Smoked Tomato Soup

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Ever since I saw a recipe for smoked tomato soup in Homemade, I knew I wanted to adapt the recipe for my blog. So, like, it’s literally been being pushed around for two years. But, when a friend of mine mentioned that he had a small smoker, we decided to give it a try (it’s so helpful having friends that are chefs).

I didn’t want to copy the recipe from Homemade entirely, because it uses canned tomatoes, which I’m not a fan of. So I combined the recipe with this one from Ina Garten that uses fresh tomatoes only. Unfortunately, I think our smoker chips were a bit old and didn’t pick up the flavor the way they should have. Our plan is to buy some more and try it again in the future, but for the time being, we still came up with an amazing and delicious creamy fresh tomato soup!

Smoked Tomato Soup (serves 6):

  • 4 lbs fresh tomatoes (5 large)
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots unpeeled and chopped
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 1/2 TSP sugar
  • 1 TBSP good tomato paste
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • Parsley, salt, and pepper for taste
  • OPTIONAL: A Baguette and cheese for grilled cheese croutons
  1. Score the bottom of the tomatoes and blanche in boiling water for 30 seconds. Peel and place in the smoker for 30 minutes.
  2. When the tomatoes are smoked, saute the onions and carrots in the olive oil until very tender. Add the garlic and saute for one minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, and vegetable stock and cook for 30-40 minutes or until the tomatoes are super tender.
  4. Add the heavy cream, stir and remove from heat.
  5. Puree in a blender until smooth.
  6. OPTIONAL: Cut small slices of a baguette, and top with cheese (I used a garlic cheddar) broil until toasted.

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smoked tomato soup, fresh tomato soup, ina garten tomato soup, home made smoked tomato soup, winter soup recipes, food stylist, food blogger, food photographer

smoked tomato soup, fresh tomato soup, ina garten tomato soup, home made smoked tomato soup, winter soup recipes, food stylist, food blogger, food photographer

smoked tomato soup, fresh tomato soup, ina garten tomato soup, home made smoked tomato soup, winter soup recipes, food stylist, food blogger, food photographer

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Gift Guide: Mom

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Jo Malone Bath Oil / Diptyque ‘Winter’ Candle / Bliss Balsam and Cedar Gift Set / Rose Tea Towel and Spatula Set / Metallic Latte Mug / Picnic At Ascot Gardening Tote / Red Velvet Lip Scrub

I always find that mother’s tend to be the hardest to shop for. Generally, they don’t seem to want for much, and it’s hard to find the perfect gift to show the amount of appreciation your mother deserves. I generally try to find a common ground of practical and luxurious, something that can be used, but still makes our mothers feel as special as they are.

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Gift Guide : The Student

Kate Spade Bluetooth Headphones / Kate Spade Agenda / Everlane Twill Backpack / Kate Spade Notebooks / Fujifilm Instax Camera / Garance Dore Calendar / Marc Jacobs USB Bracelet / Sorel Campus Slipper / West Elm Cosmetic Bag / Kate Spade Coffee Cup / Kate Spade Pen Set
Kate Spade Bluetooth Headphones / Kate Spade Agenda / Everlane Twill Backpack / Kate Spade Notebooks / Fujifilm Instax Camera / Garance Dore Calendar / Marc Jacobs USB Bracelet / Sorel Campus Slipper / West Elm Cosmetic Bag / Kate Spade Coffee Cup / Kate Spade Pen Set

When I was a student, I would get excited over little things like nice notebooks and colorful pens, but when I was a student there wasn’t near the amount of awesome school supplies as there are now (hello Kate Spade)! The great part of so many of these items is that they would work for a coworker, a blogger, or just to have at your home office!

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Fashion in Film : Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

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When I think of East Coast Ivy League style, I immediately think of the Seven Sisters schools in the 1950s. Sometimes, I wish I would’ve gone somewhere like Sarah Lawrence, or Smith, or Wellesley, but honestly, I think if I would’ve went to one of these schools, I would’ve had to use a time machine and attend in the 1950s.

But I definitely would’ve wanted to be the Julia Roberts style character from Mona Lisa Smile. Subversive, intelligent, and not all consumed with the idea of marriage and family. When I first watched this movie, I don’t think I really appreciated how meaningful the message and storyline of this movie are. But rewatching it as an adult, and there is literally no shortage of me totally loving it.

The female characters are complex, well-written, and feel real. The storyline is meaningful and has a positive message. And of course, the fashion is amazing. Lace collared blouses, buttery soft cardigans, midi circle skirts, and of course, pearls on everyone. I love the idea of being this perfectly coiffed 20-something. The girl who always has clean nails, perfectly done hair, and impeccable makeup, but that’s just not me. So, while I may not be the girls in this movie, I can certainly admire them.

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Wrap It Up : The Best Gift Wrapping Ideas This Holiday Season

I’m getting super geared up about the holidays this year. Not only am I excited to do some shopping, put up some decorations, and check some things off my winter bucket list, but I’m excited about doing some DIY projects.

One of my favorite projects each year is definitely adding a personal touch to gift wrapping. I love the idea of using Christmas stamps on plain paper, adding touches of nature to neutral packages, and of course adding personalized ornaments as gift toppers. My mom has always been so excellent at this that now that I’m back in Montana I can’t wait to learn from her!

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