This is the literal bread and butter of Italian cuisine. Take some bread (homemade would be best but that really big round monster of a bread that they make at the Italian Center will work just fine), slice it, and toast the pieces lightly on the top using your oven. You can even toast it by frying it in a bit of olive oil using your stovetop if you are opposed to oven use-age (translation: you do not know how to turn on your oven). When golden on top, take a slice of garlic (halve a clove) and rub it discerningly on the pieces of bread. The more you rub, the more you will reek. Next chop up some tomatoes into itty-bitty squares, throw into a bowl. Add some torn up basil leaves, salt, and pepper. Finally drizzle your very best EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil into the bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. Best if you let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes to let the flavors become friends. Then spoon onto your lovely, garlic-infused, toasted bread and just like that, you have made magic.
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Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned freelance writer, foodie, and fashionista from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.
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