Final Outcome!!! Superbly flavorful Tomato Soup with Parmesan-Bacon-and Tomato Soup Biscuits!

Awesome Tomato Soup with Parmesan-Bacon-n-Tomato Biscuits!

Awesome Tomato Soup with Parmesan-Bacon-n-Tomato Biscuits!

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Best comfort food for a chilly day in Miami? Why, Tomato Soup, of course!

ImageWoke up to 56 degrees……but in Miami, that feels like it’s a lot colder than it really is! I bundled up to go to work, in Boots, Sweater, Scarf and Coat.  Yes, it was That Cold to me.

On my way home, I passed an open field where they were selling fresh fruits and vegetables….so I stopped and walked right up to the stand where they had some gorgeous colorful vegetables. My grumbling stomach said…it’s time to make Tomato Soup!

I purchased some large tomatoes, a poblano and vidalia onions.  Couldn’t wait to get home in order to start creating a new style of tomato soup.

As soon as I walked into my kitchen, out came a large cookie sheet, where I spread out the tomatoes, poblano pepper and vidalia onions to broil them first. Into a stovetop pot went garlic, tomato paste, tomato sauce, dash of kosher salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and the juice of one lemon, as well as two cups of low sodium chicken broth.  As soon as I could smell the lovely aroma of the broiled tomatoes and the vidalia onions,  the tomatoes were peeled, and then were chopped up with the vidalia onions and the poblano pepper, and all went for a swim with the rest of the ingredients in the stovetop pot. After a good 20 minutes, small batches of the soup went into a blender, where it liquified the vegetables together….such an amazing aroma came from this light and superbly flavorful soup.

But there was something missing…..I always keep my biscuit mix nearby, so in went one cup of the tomato soup, as well as half a cup of parmesan cheese and 1/3 cup of chopped bacon.  In just 12 minutes at 400 degrees, the tomato soup biscuits were done!

Yum……now where did I put my soup spoon????

 

What can make you weep….and laugh at the same time? Why, it’s a Spicy Hot Red Pepper, Jalapeno, Habanero, Louisiana Hot Sauce Over Chocolate Corn Bread!

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Quite a mouth full, right?  A run to Whole Foods at lunch time had me salivating over all the peppers they had available…..so I picked up some jalapenos, habaneros, red peppers, tomato sauce and added in some kitchen staples…. lemon, orange and a few drops of Louisiana hot sauce and pureed it together….and voila! Here it is!!

It will be served with chocolate….yes, chocolate corn bread!!! Stay tuned to future episodes of “Cooking with Gabi” to get these recipes….will definitely make your mouth Pop Full of Flavor!

Oh, what a day! And I mean last Saturday, March 24th at Tart & Berry

I had such a Great Time!  Talk about intense baking…..last Friday I ran home from work and made quite a few goodies:

  • Nespresso/Chocolate Mini-cupcakes
  • Strawberry Mini-cupcakes with fresh Strawberry/Neufchatel Cheese Frosting
  • Lemon/Key Lime Mini-Cupcakes with fresh juice
  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter Mini-cupcakes, with a hint of orange
  • Banana and Dulce de Leche Mini-cupcakes

And on the savory side

  • Parmesan, olive and sundried tomato mini-mini biscuits, and last but not least
  • Corn and black bean mini-muffins!

I had a grand time baking and what fun it was to meet so many people!  We had quite a few hundred that stopped by to taste mini-baked goodies made by yours truly, as well as try the numerous yummy yogurts and awesome paninis and salads that Tart & Berry sells!

Make sure to stop by Tart & Berry and try out their Tiramisu yogurt…..talk about severe yum factor!!!!

Treasure this Life….even in the kitchen!

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each others’ faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:12-15

Peace.  I find peace in the kitchen.  It brings me great joy to be able to spend time in the kitchen, coming up with different recipes, full of fresh fruits and vegetables, transforming ingredients into mouth-watering dishes that will be healthy as well and will be enjoyed by many.

But lately I have been baking, baking and more baking! Tonight on my way home from work, I purchased pomegranate infused dried cranberries and dried plums – my weekend project is to make something yummy for a long car trip coming up!!!!

Stay tuned and I will share what I make……maybe I’ll take some of these “new to be creations” to Tart & Berry’s, on Kendall & 122nd (at the Regal Cinema Shopping Mall)!!!

Have a great evening!

Gabi