I have some exciting news to share. I mean this is huge. Bigger than Tiger Woods news, bigger than Balloon Boy drifting off to space, er, the family attic, news. This is major. It is major enough to outdo the comeback of leggings. Are you dying yet? Are you on your knees begging? Please, no one likes a beggar.
Ok … here goes nothing … I got an immersion blender for Christmas! I know, I know, you’re bouncing off the walls. The confetti has landed in places you’ve never seen before. Noisemakers are ringing in your ears. You’ve entirely gone overboard on the champagne with excitement. You’re hanging from the chandelier with elation.
Well, it gets better. I’ve already made two soups with this fantastic, ever-so-handy kitchen marvel. It’s also replaced my stuffed koala named Quincy. The cuddling hasn’t worked out so well with the blade and all, but we can certainly stroll down the streets holding handles. We’re quite the force of nature. Together, we form Captain Planet and all of his Planeteers!
Tomatoes from the Vine Soup
To make this culinary sensation, I used a simple tomato soup recipe found on Epicurious and complicated matters.
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of EVOO
- 2 chopped yellow onions
- 3 cloves of chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoons of flour
- 5 tomatoes from the vine (a little over two pounds)
- ¼ cup of red wine
- 3 oz of tomato paste
- 10-12 kalamata olives
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- ½ cup of ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
In a large Dutch oven, sauté the onion and garlic in the butter and olive oil. Chop up the tomatoes and add them to the pot. Add flour and stir. Let it simmer. Add tomato paste and wine. Stir to cook out the alcohol. Take a glug of wine. Add the olives and chicken broth. Let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
Using an immersion blender, blend for 1-2 minutes. Add the ricotta and parmesan cheese. Let it heat for another five minutes. Serve with more cheese, preferably goat.
P.S. I also got a pretty sweet, tricked out camera for Christmas so if anyone knows how to operate a Nikon D5000, let me know. I’m still figuring it out but so far, it’s definitely spiced up the ol’ Entertaining digs. What do you think?