Yes, Suzy's Goodies lives!  I wish I had some riveting story to explain my absence, but alas, nothing exciting.  No overseas trip, no all-encompassing work project, no kitchen remodel, no marathon LOTR viewings.

But now I'm back!  And with a simply delicious, simply gorgeous, perfect appetizer or light salad for summer.  Especially this summer, when it seems like every day gets more and more like a swamp.

Balsamic Watermelon Caprese
adapted from

1/4 cup olive oil
1 large sweet onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry vermouth
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into rounds
seedless watermelon, sliced into squares, 3"x3"x1/2"
fresh basil leaves

Put oil in heavy skillet and heat over medium high heat.  Add sliced onions and saute until golden.  Add the vermouth and sugar and reduce heat to medium.  Simmer, stirring, until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Add the vinegar (keep your face away from the fumes!) and simmer until reduced, about another 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool.

Alternate slices of watermelon and cheese on serving plates (3 slices of each).  Top with a spoonful of the onions and drizzle with the balsamic juices.  Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve.

Balsamic Watermelon Caprese