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Gazpacho

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While driving the other day, my daughter and I pulled into a roadside farm stand. There was the sweetest and most adorable older woman proudly arranging her tomatoes. For every basket my eyes landed on, she’d say, “Go ahead and try one!” That sweet lady knows exactly what she’s doing. I walked away with more tomatoes than I knew what to do with! I’m a sucker for sweet face.

I owe her, though. She gave me an excuse to finally make gazpacho. A chilled tomato soup that I could eat every day. I haven’t made it in ages because…well…my family says they don’t like it. I made it anyway.

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Gazpacho has so many variations. I’d eat any one of them. Although, I will say, recipes calling for tomato juice…hmmm…not so much. I’ve interpreted my own idea of gazpacho many times, but this…this is my favorite. This recipe is based on the authentic preparation of gazpacho, but with a twist or two. Authentic Andalusian gazpacho, where it originates, uses bread to give the soup body and subtle flavor. The bread is traditionally soaked with water for about thirty minutes then drained before being processed with the tomatoes. I omit the water and instead, use the juices from the tomato. It’s wonderful, fresh, summery, and filling. I’m in love with this recipe.

And guess what? So is my family.

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Gazpacho

3 to 4 1″ slices of a crusty baguette (See Notes)
2 1/2 pounds tomatoes, cored and cut in half
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
1/2 small red onion, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Garnish with…
finely diced avocado
finely diced cucumber
finely diced red onion
grape or cherry tomato slices
a few sprigs of fresh lemon thyme (try regular thyme or basil if you’d like)
freshly ground black pepper
a squeeze of fresh lime
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Place the bread slices in a medium bowl topped with a fine mesh sieve. Squeeze the tomato halves over the sieve to remove the seeds and allow the juices to run into the bowl with the bread. Place the tomatoes into the pitcher of your blender as you work. Press the seeds and any pulp through the sieve using a rubber spatula or your hands. Allow the bread to soak in the tomato juice for about 20 to 30 minutes.

In two or more batches, process the tomatoes, the bread and the rest of the ingredients in the blender on its highest speed until smooth. Pour each batch into a large serving bowl. Once done, use a whisk to bring it all together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

Serve in chilled bowls and garnish with your favorites!

Serves 4

Adapted from Gazpacho Andaluz | Saveur

Notes

  • Use your favorite crusty baguette. I love using a sourdough. Its tartness just complements this perfectly.
  • Traditionally, the crust is removed from the bread before soaking. I like to use the crust. I think it adds body and flavor.
  • Serve this as a light dinner or serve it as an appetizer in shot glasses with some colorful garnishes!
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  • Peach Prosciutto and Parmesan Salad

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    It’s been quiet around here lately, hasn’t it? Well, I’ve been taking some time to travel and spend it with family and friends that I don’t get to see very often. It has been a fantastic summer, and although it’s not over yet, I feel energized and inspired!

    While visiting my family last week, I tried to create an appetizer using peaches wrapped with prosciutto and Parmesan. While it tasted wonderful, drizzled with some honey, it was a bit difficult to eat and just needed something more. So, as soon as I returned home, I turned it into a really delicious salad. Yup…that’s what it needed. I think the tanginess from the lemony vinaigrette really enhances all of the flavors and brings them all together.

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    I’m usually the lucky one who gets to nosh after a photo shoot, but I didn’t stand a chance this time with my husband home for lunch. His take on this….

    “Okay, so I know I say this every time, but this may be the best salad you’ve ever made.”

    I love that guy.

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    Peach Prosciutto and Parmesan Salad

    4 cups mixed baby greens
    1 large or 2 small peaches, stone removed and sliced
    4 to 6 slices prosciutto, sliced paper thin
    approximately 1/4 cup Parmesan, crumbled
    1/4 cup pecan halves, toasted
    honey for drizzling

    Lemony Vinaigrette

    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon honey

    Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl to combine and set aside.

    Arrange the mixed greens, peaches and prosciutto on two dinner plates. Sprinkle each with the Parmesan and pecans. Divide the dressing between both salads. Drizzle just a bit of honey over the top of each.

    Serves 2

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