I have a piece of paper on the fridge where I'm keeping track of all the ripe red tomatoes we've picked from the garden this year. So far I've used them fresh for tacos, guacamole, placed on top of hot bread with warm cheese. I've made pizza sauce out of them, spaghetti sauce, and used them as toppings on our homemade pizza. Until recently the tomatoes have been getting eaten about as fast as they've been getting picked. The fresh produce of summer is possibly my favorite part of summer.
The tomato tally is up to 81 tomatoes this year. I didn't tally the green ones I used for the green tomato chutney or the 10 or so that I gave to the neighbor. All of the sudden though my counter was filled with these lovely red romas and I began looking up new ways to use them. Today was my first attempt at tomato soup from scratch and now I'm left wondering why in the world I've ever purchased the stuff pre-made. Little Abe helped me by dumping and pouring all the ingredients into the pot. The soup took about 5 minutes to prep and not quite 20 minutes to cook. And let me tell you this is by far the yummiest soup I've ever eaten. Of course I am bias; It's made with fresh tomatoes from my very own garden but oh my did it turn out heavenly!!! We paired it of course with hot, melty grilled cheese sandwiches. I made mine from the bread I baked the other day. Weekends, delicious lunches, the little guy getting to play with his buddy next door; there is always something to smile about.
HERE is the recipe I used for this soup (mostly)