“Google It”: Oven Roasted Heirloom Tomato and Red Pepper Soup with Grown-Up Grilled Cheese


You’ve gotta love Google.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to take better food photos…

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Or wondered who’s teaching the next bike class at your gym?

Perhaps you needed driving directions to a nearby town,
Or lost the phone number for a favorite restaurant?

Jelly modern doughnuts – 1414 8 Street SW

You just have to “google it”, right?

You find the restaurant’s phone number and… “bonus” all kinds of information you never knew you wanted… like the address, number of years in business, a photo of the interior and the menu, and best of all, current reviews of the food and service there.

What did we do before Google?

I love to read the “Search Engine Terms” people type in before they somehow find their way to my blog. Here are a few of my favorites:

“old fashioned smacking”
“smidgen and a half”
“russian ballet dancers nude”
“cracking eggs into bowl french toast”
“fruit loops”
“beautiful salat on a large plate for dinner party”
“person pulling their hair”
“stared sky”
“rain poetic”
” устрицы” (hmmm)

and…“vodka and oysters food poisoning”

Even with mispelled misspelled words and a hankering to learn about spanking…

By some sort of miracle of fate and binary digits… they ended up here!

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And I’m so glad they did.

I’m so glad you did too♥

And I promise not to poison you.

Heirloom Tomatoes

Here is my newest recipe for a simply heavenly Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup. I, too, Googled and Stumbled Upon a roasted tomato soup recipe that tasted fresh but a touch bland. It had “good bones” as the saying goes. So… “just a smidgen and a half” here, a few “hair pulling” moments there later… and voilà! I have my new favorite fall soup.

And because you Googled high and low and somehow found me… I have a bonus “old fashioned” recipe that’s just perfect for “smacking” down right next to that soup. I’ve been craving a grown-up Grilled Cheese Sandwich, so put away that processed cheese and get ready to “Save As”!

Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes, Shallots and Red Peppers


Oven Roasted Heirloom Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Oven Roasted Heirloom Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
  • 2 lbs fresh heirloom tomatoes (regular if you don’t have heirloom)
  • 1 large red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4 shallots peeled and quartered
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • herbs to season: thyme, oregano, basil, herb de sel with herbs d’provence
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp dill weed
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut tomatoes into quarters (cherry tomatoes leave whole).
  3. Spread tomatoes, chopped red pepper and shallots in an oven roaster. Drizzle with olive oil and season with herbs, salt and pepper. Gently toss and put in the oven.
  4. Roast in oven for 30 -40 minutes or until tomatoes and peppers are browned and shallots have slightly caramelized. My tomatoes had lots of juice, so you may need to wait a while and the liquid will evaporate allowing the veggies to roast and lightly brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow mixture to cool slightly. Spoon tomato, pepper and shallot mixture into a food processor and blend until smooth, adding 2 cups of stock as you go. If soup is too chunky for your liking, pour through a sieve to remove bits. (I didn’t do this.) Add cream and remaining seasonings. Stir in grated parmesan cheese and allow to melt. Simmer to reheat. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  6. Garnish each bowl with freshly ground pepper, a few small stems of fresh thyme, and a dollop (tsp) of Devon Cream.

*recipe gently modified from original found over at Honey and Jam.


Grown-Up Grilled Cheese

Grown-Up Grilled Cheese
  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • (I used Cob’s Bakery Raisin Walnut Bread)
  • Butter
  • Aged Farmer’s Cheese
  • Fall Harvest Apple Cranberry Chutney (recipe follows)
  1. Meanwhile, heat skillet on stove over medium heat. Lightly butter one side of slice of bread, lay in pan, top with thinly sliced Aged Farmhouse cheese, a good dollop of chutney and the second slice of bread. Spread more butter on top. Cook until brown, flip sandwich and cook until cheese is melted and bubbly.

 Fall Harvest Apple Cranberry Chutney

Fall Harvest Apple Cranberry Chutney
  • 2-3 apples, diced
  • 3/4 cups dried cranberries (craisins)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • apple juice, as needed (1 L on hand is good)
  1. Put all ingredients except the apple juice into a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat until mixture is at a slow simmer. Allow the ingredients to cook and reduce so that the apples are soft but not completely reduced to applesauce. It takes quite a while for this to occur, about 45 minutes to an hour.
  2. This is a modified Nigella Lawson recipe. I found the mixture cooked dry quite frequently, so just kept splashing apple juice liberally to keep it going until it was cooked to the consistency of a chutney. In the end my apples wouldn’t bake down so I used a potato masher to make the mixture more “chutney-like”. Store in refrigerator.
  3. Makes about two cups.



Love, Smidge 5

  • Don’t you just love the way computers think! My other source of similar entertainment is the auto-correct feature offering so many wild and woolly alternative words (especially for proper names), phrases and forms of punctuation to “improve” my writing. Oh, and Google Voice transcriptions of voice messages. Sometimes incredibly hilarious, but almost always tough to decipher without actually listening to the recorded version.

    Your sandwich brings back VERY fond memories of my first time in England, where the first stop was with a dear family whose de rigeur evening treat was cheese-and-chutney sandwiches (also homemade apple chutney, and my introduction to un-dyed aged white cheddar. Ahhhhhh!

    Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Remember voice recognition on the phone for the directory… something was always wrong with my voice and it couldn’t understand me. I guess thank goodness for google now:)ReplyCancel

  • “old fashioned smacking”?? I’m tempted just to google that to see if I can then get back to your blog. It is funny looking at search terms. This looks delicious, love the ‘grown up grilled cheese’.ReplyCancel

    • It took me a while, but finally figured out it was a blog for Old Fashioned cake and I referred to flip-flops “smacking”… go figure! The person who wanted to an excuse to spank their kid went to the wrong blog! Hahaha!ReplyCancel

  • You would not believe some of my search terms. There is one I get almost every day that totally cracks me up, but not suitable to print here. They must use the term to get to my blog daily. This recipe looks so good and yes, I use google a lot, too.ReplyCancel

  • Some of those words are so funny. I like looking at mine but I have to say none are quite as impressive as yours!
    I’ve got a garden full of tomatoes that would be more than happy to be made into this soup.ReplyCancel

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