It’s time for you to show off or debut your skills in the kitchen. Winning somebody’s heart (or stomach) doesn’t require a five-star gourmet - insert french word here - meal. Here’s an idea for a dinner you can make…
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4 medium sized cloves of garlic
3 tbs. olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 lb. of penne pasta
1 tbs. of dried oregano
1 tbs. of dried basil
5-7 leaves of fresh basil
Grated parmesan cheese to taste
Put a large pot of water to boil (at least 12 cups) and add 1 tbs. olive oil. Meanwhile, peel and mince the garlic. Add 2 tbs. olive oil to a medium sized pot and heat on medium-low heat until shimmering.
Add garlic, salt and pepper to taste and sauteé the garlic until it starts to turn brown, about 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn it. Add diced tomatoes and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10-12 minutes.
Meanwhile, add pasta to boiling water and cook 8-10 minutes.
Add dried oregano and basil to sauce and continue to simmer for 8-10 more minutes.
Once noodles are al dente, turn off heat and add fresh basil leaves to sauce, stirring them in. Strain the noodles and serve with generous helping of sauce and grated parmesan cheese.
Ingredients for the crust:
1 cup of sifted all-purpose flour
3 tsp. sugar
A pinch of salt
1 stick of butter softened
3 tbs of cold water
For the filling:
4 granysmith apples (or any kind really) peeled and sliced into thin pieces
3 tbs of brown sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon & nutmeg
1 pinch of salt
2 tbs. of butter
Preheat the oven to 375F
Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl.
Add the butter and mix until the dough can be formed into a playdough-like ball, adding water if necessary. Chill dough in the fridge for 15 minutes.
While the dough chills, in a medium bowl mix the apple slices with the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, making sure all the slices are well coated. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
After the crust is chilled, stretch it out on a 10”-12” pie or tart pan and spread the apple mix on top and add butter slices on top. Bake for 25 minutes.