Sunday, November 16, 2014

What do you do with frozen tomatoes?

Make tomato soup
Man, it's been cold here in Denver.  I returned from Seattle late Sunday, woke up to a 54 deg morning and by 10 am it had dropped to below freezing and it has been there for a week now.  I still had some tomatoes on the vine ripening but couldn't see them until Thursday because it was dark when I was home.  So out I went to the garden to see what was in the deep freeze:  Enough tomatoes and peppers to cry about.
tomatoes on ice

So what's a gardener and cook supposed to do ?   Make tomatoes soup:

Cream of tomato soup

one onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
frozen or really fresh or canned tomatoes- about 4 lbs
chicken stock, 2 cups
1 TBs pesto- or basil
salt, pepper
1 cup fresh goat's milk

Saute the tomato, then add the garlic, fresh basil or a frozen cube of pesto
Add the tomatoes 
Add the chicken stock
Cook on low heat for about 20 minutes
Puree in batches in a blender
Return to the stove and 
Add milk
Stir until the right temperature

cream of tomato soup with a dollop of goat yogurt and parsley
Add a grilled cheese sandwich on the side.  This lunch will warm you up when it is cold outside
Next dish:  Green chili
Yes the peppers and tomatoes will be used for this dish.  Then the garden is officially closed for the 2014 season:
Poblano chilis

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