Vegan, gluten-free roasted green tomato soup.
I’ve fallen completely in love with them this summer/fall. Mostly because I’ve had no other choice other than to take my unripe beauties off the vines and use them in creative ways before the squirrels could get to them. It was either have no tomatoes at all, or green tomatoes.
Green tomatoes are slightly tart, mostly sweet, and kind of underrated. I use them in salads, at pop-ups, and combined with hearty fall greens and caramelized onions in this roasted green tomato soup. Despite that it’s technically now fall, most of the country is still basking in a summer glow. Making it the perfect environment for green tomatoes. If your garden isn’t overflowing with these green babes, your markets should be.
My part of the Midwest is still sitting at a cool 90, and I haven’t felt one day or night of crisp autumn air. I hear this week it will be in the 70s, so that’s exciting. Finally, soup weather? I’ll go with it.
You guys, I’m doing a thing.
It’s been something I’ve had my heart set on for a while, but hadn’t really had the resources to let it live. Until now.
First though, let’s start at the beginning. My opinion of St. Louis had to have evolved gradually. But it certainly seemed to have changed drastically overnight. I don’t remember an exact moment in time when it happened. Just one morning I woke up and was like, oh I love it here. I don’t ever want to leave. In one calendar year I went from a reluctant and begrudgingly new Midwesterner to a full-on proud St. Louisan.
I’ve fallen completely in love with every aspect of living in St. Louis. The things that once left me underwhelmed now leave me full and satisfied. Most notably the burgeoning food scene and the beautiful people that make this city vibrant and alive. And for the past year there have been many real conversations in my home about me opening up my own restaurant. But because the length of our stay here is unknown, this seems out of the question. At least for now.
With this blog, I’m living the dream. I love my job. Yet I still have a burning desire to do more. Something more tangible outside of this space. I want to cook for people in real life. I want to foster an affordable, unique dining experience that everyone can enjoy. So with restaurant dreams on hold, I’m launching a pop-up event series! Every six weeks or so a new event/menu/concept will emerge. I’ll be doing the cooking and the serving. And you’ll be doing the eating, drinking, mingling and relaxing. All events will be plant-focused, featuring local Midwestern produce and goods. My first event is titled Late Spring. An intimate, plated dinner, underneath the stars, complete with hand-crafted cocktails and a fire pit.
Tickets are on sale now! For more details, click here.
p.s. If you have an idea for a pop-up or a venue or you’re a purveyor and you’d like to include your goods at my next event, send me a message. I’d love to collaborate!