Marinated Heirloom Tomato Soup

1-1/2 pounds ripe heirloom tomatoes, cored and quartered (do not peel)
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 teaspoon ground piment d’Espelette or dried Anaheim chili (or ground mild chili pepper)
2 tablespoons best-quality sherry-wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
20 fresh basil leaves

Combine all the ingredients with 1-2/3 cups water in a food processor or a blender and purée to a smooth liquid. Taste for seasoning.

The soup can be served immediately, but the flavors will benefit from ripening for 3 to 24 hours, refrigerated.

At serving time, reblend the soup. Serve in chilled soup bowls.


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Cooking with Basil

Black Bean Gazpacho

3 cups chopped, peeled, and seeded tomatoes
1 12-oz. can (1-1/2 cups) hot style vegetable juice cocktail
1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
1 15-oz. can black beans or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped seeded cucumber, yellow summer squash, and/or zucchini
1/2 cup chopped green or yellow sweet pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
2 tablespoons Italian salad dressing
bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)

In a large mixing bowl combine tomatoes, juice, ham, beans, cucumber or squash, chopped pepper, green onion, and dressing.

Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.

If desired, serve with bottled hot pepper sauce.

Makes 4 main-dish servings.


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Cannoli Pie

1 1/4 ounces container ricotta cheese
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries
1/4 cup blanched chopped almonds
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 9-inch chocolate graham cracker pie crust

In a large bowl, stir ricotta cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth and well combined. Stir in cherries, almonds, and chocolate chips.

Spoon into pie crust, cover, and freeze for at least 3 hours.

Remove pie from freezer and allow to sit for at least 10 to 15 minutes before cutting.

Cover and store any leftovers in the freezer.

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Black Bean and Poblano Dip

2 cups fresh poblano peppers — seeded, deveined and chopped
14 1/2 oz canned black beans — rinsed and drained
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped scallions
1 cup chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender; process to desired consistency.

Serves 12; Yields about 1/4 cup per serving.

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Orange Ball Cookies

1 16-ounce package vanilla wafer cookies
1 pound confectioner’s sugar
1 stick butter, melted or room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 6-ounce can frozen orange juice
1 cup chopped nuts
1 package coconut

Crush vanilla cookies until fine.

Put crushed cookies in a large mixing bowl, add confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, orange juice, nuts, and melted butter. Mix all ingredients well.

Shape into walnut size balls and roll in coconut or sugar.

Yield: 48 cookies, approximate


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Chili Orange Avocado Soup

\2 large avocados, peeled, pitted
4 teaspoons lime juice
3 hot chilies or to taste, seeded, coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 cup yogurt
1 1/2 cups low fat milk
2 teaspoons salt + more to taste
Pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
4 teaspoons. chopped cilantro

Place first 4 in a processor and process until smooth. Add next 6 and process until smooth. Chill.

Taste for salt. Divide among 4 soup cups. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.


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Strawberry Whipped Sensation

4 cups strawberries
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
8 oz tub Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
8 Oreo chocolate sandwich cookies, finely chopped
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Line loaf pan with foil.

Mash 2 cups of strawberries in large bowl. Stir in milk, juice and 2 cups Cool Whip, pour into pan. Top with combined chopped cookies and butter, press into mixture. Cover. Freeze 6 hours.

To Serve, invert onto plate. Remove foil. Frost with remaining Cool Whip. Top with remaining strawberries, sliced.

Makes 12 servings


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