Fresh Summer Flavors — Tomato / Corn Soup:
What?? It’s August already!?! I totally missed posting in July??
I have an explanation (an excuse?). I was ‘trapped’ in my own house — Or rather, my Pottery was ‘trapped’, packed away, unavailable. And my kitchen was utterly inaccessible (for a while). We had some major drywall and painting work done — Removing infamous popcorn ceiling, repairing drywall from leaking roof, repainting everything. All of our main-floor rooms were blocked off with miles of plastic sheeting. (Reminder — We just got a new roof back in April).
And ahead of time, I had to pack EVERYTHING out of the way (I still have bins, and bins, and bins of Pottery on my Decks). I literally could not use my kitchen, or access any Pottery, or even ‘think’ of photos for my Blog.
Above — Getting ready to repair damaged drywall (from previous leaking roof).
Above — Guys got to prep and mix out on the deck. Just a hint of the work going on inside.
But the work is now complete; the workers did a fantastic (really conscientious) job!! It feels like we have a NEW house — Or at least, a finally finished Kitchen, since we remodeled six years ago. I’m still cleaning the DUST off of everything — Horizontal surfaces, vertical surfaces. I’ve washed my floors three times already. I’m still putting Pots away; I still have MANY Pots to go.
So what do I feel like preparing (in my feels-new-again Kitchen)? A very wonderful Summertime Soup — Fresh flavors of Tomato AND Corn. I found the recipe/inspiration on a PBS WebSite.
The Food — Roasted Tomato/Corn Soup:
I realize that a basic Tomato Soup is a no-brainer. But Tomato with Corn together? OMG — That sounds like total Summer!!
Inspired by a recipe on a PBS Site, I roasted some huge, bright red tomatoes; then roasted the kernels from several cobs of fresh (Minnesota) corn. I sauteed some leek, red pepper, garlic; and added some spice powders (cumin, paprika, ancho, chipotle). I combined all that roasted and sauteed goodness together — Then added broth. After heating for 20 – 30 minutes, I used an immersion blender to call it Soup!
I served in various bowls — Garnished with creme fraiche and slices of sauteed yellow squash. Flavor, flavor, flavor (and wonderful texture) — Absolutely Summer!! My ‘adapted’ Recipe included on my Recipes Page.
And here is Link to the PBS Recipe — www.PBS.org/food/fresh-tastes/spicy-roasted-tomato-corn-soup/
The Pottery — Simon Levin Bowl (and Plate):
I am presenting my Summertime Soup in a favorite Bowl made by Wisconsin Artist, Simon Levin — Woodfired with soft tones of (what else?) fire and ash. And a few slices of rustic Bread on an accompanying (Simon Levin) Square Plate. Bowl or Plate — Simon’s work is just so, so, so, so (wood fired) STUNNING / BEAUTIFUL! Link — www.SimonLevin.com
So that’s the story of my July….
Happy August everyone! Hope you’re enjoying ALL the flavors of Summer!