Chosen Bites: Cooling summer soups

29.07.2011                      27.Tammus, 5771

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Chosen Bites: Cooling summer soups

Perfect for a light week night supper or a refreshing summer Shabbat, gazpacho makes a refreshing change.

All summer I wait for the start of tomato season. Ripe, juicy and in-season tomatoes taste like sunshine and summer. They are fruity and incomparably rich and refreshing. Supermarket tomatoes have no flavor and are starchy. I don't ever use them in recipes and just wait it out until the real thing comes in season. If you have never tried an in-season, fresh off the vine tomato, I insist that you find a farm stand or farmer’s market and pick some up. When you purchase fresh tomatoes, do not put them in the refrigerator. All that wonderful sugar that is a natural part of the tomato will convert to starch in the refrigerator. That is why store bought tomatoes have a grainy texture and are flavorless. 
They usually travel great distances in refrigerator trucks and then are stored in the stores' coolers. Purchase fresh, off the vine tomatoes as close to the date you need them to insure the best flavor….