Tomato Soup with Parmesan Croutons

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Butter

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 clove Garlic, Minced Fine Or Grated

1 whole Onion, Finely Diced

3 whole Large Carrots, Peeled And Finely Diced

2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste

3 cans (28 Ounces Each) Whole Tomatoes

32 ounces, fluid Vegetable Or Chicken Broth

1 cup Water

1/2 cup Heavy Cream

Salt And Pepper, to taste

2 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Parsley

2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil

Croutons

1/2 whole Baguette, Sliced Into Rounds

1/2 cup Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Fresh Basil, For Garnish

Directions

In a large pot, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat, then add onion, garlic, and carrots. Stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir it in, cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Add canned tomatoes with their juice, broth, and water. Stir together and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, longer if you have time. Use an immersion blender to puree, still leaving some texture to the tomatoes. Add cream, salt, pepper, parsley, and basil, and simmer for another 5 minutes.

To make the croutons: drizzle crostini rounds lightly with olive oil. Place little piles of Parmesan in a nonstick skillet. Place a crostini round on top of each pile. Turn on the heat to medium. Press with a spatula as you melt the cheese into each round. When set, flip the crouton to the other side to toast.

Serve soup with one or two croutons on top and a little bit of basil.

 

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Hot Corn Chili Dip (The Pioneer Woman)

 

Ingredients

5 ears fresh corn, shucked
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced finely
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 cans diced green chilies
1 1/2 cups grated pepper-jack cheese
8 ounces cream cheese, softened.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
3 green onions, sliced thin.
Tortilla chips or pita crisps, for serving

Directions

Heat a grill on medium heat. Grill the corn until lots of the kernels have color. Cut off the kernels and set aside.
If serving immediately, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, jalapenos, onions and green and red bell peppers. Cook for a few minutes, until the peppers get great color on the outside. Add the chiles and stir for 30 seconds. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the pepper-jack, the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream and green onions and stir until combined. Add the corn mixture and stir to combine thoroughly. Pour into a small baking dish. Bake immediately, or cover with foil and refrigerate up to 48 hours.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese over the top and bake until bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or pita crisps.

Blackberry Cobbler

Ingredients

1 Stick Butter, Melted

1 1/4 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Self-Rising Flour

1 Cup Milk

2 Cups Blackberries (frozen or fresh)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.  Butter a pie plate or bake pan.

Stir together 1 cup of the sugar and the flour into a mixing bowl.

Add the milk, whisking until combined.

Gently whisk in the butter until smooth.

Pour the batter into the buttered pan.

Sprinkle the blackberries over the top of the batter, distributing them evenly.

Bake for 1 hour, or until golden brown.

Serve with whipped cream and ice cream.

 

Hoe Cakes (Paula Deen’s Recipe)

Paula Deen’s Hoe Cake Recipe makes the most delicious hoe cakes you will ever taste!  My husband and I first had these hoe cakes when we visited Paula Deen’s Buffet in Tunica, MS years ago.  The cooks were constantly at the grill cooking up these yummy delights to keep up with all of the guests.  They are great hot off the griddle with soft butter and a little syrup as a side with your lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup self-rising cornmeal

2 eggs

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil (or bacon grease)

Butter, (or oil) for frying and more for spreading

Directions

STEP 1

Mix all ingredients together (except for frying oil and butter for spreading).

STEP 2

Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Drop mixture 3 tablespoons at a time into hot skillet. Brown until crisp; turn and brown on other side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with butter, for spreading. Leftover batter will keep in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

NUTRITION (PER SERVING): 123 calories, 10g fat

 

 

Flat Belly Mini Muffins

Here’s the exact recipe created by the USDA and tested at the University of Maryland

Preheat Oven to 325 degrees F.

Ingredients

1 Cup Safflower Oil

½ Cup Packed Brown Sugar

½ Cup Sugar

½ Cup Egg Beaters or 2 Large Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 ¼ tsp Baking Soda

¼ tsp Salt

½ Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

¼ Cup chopped nuts (Almonds, Walnuts or Pecans)

 

Directions:

Lightly coat two mini muffins pans with cooking spray or use mini muffin liners.

Mix all ingredients together.  Fill each muffin cup with 1 Tbsp batter.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until baked through.

Cool.  To maximize freshness, use doubled storage bags to freeze any muffins you won’t consume within 2 days.

Defrost in wrapping at room temperature overnight.  Makes about 48 mini muffins.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 18 g
Amount Per Serving

Calories

89

Calories from Fat

51
% Daily Value*

Total Fat

5.7g
9%

Saturated Fat

0.7g
4%

Cholesterol

8mg
3%

Sodium

49mg
2%

Potassium

20mg
1%

Total Carbohydrates

8.7g
3%

Sugars

4.5g

Protein

1.1g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
Nutrition Grade D
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Tomato Salad Daniel’s Recipe

 

Ingredients

1 lb Tomatoes, chopped up

1 Cucumber, peeled and chopped up

8-12 ounces Romaine Lettuce

Dressing

1 Clove Garlic

1 tsp Dried Oregano

1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard

1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar

1 tsp Kosher Salt

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1/2 cup Olive Oil

Directions

Mix all and enjoy!

Note:  Add Feta Cheese and Red Onion, Bell Pepper, Carrots, Celery if desired. Add any of these proteins if desired: Chicken, Turkey, Roast Beef, Steak or Pork.

Tasty Tomato Recipes

Tasty tomato recipes

Juicy, ripe and colorful, fresh tomatoes are one of the season’s greatest pleasures. Turn them into something special to enjoy any time of day with these easy, delicious recipes.

 

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Ingredients

4 Medium Tomatoes, sliced

¼ cup fresh Basil leaves

½ pound fresh Mozzarella Cheese sliced

Balsamic Vinaigrette:

2 tbsp Olive Oil

2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 tsp Ground Mustard

1/8 tsp Salt

1/8 tsp Pepper

Directions

Arrange the tomatoes, cheese and basil on a serving platter.  Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients; drizzle over salad.

Makes 4 servings

 

 

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Easy Salsa

Chop up 4 large tomatoes, one-fourth of an onion, 6 sprigs cilantro, 2 garlic cloves and 1 jalapeno chili. Place all chopped ingredients in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons lime juice and one-half teaspoon salt. Mix everything together thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate the salsa until it is ready to serve.

 

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Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce 

Ingredients

2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored, chopped

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons minced fresh basil

1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

10 ounce penne or rigatoni

1/4 cup grated Parmesan, optional

Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a bowl, toss tomatoes, olive oil, basil, oregano, garlic and salt. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes or as package label directs. Drain pasta and place in bowl with tomatoes. Add Parmesan, if desired, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

 

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients

Waxed Paper

2 Large Eggs

2Tbsp Water

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal

Salt to Taste

Freshly Ground Pepper to taste

2 lbs. Green Tomatoes, Sliced

1 Cup Canola Oil for frying, or as needed

Directions

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

Beat eggs and water in a shallow bowl.  Place flour and cornmeal in 2 separate shallow bowls.  Season the cornmeal with salt and pepper.

Dip each tomato slice into flour, then, dip into the egg mixture.  Press the tomato into cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess.  Transfer tomato to prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining tomato slices, arranging tomatoes in a single layer.

Heat about ¼ inch canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat until oil begins to shimmer.  Fry tomatoes in batches until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side.  Drain on paper towel-lined plates.  Repeat with remaining tomatoes.  Serve with Remoulade Sauce.

 

Remoulade Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 cup of chopped green onion

1/2 cup of finely minced celery

1 clove of garlic, finely minced

2 tablespoons of ketchup

1/8 cup of mustard

1 tablespoon of horseradish

1 cup of mayonnaise

2 yolks from hard boiled eggs, chopped

1/8 to 1/2 cup of white or apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon of paprika

Couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Couple dashes of hot pepper sauce

Pinch of thyme

Pinch of tarragon

Couple pinches of chopped parsley

Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Directions
Combine all of the ingredients except for the olive oil. Drizzle in the olive oil, a little at a time, while whisking briskly until mixture is well blended and reaches a nice creamy consistency. Can also process in a food processor for a smoother consistency, if desired. Taste, adjust seasonings, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to thoroughly chill.

Bruschetta Tomato and Basil

Bruschetta Tomato and Basil

Ingredients

6 Tomatoes, diced

2 Cloves Garlic, chopped

2 Cloves Garlic, peeled

3 Tbsp Olive Oil

2 ¼ tsp Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tbsp chopped fresh Basil

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

8 slices Italian Bread, cut about 1 inch thick

2 Tbsp grated Parmingiano-Reggiano Cheese

Directions

Whisk together chopped garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper, and basil.

When combined slowly drizzle in oil.

Add tomatoes and let sit for 20 minutes at room temp.

Meanwhile, toast the bread.

This can be done either in the toaster (if it’s got really wide slots) or under the broiler.

When the bread is toasted rub each piece, on one side, with the whole garlic pieces.

Place the bread on a cookie sheet and top with tomato mixture.

Sprinkle on a little cheese and broil till the cheese melts (you can skip that last broiling bit and it’s equally as wonderful).

Serve immediately.