Monday, November 14, 2011

Fresh Tomato Soup

This last week has been so crazy and filled with so many things. I had the opportunity to see a cake decorating demonstration given by BETTY VAN NOSTRAND, if you have never heard of Betty, I am sure you have heard of many of her students: Ron Ben-Israel or Buddy Valastro. Yes, Betty taught these men and countless others how to decorate cakes. She's a legend, and such a nice lady :] She demonstrated a few techniques on making feathers, piping lace details, and making your own molds. it was great! And, because of the demo, I'm on a cake kick! So this coming week I am going to put up some recipes for cakes and fillings, and I might also put up a tutorial for making gumpaste flowers [roses most likely]
But until's time to remember that Thanksgiving is only a week and a half away!!! And in this chilly weather, the only thing I want to eat is SOUP :] So go to the store and grab some tomatoes because we are making tomato soup!!!

you will need:
tomatoes about 2 pounds, for me it was 8 medium sized tomatoes
1 medium onion
4 cloves of garlic
chicken stock
salt and pepper
[cheese and cream is optional but delicious]

1. Dice your onions and sweat in a tablespoon of oil. about 8 minutes, over medium heat. you want the onions to soften and become translucent -NO COLOR!
2. add diced garlic and sweat those out as well, another 5 minutes.
3. Now dice up all of your tomatoes and add them to the pot.
Cover with chicken stock [about 2 cups] - you can use veg. stock if you want to make a vegetarian soup, but chicken stock has more flavor and tastes delicious- so I used that.
4. Cover and cook the soup until the tomatoes are very very soft, about 10 - 15 minutes.
season with salt and pepper. At this point you can puree the soup to make it completely smooth, or leave it chunky like I did! Now would also be the time to add any cream or cheese if you like. I would suggest adding about 1/2 - 1 cup of heavy cream for a nice and creamy finish! :] serve hot and some grilled cheese :] yummmm!

sweat onions and garlic

all done, garnished with a little queso fresco and a piece of toast!

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