Thursday, August 26, 2010

Recipe for Late Summer (I am in denial that fall is coming)

 Courtesy of Soule Mama
Carrot-Tomato Soup
2 TBSP butter
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 lbs tomatoes, peeled* and sliced in half with stems removed
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
(optional) fresh sprigs of thyme, oregano or rosemary
1 medium sized yellow onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
5 medium sized carrots, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken (or vegetable) stock
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream
Place sliced tomatoes on a baking sheet. Cover with most of the olive oil (reserving 2 TBSP or so), and the salt and pepper. If you'd like a little more flavor, I sometimes add a fresh sprig or two of oregano or thyme atop the tomatoes. Place in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes to roast.
Halfway through the roasting, melt the butter and remaining olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic and cook until the vegetables begin to get soft (15 minutes or so). When the tomatoes are done, add those to the pot (removing the sprigs of herbs), along with the stock. Simmer on low until the vegetables are all tender (another 15 minutes or so).
Puree the soup. (I don't have an immersion blender, so my regular blender works just fine, doing it in batches.)

New Music

Local Natives

The Communist Daughter.....oh how I love the tamborine..

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My FLICKR Photostream with full on horsey pics and baby lovin


Growing Up

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. David Viscott

I saw a very elderly man very slowly and diligently climb out of his car at the gas station the other day.  As he walked by my car I noticed that he had a Powerball ticket where he had picked certain numbers and he was going in to purchase them.  I sat there and I pondered.  What is his age?  Is he in a bad spot and very much needs the money even this late in life?  Or perhaps he just is the eternal optimist and thinks that despite all this time, he still may win the big one?  Maybe he had a lot of line items on his bucket list he still hopes to complete?  Maybe he has a 100 grandchildren and he wants to pay for college?  Maybe his wife is in the hospital and they can't afford her medication?  Maybe he has always wanted a convertible and this is his only hope?  What are the numbers?  Does he buy the same numbers every week? 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

John Prine is brilliant

Both of the following renditions were written by John them......

All the Best Performed by the very talented My Morning Jacket

To hear Spanish Pipedream song by the Avett Brothers, go reminds me of the life I want to lead.