Posts Tagged ‘Heirloom tomatoes’

Be Cool with Vodka-Laced Gazpacho

Friday, June 3rd, 2011 Comments Off on Be Cool with Vodka-Laced Gazpacho



Vodka-Laced Gazpacho
Vodka-Laced Gazpacho


2 large red Heirloom tomatoes, quartered
1 large cucumber, peeled and pared
1 onion, quartered
1 green pepper, pared and quartered
1 pimiento, drained
24 oz. organic tomato juice
1/3  cup Spanish olive oil
½ cup red wine vinegar
1-½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
½ cup Vodka
1 clove garlic, crushed
¼ cup chopped chives
1 loaf Italian or Vienna bread
 (preferably one day old), cut into 1/2″ cubes
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove

* In food processor, combine tomato, ½ cucumber, ½ onion, ½ green pepper,   pimiento and ½ cup tomato juice.  Blend until vegetables are pureed.
  Pour the pureed mixture into a large glass bowl or pitcher and add the   remaining tomato juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, Tabasco sauce,   and crushed garlic clove.
  Add the Vodka and chill.
 * Chill 8 bowls for serving the soup.
* Prepare croutons.
  Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet.
  Add garlic clove and cook for 1 minute.  Discard garlic clove.
  Add bread cubes to skillet and brown, adding more oil as required.
  Remove browned croutons and add remaining cubes until all croutons are   nicely browned.
* Finish and serve Gazpacho.
  Chop the ½ cucumber, ½ onion, and ½ green pepper.  Place in small bowls for   guests to add to the chilled soup along with the chives and croutons.

Serves 8.


New Discovery: Where the Chefs Shop for Produce

Friday, April 15th, 2011 Comments Off on New Discovery: Where the Chefs Shop for Produce
Specialty Produce

Specialty Produce

Have you wondered why you can find beautiful vegetables in the high end restaurants, but cannot find a decent tomato at the grocery store this time of year?  Next time you are impressed with the vegetables you are served at your favorite restaurant, simply ask where they purchase their produce.  While dining at Dolce Pane E Vino last week and amazed by the beauty of the Heirloom tomatoes, I decided to ask if they could order some tomatoes for my Cook the Part dinner last night.  They did even better than that.  They shared their procurement secrets with me.  The tomatoes and basil came from Specialty Produce on Hancock Street.  So I ventured down to pay them a visit on Tuesday and learned that they do sell directly to retail customers; one caution however, you must work hard to find the entrance.  We found it on the right side of the building down near the chainlink fence.  Just go up the stairs and through the plastic hanging doors that keep the interior of the warehouse cool.  Inside, you will find gorgeous  colorful, Heirloom tomatoes, micro orchids for decorating your desserts, zucchini and squash that look like they were harvested just minutes ago and an assortment of cooking supplies from truffles to honey.  So excited about my new discovery!