And there are times, during weeks like these, when a snow day (or two, or three) pile up like drifts, necessitating the need for that quintessential snowbound lunch.
Which would be, of course, none other than a bowl of tomato soup and grilled cheese. I hadn't planned ahead and made anything in the crockpot, so I turned to one of my favorite recipes in one of my favorite cookbooks.
Seriously, no kitchen (vegetarian or otherwise) should be without Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. I have been a fan of her cooking for awhile and this cookbook (oh, my word, just discovered Deborah has a website with a blog ... swoon ...) is a treasure trove of easy, simple, but oh-so-delicious vegetarian recipes. It's a great resource for those looking for easy to prepare veggie meals, but also as a primer for those who have a vegetarian friend or relative dining at your table.
Ah, yes, there it was ... Deborah's recipe for Cream of Tomato Soup. (As you can see, I write notes in my cookbooks with the date I made the dish, any modifications or tweaks, and of course, what we thought.)
2.5 tbsps of butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1.5 tsps dried basil, crumbled
pinch ground cloves
2 tbsps flour
2 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes in puree
pinch baking soda
2.5 cups Basic Vegetable Stock or water
1.5 cups milk, as needed
salt and freshly milled pepper
tomato paste, if needed
My modifications were to omit the celery (hate celery), to use a 32 oz. can of crushed tomatoes in puree, and to use vegetable broth. I needed all the milk (2%) and didn't need the tomato paste.
Melt the butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, basil and cloves; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is limp, about 5 minutes.
(I had to take a peek ...)
I served this with grilled mozzerella and provolone cheese sandwiches.
Serves 4. (I would imagine this could be easily doubled. Also, I have a small one-serving size container of this in my freezer, as it freezes well.)
photos copyright 2010, Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy, The Betty and Boo Chronicles).