Tapas, Artisan Pizza, Drinks All for just $20. Tapas: Slow roasted tomatoes stuffed with feta cheese, olives & pine nuts. A delicious start to the main dish.
Artisan Pizza: Leek, Sausage & Parmesan...sauteed leeks, ground Italian sausage, Parmesan cheese and fresh cherry tomatoes. A body-warming blend of ingredients, perfect for a chilly night like tonight.
Drinks: a couple of microbrews, glasses of wine, smoothies, lattes or cappuccinos.
Want to learn more about wine and wine country? I highly recommend the In Wine Country site (I posted a link under Favorite Sites to the right). Topics include artisan foods, gardens, adventures, and...wine! Take a look and let me know what you think. I think a Stumpjack trip to Wine Country might be fun!
At this time of year soup is such a treat! It's warm, satisfying and somehow comforting. In addition, most soups are very nutritious! As promised, I am sharing some of Stumpjack's most popular recipes with you. Here is one of my favorite:
Kim's Tomato Basil Bisque
2 (28 ounce) cans of crushed tomatoes
2 Fresh Roma tomatoes
2 (14.5 ounce) cans of chicken broth
2 (11.5 ounce) cans of V-8 juice
2 cups of heavy cream or half & half
1/2 cup of butter
Fresh Basil leaves (1-2 packages)
2 tbsp. sugar (optional)
Garlic Sea Salt
Ground black pepper
In a large soup pot, combine the crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, and V-8 juice. Cut the fresh Roma tomatoes into pieces and place in your blender or food processor with a splash of cream just long enough to liquefy them and add to the soup pot. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 30 min. Then add the basil cut into small strips, cream, and butter. Stir until the butter is melted. Season as desired with the garlic sea salt and crushed black pepper. When served, garnish with grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
"Soup is cuisine's kindest course. It breathes reassurance; it steams consolation; after a weary day it promotes sociability...there is nothing like a bowl of hot soup, its wisp of aromatic steam making the nostrils quiver with anticipation."