Greetings from a very quiet house this morning.   My girls got into trouble, bickering and sassing and whatnot, so I’ve banned them temporarily from my presence and given them a hefty amount of history to do.  Don’t feel too sorry for them.   They spend most of their time with me anyways and they’re learning about the beginnings of the American Revolution.  How much punishment could that possibly be? I’ve been busy with house plans and inventory lists and grandparents visiting and seem to keep forgetting I have a blog.   And since there are many of you who are new to this neglected place, I thought I’d dig in the archives to see what I was doing this time last year.   I was making soup.   You might like it too.  Perhaps you need a little spice in your life!

Update:  An hour later,  we’re all hugging,  talking about Patrick Henry and memorizing the introduction to the Declaration of Independence,  while the girls promise they’ll never leave me to go to college.  What can I say?  My heart is mush.

Spicy Tomato Soup

{with a hint of blue cheese}

don’t let the blue cheese scare you. this is the best tomato soup i’ve ever eaten. ever.  just ask stevie.

he won’t lie for me just to promote my tomato soup.


Now, if I’ve already offended you with the suggestion of blue cheese, don’t get your panties in a ruffle.

You just use a little—for a complex layer of flavors—- and I highly doubt you could tell it had blue cheese in it, if you didn’t already know.

Try it and you could always substitute the cheese if you have serious issues with blue cheese.

The other two stars of the show are sriracha and a large can of cento tomatoes.

Sriracha is a deliciously-hot-addictive sauce  that has seductive powers unlike any hot sauce

you’ve ever had.  Your mouth might burn but it will not stop you from adding more.   A little squirt into soup is makes all the difference!

You’ll need these ingredients:

a few splashes of olive oil

1 small onion

2-3 cloves of garlic

1 28 ounce can of tomatoes

1 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes

1 cup chicken broth

2 T. honey

1 small squirt of sriracha (more if you like really spicy–but start small)

handful of basil leaves

about an ounce of blue cheese (or your favorite easy melt cheese)

1/3 cup of cream

kosher salt and pepper to taste

You’ll also need a submersion blender!

The directions:

In a large dutch oven, add a few tablespoons of olive oil.  Don’t measure, just swirl a few times.    Then add the chopped onion and garlic and salt to taste and then saute for about 5 minutes.   Add the tomatoes in their juice.   Then add the rest of the ingredients except the cream and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.  Use your submersion blender to achieve the consistency you’d like and then add cream.   Taste it and reseason as necessary.  I almost always have to add more salt and more honey.   And if you accidentally go heavy on the sriracha, add a little more cream to balance the heat.   Serve with artisan bread or crackers and prepare to be lavished with ” mmmm’s”  and gratitude.

Garnish with basil and enjoy!

37 comments on “from the archives………”

  1. i can imagine how difficult it is dancing the discipline line after such an emotionally traumatic time. my daughter was near death when she was 2 and a half and after that all i wanted to do for a time was hug her even when she really deserved a timeout. so glad ‘normal’ or a new version there in is on it’s way for you all… i love me some spicy tomato soup– consider this tried!! thank you! 🙂

  2. Yum…with the hint of cooler weather coming back for a revisit before spring officially arrives – I may be putting this on the menu this week. Thanks Edie!

  3. love when you dig from your archives…keeps me from having to do it! :)))

    always love anything from your kitchen…..

    miss you when you’re not around the blogging parts, but TOTALLY get it.
    And, kudos for offering us some real life moments with the girls.
    glad it ended with hugs and promises not to leave for college…..

  4. Ah, so sweet. Don’t you just love when they come out of a “disciplinary action” with repentance and love in their hearts? Ethan was supposed to memorize “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”. Too long! We memorized the first few stanzas. We also learned the Preamble to the Constitution by listening to it on YouTube…Schoolhouse Rock! rocks and takes me back to my childhood. He’s learned most of the parts of speech with it. Have a blessed day, Edie.

  5. Mmmm, looks just as good as it did last year. 🙂 We’re having a rough morning too!! Jax had a Dr. appointment early today and didn’t want to go back to school (ongoing argument from yesterday), he conveniently “forgot” his back pack and said he couldn’t possibly go back to school (as we are approaching the school). Do you think I drove him all the way home to get it? Nope. I feel terrible, but hopefully he’ll learn his lesson. The teen years are quickly approaching and I’m already struggling. : /

    Hope you are good. Hugs. Jess

  6. OOOH yummy! This recipe is similar to the La Madeleine tomato basil that I love to make. I think I’ll give yours a shot for dinner tonight. We usually serve ours with grilled cheese sandwiches. How about you?

  7. little bit is studying the revolutionary war too… she had quite the doozie of a test last week.

    i love this soup. it’s now one of our family favorites!
    last month we were snowed in for several days. i made one thing each day from your recipe archives. as we sat down all together as a family we prayed for your family


  8. I concur, this is the best tomato soup ever eaten in my house too! Thank you once again for introducing us to the delights of Sriracha. Glad you’re in the midst of house planning and homeschooling and normal mom stuff. So glad, so glad….all wonderful things!

  9. I swear when I finally get an immersion blender, this will be my first soup! Course I will veggify it a little bit. Anything with Sriracha and blue cheese simply cannot fail and would likely be perfect on a cold day.

  10. I’m cheating Edie – I cook microwave spaghettios mostly – so I skipped down to the poem below. Where the comments were closed. If I shouldn’t comment just go ahead and dump this without any explanation and I’ll understand – and I apologize with meaning.

    But it spoke to me – deeply – so I’m cheating.

    Edie, I hung on every word – every. single. word. Having met now the woman who writes these words – and having seen Grace in your eyes – they mean so much more. God bless you in this journey. God bless you and your family.

    And although I’m quoting this, “You twist everything into love” – because it is so true – and I’ve experienced it myself – and I know you are right now – I can’t say it’s my favorite line because almost every one I could spend a week of posts writing about.

    That’s all – that and thank you – just thank you and once again God Bless you and all of yours.

  11. It is always great reading you… Yes I am new and I don’t feel this place is neglected, I am actually amazed to see that you still have your blog! One of my dream is to meet you… I am travelling to US nearly regularly… so who knows. Take care.

  12. hmmmm. would love to have had this when i got home from school tonight. we had the grilled cheese – just needed the soup! glad to see you on my list today!

  13. Mmmmm, this sounds so delicious. Thank you for the recipe.
    You had me cracking up as you described your girls and their bickering, sassing and whatnot as we had those same issues last week. Oh what is it this time of the year with our children? My kids lost out on going to science co-op and their Spanish class; that was all it took and the bickering stopped. However first I won the “worst Mom in the world” award from my kids, but a couple hours later they too gave hugs and kisses and told me how sorry they were for their actions and how they acted toward me. Got to love homeschooling these kids, it really is the hardest but the best job. Blessings to you and your girls as you homeschool.

  14. Oh I was just thinking that I wanted to make some tomato soup and some three chees grilled cheese sandwiches, and here you posted this yummy recipe. I will gladly make this one tonight! Your sweet girls, love their hearts. You are such a good Momma to them. I hope you are having a good week sweet friend!

  15. Hi Edie,
    Loved the discription of the bickering. I work in a grde school and it all sounds so normal. The tomato soup looks wonderful. Good luck with the house plans. Are you going to add a school room and a craft room this time? I hope you are beginning to feel like life ia on a more even keel.

  16. Yay, what a treat for the day to hear from you dear Edie! That soup recipe is making me DROOL. I must have it. Right now. Happily for me, my well-stocked-coupon-crazy-frugally-obtained pantry holds everything I need. So now you’ve made my day twice. <3 <3 <3

  17. oh oh oh i’m thrilled to have this recipe… i LOVE tomatoe soup and need a recipe!! and a huge fan of blue cheese as well so i think this sounds like a win win to me!! thanks soooo much

  18. Well it is like this ……. i stopped by a few times and thought that you might as well be busy with all the planning , sorting and trying to make a go at things …..but in the mean time i was praying for you and yours ……the tomatoe soup recipe is out of this world !! …….i made this soup a few weeks ago and i doubled the recipe …..the blue cheese is the secret … very nice to visit your site and find your post …..i will leave you with one of my favorite scriptures PHILIPPIANS 1:6……this scripture is such a confidence booster for me and i pray it for you edie

  19. Thinking of you this week when I made your most amazing beef stew ever. My family loved it! Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes with us. I will have to put this tomato soup on the list. Great comfort food~tomato soup, grilled cheese, and playing some games. It doesn’t get better than that for a Saturday afternoon.

    Looking forward to hearing more about your upcoming house plans and the amazing ideas you have. May things run smoothly and may you and your family have some rest.


  20. Sounds Delicious! It’s been snowing like crazy here {Canada} and there is nothing better then a bowl of soup to warm you up. I’m going to give it a try tomorrow night for dinner. Thanks for sharing.
    Shelly xo
    p.s. i adore your lovely blog.

  21. Hey Edie,

    Hope homeschooling is going well, and that you are settling in, as best as possible.

    The soup looks great. Hoping to try that recipe out on the family later this week.

    Hope you have a great week!


  22. I just sent your recipe to my brother, he is OBSESSED with Sriracha. Now I have to go buy some, too, so I can try this out next week. Thanks for sharing! I hope life is getting simpler.

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