Friday, November 23, 2007

Brrr... It's cold outside!

It’s 17°F outside this evening. I guess winter has finally hit Colorado. In my mind it’s about time too. Being a northerner by birth, warm weather around the holidays just doesn’t jive for me. Soooo… bring on the holiday cheer!

Sadly my husband does not agree with me. He was born and raised here so the warm fits him just fine. To help warm him up and show my love I whipped up a quick soup we fell in love with in Portland, Oregon.

While there, we took a little tour led by the Portland Walking Tours folks. This soup comes from the first stop on the tour, the Flying Elephant Deli. It’s a fresh but warm tomato soup with a bit of a twist. Fast to make up with ingredients from the pantry. You just can’t go wrong with this one.

Elephant's Tomato-Orange Soup

Portions: 4

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 - 14.5 oz. cans unsalted diced tomatoes with juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup whipping cream

1. In a saucepan, melt butter; add onion and saute until translucent.

2. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, baking soda, and thyme.

3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.

4. Puree in a food processor or blender; strain through a sieve or food mill.

5. Return to saucepan and stir in orange juice and cream. Bring to a simmer and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve hot.

I use Pomi tomatoes from Italy but any canned diced tomatoes will work. I didn’t have whipping cream this time out as it had been used up in the Thanksgiving Day feasting so I used half and half.

I’ve got to say, tomato soup does the body good. Enjoy!


Restaurant Gal said...

Looks like a fun site. I rarely cook much at home, but simple recipes (especially gluten free for this gal) may tempt me. Tomato and orange, in soup. Hmmm.

Kim Stone said...

Thanks for the comment. I had the same reaction to tomato and orange flavors in a soup but it works. The best thing is that it's especially quick for crazy work nights.