Recipe: Summer Gazpacho

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Friends were coming to town and I needed to plan a menu that was gluten-free.  Yes, I could get a bunch of boxed items and go to a specialty food market and get pre-cooked packaged food but I thought for a BBQ, it would be great to have a summer soup and lots of grilled meats, fish and veggies.  This gazpacho was absolutely perfect!

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Summer Gazpacho

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 4 whole diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 whole red onion or sweet onion, Diced
  • 1 whole seedless Cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 whole Zucchini, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper (from about 1/4 whole)
  • 1 cup Tomato Juice
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 avocado, sour cream and cilantro for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste

How to Make it:

  • As you dice your veggies(tomato, cucumber, pepper, zucchini), keep a small handful of each aside for garnish.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the minced garlic with the onion, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, tomato juice, red wine vinegar and a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Pulse until all ingredients are blended well; Add the 1/4 cup of olive oil while the processor/blender is mixing. Soup should be slightly chunky or speckled, not smooth.
  • Pour into a large bowl and add the rest of the tomato juice, and half of the remaining onion, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, and celery. (Reserve the rest of the diced vegetables for garnish.)
  • Stir mixture together and check seasonings, adding salt if needed. Chill soup for at least a couple of hours; soup needs to be very cold!
  • Remove the soup from the fridge and stir. Check seasonings one last time. Ladle into a bowl and garnish with remaining diced vegetables, a sliver of fresh avocado, sour cream, and cilantro.

 

 

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My Best Friend in the Kitchen

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I have posted how much I love my slow cooker and sadly, we recently broke up. The reasons – “It” wasn’t warm to me, took way too long to get things done and after numerous attempts I had to trade up.

Let me introduce you to my new best friend in my kitchen. The Cuisinart 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker.  slowcookerIt is a Slow Cooker, and a steamer AND it can brown and saute.  Yes, it does all of these things which means less pots to cook in, less pots to clean and less time in the kitchen.  Plus I bought it on Amazon and with Prime I had it the next day!

What have we made?  Tonight we are having ribs, last week we had korean beef and the week before that we had pot roast.  Prep is easy and dinner is ready when I walk in the door!

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The Manual vs. Mobile Grocery List

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I try to go paperless.  I do A LOT via my phone and iPad and all the various apps but there are two reasons that I must have paper.  One is my to-do list. I love the satisfaction of marking something off the list when it FINALLY gets done.  The other is my grocery list.  I tried numerous apps and it just wasn’t working.  My husband could access the app but I could not print the list.  He had no access but I could create a list and sort by item type.  Nope, not going to work.  I needed something that had the different sections of the store and a running list of all the things I buy.   So I did an audit….on my kitchen.

First the pantry, then the frig and then the freezer.  And I typed all the items that I buy on an ongoing basis and saved it.  Added a line for a check box, converted to PDF and uploaded to Dropbox.  My own personal grocery list.  Did my friends think this was crazy? Yes.  But a couple joked about having me come to their house!

grocerylistMy husband’s friend happened to see it on our counter during a visit and made my day.  He does the grocery shopping at his house and said this was GENIUS!!!(Thanks Mark!)  One list, all organized, just check the line and you are done.

Every week I print one out.  I plan the weekly menu on the back.  My husband and daughter can both add items to the list as we run out of things or if there is something they need.  And on Sunday, when I am ready to go to the store, I know what to buy and what I am cooking for the entire week!  Yes, I found a few items I missed but super easy to add them to the list.  Finally a reason to smile about food shopping!

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His Two Cents: Recommended Wines for March

Jason – I want to grab a few inexpensive bottles of wine to have on hand for casual dinners or a girls night in.  Any recommendations for both red and white?

His Two Cents:  I’ve got three(actually four) for you!

  • Gnarly Head. Authentic Black Red Blend.  95% Petite Syrah.  This Dark Jammy Blend goes great with Burgers, Hanger Steak, and BBQ Chicken.  Enjoy this wine slightly chilled on the patio w friends.
  • Cavit, the first producer of Pinot Grigio from Trentino Italy.
    This east drinking light bodied white wine is perfect for the weather change.  Pairs well with just about anything – Oysters to Goat Cheese.  It’s a crowd favorite!
  • Pommery Champagne House(French). These cute Mini Bottles come in Pink and Blue depending on what you are celebrating.  The Pink Pops are Rose and the Blue Pops are Brut.  Great for a Baby Shower or any Girls Night “In”.

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All of them can be found at World Market.  Enjoy!

Meet Jason!
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When I wake up I am a Father, a Husband, and Former Chef and General Manager.  When I am sleeping I am a Hotel Owner with a 65 foot boat in South Beach with Sunny Skies.  I like Mountain Biking, Hiking, Shooting Guns, drinking whiskey with the guys and spending lots of time with my wife and kids(one girl, one boy).  My Dreams: To Raise my kids somewhere so cool that even I can’t believe it’s for real.  To open a restaurant that supports my family and all of my hobbies.  To really live the next 40 years to the best of my ability.

Check out more of Jason’s posts under His Two Cents.

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