Roasted Creamy Tomato Soup

I’ve been busy in the kitchen lately and still trying to lighten up for summer. I don’t make soup very often; I like texture and having my teeth sink into deliciousness. 

However, this soup just might turn me into a soup enthusiast. It’s velvety creaminess is rich and chunks of tomatoes gives it texture. It’s a satisfying meal that’s comforting enough for winter and light enough for warmer months.

I started with chopped tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil tossed in oregano, basil, thyme, garlic powder, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.


After roasting for about an hour, the house smelled heavenly!


I roughly mashed with a potato masher but it could be blended in a food processor for a smoother consistency.


After transferring to a saucepan, I added veggie broth, light cream, a splash of balsamic vinegar, and simmered for about 20 minutes.

And finally…the perfect cup of soup!


I’m looking forward to trying this with fresh garden tomatoes come summertime!


In the Garden of…

Here we are heading into the summer of 2017 and I’m giving the gardening thing another shot. No green thumb, just wishful thinking along with lots of TLC.

My basil plant is already struggling to survive most likely from planting too soon. In Massachusetts it seems winter likes to hang around until June. But I’m determined to make this work! I can’t wait for veggie summer dishes with fresh herbs and hoping for the best in my tiny garden of herbs and pretty flowers scattered throughout.

What to prepare with hot and spicy oregano? The possibilities!



Pasta Primavera

I’m excited about spring and nothing communicates my moods better than food. I’m gradually shifting from heavy-winter-comfort-food to light-fresh-healthy meals. This dish was heavy on the veggies and light on the noodles. Light cream, a dab of tomato paste, and veggie stock from the sautéed mushrooms made a light earthy flavored sauce. Plenty of fresh and dried herbs finished it off. Delizioso!



Easter Lily

Lilies abound and I stumbled upon this perfect blossom during my Easter Day celebrations. The season of new beginnings, fresh outlooks, and promising tomorrows is here.  The future may not be perfect but I know the best is yet to come.


Then, even if your beginnings were modest, your final days will be full of prosperity.    Job 8:7