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August 28, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: fresh tomato soup recipes

Seven soup bowls decorated by kids. 

This week the baskets of tomatoes overflow at the farm stands here in New England, but soon -- too soon -- there will not be a ripe tomato anywhere. We're canning like mad and making batches of slow-roasted tomatoes to freeze for the winter, but right now, this week, we still can make soup with the same day's harvest. There's nothing better than old-fashioned tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side, of course, but some pretty terrific newfangled tomato soups pair well with sandwiches, too. Be sure to set some of your soup aside for the freezer, so you can savor the taste of summer all winter long.

Seven fresh tomato soups caught my eye this week:

Tomato, white bean, bacon soup, from Simply Recipes

Summer's tomato soup, from Kitchen Parade

Roasted tomato soup, from Gluten-Free Goddess

Chunky tomato soup, from Sailu's Kitchen

Cream of roasted tomato soup, from Andrea Meyers

Homemade tomato soup, from Local Lemons

Spicy green tomato soup, from The Joy of Soup

Find more delicious fresh tomato soup recipes with Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


This week's seven soup bowls come from Michelle in California, who writes a blog about cooking with children (and runs a cooking school as well): "The duck bowl is from our local Asian market and was used in a photo shoot for my upcoming book, The Whole Family Cookbook. All of the others were made by children for a special collaborative fundraising event last year, Soup -- The Bowl That Keeps Feeding. In the event, my cooking school for kids partnered with students from Studio 4 Art, an art studio for children in Novato. She made and glazed soup bowls with children; I made soup with school children and encouraged the families in our 4H club to make soup as well. Then, we held a big event and sold tickets for $10. Guests got to pick any bowl of their choice, bring it up to the front and have it filled with soup. All of the money that we raised was donated to our local Emergency Family Shelter. Here is a link to my blog article about the event."

If you'd like to share photos of seven soup bowls from your kitchen -- or from a friend's house, or your parents' attic, or an antique shop, or a housewares store, or a school or restaurant -- I'd love to share those photos on Saturdays.

It's easy: send one photo, of seven soup bowls. The bowls must all be able to be used for eating soup (no mixing bowls or troughs, please), and they absolutely do not have to match. Send the largest file your camera will allow; I'll size it to fit. Make sure the photo is in focus (very important). Tell me whose bowls are in the photo, or where you took the picture. If you're a blogger, I'll link to your blog.

That's it. One photo, seven soup bowls. Email to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.


Posted by: Karina | August 28, 2010 at 12:30 AM

Nothing like fresh tomato soup. Such a lovely, intense-yet-subtle flavor. These recipes look divine.

Posted by: Kalynskitchen | August 28, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I think I need to make some soup to use a few of my garden tomatoes. Perfect post for this time of year!

Posted by: Kruzon | August 29, 2010 at 10:37 PM

She made and glazed soup bowls with children; I made soup with school children and encouraged the families in our 4H club to make soup as well. Have you tried teaching the kids how make a bread bowl into which they can put their soup creation and then eat it all.

Posted by: Lydia | August 30, 2010 at 01:26 AM

Karina, I agree. Tomato soup can be delicate or rustic, but always delicious.

Kalynskitchen, you're so lucky to have garden tomatoes!

Kruzon, that's a great idea -- a different concept than this fundraiser, but also interesting. Makes me hope that someone sends in a photo of seven bread bowls for soup... maybe you?

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