This really is a great idea. I'm looking forward to reading and trying some recipes. I love to cook and bake, so I will contribute some recipes. I thought of this one since I just made it. I found it last year when I had too many tomatoes in my garden. It is the best tomato soup recipe - just amazing.
4 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
1 onion, sliced
4 whole cloves
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white sugar, or to taste
1 cup milk or heavy cream, depending on your preference
1.In a stockpot, over medium heat, combine the tomatoes, onion, cloves and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, and gently boil for about 20 minutes to blend all of the flavors. Remove from heat and blend in blender on high speed.
2.In the now empty stockpot, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour to make a roux (thickening agent, like you are making gravy), cooking until the roux is a medium brown. Gradually whisk in a bit of the tomato mixture, so that no lumps form, then stir in the rest. Season with sugar and salt, and add the cream.
ETA: I just made another batch yesterday and left out the milk. I think it was even better.
This post was edited on 2/13 at 6:22 pm