The community garden at CRC World Headquarters has yielded an embarrassing bumper crop of tomatoes, which came in handy today because it’s the first of two days of CRC’s giant school supply giveaway.

Every year, we get extreme at-risk kids back to school ready for success with school supplies, personal hygiene products, socks and clothing. It’s one of our happiest times of the year because Betsy and I cannot stand the thought of a child returning to school, looking to the left or right and seeing other children with new backpacks, crayons and notebooks while he or she sits there empty handed. So we provide about 600 children with what they need to start the year right.

So you are rightly wondering just about now what the school supply giveaway has to do with cherry tomato and basil pasta. Well, nothing. Except we can’t leave for lunch on giveaway days and today I brought some leftover spaghetti and adorned it with cherry tomatoes, basil, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Betsy noted that it looked very pretty and healthy (which is good because I over-indulged¬† on fried chicken this weekend) and so I snapped a photo of it.

Here you go.

I started out with pasta and butter. Topped it with the raw cherry tomatoes and popped it in the microwave for about 1 minute, 30 seconds. Then I topped it with shredded basil (also from the garden), pepper and Parmesan cheese. Done. And delicious.

More about the school supply giveaway tomorrow because I really do need to ram some relevant information down your throats rather than coddling you with recipes for cherry tomatoes and Bacon Wednesdays.


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