Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Sun Sets on Summer

Summer's gone, Fall's here...And so is the produce!!!
I have zucchini EVERYWHERE.  I have given it away to friends (and anyone else who'll take some off my hands).  It's on the floors, tables, in bags for children to take home, in bread, sautee'd, steamed, "caked", and in the freezer.

We have pumpkins, squash, pears, apples, peaches, and plums.  Time to get busy.  I've addressed the basil and made 7 batches of pesto this week.  The zucchini has been shredded, frozen, and/or made into bread.  Apple butter has been made.  Tomato soup is on the agenda for this afternoon.  That leaves little time for the rest.  I think I'll be juicing the wild plums for some jelly making later.  The pears and apples will be made into more butter and some dehydrated  fruit.  "Something in this photo is not like the others".  Who left the basket of tennis balls on the porch?  
 I'm tired already.   But I do love Fall and I'm glad it's here.  I am posting the tomato soup recipe that I'm making as I write. 

 It's just that good.  Try it.

Cream of Tomato Soup

12 ripe tomatoes, peeled and cut up
1 cup of chicken stock or water
1cup of chopped celery
½ cup of onion, diced
¼ cup of minced fresh Italian parsley
3 Tab. of cornstarch
3 Tab. of butter, melted
2 Tab. of brown sugar
2 tsp. of salt
2 cups of light cream
1 egg yolk, beaten
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Simmer tomatoes, water, celery, onion, and parsley for 30 minutes. Puree and strain.
Mix together butter and cornstarch. Stir into soup and let simmer over medium heat until thickened slightly.
Add brown sugar, salt and pepper. (Freeze, if desired, at this point.)

When you are ready to serve, stir the cream and egg into the hot soup.

Makes about 2 quarts.


  1. Hi, Bonnie! Yummy! Your tomato soup recipe looks fantastic! You've been VERY productive!

  2. Oh does your harvest look good. Shock of all shocks I have been looking for zucchini and no one around me planted any this summer. Wish I lived near you, I would take some off your hands.

  3. Wow -- it sure looks like you've had a bountiful harvest! If I were your neighbor, I'd gladly take some zucchini off of your hands. But then, if I were your neighbor, I'd probably be growing my own. Have fun canning!

  4. Bonnie -- I am such a slacker and am envious of your harvest. We even cleared a spot and amended it and brought irrigation water to it, but by the time we did all this it was too late. There is just something so great about putting up your harvest in various forms. Love your pumpkins and the new kind of "tennis ball pumpkins!" Wow, seven batches of pesto -- yum! Joni

  5. Bonnie,
    You are so blessed with all that lovely produce! Those tomatoes make my mouth water. Gorgeous color.

    I want to make your soup so badly, but I don't have enough ripe ones. Thankfully my dad brought a few today. I'll save the recipe tho.


  6. Mom, this is making my mouth water. I hate not being home this time of year to eat you're WONDERFUL food. Thanks for the bread, apple butter, zucchini, and plums. They are all delicious as usual.
    p.s. you've turned into quite the photographer

  7. A lot of hard work, but so gratifying!
    Your soup looks yummy! I always add milk to my (canned) tomato soup:) It's time to make my own cream of tomato soup, with a grilled cheese sandwich, of course:)