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Saturday Recipe Share – September 5, 2015

Tomato season is in full swing and tomato soup is one of my favorites.  I found a good recipe which of course I had to “doctor up” to suit my taste buds.  Here it is:

Tomato Soup with Garden Fresh Tomatoes


2 tablespoons of olive oil (for sauteing)

4 cups of chopped fresh tomatoes

1 onion chopped

4 garlic cloves chopped (let chopped cloves sit for 15 minutes before cooking)

2 cups chicken broth

Spices:  1 tbls. Cumin, 1 1/2 teas. Turmeric, 1 1/2 teas. Ginger, 1 teas. salt, Optional: sugar to taste, fresh basil, dash of hot sauce.


2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons All-purpose flour (I use King Arthur flour)


  1.  In a 3 quart stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Stir in the onions and saute until softened (about 5 minutes).  Place the lid on top of the pot and only remove to stir the onions.  Remove the lid from the pot and add the cumin, turmeric and ginger and stir for about 1 to 2 minutes.  Add the garlic and stir for another minute.  Add chicken broth and tomatoes.  With the pot covered, bring to a boil and gently boil for about 20 minutes to blend all of the flavors.  Remove from heat and either run mixture through a food mill into a large bowl or pan and discard any stuff left over in the food mill OR use an emulsion blender or heavy duty blender on the mixture.  I use the Blendtec as this will fully chop the tomato skins and seeds.
  2. In shallow pan or small pot, melt the butter over medium heat.  Stir in the flour to make a roux, cooking until the roux is a medium brown.  Gradually whisk in a bit of the tomato mixture, so that no lumps form, then add the roux to the soup which should be back in the stock pot.  Stir the mixture to incorporate the roux in with the soup.  Season with salt, sugar (if needed), fresh basil, and/or hot sauce.

I give this 5 Yums.

Watering Hole: May 12, 2015 – I still miss you

Nonewhere is experiencing “technical difficulties” so he asked me to post something so that bloggers have a place to discuss the issues of the day.

I’m going to regress to Sunday’s special day, Mother’s Day.  My mother had a beautiful singing voice and she sang a variety of different songs throughout the day.  She gave me my love of music.  Here’s one of the songs she would sing.

This is your Open Thread for the day.  It’s your turn to Speak Up or Sing if you like  :)

Wednesday: April 22, 2015 – What’s with that?

Ah, the days of listening to FM radio as I cruised the highways and byways. Will that be ending soon? Will Norway set a trend?  By 2017, Norway will see the end to FM radio.  By then, music and news will all be digital.

“Radio digitisation will open the door to a far greater range of radio channels, benefiting listeners across the country. Listeners will have access to more diverse and pluralistic radio-content, and enjoy better sound quality and new functionality. Digitisation will also greatly improve the emergency preparedness system, facilitate increased competition and offer new opportunities for innovation and development,” says Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey

And who would have thought that Norwegians were so godless?

Europe is known for its pluralistic views, especially in countries like France where the Roman Catholic Church ran into the Enlightenment at the end of the 18th century. The Church of Norway was the official state church until 2012 when the constitution of the country was amended. The percentage of Norwegians who attend church on a weekly basis is below 2 percent, according Statistics Norway.

That about does it for me.

This is our Open Thread. Now it is your turn to Speak Up!  It’s silly of me to say such a thing because no one that comments here has difficulty speaking up.

Watering Hole: Thursday, November 27, 2014 – The Day for Turkey

For many of us non-vegetarians, today is the big “turkey day” of the year.  Some of us, spend this day with family and friends, some of us spend this day by ourself, and some of us spend this day giving and helping others.

No matter how you spend the day, turkey is often the highlight of the meal.  Even vegetarians enjoy a Tofurky.  Personally, I’m not much of a fan of Tofurky.  To each their own   :)  .

At our place, when the meal is done, Mr. Nonewhere starts working on the beginnings of turkey soup.  It is cold and damp in the Northwest and in the Northeast of this nation.  I understand that it gets cold and damp in other parts, too (hee, hee).  Nothing warms the inners like soup in the winter and turkey makes a great soup starter.  So to help you with some recipe ideas, here is a link to some yummy turkey soup recipes.

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Watering Hole: Thursday, November 13, 2014 – Sleep , Too Little, Too Much

Sleep, ah, wonderful sleep.  Not getting enough or getting too much sleep can have adverse effects on the body.

Excessive food cravings during the day can be the result of insufficient sleep where as over sleeping has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and even early death.

Since sleep effects our circadian clock, it can cause Circadian Rhythm Disorders.

You can read about some other things that you might not know about sleep HERE.

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