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Since Ben has the night off of work, he volunteered to cook supper. He said it was a surprise but I know it is Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo with a secret sauce. Sort of. Since I also put the groceries away when he came home from the store, I have an idea what is in the works.

So, I am making bruschetta as a side tonight and am really excited about it. I was goofing around with garlic over the weekend, and came up with the best ever topping for the bread so I wanted to share it. Bon appétit!


1 loaf Italian or French bread, sliced in half the long way and cut into serving sizes
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
Olive oil
2 TBS. minced garlic
1/3 cup finely minced onion
1 fresh tomato, cut into small cubes
Generous dashes of fresh ground black pepper
Coarse salt
Fresh or dried basil, to taste

In bowl, place garlic, onion, tomato, pepper, basil. Drizzle generously with olive oil. Add coarse salt to taste. Marinate on kitchen counter for at least half an hour.

Right before serving, toast bread in oven. Spread with cream cheese and top with marinated tomato mixture. Add more olive oil if desired.



  Talia wrote @

oh, I am SO making this tonight! I was planning on shrimp pasta too, isn’t that funny. 🙂

  thatmom wrote @

Talia, how did your bruschetta turn out?

Ours was wonderful, as anticipated. Just as I typed that last sentence, I realized I forgot to add the last two pieces to Clay’s lunch today.. Oh, well. I am certain “someone” here will eat it!

Ben’s fettuccine was delicious. The sauce was from a recipe he used that is supposed to be like the one at Olive Garden. He put red pepper, mushrooms, garlic, heavy cream, and cream cheese together and topped it with parmesan and shrimp. Yum! It is so rich you can only eat a little and it was perfect with the bread and the salad. Joe then combined orange-banana-strawberry juice, orange slices, and 7-up in tall goblets to complete the dinner.

I love having boys who like to cook. I sat on the couch and read a book while they pulled it all off! See what you have to look forward to?

  mollie wrote @

yum! made it for lunch. i think it would be good with sun dried tomatoes (the kind in oil). i didn’t use onion or tomato, just olive oil, garlic (mostly the juice from the jar), salt and pepper, and added some grated parmesan cheese and melted it briefly under the broiler. i want to eat it for breakfast now, but, alas, the bread is gone.

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