Garden gazpacho in a jar, from Apron Strings
Each year, I grow a few more herbs and vegetables in my garden, and what I don't grow myself, I get in abundance from generous friends with greener thumbs than mine. Whenever I receive a gift of vegetables, I like to return some of what I make to the gift giver. Tomatoes, cucumbers and cilantro spell one of two things: salsa, or soup. Apron Strings' garden gazpacho in a jar, packed with instructions to the recipient to blend the contents into a fast, fresh soup, couldn't be more perfect, as I get to combine what I receive with what I harvest from my own garden. Pop the entire jar into the refrigerator for a few hours, then blend, taste for seasoning, and serve very cold.