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.
Cooking with Basil
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.
ZYLISS Lock N’ Lift Can Opener with Lid Lifter Magnet, White
1/3 cup margarine, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
Cream together margarine with confectioners’ sugar, orange zest, and orange juice until light and fluffy.
KitchenAid 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer, Empire Red
2 pints cherry tomatoes
1 large shallot, minced
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh coriander
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a food processor, coarsely chop the tomatoes, turning the machine on and off. Do not puree.
In a medium bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes and their juices with the shallot, garlic, coriander, vinegar, chiles, lime juice and salt. Stir well.
Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for at least 2 hours to blend the flavors.
Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Food Processor
2 boxes instant vanilla pudding (small boxes)
1 quart (4 cups) eggnog
2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
8 oz tub Cool Whip, divided
1 deep dish (or 2 regular) graham cracker pie crust
In large mixing bowl, use a whisk to mix eggnog, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla pudding mix. Mix well for 2 minutes, then fold in 4 oz (half tub) of Cool Whip, mix well. Pour into pie shell(s). Put in refrigerator and let set for 2-4 hours.
Serve with remaining Cool Whip
Chef’s Star 17 Piece Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set with Anti-Slip Silicone Base – Includes 3 Stainless Steel Bowls with Lids,3 Interchangeable Graters,4 Measuring Cups,4 Measuring Spoons
2 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1 cup crushed walnuts
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons dark corn syrup
1/4 cup rum
1 cup powdered sugar
Mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl. Roll the mixture into small balls. Roll the balls in powdered sugar.
Notes You can substitute your favorite spirits for the rum.
Accmor 11-Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons/Cups Set – Premium Stackable Tablespoons Measuring Set for Dry and Liquid Ingredients Prefect for Cooking or Baking
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, water and lemon juice in small bowl; mix well. Stir in cheese.
Makes 1 cup.
Pyrex Prepware 3-Piece Glass Mixing Bowl Set
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
few drops yellow food coloring
Combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.
Baker’s Secret 3-Cup Stainless Steel Flour Sifter
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.
ChefLand 8-Piece Deluxe Stainless Steel Measuring Cup and Measuring Spoon Set
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.Hamilton Beach Food Processor & Vegetable Chopper with Bowl Scraper, 10 Cup, Electric