Tomato Lime and Tortilla Soup

My little family headed to Berkeley yesterday to ride on the steam trains in Tilden Park with our kids.  By the end of the day, I was grateful that I had remembered to grab some sweaters on my way out the door.  Even though it is going to be nearly 100º here by Wednesday, the nights and early mornings have been cool, signaling the change in the weather that is coming our way.  This soup comes from Sundays at the Moosewood Restaurant, by the Moosewood Collective.  It is a good recipe for the transition between summer and fall, when you still want to eat tomatoes, but crave something warm and comforting for the increasingly chilly evenings.  You could add some shredded chicken to this recipe for a bit more protein if you want. 

--Jenna Muller

ingredients

1 cup chopped onions

4 large garlic cloves, minced or pressed

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1-2 minced chiles (use your sweet peppers plus some chile powder as spice)

1 teaspoon ground cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

3 1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes

3 cups vegetable or chicken stock

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

Salt to taste

Grated monterey jack cheese, tortilla chips (crumbled), chopped cilantro for garnish

instructions

In a medium soup pot, sauté the onions and garlic in the oil until the onions are translucent.  Add the chiles, cumin, and oregano, and sauté for a few more minutes.  Add the chopped tomatoes and sprinkle with a little salt.  Cover the pot and cook gently until the tomatoes begin to release their juices.  Stir occasionally.  Add the stock and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes.  The chicken can go in when you add the stock as well if you are using chicken.  Add the lime juice and salt to taste.  Serve topped with grated cheese and crumbled tortilla chips.  Garnish with cilantro.  


P.S. - I happened to be reading the About the Authors on the last page of the cookbook.  It made me smile, and I thought I would share it.  It reminds me a lot of Judith, Andrew, Dru and Paul, and how they have run this farm for the past 30 years.  It is what makes this place so special!  Here it is: “Major decisions are made collectively, and while democracy at work and at meetings has required effort and determination, the payoffs have been rich … Personally, we are an assortment of individuals who have become a family - caring deeply for one another, striving for fairness and consensus, and putting up with and letting go of various human foibles.”

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