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September 13, 2010

The Bounty of the Summer Garden!

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Went out to the garden today and picked some of the ripest tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers to make gazpacho which is one of my favorite summertime treats. This is a soup invented for hot weather. If you're interested, I'm including the recipe from Simply Recipes which is easy to fix and delicious. I didn't have the celery so I left it out. And since I was using a juicer, I didn't bother to seed the cucumber and the fresh juicy tomatoes provided all the juice I needed. It worked really well.

Gazpacho Recipe

INGREDIENTS

6 ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 purple onion, finely chopped
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, chopped
1 sweet red bell pepper (or green) seeded and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1-2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
6 or more drops of Tabasco sauce to taste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (omit for vegetarian option)
4 cups tomato juice
METHOD
Combine all ingredients. Blend slightly, to desired consistency. Place in non-metal, non-reactive storage container, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight, allowing flavors to blend.
Serves 8.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at September 13, 2010 7:25 AM
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