Baked Tomatoes With Mozzarella & Parmesan

So I love tomatoes and cheese and the two mixed together! So when I came upon this recipe on Pinterest I knew it was for me.

This comes from The Cookie Rookie blog.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Roma Tomatoes Sliced
  • 1 Cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup of Fresh Basil Chopped
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place tomato slices on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Top each tomato with a layer of parmesan and then a layer of mozzarella.
  4. Sprinkle chopped basil on top of each tomato.
  5. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  6. Bake 8-10 mins or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Turn off oven and broil for 2-3 mins to brown cheese.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved these! Sooooo good. I devoured them before I could plate them-but at least I got one pic before they were all gone.

These were also easy to make and took very little time.

For more Pinterest recipes, go to 20 Minutes Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Angel Hair Pasta

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Easy Tomato Soup

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So true, right? So I love tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches paired together. I have shared a few grilled cheese sandwich recipes, but now it is time to share a tomato soup recipe. I don’t know exactly where it comes from, but it was shared with me from my mother.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1 6-oz Can of Tomato Paste
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Cup of Half and Half
  • Chopped Fresh Tomatoes, Optional

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, saute garlic in butter for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in flour, until blended.
  3. Gradually add the chicken broth.
  4. Stir in tomato paste and cayenne until well blended.
  5. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 mins or until thickened.
  6. Reduce heat and gradually stir in cream. (Do not boil)
  7. Garnish with chopped tomatoes if desired.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I LOVED it! This soup was so good, especially with grilled cheese sandwiches. I recommend it.

For more soup recipes, go to Iron-Rich Black Bean Soup

For more tomato soup recipes, go to One-Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

For more recipes, go to Hillshire Farm Crustless Quiche

Angel Hair Pasta With Zucchini and Tomatoes

So I was reading Knit to Kill by Anne Canadeo and Lucy makes this pasta dish that sounds super good. But they didn’t include it in the book!

So I scoured the internet to try and find one that fit the description Lucy gave and settled on SkinnyTaste‘s Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Medium Zucchini, Spiralized or Julienne
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic Chopped
  • 2 Shallots
  • 3 Medium Diced Tomatoes or 2 Cups of Grape Tomatoes, Halved
  • 4 Teaspoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 8 oz of Angel Hair Pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chopped Fresh Parsley or Basil
  • 1/4 Cup of Low-Sodium Vegetable or Chicken Broth

 

Directions:

  1. Boil a large pot of water and cook pasta according to the directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat up a large saute pan.
  3. When pan is hot, add olive oil.
  4. Add garlic and shallots to the pan and saute about 1 min, or until soft.
  5. Add zucchini and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook about 1-1.5 mins, then add tomatoes, crushed red pepper, parsley, chicken broth, and add salt and pepper.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Drain the pasta, and reserve a cup of water.
  9. Toss the pasta with the zucchini and tomatoes.
  10. Add pasta water if needed and serve with parmesan cheese.

Thoughts After Cooking:

SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD!!

For more Black Sheep Knitting Mystery recipes, go to Schooner’s Summertime-Only Strawberry-Raspberry Pie

For more pasta recipes, go to Spinach Parmesan Pasta

For more recipes, go to Frijoles Moledos y Fritos (Refried Beans)

Zucchini and Tomatoes

I love zucchini and tomatoes, so this seemed a perfect recipe for me.

This comes from The Kellogg’s Cookbook.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup of KELLOGG’s Complete Wheat Bran Flakes
  • 2 Teaspoons plus 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Grated Lemon Zest
  • 4 Medium Zucchini (about 1 1/4 lbs), well washed, trimmed, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices.
  • 3 Medium Tomatoes (about 3/4 lbs), peeled, cored, seeded, and cut into wedges.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the wheat bran flakes in a resealable bag. Seal the bag and using a rolling pin, crush the flakes into a fine crumb.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a small frying pan over low heat. Add the crumbs and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 mins, or until lightly colored.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in zest. Set aside.
  5. Heat the remaining tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Add zucchini and saute for 5 mins or until almost tender.
  7. Add tomatoes and lemon juice, along with salt and pepper.
  8. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 mins, or until hot.
  9. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
  10. Sprinkle the crumbs over the top and serve.

Thoughts After Cooking:

No picture, I forgot to take one.

It was really good except the crumbs. They were too sweet and didn’t really add to the recipe.

For more Kellogg recipes, go to Cheese Potato Crisps

For more from the Kellogg’s Cookbook, go to Rice Krispies Cookies

 

Garlic, Tomato, Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Who loves grilled cheese sandwiches?

Of course you do, everyone does! It is one of the ultimate comfort foods.

Well this is a little twist on the classic sandwich. I came up with this after making Eggplant Tomato Bites

Ingredients:

  • Bread
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, Halved
  • Cheese of Choice (I did Gouda)
  • Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil
  • Butter

Directions:

  1. Place a tablespoon of butter in frying pan and melt.
  2. Brush the bread with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill bread until lightly browned, one to two minutes, remove, and rub with garlic.
  4. Grill tomatoes, turning occasionally, until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  5. Place the mozzarella, tomato, and basil leaves on a slice of bread, cover with another slice of bread and grill until it is warm and cheese is beginning to melt.

Thoughts After Reading:

I thought it was absolutely delicious.

It was soo good, we forgot to take pics!

For more sandwich recipes, go to Chicken Cashew Wrap

For more basil recipes, go to Green Goddess Salad Dressing

For more recipes, go to Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos

Eggplant Tomato Bites

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I’ve never been a big eggplant fan-but when I saw the picture in the Real Simple magazine. I decided to try it, and hoped it would turn out right.

Ingredients:

  • Safflower Oil, for the Grill
  • 4 Large Slices of Country Bread, 1 inch thick
  • 1 Large Eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, Halved
  • 12 Ounces Smoked Mozzarella (They didn’t have it so I used Low-Skim)
  • 2 Large Tomatoes, Sliced
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil

Directions:

  1. Heat grill to medium. Once it’s hot, clean the grill grate with a wire brush.
  2. Oil the grill grate with the Safflower Oil.
  3. Brush the bread and eggplant with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill bread until brown and crisp, one to two minutes, and rub with garlic.
  5. Slice in half crosswise, and put aside.
  6. Grill eggplants, turning occasionally, until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  7. Place the mozzarella on the bread and grill, covered, just until it is warm and beginning to melt.
  8. Top with the eggplant, the tomato, and then basil.
  9. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve with a salad. (I recommend the caesar.)

Thoughts After Cooking:

I LOVED IT!

I thought it was so good and couldn’t stop eating it.

You should try it out!

For more Real Simple recipes, go to Orecchiette with Red Onions, Almonds, and Green Bell Pepper

For more grill recipes, go to Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups

For more eggplant dishes, go to Ratatouille

For more Vegetarian recipes, go to Crazy Cantina Chili

Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

This recipe comes from Real Simple magazine, issue June 2011.

It sounded fantastic so I couldn’t wait to make it.

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Ingredients:

  • 12 oz Spaghetti
  • 3 Large Beefsteak Tomatoes (about 1.5 lbs), each cut into 4 slices
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil, plus more for the baking sheet
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 8 oz fresh Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/4 Cup of grated Parmesan (1 oz), plus more for serving
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup of torn Fresh Basil Leaves, plus more for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat broiler.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to pot.
  3. Meanwhile, arrange the tomato slices in a single layer on a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Season with the salt and black pepper.
  5. Dividing evenly, sprinkle the slices with the mozzarella and Parmesan.
  6. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden, 3-5 mins.
  7. In a small saucepan, warm the oil with the garlic and red pepper over medium heat, until fragrant (about 1-2 mins.)
  8. Add the contents of the saucepan; along with the basil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper to the pasta and toss to combine.
  9. Serve topped with the tomatoes, basil, and shaved Parmesan cheese.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it. I thought it was absolutely delicious with just the right taste of spice.

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My parents thought it was too spicy and would prefer no red pepper. But I thought it was just perfect and can’t wait to make it again.

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For more pasta recipes, go to Broken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

For more Real Simple Magazine recipes, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

For more recipes, go to No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Ratatouille

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

Ever since I watched the movie Ratatouille, I have wanted to make Ratatouille.

I actually got this book The Wooden Spoon: Book of Home-Style Soups, Stews, Chowders, Chilis, and Gumbos for free. When I was leafing through I found Ratatouille and decided to make it.

Ratatouille is an interesting dish that can be classified as a soup, salad, and casserole.

Now you can do it two different way: layer it like Remy in Ratatouille; or cook it in a pot on the stove. I went the stove route as it was waaay to hot to be using the oven.

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Ratatouille is a marvelous all-vegetable stew, featuring eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes. It requires a rather large casserole or pot for layering the ingredients, but it cooks down to less than  half the original volume. Serve with crusty bread and a variety of cheeses. Leftovers can be served cold as a salad or side dish.”

Ingredients:

  • 5 Quart Stovetop-to-oven casserole or stockpot
  • 6 Tablespoons of  Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Yellow Onions, Thinly Sliced
  •  2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Eggplant, Peeled and Cubed
  • 3 Small or 2 Medium Zucchini, Sliced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Cut into Strips
  • 4 Red-Ripe Tomatoes, Peeled and Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup of Coarsely Chopped Fresh Basil (Do Not Use Dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Fresh Oregano, or 1 Teaspoon Dried
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Directions:

Oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  5. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  7. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Uncover the casserole and gently move the contents with a wooden spoon so that they settle.
  9. Serve in flat soup plates.

Stovetop:

  1. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  4. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  6. Simmer on stovetop for 1 hour, using a wooden spoon to gently move the contents from time to time, but without actually stirring.
  7. Simmer, uncovered, on the stovetop for 10 to 15 mins to thicken the sauce.
  8. Serve in flat soup plates.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I really enjoyed it. It came out great and was delicious.

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For more soups, go to Italian Wedding Soup

For more casseroles, go to Brussels Sprouts, Turkey Sausage, & Pesto Pizza Casserole

For more salads, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

For more low-calorie dishes, go to Bulghur Salad

For more vegetarian dishes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more recipes, go to Green Tea Frappuccino

Mozzarella Tomato Toast

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

Found this on Pinterest, originally from the blog, Back on PointeIt seemed easy and tasty, so I thought why not try it out?

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Ingredients:

  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese, cut into thick slices
  • Tomato Slices
  • Basil Leaves

Directions:

  1. Lay slices of cheese and tomato slices on the bread.
  2. Broil until cheese is slightly brown and melted.
  3. Lay basil leaves on it.
  4. Eat & enjoy.

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Thoughts after cooking:

So the recipe doesn’t orginally call for basil, but I decided to add it, which tasted great. The whole thing was good as it pretty much tasted like a Caprese Salad on toast.

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For more Pinterest recipes, go to Italian Wedding Soup

For more low calorie recipes, go to Vegetable Soup

For more recipes, go to Apple Orchard Bars

Italian Wedding Soup

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So if you haven’t guessed, Italian Wedding is a type of soup. They used to serve it at Olive Garden, but don’t anymore, of which saddens me as it is one of my favorite soups. But all is not lost, I can make it myself.

So I found this recipe on Pinterest, but it is originally from McCormick.com

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 8 oz of Sweet or Hot Italian Style Turkey Sausage, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Onion
  • 1  32-oz Can of Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1  15-oz Can of Red Kidney Beans
  • 1  14.5-oz Can of Diced, no salt, Tomatoes
  • 1 Teaspoon of Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon of Savory
  • 1 Teaspoon of Thyme
  • 1  6-oz package of Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup of Uncooked Small Pasta

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in pan on medium heat.
  2. Add sausage and cook for three minuets.
  3. Add onion and cook for three minutes, or until meat is browned and onion tender.
  4. Pour meat and onion mixture into a pot.
  5. Add chicken broth.
  6. Drain and rinse red kidney beans, and then add to the pot.
  7. Add tomatoes, oregano, savory, and thyme to the pot.
  8. Stir mixture and bring to a boil.
  9. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Stir in spinach and pasta.
  11. Return to boil on medium heat. When boiling, return to simmering on low until pasta noodles are cooked.

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Thoughts after cooking:

I loved it. It was soooooo good that we ate the whole entire pot.

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For more soup recipes, go to Vegetable Soup

For more Italian food, go to Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread

For more recipes, go to Breakfast Puffin Muffins

Broccoli & Tortellini Salad with Pesto

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So I collect old magazines. I cut the pictures out and make collage cards. So as I was thumbing through one of these magazines I found a recipe for Broccoli & Tortellini Salad with Pesto, it sounded good so I thought I would try it out.

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Ingredients:

Pesto:

  • 2 cups of basil leaves, packed
  • 3 to 4 Garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons of toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Pasta:

  • 16-oz Package of Cheese Tortellini
  • Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Tomato

Directions:

  1. Put on a large pot of water to boil.
  2. While water is heating, prepare the pesto.
  3. Remove basil leaves from stems.
  4. Wash leaves and dry them on paper towels. (Make sure the leaves are dry or the recipe will not work.)
  5. In a blender or food processor, mix leaves with chopped garlic, 1/3 cup of olive oil and blend.
  6. Add nuts and cheese, mix again, adding another 1/3 cup of oil. Sauce should be smooth.
  7. Refrigerate until needed.
  8. Cook tortellini in water according to package instructions.
  9. Cook broccoli according to package instructions.
  10. Transfer broccoli and tortellini to a large bowl.
  11. Toss with pesto.
  12. Serve.
  13. Slice one tomato and serve on the side.

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Thoughts after cooking:

I thought this meal was good, but not great. I didn’t care for the broccoli in the salad and thought it needed an extra umph. I’ll have to work on it and post if I come up with a good recipe.

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For more pasta dishes, go to Chicken, Asparagus, and Tomato Pesto Pasta

For more on cooking with pesto, go to Pasta with Roasted Asparagus, Artichokes, and Pesto

For more mysterious recipes, go to Butter Berry Cookies

Zucchini-Tomato Soup

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Thoughts prior to cooking:

This is another recipe that I discovered, not from a book, but online. As it was mysterious as to whether or not it would taste good I decided to post it. Now this isn’t the exact recipe, as I changed it quite a bit. The main reason why I wanted to try it was that I needed a vegetarian recipe and this seemed like it would be an instant hit.

The original recipe didn’t call for a lot of spices, so I decided to remedy that as I like my food flavored, not bland. I also added cheese to it, as I love cheese. So here it is.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 8 Medium Zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 4 Medium Carrots, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1 Can of peeled chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Can of peeled chopped tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 28-oz cans of vegetable broth
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons of dried Oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons of chopped Parsley
  • 2 Large Avocados, cut into cubes
  • Lemon juice
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

In a pot, heat the oil over medium heat.

Add the onion and cook, until translucent. Then add the zucchini, carrots, and the can of tomatoes and one half of the tomatoes & chile can (If you like your soup spicy add the whole tomato & chile can). Add salt to taste.

Add the vegetable broth, bay leaves, oregano, and parsley. If there isn’t enough juice to suit, add more water.

Bring to a boil and reduce heat, continuing to cook until all vegetables are tender.

Cut up the avocado and place it in a dish, Squeeze a little lemon juice on it and mix it up.

To serve, first remove the bay leaves. Ladle soup in a bowl and place avocado and cheese on top.

Enjoy!

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 Thoughts after cooking:

This was extremely delicious as the chiles really gave the soup an extra kick. The avocados and cheese were just perfect additions to the soup as well. I absolutely loved this and would totally make it again.

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For more recipes, go to Pasta e Fagioli

For more soups, go to Gazpacho

Gazpacho

This recipe is inspired from A Dash of Death (A Hemlock Falls Mystery #2)

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Thoughts Prior to Cooking:

I read this book years ago and I really wanted to make gazpacho after reading it. The only thing was that I didn’t like the recipe they gave at the back of the book as they use vodka. Now I cannot drink alcohol at all or use it in my cooking, unless it is cooked through. I tried finding a substitute for the vodka, but came up with squat. So I decided to instead use a different recipe. This one may not be the one from the book, but I never would have wanted to make any type of gazpacho if it wasn’t for having read this mystery.

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  • 1 Cup of finely chopped, seeded, & peeled tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of chopped, seeded cucumber
  • 3/4 Cup chopped green onion
  • 3/4 Cup of sliced black olives
  • 3/4 Cup of chopped celery
  • 1 10.5-oz can of Vegetable Broth
  • 3 Cups of tomato juice
  • 1/2 Cup of white cooking wine
  • 3 Tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of hot sauce
  • Cucumber or celery sticks (optional)

In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, green onion, celery, olives, broth, tomato juice, vinegar, wine, garlic powder, and hot sauce.

Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Serve cold. Garnish with cucumber or celery sticks. Makes 8 servings.

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Thoughts after cooking:

I thought this was really good. It was almost like drinking a salad, the way the vegetables all mingle together.

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