Split Pea Soup

One of my favorite meals in the winter or anytime really is soup!  So, this time I thought I would share a Split Pea Soup recipe.  I hope you enjoy it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 chopped medium onion
  • 4 thinly sliced carrots
  • 3 thinly sliced celery stalks (sometimes I skip this ingredient)
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Low sodium chicken broth (about 14 oz)
  • 16 oz bag of green split peas
  • 1 Ham bone plus 2 cups ham cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp “I Can’t Believe It’s Not” Butter

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Using a 5-quart heavy pot with a lid, heat oil over medium. Add onion, carrots, celery, and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables begin to soften, 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add broth, split peas, ham bone, and 5 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and partially cover; simmer until peas are soft, 30 to 45 minutes.
  3. Remove and discard bone from soup. Working in batches, puree only 1/2 the soup in a blender (don’t overfill); return to pot. Add ham cubes, and simmer until heated through. If necessary, thin with water. Add salt, and pepper to taste.

Serve warm with a hearty bread or crackers and a blend of primarily Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.  ENJOY!

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Grilled tomato appetizers

It’s been a cold and long winter but Spring is just around the corner, fingers crossed.  With that in mind, thought I would add a grilling recipe.  Hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tomatoes (1 pound), quartered
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes (10 ounces)
  • 1 pint small mixed heirloom tomatoes, halved if large
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup Feta cheese
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove

INSTRUCTIONS:

Once grill is ready, arrange large sheets of heavy-duty foil on a work surface, layered. Mound the tomatoes in the center the sheets, drizzle with the olive oil and season with sea salt and ground pepper; then place garlic clove on top. Fold up the foil to create tight packet.  May have to divide into two packets.

Set the packets on the grill and cover. Grill over moderately high heat for 18 – 20 minutes, until the tomatoes begin to soften and burst.  Carefully cut open the foil packets.  Serve over a toasted crostini or grilled ciabatta bread and sprinkle feta on top before serving.

 

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