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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Homemade Tomato Soup!

Tomato harvest, what to do? Tomato soup for dinner!
3½ pounds of  Principe Borghese and a couple of Brandywines.
Chop up one onion and smash 6 cloves of garlic.
Saute onions & garlic until soft.
Add tomatoes, smash so their skins break.
Let simmer for about an hour.

Into the "witch's hat"!
Put through food mill to remove seeds and skins
Don't forget to scrape all the thick goodness from the outside!
If it's thick enough for you now ... EAT!
If not, continue reading ... 
Melt ½ cup of butter
Whisk in ½ cup of flour until it's thick ..
continue cooking while constantly whisking
for a couple minutes so the flour cooks
and doesn't taste "floury"
Quickly stir in a ladle full of the soup, keep stirring!
Add a few ladles until it's no longer thick,
then add to the soup while constantly whisking!
Enjoy with a grilled cheese sandwich!

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