It has been a busy couple of weeks and time just seems to escape me. For some reason, finding time when I’m not thoroughly exhausted, to write a blog post is getting harder as the fall weather takes a firm hold of Michigan.
The garden is lush and green, but without the sun and long hot days, I’m not sure the hundreds of tomatoes on the plants will ever see red. I’m hopeful, but realistic enough to have a back-up plan.
The sweet potatoes are still spreading like wildfire, but I’m not going to begin harvesting those until October or later. The last of the beets are going to be pulled and canned tomorrow, but today I pulled out some carrots. I’d left quite a few in the ground after harvesting some baby ones earlier in the summer. I couldn’t believe what I pulled out.
And that’s just a few of what I pulled.
What was really interesting though, were the wonderful carrot creatures I unearthed. Wouldn’t these make great monsters for Halloween?
Well, they aren’t going to last that long. Already I used a bunch of them today in a Tomato Alphabet Soup. Surprisingly this soups base tastes a lot like Speghetti-O’s — go figure. That’s okay. It was reminiscent of my childhood without all the additives and preservatives. A perfect accompaniment for dinner on a beautiful Michigan fall day.
Tomato Alphabet Soup
- 1/4 Cup Butter
- 3 Medium Onions Sliced
- 4 Cups Fresh Chopped Tomatoes or Cherry Tomatoes
- 2-4 Large Carrots Chopped
- 1 tsp. Basil
- 1/2 tsp. Thyme
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 Tbsp. Sugar
- 4 Cups Chicken Broth
- 1 Cup Alphabet or Orzo Pasta
Saute’ onion in butter until tender. Add tomatoes, carrot, and chicken broth and bring to boil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 45 minutes until carrots are very tender. Using a stick blender, puree soup. Strain soup through thin screened strainer and return broth to pot. Bring back to boil and add 1 cup of alphabet pasta. Cook until pasta is tender.
A quick and easy tomato soup to warm you up on those cool Fall evenings.
Fall has hit here hard and fast and although I might have liked the heat and sun a bit longer to harvest more tomatoes, I love the change and am enjoying the cool temperatures, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.