Facebook Tomato Soups

A friend asked for quick, easy tomato soup recipes for her son to try making for himself. These are what were offered in 30 minutes.

1. Bake tomatoes in oven with garlic and onion, once cooked put in blender with chicken stock and purée til smooth. Stir over low-med heat for 10-15mins until reduced.  Add basil, too.

2. 4 large tomatoes, cut them in 4 sections. Dice an onion, you could add garlic for taste, spices of your own taste, and a chicken broth cube. Add water, boil until all ingredients are tender. Blend in a blender… add some whipped cream. Enjoy

3.  2 Onions, 1 clove garlic, small potato, pound of tomatoes or more, squirt of tomatoes paste. Sweat onions and garlic in butter 1min. Add tomatoes and cook for twenty mins with chicken or veg stock cube. Try and get as many of the skins out while it’s cooking then blend.xx

I’m going to play with this later.

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Preserved cherries

Recipe in the Washington Post

I think I’ll make some of these and give them to my family who like Manhattans for Xmas.

Summary:

These cherries have a much more complex, sweet-and-savory taste than the jarred, neon-red maraschino cherries you find at the supermarket. Try them in a Manhattan or a Shirley Temple — or just use them to top an ice cream sundae.
The cherries will keep, covered and refrigerated, for about two weeks. Or you may can them for long-term storage: Pack the cherries and juice in hot, sterilized jars and seal according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Place in a water-bath canner and process for 20 minutes for pint jars.
Makes about 65 cherries

Ingredients:

  • 2 pints bing cherries, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract

Directions:

Place the cherries in a shallow heatproof glass or ceramic bowl.
In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine 1 1/4 cups of the water and the salt. Bring to a boil, stirring until the salt has dissolved. Remove from the heat; allow to cool for 10 minutes, then pour the liquid over the cherries. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Drain the cherries, discarding the liquid, and rinse them with cold water. Wash the bowl in which the cherries were refrigerated and return them to the clean bowl. Set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, lemon juice and remaining 1/4 cup of water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then remove from the heat and add the almond extract. Pour the mixture over the cherries; let cool, then cover and refrigerate overnight, stirring occasionally.

Recipe Source:

From Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria.
Tested by Michael Taylor for The Washington Post