cooking… Even though what results may taste like you’ve been slaving in the kitchen all day!

These Caprese Pizzas are the perfect representation of not only my cooking, but me, as the colorful, uncomplicated, (mostly) healthy, and often cheesy person that I am!

To make the pizzas, just place 6 whole wheat sandwich thins or pita bread on a baking sheet, spread each with basil pesto (recipe below), and top with Galbani Fresh Mozzarella and handful of halved cherry tomatoes. Once they’re melted and gooey after just 10 minutes, sprinkle with fragrant fresh basil and dig in!

Delicious, easy, and fun as all heck to make. Not to mention pretty healthy, too!

Let’s get back to the challenge, though. This is where it gets really fun!

As I mentioned above, these little pizzas are up against a BIG challenge to be crowned the best blogger caprese dish of 2013. I know they’re the most delicious, inspired and family-friendly take on caprese I’ve ever made, but I need you to know this, too – and vote!

Now, let me tell you what’s in it for YOU…

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Cast your vote between July 1 through August 9, and vote for my Mini Whole Wheat Pesto Caprese Pizzas as often as you like at www.GalbaniCheese.com/caprese. Your vote also gives you the chance to win one of 60 prizes over 6 weeks, and a grand prize of $500!

In a nutshell… Each vote for my Mini Whole Wheat Pesto Caprese Pizzas is another chance for YOU to win prizes!

Thanks for your vote!

The grand prize winner will be announced on August 13, and with your helpful votes (and some finger crossing), I could be honored as the 2013 Galbani Caprese Challenge Champion on August 10!

So, what are you waiting for? Go vote and enter for your chance to win great prizes!

Thank you for your votes (voting ends August 9) and please share this post with your friends!

 

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Mini Whole Wheat Pesto Caprese Pizzas

Yield: Makes 6 small pizzas

Ingredients:

For Easy Basil Pesto: (makes 1 cup)

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup pine nuts

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

For Caprese Pizzas:

6 whole wheat sandwich thins or pita breads

2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved*

8 oz. (1 cup) Galbani Fresh Mozzarella, torn into small pieces

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/4 cup fresh basil, torn into small pieces

Directions:

For Easy Basil Pesto:

Pulse basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pesto to a bowl or jar. Mix in Parmesan. Use as desired.

For Caprese Pizzas:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place 6 sandwich thins or pita breads on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Spread each with a small spoonful of basil pesto. Top equally with tomatoes and mozzarella. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle pizzas with salt, pepper and fresh basil. Serve warm.

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Galbani and I was compensated for my time.

      

89 Responses to “Mini Whole Wheat Pesto Caprese Pizzas + Galbani® Mozzarella Caprese Contest!”

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — July 1, 2013 @ 12:35 am

    These are stunning! I love all that melty mozzarella! Hope you win!

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    Rosa — July 1, 2013 @ 1:57 am

    Those pizzas look incredibly beautiful and scrumptious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — July 1, 2013 @ 6:08 am

    Those caprese pizzas look absolutely delish!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — July 1, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    Just voted!! These look so delicious and are so cute! :)

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:13 am

      Thanks so much for voting, Marie!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 1, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    Yay! Three cheers for “uncomplicated, (mostly) healthy, and often cheesy” persons! ;) Fabulous recipe, girl! Got up and made breakfast at 5:30 a.m. this morning. But, I’m now feeling famished and want to eat your Caprese Pizza for an early lunch…now! Drooling over your styling and photography, here (as usual!). Pinning and voting! xo

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:14 am

      You’re so sweet, Stacy! I always look forward to your comments. Thanks for your vote!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 1, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    OH that cheese! It is calling to me.

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — July 1, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    These are gorgeous!

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    Teresa Blackburn — July 1, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    Perfect little pizzas for summer days. What could be better than Caprese anything?

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    Eileen — July 1, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    Such fresh and delicious looking mini pizza’s Georgia. I just voted for you and I’ve pinned and tweeted :) Good luck!!

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:23 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, vote, pin and tweet, Eileen! I so appreciate your support!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — July 1, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    These are beautiful! I mean they scream summer!!!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 1, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    Voted for you! :)

    And these look so perfect. Why make a full pizza when I could do something like this? By the way, I tried those sandwich thins thingies for the first time a few weeks ago and loved them. So thin! Just the right amount of bread.

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:23 am

      Thanks for your sweet comment and for voting, Erin!

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    Laura @ The Rookie Cook — July 1, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    These look delicious! I can’t wait til my basil plant grows a little more so I can have fresh pesto :)
    I love simple – why bother cooking complicated things??

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — July 1, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    These mini pizzas look amazing. And that cheese looks deliciously gooey. Love! Going over to vote now.

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:22 am

      Thanks so much, Jennie!

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    Laura — July 1, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    These sound great. What a great way to incorporate pesto into a dish! So summery and delicious. Good luck!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 1, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Ok I am drooling over your recipe!!!! I am pesto-obsessed. LOVE!!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 1, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    These pizzas look fabulous, Georgia! Love your choice of toppings!

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    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — July 1, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    These look so easy and delicious!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 1, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    Gorgeous little pizzas!! You definitely have my vote!

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:22 am

      Thanks for voting, Erin!

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    val — July 1, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    There are no words to describe how awesome these look.

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    Mr. & Mrs. P — July 1, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Ok. Where do we begin… Not only are they light, they are gorgeous!! Look at all those colors doing there thing!!! Beautiful!!!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — July 1, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    These look amazing! And because they’re mini it means I can eat 5, right?

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    Monica — July 1, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    Just voted! Great recipe – I’ve only recently started buying these bagel and sandwich thins and I love the idea to use it as a pizza “crust”. Love the pesto and the whole package!

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:21 am

      Thanks for your vote, Monica! You’ll love using the sandwich thins as a pizza crust… so easy and healthy!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 1, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Seriously cant stop staring at these pizzas! I want them right now! And I voted for you too :)

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:21 am

      Aww, thanks Carla! I appreciate your vote!

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    Monica — July 1, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    What a colorful and delicious-looking summer pizza! Great recipe (:

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — July 1, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    These look delicious Georgia! Love the tomato and basil. It’s the perfect summer pizza! :)

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    The Café Sucre Farine — July 1, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    Oh, my goodness! These look like little art works Georgia! They’re so pretty and look just mouthwateringly delicious, definitely my kind of summer meal!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — July 1, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    I love how fresh this recipe looks, beautiful pictures too!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — July 1, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    Of course I voted!!!
    That mozzarella looks fab. And omg I’m in luuurve with the pizzas!!!

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:21 am

      Thanks for voting, Kayle! You rock!

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    CCU — July 1, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    These mini pizzas look delicious, I love pesto :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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    Paula - bell'alimento — July 1, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    I think I need a few bites of this, right about NOW …

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — July 1, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    I just bought some fresh mozzarella balls this weekend with thoughts of doing something fun “caprese” for the 4th. You did it with this one. So pretty!

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    Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking — July 1, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    Georgia, those are so beautiful and really tasty looking…I want to lick it off the screen! Gorgeous pictures!!!!!!!

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    Ramona — July 1, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

    You really know how to capture the beautify of food!! Those colors are stunning. I love mozzarella and caprese anything. :)

    I’m actually promoting the contest for Blogher influencer program via Facebook… hope you win!! :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 1, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    Mini pizzas are always a hit and yours are totally gorgeous!!

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    Tieghan — July 1, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    STUNNING! You said my photos were great, but girl! These are amazing! So pretty! I love the colorful tomatoes and all that oozy cheese!! These look insanely delicious! I want this for dinner!

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    Aggie — July 1, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    I love that you used a sandwich thin for the crust! These look great!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — July 1, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    These are stunning! And they sound SO good. I heart pesto!

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    Deborah — July 1, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

    These look so good – and that cheese is totally calling my name!

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    Jeanette — July 1, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    What a perfect summertime pizza Georgia! Love how easy these are to make and that they’re made with whole wheat bread.

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 1, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    Not only are these pizzas too cute because they’re mini, they sound like they’re packed with incredible flavor!

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    Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen — July 1, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    These little pizzas look so cute and yummy!

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    starrynight1628@yahoo.com — July 2, 2013 @ 12:02 am

    I’m totally voting for you!!! I just can’t say enough about how gorgeous these photos are!!

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:20 am

      Thanks so much!

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    Amy Tong — July 2, 2013 @ 1:36 am

    These are so cute…and so gorgeous too! I love anything with the caprese ingredients. I’m heading over to their site to vote for your now.

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:20 am

      Caprese is just the best, isn’t it? Thanks so much for your vote, Amy!

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    madscar — July 2, 2013 @ 2:41 am

    This is amazing:) Love it!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — July 2, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    Just voted for you, Georgia! GOOD LUCK! Love easy and delicious (and BEAUTIFUL) recipe like this!

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:17 am

      Thanks very much for your support, Nami! I appreciate it!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 2, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    Voted! These mini pizzas are gorgeous! Love the pesto, mozzarella and cherry tomatoes!!

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:17 am

      Thanks so much for your vote, Anna! Aren’t those the best summer ingredients ever?

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    Eat Good 4 Life — July 2, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    These seem really yummy. What a great combo of flavors and very colorful. Good luck in the contest :-)

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    Caroline — July 2, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    These pizzas are so pretty! I love anything Caprese…I’d love to make these for lunch right now…I may have to run out to the store! Your site is lovely…my first time here…looking forward to browsing through it!

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    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles — July 2, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    Hi Georgia, just came across your beautiful, luminous pizzas and wanted to drop by and say hello. Your photography is radiant.

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    Karen (Back Road Journal) — July 2, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    Easy to put together, pretty to look at and I’m sure terrific to eat.

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    Kelly — July 2, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    Wow, these pizzas look gorgeous! Such vibrant colors and the basil pesto sounds amazing with the tomatoes and mozzarella! Love that they are mini sized – perfect for smaller portions or my son’s little toddler hands :) Definitely voting for you too :)

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:17 am

      Thank you so much, Kelly!

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    Lauren@SimplyLKJ — July 2, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    Came over from Val’s. The pizzas look amazing. Ever since our trip to Italy, I have bee n a caprese fan! Can’t wait to try these. Ok, now clicking over to vote.

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:16 am

      Lauren, I so appreciate your vote! Thanks!

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    Kathy — July 2, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    How beautiful are those pizzas! I bet they taste absolutely incredible too! Just voted!

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:16 am

      Thank you, Kathy!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 2, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    What a fun challenge! And yes, these babies are so gorgeous, so vibrant and so easy!

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    ashley - baker by nature — July 2, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    Girl, these are STUNNING! I am all over these babies!

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    Liz — July 2, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    Your mini pizzas look marvelous!!! I love that you added pesto :) Off to vote.

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:16 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words and for voting, Liz!

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    Reeni — July 2, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    So gorgeous Georgia! I want to gobble these right up! So fresh and fabulous! Good luck – I’m off to vote!

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:15 am

      I appreciate your vote, Reeni – thanks!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — July 2, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    I just voted! Good luck!

    • Georgia — July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:15 am

      Thanks very much for your vote, Bianca! I appreciate it!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — July 2, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    What a fun caprese! I love the whole wheat thins you used, yum!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — July 2, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

    I love this fun little caprese pizza’s! So bright and summery :)

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    Dan from Platter Talk — July 2, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Fantastic looking pizzas! Your photography is incredible, as I’m sure was the taste of these beauties; great job and thank you for sharing!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 2, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

    Georgia! These pizzas look AWESOME. I can never get tired of pizza, and I especially would love that this looks and tastes so beautiful!

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    Jaclyn — July 3, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    You’re photos are beautiful Georgia (as always)! Best of luck in the competition :), I’m thinking you are definitely going to win!!

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    Bill — July 4, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    Wow! What a beautiful pizza. I love the colors and the smaller size. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — July 4, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    You’re dishes always look so appealing, and not only because you’re photography is top notch. They’re always so fresh, colorful, and comforting (hence you’re blog’s name?!). This mini pizza is my kind of pizza, as I love Caprese salad in any form as well! You’ve got my vote, Georgia.

    • Georgia — July 5th, 2013 @ 11:10 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words and for voting, Marcie!

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    Phô mai que — July 5, 2013 @ 4:45 am

    I love your pizza. They look so yummy! I’ll try to make it for my family some time. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Ash- foodfashionparty — July 5, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    I saw this on foodgawker and was so attracted to how beautiful and colorful it was,I goto comment. Have to say these are so adorable and colorful. It’s perfect.

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    Bill — July 10, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    Absolutely beautiful photos! What a great healthy, summer meal. Gotta try this one! Another great post!

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    Maria — July 15, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    I just voted. I will be making these delicious pizza snacks for my Origami Owl Party on Saturday. Thank you

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