Fall Soup: Cream of Tomato

September 28, 2009 at 11:04 pm | Posted in food, gardening, vegetable | 1 Comment
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cream of tomato soup

Happy Fall! The last of my tomatoes were picked over the weekend. For the ripe ones, I found an easy to make and delicious cream of tomato soup recipe on Epicurious. If you are a fan of tomato soup, I highly recommend it. The recipe produced a heavenly flavor with a mild sweetness behind the tomatoes and sauteed onions. I made a few tweaks to the recipe by cutting the amount of cream/milk and adding more chicken stock; adding more onions; and blending the soup so that it was less of a stew and more of a soup. The result…happy me and happy boyfriend plus dinner for tomorrow!

5 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup chopped onion
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups tomatoes, chopped

Easy Directions:
Melt butter then add onion in a large pot until onion is soft (not browned though). Add flour, milk, chicken stock, bay leaf, sugar, and salt to pot and stir occassionally. In a seperate bowl combine baking soda to tomatoes and mix. Add tomato mixture to the pot with the other ingredients. Stir together. Last, blend the soup in batches so that consistency is smooth. Enjoy!

    Garden Update: Weeds, tomatoes and white spots

    July 19, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Posted in dirt, gardening | 2 Comments
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    In addition to the vegetables growing tall, my backyard was totally consumed by weeds. I just can’t seem to keep up with them. Before I know it, I have nasty, tall weeds taking over. I spent a good part of Sunday pulling each one-by-one. I don’t have the heart to put any sort of weed killer on the ground since it’s bad for water run-off and the environment in general—and the poison would be just too close to my future dinner.

    The Amana Orange tomatoes bloomed much later than the Brandywines. Here is proof that I will have a medley of tomatoes in the days to come.

    The sunflowers continue to bloom so well. Now there are off-shoots of smaller flowers that have grown from the main plant.

    My only concern at the moment is about my gloriously long pumpkin plant. Out of nowhere the plant has developed white spots. Google says this is a sign of fungus and offers a variety of advice. I’m hoping to still be able to yield a few pumpkins come Halloween.

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