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Fresh Tomato Soup with Basil and Farro

Well, we are getting our first taste of fall; up here in east TN, it has been in the 40’s the last couple of mornings and with Irma barreling towards us, most of the south should see some rain.  That makes me feel like snuggling up under a blanket, reading, and having some soup…but there are still fresh tomatoes you say, no problem with this one pot, stick to your ribs, fresh tomato soup.  Even with the farro, I envision serving this with a big hunk of crusty bread, maybe with a little garlic and olive oil rubbed and drizzled on.  If you cannot find the farro, you could always substitute soaked wheat or spelt berries.  Two notes: As I was reading this an announcement came that the Tuesday markets would be cancelled this week, due to Irma, so get to your local Saturday market and stock up before she heads our way.  Also, I will be away next week, so no recipe post next Friday.  Be safe!

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Southern Tomato Pie

If you follow my personal Instagram or Facebook pages, you will realize that when it is tomato season, I make tomato pies and tarts.  I have a tried and true recipe that hints more at Italy than the southern United States, but I also like to tweak that recipe as well as try completely new and different recipes.  This is the “new and different” one that I will make this week.  I like that this recipe uses a combo of roasted and fresh tomatoes, plus it uses a lot of tomatoes.  I am also interested to see how the caramelized onions and fontina cheese pair with them.  One tweak that I will make: I will use the food processor for the dough.  I have more experience with this method and it will go much quicker; also by pulsing, you have better control with less likelihood of over-mixing.  It is a somewhat time consuming recipe, although not that much hands on, but I have high hopes and will report back via FB when I have done mine.

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Pasta Salad with Pesto

Last week was one of those weeks…one of those weeks that I knew I had to prepare ahead of time or risk eating cereal for lunch and dinner.  One of the meals that I prepared was this pasta salad and boy am I glad that I did.  Truth time: a lot of pasta salad can be big bowls of flavorless oil or worse, cooked pasta with mayonnaise dumped on-yes I said it.  Neither is true for this one.  Both mayo and oil are in the recipe, but used in such a way that you do not feel like you are eating a mouthful of grease, plus, the pesto brings a wealth of flavor, and the tomatoes add a bright freshness.  In case you cannot tell, I really liked this.  Best of all, it made a big bowl that I portioned out for lunch and dinner a few days in this busy, busy week.

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Summer Tomato Gratin

So, its late summer and you couldn’t resist buying all those tomatoes…you had a plan; fresh summer tomatoes with everything, but then, life got in the way and those big, bright, beautiful tomatoes are looking kind of spotty and leaky…what to do.  Well, you certainly could make tomato sauce, a cooked salsa, or that amazing tomato jam recipe that I put up last year, but why not try something different that really concentrates the tomato flavor and gives a new appreciation for summer.  Yes, you do have to turn the oven on, but you can transform those sad, leaky countertop tomatoes into a spectacular new dish that seems like you planned it all along.

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Spaghetti with Tomato and Walnut Pesto

Well, unlike the recipes of the last couple of weeks, this will require use of your oven and stove top, albeit minimally. In fact, you could even do the pesto part when it is cooler in the morning or late in the evening and save boiling the pasta till right before serving. Either way, it is a great new tomato-y spin on the classic basil pesto, plus if walnuts aren’t your thing, you could easily sub in almonds or maybe even pecans for a southern twist. I also think a nice dollop of ricotta cheese would be a yummy addition.

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Best Gazpacho

Ok y’all, its hot; and for the foreseeable future, not getting any cooler, so I bring you a recipe that does not require turning on an oven, a grill, or the stove top. You just need a blender or a really good knife and some of the glorious veggies that we have on the market right now. Clyde’s Fresh Produce still have those tasty purple onions, they along with East Georgia Produce, Lazy Willow Farm, and Wild Pear Farm have some gorgeous cucumbers and tomatoes, so what are you waiting for?

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