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Tomatoes in salsa, tomatoes in spaghetti sauce, tomatoes in a salad, tomatoes in vindaloo. I love tomatoes. Ooh, and sun dried tomatoes are so good with crackers and goat cheese or in a couscous. Now I know what you are thinking, “Tomato is a fruit right?” I know the Tomato is a fruit. But for culinary purposes we will refer to it as a vegetable. It can cause some confusion and apologize upfront. I just don’t like calling something a fruit when I always cook it as a vegetable. Sorry, will you please forgive me? Yes? Good. Thank you.

Tomato Soup

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Soups are easy recipes to cook up any day of the week. There might be some prep with chopping vegetables but the cooking process is a cinch, just throw everything in a pot and cook for awhile. My DH loves eating soup, even in this hot Costa Rican weather. I love a good tomato soup and pair it with a grilled cheese sandwich…delicious!

Delicious Rating: This soup is delicious. It is creamy without all that extra cream. I added a little roux to make it thicker than a usually tomato soup. Serve this soup with some crusty bread or add some sharp white cheddar cheese to that crusty bread for a really unique and yummy flavor combination. This is a great recipe to cook if you have extra tomatoes or want a light lunch or appetizer to a meal.

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Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Potatoes

Potatoes are a perfect Side Dish to any main entree. They are so versatile and combine with so many different flavors, there is no end to potato recipes! This easy recipe calls for the salty depth of black olives and richness of sun-dried tomatoes. Add in some fresh rosemary and Oh My! You have got something delicious on your hands! This recipe is great for a vegan menu, vegetarian menu, or even a gluten-free menu!

Delicious Rating: These are super easy to make. I was able to cook this up with all ingredients being on hand at home. My DH said these were the best potatoes he ever had. I heated up the leftovers and we had them with breakfast the next day. The potatoes have a nice outer crispiness and super softness inside. Please let me know what you think of this recipe!

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Tomato Basil Soup

Soups are the quintessential staple in food history. They are cheap and easy to cook up. Comforting on a cold day and perfect to start a multiple course meal. My DH loves soup. Whether hot or cold, smooth or chunky, he always tends to give me a standing ovation for the ones I cook! I always try to cook soup on one of my busy days during the week. They are just so easy and you can always double the batch and freeze for another time. Pureed soups are rich and creamy (without the cream) so combining flavors that go together are a must. Tomato & Basil are fraternal twins, so different but they ultimately are a perfect pair.

This is also a great healthy dish. It is full of veggies and all of their great benefits, plus it is Vegan & Vegetarian! If you make this a night or two before, you can put into a thermos or microwaveable container and take to work!

Delicious Rating: This easy recipe for soup can be made by a beginner…I hope. The steps are so easy: chop, boil, blend, boil! What could go wrong? If you are a true tomato & basil lover than this soup is for you. I think I would add cream or some sort of dairy to it next time for a different flavor but that is my own personal preference. My DH enjoyed it and said it was better than all those canned soups he grew up eating! I served this Tomato Basil soup with some french bread but would also go great with a grilled cheese sandwich!

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Roasted Tomato & Basil Tart

Savory tarts are an all in one meal. Eggs, milk, and cheese come together in a flaky crust to create a delicious meal served warm or at room temperature.  You can customize them to be perfect for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. This Tart recipe combines two ingredients that were meant for each other: Tomatoes & Basil. What could possibly go wrong with this?

Delicious Rating: I rated this for a  master chef just because of the crust. Homemade crust takes time to perfect although it can be a simple thing for most people. The tart smells delicious while baking but the taste didn’t take a stand when served. It was just Okay, not delicious. I don’t think I will cook this particular not so easy recipe again. But if this seems like something you may enjoy please cook it and let me know what you thought!

This recipe is from “The Good Housekeeping Step-by-Step Cookbook”, a gift from my Father. I have had this recipe bookmarked for awhile and decided to cook it up for “Bookmarked Recipes”, a great event hosted by Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes and Ruth’s Kitchen Experiments as the Challenge founder!

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