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Autumnal Dinner

Last night Tompaul and I drove to Hagerstown, MD.  I know this is exciting in itself…but the real reason was to see Bronwen and Aaron and new baby (a.k.a. Adam).  I  volunteered to make part of dinner as there were some new recipies I wanted to try out…and its easier to experiment on a larger crowd because you get more opinions.

First I decided to make a homemade tomato soup.  This is mostly because I had subpar tomato bisque for lunch…for 3.5 for the cup.  I was thinking as I ate it…I have made better tomato soup.  At this moment I realized I have become something horrid…a food snob!

Anyway I decided to make this soup I love.  It comes from Giada’s Kitchen.  The soup involves crushed tomatoes, canelli beans (to make it creamy), carrots, garlic (sorry Ba), onion and red pepper flakes.  The red pepper flakes I used were newer than the ones I have so it was a bit on the HOT side.   You can look the recepie up on Google books (it’s page 44).  I substituted McKay’s Chicken Seasoning for the chicken broth and I don’t use heavy cream to make the wipped cream topping.  Instead I add the part cream in to the soup and I use milk.  I think this helps with the acidity of the tomatoes…as everyone knows I don’t like raw tomatoes.  Here is the soup cooking…we ate the soup so fast I don’t have any of the finished product!

Then to finish off dinner I made a monky cake.  And by monky I mean from my monastery cookbook.  I chose the Yogurt Cake Saint-Elie.  I added 2tsp of vanilla, baked it in  an 8″ round pan instead of square and only baked it for 40 min instead of the full 50 because it was done.  I turned out to be a nice solid cake.  Te outside made a firm “crust.”  The cake held its own taste so the toppings were simple: cut strawberries with lemon juice and sugar topped whipped cream.  My friend Mary Heather taught me that.  She is one smart cookie.

Here is baby Adam.  He is growing nicely.  All of his reflexes are appropriate and he is super fun to swaddle and cuddles nicely.  All in all it was a fun night….well worth the drive.