With the colder weather I feel like making soup to take the chill away. I rarely make soup in the warmer months, but it is soooo good at this time of year.
I tried a new recipe to use up the last of the red tomatoes from the garden. This recipe is from the Nourishing Traditions The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon. If you haven't seen this book/cookbook you really must as it is chock full of recipes and information on cultural diets, nutrition, and ingredients. It is super interesting!
2 medium onions, peels and coarsely chopped
2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
3 T butter
8 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 cups of chicken stock
1/2 t dried green peppercorns, crushed sea salt or fish sauce
1/4 c snipped fresh dill
piima cream or creme fraiche
Saute onion and celery gently in butter until tender. Add tomatoes and stock, bring to a boil and skim. Add crushed peppercorns. Simmer about 15 minutes.
Puree soup wint a handheld blender. Thin soup with a little water if necessary, and season to taste. Stir in the dill. Simmer gently about 5 minutes, ladle into heated bowls and serve with cultured cream.
I didn't have an immersion blender as the one I had received from my mother-in-law (a 1980's vintage model) began smoking the last time I used and I promptly put it in the trash. I didn't use it much anyway as it didn't have enough power to make it worth the effort.
After several months of debating whether I should purchase a new one, I finally broke down and came home with a Kitchen Aid model. In the store I really looked over the various models which ranged from $10 to $80. Of course the Kitchen Aid was the most expensive, but upon closer inspection I could see why. The blade was twice as long as the other models (giving more cutting/blending surface), the motor power was adjustable, and in general it just seemed much sturdier. I would rather spend the money on something that will work properly and will not have a planned obsolenscence. So far I have been extremely happy with my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and I hope the blender will give me the same good results.