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Monday, November 29, 2010

Easy Creamy Tomato Soup

This soup is extremely simple to make and has a fresh taste, waaay better than anything out of a can or box. Serve it up with a gourmet grilled cheese (we love grilled cheese on artisan sourdough bread with multiple cheeses & herbs inside) and you've got a cozy winter's night dinner.

Puree in your blender or processor:

(1) 32 oz can whole Roma tomatoes
1/2 cup half & half
1/2 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon basil
salt & pepper to taste
1" thick slice of medium sized white onion (about 3 tablespoons)
1-2 garlic cloves (optional)

The first time we had this, Garrett whipped it up for dinner. He didn't put any garlic in it and I actually enjoyed the taste of it better without the garlic. It was a very mellow and smooth soup; the garlic stands out and is a strong flavor. Having said that, it is winter time and garlic is a natural antioxidant that has been used for centuries to boost the immune system because of its medicinal qualities; especially against the common cold and flu. So we put garlic into everything during the winter months. For us, it's a matter of health, so we say "Bring on the Garlic!"

Pour the soup into a pot and heat it up. Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich or with croutons and cheese in the soup, if you prefer. Enjoy!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Baby Bliss

There is a lot of baby lov'n going on in my house right now and not a lot of cooking and creating. But the above beautiful cake was given to us by dear family to celebrate the birth of our baby girl - Eden Solveig (soul vee). It is absolutely divine. It is the Chantily Cake from Whole Foods and if you've never indulged, please put it on the bucket list and check it off soon. That's all for now, back to my sweet baby girl......