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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Noel's Prize Winning Recipe!

Hi All,

I enjoyed a min-vacation over the weekend with Jim and Ava. It was great to be "un-plugged" for two days (blog posts were written ahead of time and scheduled to post while I was away...gotta love modern technology!).

This morning is very cold and snowy and windy again. I am still in my "un-plugged" mode and plan to spend the day sewing. Meanwhile, Noel has agreed to be a guest blogger. From her website, Apron Free Cooking, I chose her post about winning a recipe contest because tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches sounds like the perfect lunch for today. :)

Congratulations, Noel, on winning and sharing the recipe.

Marcheta *gonna enjoy a heart warming lunch

Wow! Are these good tomatoes!
You know, winter in Ohio can be freezing ice and snow one minute, wet and soggy rain the next and then brilliant sunshine with frigid temperatures. And if you didn’t know that already, take my word on it.
A while back, Isabelle At Home had a contest in which she asked “If you are the winner of this Tuttorusso Tomatoes Gift Pack, what would you make?” or … words pretty close to that. You can see the real contest information by clicking here.
I replied that I would add a can of evaporated milk to make Tomato Soup and serve it with grilled quesadillas. Well, Lucky Me! I was the winner!
When I got the gift pack in the mail, I was quite impressed … check it out!

tuttorosso gift pack

Tutorosso gift pack with three kinds of tomatoes, hot pad, can cozie, 3 recipe cards and a magnetic conversion cooking chart!
That’s a lot of good stuff!

I’m finally getting around to posting the tomato soup recipe and pictures. Today’s a perfect soup day … the weather started out at 50 degrees and windy. The temperature has dropped significantly over the morning and now, mid-afternoon we have about 35 and windy.

Soup is Good!

tomato soup with evaporated milk

The first step in making this soup recipe.

Italian Style Tomato Soup
29 oz Tuttorosso New World Style Tomato Sauce
12 oz Evaporated Milk
1 TB Italian Seasoning Spice Mix

Combine in medium saucepan and heat over low until warm.

tomato sauce and evaporated milk tomato soup

I love how the red tomato sauce swirls into the white canned milk as you stir it around!
Make It a Meal: Serve with quesadillas or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Approximate Nutritional Information: Servings Per Recipe: 12, Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60, Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 310mg, Total Carbs: 8g, Protein: 2g.

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