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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Soup's On!


Living up to it's intended purpose,
April is bringing showers for the May flowers!
It's warm but that damp drizzle still makes it good soup weather!

I've been trying to use up some things in the freezer
and when I saw a big bag of garden tomatoes and another
of Vidalia onions, I decided to make soup.
With carrots, cannellini beans, pasta and spices, it turned into
a homemade version of Olive Garden's Pasta e Fagioli.  Yum!


45 comments:

  1. I'll be over just as soon as I can get there!
    And I'm bringing my box of saltine crackers and a jar of peanut butter.
    :0)

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    1. Perfect! I'll keep it simmering until you arrive! :)

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  2. I tried to freeze tomatoes, but when they thawed out it was just a mushy mess! Don't you mean you found them in the fridge?

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    1. No..this was freezer...garden tomatoes from last summer. They are mushy..but if you're making soup or spaghetti sauce, it doesn't matter...they make a good red sauce that way.

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    2. The first local tomatoes were on sale today. These are special, they are called Elmsthorpe Tomatoes and they are special variety grown and ripened over the winter in special greenhouses with heat and light and they are always available from the beginning of April to the end of November! The have so much flesh on them that there's hardly room for the seeds!

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    3. Those sound good! I won't have tomatoes ready to eat from my garden until September! The groceries will have them soon but they don't seem to be as good. No Elmsthorpes here.....aren't you lucky!

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  3. Looks so good and very tummy-warming. I've used tomatoes from the freezer too with no problem. We had a bit of sun yesterday and today, but generally it's a wee bit grey. Hoping for daffodils soon!

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    1. My neighbor has some beautiful hyacinths that I can see from my kitchen window! Hope Toronto gets daffodils soon...I would think it shouldn't be too much longer!

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    2. Mmmmm... hyacinths! There is a little spot in a nearby park where I always watch for the first daffodils. Have not been by there in a few days so maybe next time it will surprise me!

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    3. Makes me think I need some blue hyacinths in my blue garden!

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    4. Oh, definitely! That would be a great addition.

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  4. Folks freeze tomatoes here too, especially the excess of homegrown crops which tend to grow fast and furious once they start.
    I blanch mine before freezing.
    Your soup looks delicious, full of goodness...
    ~Jo

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    1. That's exactly what this was...a big bag of tomatoes that came on all at once and I didn't have time to do anything with them. They sure made a yummy soup...nothing like those garden tomatoes!

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  5. Yum, indeed! Will all your men enjoy it?

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    1. Alex will...Harry and Spencer would rather die that taste it. ha.

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    2. This made me smile. My son is very careful what he will taste.

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    3. Oh and we had taco soup with tortilla chips.

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    4. yum....taco soup...I would love that!

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  6. Us too ~~ huge crock pot of ham, rice and veggie soup! I couldn't believe how much meat was still attached to the bone ~~ cheesy biscuits too.

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    1. Oh yum....I love soup made with a ham bone! Biscuits sound good, too..guess what? That's what I served with my soup! :)

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  7. Looks so good! I have a version of that I make too. Those freezer tomatoes were perfect for soup!

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    1. It had been a while since I looked in the freezer! There's a few things in there that I need to use up!

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  8. Hey!!
    Guess what we had for dinner over here???
    Turkey soup...and it was delish!!
    Yours looks divine!!
    Once again....great minds think alike!!
    I found a recipe for white bean and ham soup...
    That ham bone in the freezer from last week, will fit the bill nicely!!
    Enjoy your evening...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I make a bean soup with a ham bone...it's wonderful! Your house will smell so good, too!
      Cornbread is perfect with it, too!

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    2. I usually make split pea soup with the ham....
      But...I want to try something different!

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    3. You need a ham bone....delicious!

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  9. Showers? Where are they?
    We had snow today
    Last one for the year
    Hopefully, I fear

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    1. Snow? I think even I am tired of snow now. haha.

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    1. Come on over...I'll serve you a nice big bowl! :)

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  11. Hi Betsy - it does look yummy and I too am using things up ready for all the fresh foods ... and we have had two wonderful days - and it's set to last til the weekend! I'm off for another coffee now .. cheers Hilary

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    1. The strawberries will be first in my garden....they are already sprouting little green shoots!

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  12. Looks delicious! It has been drizzly in our area also. I am going to try growing tomatoes this year.

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    1. If I could only grow one thing each summer, it would be tomatoes!

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  13. Really 'souper' ~ looks delish . . . almost as good as the hospital food I am having . . . lol . . . :)

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    1. Yes, they do.....the ones that will eat it! ha. Alex loves my cooking. Spencer and Harry won't touch it!

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  15. Hope Peaches turns up again soon . . . and you win his confidence . . . :)

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    1. Peaches was back tonight...seems like it's twice a week in the late evening. I do wish he'd come during vet hours! In time, I suppose....I need to be more patient!

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