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Tomato and Garlic Crouton Salad

To a skillet over medium low heat add 3 tablespoons olive oil, butter, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cook for 4 minutes to infuse the butter and oil with the garlic.

Add the cubed bread to a large bowl and pour the butter and garlic mixture over the bread and toss to coat. Place onto a sheet tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes until crisp. Remove from oven and let cool.

Pear and Almond Crostata

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl, add cream cheese, sugar, flour, 1 egg and vanilla. Beat with a hand mixer until well blended and smooth. Set aside.

Divide each package of almond paste into 4 equal portions…