I've been cooking for 3 families this past month, my husband and myself, my daughter and son-in-law, and freezing things to take down to Dave when I go to stay with him during and after his operation. I've done roast beef hash, split-pea soup, fresh tomato soup, poached chicken, chicken stuffing, chicken enchiladas, chili, chicken marsala, minestrone using my tomato soup as a base, blue berry muffins, and started the fixings for Spanish rice and somethings I can't even remember while sitting here typing.
I have the last of my home grown cherry tomatoes boiling up for another batch of tomato soup right now. And some chicken breasts poaching. I think, after looking at Lisa's post, I'll make a batch of corn bread too.
It's funny but I never liked tomato soup growing up. My mom only fixed Campbell's canned tomato soup and I thought it was awful.. My soup is simply cooked tomatoes and onions, run through a blender stick and a sieve. Then I add salted butter to it and that's all the salt that the soup gets. And no milk.
Lisa, I wish you had a store like I have just down the road from me. I'm living in a very mixed ethnic area and the local store caters to all of us. I have never seen so many different fruits, and vegetables, not to mention the varieties of rice, grains, breads, pastas, and canned and preserved foods from all over the world. I am so happy we moved here, shopping is a constant enrichment process of tastes and textures of food. Not to mention the variety of restaurants that are only a short walk or ride away.