Wednesday, June 27, 2012

so easy, even i can do it

today, i'm just going to share a recipe. one that i got from my mom and modified. really, i modify it just about every time i make it. have fun with it! it's funny, i never thought i, of all people, would ever be sharing recipes, but here i am at my second one.

this is a cold vegetable soup called gazpacho. here's a wiki link if you'd like to know the origin and whatnot... i made a fresh batch today for dinner tonight, and i didn't even have a single disaster, yay me! i hope you like it...

Yields: enough for my husband and i to each have a bowl for dinner and me to have lunch the next day

  • 8 oz. V8 juice (i buy generic and it tastes just as good)
  • 12 oz. spicy V8 (also generic, but if you have Snappy Tom in your store, it's yummy!)
  • about a 2 second pour of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 pinches of cumin (i use BIG pinches, i love the stuff)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • cucumber
  • a couple of stalks of celery
  • green pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic (more or less, it's up to you)
  • about a cup or so of italian bread crumbs
  • rosemary or other herbs from your garden?
  • i like to mix all the liquid ingredients, salt & pepper together first to get the taste how i like it before i start adding the veggies
  • cut up all veggies into bite size pieces and add to mix (i like to keep mine in pieces, but if you'd like a creamier soup you can throw the veggies in the cuisinart) try other veggies, too. these are what we like, but i'm sure it would be great with your favorites.
  • today i'm trying something new, fresh rosemary from the garden. i chopped it up into fine little pieces and threw it in (about a teaspoon or so.) i just thought though, you could probably put in a whole stem or 2 of it and then take it out before you serve it, hmmm.
  • add bread crumbs
  • chill in the fridge for a couple hours or overnight to marry the flavors
  • enjoy!

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