Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nate's Tomato Soup recipe

On Saturday we made tomato soup for the school work party.  This time, we recorded the recipe as we went, so that we could share it. 

Nate’s Tomato Soup –aka Roasted Red Pepper, Basil, & Butternut Tomato Soup
Makes approximately 1 gallon of soup
Roast 4 red peppers
(Roast for 50min on 375F, rotating every 10-15min so that all sides roast evenly.  Remove, cover and let sit for 30min.  remove core, then carefully slice open.  (there will be lots of juice).  Remove seeds and membrane, and gently remove the peel. ) 
Stir together the following ingredients and bring to boil.  Boil for 10min then reduce to simmer:
2 c chicken stock
1 stalk celery chopped
2 medium carrots chopped
8 fresh basil leaves chopped
1 lg onion
6 garlic cloves
1 tsp. salt
1/2 butternut squash*
*Halve the butternut squash and microwave flesh side down in a baking dish with ½ inch of water for approximately 8min or until slightly soft.  Chop in cubes and add to stewing vegetables.   
Let simmer for approx. 45min or until veggies are softened. Puree vegetables then strain vegetable mixture until smooth.
Add 2 cups of pureed veggies to 1 can (50oz.) of condensed tomato soup and 1 can of milk.
Add 2 finely chopped basil leaves

Monday, April 4, 2011

Spring's around the corner...

Spring's around the corner!  We can feel it in the air!

Aunt Naomi took photos of Eloise for me on Sunday (finally!)
Imagine looking at grass for the first time.
Eloise is very curious.  She's never been outside like this before.
There are so many new things to see.  I love how she's holding the daffodil here.
I don't know why she's staring so hard at the camera here.  (She's definitely seen cameras before! :-)

Ruby is a good helper!
And finally... a smile!