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Scrumptous Tomato Soup

I was looking online for soups that freeze well as Christmas gifts, and I came across a recipe for homemade tomato soup. It was asking for lots of olive oil and butter, which I love, but too much is too much sometimes… so I revised it and tested it my way. It is absolutely delicious! Full of flavors, simple, and it freezes well! And who doesn’t need a simple soup after the holiday meals?

Scrumptuous Tomato Soup

2 cans of 14 ounces chopped tomatoes

4 T olive oil

2 medium carrots, diced

2 medium onions, diced

2 celery stalk, diced

4 cups of vegetable or chicken broth

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

Heat oven to 450 Fahrenheit. Drain chopped tomatoes and reserve liquid. Spread tomatoes on a cookie sheet, drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper.  Roast tomatoes until they are a bit caramelized, about 30 minutes. In the meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy saucepan. Add diced carrots, onions and celery and cook until softened. Add broth and reserved tomato juice. Add chopped tomatoes when they are ready. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add chopped fresh basil. Puree in blender. Enjoy!

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Leek Soup

Every so often, I get a longing for food back home (Belgium).  What that means for me is that I want chicons (in the States, we call them endives), or chocolate mousse, or Speculoos, or leeks…. Today, it was leeks. So I bought some and made my soup, and I thought I’d share it with you. Great lunch anytime!

Barb’s Leek Soup

3 large leeks

2 medium carrots

2 medium red skinned potatoes

Chicken broth, 4 cups

Water. 4 cups

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil

Slice the leek (all of it) and wash it well. Slice the carrots and dice the potatoes.

Saute all vegetables in heavy saucepan with 1 T of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

When the veggies are soft, add 4 cups of chicken broth and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then just simmer for about 10 minutes.

Transfer to food processor or blender and puree the whole mixture. That’s it! If you want the soup thinner, add some water. If you want it creamier, add a bit of heavy cream or half and half just before serving. Enjoy!
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Per one cup serving: 55 calories, 2 g fat, 8 g carbs, 1.75 g protein and 1.5 g fiber

Pesto Logs

My friends Tony and Maria have a prolific basil garden every year.  By prolific, I mean… huge!!!!  Each year, at the end of the summer, they host a fantastic Pesto Party.  It comes with vintage aprons, awards, wine, great food and fantastic company. The kitchen turns into a very efficient assembly line with stations for ingredients and food processors.  By the end of the night, we all go home with as many Pesto Logs as we need to carry us through the next twelve months.  We love it! Here is the recipe and a website about uses for Pesto!

Pesto Recipe – (It makes one log.)

8-12 cloves garlic
2 cups fresh Basil leaves (packed tight)
2 cups fresh Parsley leaves (packed loosely)
1 cup grated Italian cheese, Romano or Parmesan (I use Romano.)
2/3 cup walnuts or pine nuts
1/2 cup olive oil
Wax paper
Plastic wrap

Place all these ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. I gather up all my dry ingredients, put them in the processor then add the oil on top. Makes approximately 2-3 cups of Pesto.

Lay the pesto onto a sheet of wax paper and roll it into a foot-long “log” for freezing. It lasts 1-2 years in a deep freezer.

Here are Maria’s Notes at the end of the recipe:

*Please bring a cookie sheet to transport your logs home.

*To make extra-strong-Basil-tasting pesto, 2 cups Basil can be used instead of the Basil and Parsley blend.

*Pine nuts have a stronger taste.

*1 large bunch of store-bought parsley = 2 cups packed parsley ***(Washing and picking large stems off at home saves time.)***

*Sun-dried tomatoes can be added, as well as other fresh herbs…
(I have fresh sage, oregano and thyme in my garden, help yourself and try a new pesto blend!)

Here is a website with great uses for Pesto

And in case you are interested, here were this year’s awards:

First arrival–Rich (24 hrs early)

First arrival on the correct day–Bob and Danni

Best quote of the night–“I have two dogs, but only one wears diapers!”–Kristi

Farthest traveled–tied between Susie and Elaine and Ron

Best question of the night–“Why are you guys sitting here in the kitchen instead of plucking basil leaves?”–Maria

Best answer–“Because that’s your job!”–Bob and Rich

Cutest apron–Mary

Funkiest apron–Gretchen

Sweetest Clean Up Gals–Barb and Gretchen

First Log Completed–Susie

Biggest Honkin’ Logs Ever–Danni

Most perfectly shaped pesto log ever in history–Elaine

Best Dessert Company–Karen and Butch

Most WIlling Garlic Peeler–Kristi

Hairiest Participant–Hudson (a dog)

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