Tomato Basil Soup

  • 4 large heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 of a red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or half and half
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • Crushed red pepper to taste
  • Black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roughly chop tomatoes and 1/2 onion and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast heirloom tomatoes on a baking sheet for 25 minutes.

Remove tomatoes and 1/2 onion and let cool for 10-15 minutes. When they have cooled, place them into a food processor with additional salt, garlic and basil. Puree.

Preheat a large stock pot to medium heat. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in bottom of pot. Add tomato/garlic/basil puree to melted butter. Stir.

Add in 1/2 cup whole milk OR half and half and 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Add red and black pepper to taste.

Top with croutons and Parmesan cheese.

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Portland

Over Labor Day, we took a vacation with Quentin’s family to Portland, Oregon.

It was absolutely the perfect weekend. The weather was ideal- it only rained one time! We ate and drank our way through the city and had fun feeling like locals. We stayed in an area of town called the Pearl District and it was ideal. Great location to anything throughout the city.

We did a food tour the first day we got there. The restaurants in Portland do an amazing job of sourcing local ingredients for their menus. Some of our favorite places were Q BAR and Southpark Seafood.

We also couldn’t resist checking out a few local favorites. We had so much fun exploring the unique flavors at Voodoo Doughnut.

On our search for some amazing Thai food, we found a little hole-in-the-wall called Pok Pok.

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Pok Pok’s famous Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings

We also had fun visiting a few local vineyards in Dundee, OR.

And a few breweries too 😉

I highly recommend visiting Washington Park. There are miles of walking trails as well as a Japanese Garden, the International Rose Test Garden, and the Portland Zoo.

Quentin and I we’re lucky enough to be able to get our engagement pictures taken on the Oregon coast. We spent the morning exploring Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park and Hug Point.

On our last day we ventured over to Multnomah Falls. The falls are located in the Columbia River Gorge which was badly damaged by wildfires in the late summer of 2017. It has been predicted that it will take over 20 years for the gorge to grow back to where it was before the fire. Luckily, Multnomah Falls wasn’t too terrible effected.

 

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Penny Lane Coat

I got this coat from my mom for my birthday. It’s from a brand called Show Me Your Mumu and I really love it. It’s so cozy and makes such a statement. I already know it’s going to be one of my fall/winter staple pieces. For more info, check out the link below.

Penny Lane Coat

 

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Tortellini Soup

This is one of the easiest meals in my recipe box. It’s a classic that was passed down from my Nana to my mom and now to me. It is also the meal that put my mom into labor with me. No wonder I love it so much 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans water
  • 1 12 oz package of cheese tortellini

Directions

  1. In the bottom of a large stock pot, brown Italian sausage on medium heat
  2. Remove the browned sausage and drain on a plate covered with a paper towel
  3. Add chopped onion to the stock pot and sweat until translucent
  4. Once the onions are cooked down, add the sausage back to the pot
  5. Add two cans of diced tomatoes and two cans of water, simmer for 3 minutes
  6. Finally, add in cheese tortellini and simmer until the noodles float to the top
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste
  8. Enjoy!

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