We had a busy day- shopping and shopping and more shopping. Black Friday is one of my pet peeves and we don't participate in the madness. But since DH will be heading to Virginia on Monday, we decided to brave the crowds today for some Christmas shopping. I'd like to say we do all of our shopping at local businesses. But the truth is, we drive 60 miles to a more urban setting to get a lot of our gifts. This isn't because the prices are lower, we just can't find most of the items we want locally. Since we drove so far, we tried to get as much as we could in one trip. That made for a long day! So we didn't make soup. Our fridge is still overflowing with Thanksgiving leftovers. And we're still at the point where we consider it a blessing-another day or so and eh.....
But I do have a soup "tip" for those of you who are stretching the last of the leftovers. If you need a soup to make a nice side for a turkey sandwich or the last of the tossed salad, I would recommend a tomato soup. Not only are tomato products not found on most holiday tables, but they compliment any meat dish without overpowering it. If you are like me, you might not care for canned tomato soup. But there is a quick fix "cheat" that keeps it handy in the pantry:
Simply combine equal parts tomato sauce (store bought or homemade) and evaporated milk. After heating slowly to simmer, taste and add more of either ingredient to your taste. We usually don't need to adjust either one. There you have it-simple, easy, inexpensive, delicious, and handy tomato soup. But use caution when serving it to guests, they might be misled into believing the cook has put extra effort into preparing their meal!