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      In the Kitchen with Sandra: Tomato Soup

       
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      Sep. 29, 2014

      In the Kitchen with SandraThe leaves are changing color. The heaters need to be turned on during the night. The children need gloves, hats, and scarves. It rains on and off… it can only mean one thing. Autumn is here! Funny how a slight weather change influences our food cravings and choices. I’ve been in the mood for something warm, something to chase away the chill in the air. Yet I’m still harvesting the last of my garden, enjoying my vegetables and herbs that have grown plentifully this summer.

      How do I enjoy both autumn and summer at the same time? The answer is in this delicious soup made from garden grown and ripened tomatoes! The abundance of tomatoes this time of year is wonderful, a great time to enjoy canning tomato sauce and salsas!

      “Vine Ripen” Tomato Soup

      INGREDIENTS
      1 tbsp oil
      1 tbsp butter
      1 large Vidalia onion coarsely chopped
      2 large garlic cloves, halved
      2 large stalks celery, coarsely chopped
      8 medium to large tomatoes
      2 cups water
      1 tbsp sugar
      Salt and pepper to taste
      Pinch of dried oregano

      Begin by preparing the tomatoes. Wash them and remove any stems. With a sharp knife cut a small “x” shape onto the bottom of the tomato. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Place the tomatoes into the boiling water for about 30 seconds. Remove from the water and the skins should come off quite easily. Quarter the tomatoes and set aside.

      In a large pot over medium high heat, heat the oil and butter. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté until translucent. Then add the celery and sauté another 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then lower the temperature to allow the soup mixture to simmer for about half an hour. Turn the heat off and let the soup sit for about 15 minutes. Puree the soup in small batches in a blender. Transfer to a clean pot and season to taste with salt, pepper and oregano. Serve hot with cheese croutons and enjoy!

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