Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Terry went golfing with the guys today, so I thought I would take advantage of a quiet house and try a new recipe which came highly recommended by Canice on the Cooking Light BB. Tyler Florance’s Roasted Tomato Soup is absolutely outstanding. We stopped by the farmer’s market yesterday and bought the tomatoes which helps to make this soup delicious and perfect for summer.
Roasted Tomato Soup
Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence
2 1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes (mix of fresh heirlooms, cherry, vine and plum tomatoes)
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 small yellow onions, sliced
Vine cherry tomatoes for garnish, optional
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 quart chicken stock
2 bay leaves
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, optional
3/4 cup heavy cream, optional
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Wash, core and cut the tomatoes into halves. Spread the tomatoes, garlic cloves and onions onto a baking tray. If using vine cherry tomatoes for garnish, add them as well, leaving them whole and on the vine. Drizzle with 1/2 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, or until caramelized.
Remove roasted tomatoes, garlic and onion from the oven and transfer to a large stock pot (set aside the roasted vine tomatoes for later). Add 3/4 of the chicken stock, bay leaves, and butter. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until liquid has reduced by a third.
Wash and dry basil leaves, if using, and add to the pot. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Return soup to low heat, add cream and adjust consistency with remaining chicken stock, if necessary. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish in bowl with 3 or 4 roasted vine cherry tomatoes and a splash of heavy cream.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The end of summer school has put my writing on a hiatus. I can assure everyone that I will be up and blogging regularly as soon as school begins again. There is a lot of downtime that comes with teaching high school art. I wanted to update everyone on our puppy situation! We have gotten one of Figgins brothers, and my own brother, Derrick has gotten yet another of the siblings! The two new guys seemed to have been a bit neglected at the breeders, so we are showering them with love and care. Soon they will be as spoiled as Figgins!