Gazpacho

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  Look at this!  It’s a feast for the eyes and for the tummy.  What is gazpacho, you may ask?  It’s a raw vegetable soup usually served cold, but I like it at room temperature.  It has tomato juice, fresh tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, red onion, celery and garlic, half of which are blended in a food processor or blender and half are cut into small pieces.  You can garnish with whatever you’d like but spicy shrimp, boiled egg and avocado were calling me.  I was so excited to eat the soup I forgot that I had bought some Italian bread to eat with it.  Oh well.  Who needs bread when you’ve got this soup?  I saw the Pioneer Woman make it on her show one day (recipe here) and I’ve made it a couple times since.  It’s so fresh and zesty.  All the flavors sing a sweet harmony in your mouth. G really liked it.  She said she was going to take it to Vegas and marry it with Elvis officiating.  HA!  Sharpen your knife and let’s cut some veggies!
   Gazpacho

5 Roma tomatoes, diced small

2 stalks of celery, diced small

1 zucchini, diced small

1 cucumber, diced small

1/2 red onion, diced small

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tbs. red wine vinegar

2 Tbs. granulated sugar

4 cups V8 juice

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

dash hot pepper sauce (or more if you like more heat)

Garnishes: boiled eggs, diced very small; 1/2 lb. shrimp, cooked in old bay seasoning, avocado, sliced into thin slices

Place 1/2 each of the tomatoes, celery, zucchini and cucumber in a food processor or blender.  Add all the onion and garlic. Add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar and half the V8 (2 cups).  Process until very small pieces remain, about 2-3 minutes. The mixture won’t be smooth.  Pour into a large bowl.  Add the other half of the V8, salt and pepper and stir until combined.  Ladle into bowls and garnish with the boiled eggs, shrimp and avocado.  Enjoy!

Wishing you love, laughter and cake,

Glenda

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About glendaclark

Hi there! My name is Glenda and I love food. Cooking and baking are my creative outlets. You'll find me in the kitchen laughing, singing, dancing and cooking or baking. I'm wife to my green eyed Irish guy, mother of four and grandmother of four. These are the chronicles of life as Glenda, the good witch of cake. Warning: may contain cartoon moments, butter and sugar.

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