We’ve also listed the ingredients and directions below for your convenience!
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried basil
pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
freshly cracked pepper to taste
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 oz. cream cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesan
½ lb. penne pasta
½ (9 oz.) bag fresh spinach
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender (7-10) minutes. Drain the pasta.
While waiting for the pasta to cook, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Cook both in a large skillet with the olive oil over medium-low heat until softened and transparent (about 5 minutes).
Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper to the skillet with the onions and garlic. Stir to combine. Add the tomato paste and a ½ cup of water to the skillet and stir until the tomato paste is dissolved into the sauce.
Turn the heat down to low. Cut the cream cheese into a few pieces and then add them to the skillet with the tomato sauce. Use a whisk to stir the sauce until the cream cheese has fully melted in and the sauce is creamy. Add half of the Parmesan to the skillet and whisk until it is melted in. Add the remainder of the parmesan and whisk until melted in again.
Add the fresh spinach and gently stir it into the sauce until it has wilted (3-5 minutes). Add the pasta and stir until it is well coated in the creamy tomato sauce. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm.
Fall is a great time to stay inside and curl up with a good book. Here are my top five recommendations. I’ve also included an excerpt from each book.
Don’t forget to don your stylish BonLook specs for the ultimate reading experience!
1.Anil’s Ghost, Michael Ondaatje
This book follows Anil Tissera, a native Sri Lankan forensic pathologist. She returns to Sri Lanka during its civil war as part of a Human Rights Investigation by the United Nations. Anil discovers the skeleton of a recently murdered man and intends to bring about justice for the unidentified victim. You’re sure to love this strong female protagonist as much as I do.
“Secrets turn powerless in the open air.”
2.Asleep, Banana Yoshimoto
The novel contains three stories, which explore themes of: sleep, dreams, and death. Yoshimoto’s prose has a serene beauty to it, and the plot and characters are presented naturally. Her style gently lulls the reader into a state of openness and trust, making the supernatural events that occur in these stories feel more believable.
“What was important wasn’t the fireworks, it was that we were together this evening, together in this place, looking up into the sky at the same time.”
3.To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
This may have been required reading in high school, but it is definitely worth revisiting. Lee handles difficult subject matter with warmth and dignity, yet she manages to maintain a sense of levity throughout. Both Atticus and Scout Finch have become classic characters in literature, acting as reference points for moral goodness and integrity.
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
4.The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
I have read almost all of Haruki Murakami’s books, and if you enjoy consistent authors, you’ll love him too. There’s a particularly funny New York Times cartoon that depicts Murakami Bingo, which lists: a mysterious woman, something vanishing, the feeling of being followed, unexpected phone call, cats, urban ennui, supernatural powers, and more. With that said, this book is definitive Murakami. It begins with a man searching for his wife’s missing cat.
“For both of us, it had simply been too enormous an experience. We shared it by not talking about it. Does this make any sense?”
5.Possession: A Romance, A.S. Byatt
This book is an interesting blend of historical and contemporary fiction. It focuses on present day academics who, through analysing old letters, journals, and poems, uncover the relationship between two Victorian poets. What is truly remarkable is Byatt’s invention of a believable correspondence between the poets. Of particular note is her ability to compose poems that are beautiful in their own right; poems that could have been published as self-contained pieces under her own name. Instead, they have found their way into this very lovely novel, attributed to fictional characters.
“I am a creature of my pen. My pen is the best of me.”
You can also lengthen the fabric and corresponding wire to create a hair scarf that wraps around your head. You’ll need about 25 inches of fabric and double that length in wire. Twist the wire ends together and make sure the fit is nice and snug.
Recently, I tried Budget Bytes’ “Easy Sesame Chicken” recipe. There’s this idea that the longer a meal takes to prepare, the more delicious it will be. Not so! I made this meal in under an hour and the instructions were indeed, very easy to follow.
This recipe is also super customizable. I chose to place the chicken on a bed of quinoa instead of rice. I also prepared some miso soup and a salad of green beans, carrots, sprouts, and thinly sliced garlic.
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, 2 Tbsp cornstarch, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Trim any excess fat from the chicken thighs, then cut them into small 1 inch pieces. Toss the chicken in the egg and cornstarch mixture.
Heat a large skillet with 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot (it should look wavy on the surface), add the chicken and all of the egg mixture. Cook the chicken, stirring only occasionally, until it is golden brown and cooked through (about 7-10 minutes). Drain off the excess oil, if desired.
While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl stir together the soy sauce, water, sesame oil, brown sugar, rice vinegar, fresh ginger, minced garlic, cornstarch, and sesame seeds. (You can grate the ginger with a small-holed cheese grater).
Once the chicken is cooked through and golden brown, pour the sauce over top. Toss the chicken to coat in the sauce. The sauce will begin to thicken as soon as it hits the hot skillet. Once the chicken is coated and the sauce thickened, turn off the heat.
Serve the chicken over a bed of rice and sprinkle the sliced green onions over top.
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