Saturday, August 25, 2012


The perfect cold soup to end
a very hot and busy late
August day!
The tomatoes are ripening
fast in the garden and
this is a great way to 
use them.

This recipe is loosely
based on the recipe 
in my Ina Garten cookbook.
Have you ever read any of the 
Barefoot Contessa cookbooks?
I was gifted one from a
wonderful travel mate who
introduced me to 
this wonderful series of cookbooks
written by this fine cook from the Hamptons!

This recipe makes  approx. 8 servings.  I made 1/2 recipe for myself and the farmer and we ate almost all of it - so much for 4 servings!  It was simply delicious and went well with the garlic bread made from left-over crusty bread.

6 ripe tomatoes - peeled and chopped
1 purple onion - chopped
1 cucumber - peeled and chopped (I used an English cucumber and did not peel or seed it)
1 sweet red bell pepper - seeded and chopped
2 stalks celery - chopped
1-2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp.  chopped fresh chives (I used basil)
1 clove garlic - minced
1/4 Cup Red wine vinegar
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tbsp.  freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp. sugar
Sea salt and pepper to taste
6 drops of Tabasco sauce
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 Cups tomato juice
Combine all ingredients in the blender.  Pulse chop to desired consistency.  Ina Garten insists to not over process - the soup should be nice and chunky, not pureed!  I think I over processed mine a wee too fine but it was still O.K. Place in a glass pitcher (do not use a metal container) and chill for at least 7 hours or overnight - the longer it sits - the better the flavours develop.

Thanks to Trese
for introducing me to
Ina Garten's cookbooks.
I hope to make many
more of her recipes!
Perhaps to relive
the memories of
that "once in a lifetime"
European tour in 2006!


  1. I love Ina! I have 4 of her books. I've never been disappointed with any of her recipes. She was at a local kitchen shop close to me doing a book signing a few years ago and I stood in line to get her to sign my book. She was very nice. I have a feeling the cookbook you have is the one I don't have. :0)
    Your gazpacho looks real refreshing!

    1. Wow - that's awesome that you met her and have her signature! Maybe someday she will have your famous signature in YOUR cookbook! You should send her a copy of the MGCC book - it's just as good if not better may I say!

  2. I love gazpacho...but always seem to use my mom's recipe. You can't go wrong with Ina, though...I will definitely try her version. Hope you're enjoyed your was a hot one here again :/

  3. This is the second gazpacho recipe I've seen in my wanderings today...perhaps I'm to make some. I have never eaten it before and have all the ingredients. Yes, I think I'll mix some up and have it tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Your white fence and black-eyed Susan's remind me of my yard. We must have similar interests. Good luck with your upcoming wedding. Sounds like fun!