The temps climbed today and this afternoon when I got home from work, our house was hot.
I had already planned on making Gazpacho for dinner and it sure hit the spot for us to have on a hot summer night.
Gazpacho is a cold tomato juice based soup that is full of fresh finely chopped vegetables-- 2 whole cucumber, 2 green bell peppers, 1/2 onion, 1 large peeled tomato, 2-3 stalks of celery and avocado (to add on top of each serving).
I'm pretty sure I have written about this soup and posted the recipe, but here is the gist of it in a nutshell because I have tried to find it and am just too dang tired and lazy tonight to look for it again.
Begin with 1/2 cup of olive oil and a 1/4 cup lemon juice whisked together.
Add to that a 64 oz bottle of tomato juice and chopped veggies (see above), 2 teaspoons salt, pepper (I love pepper and use a lot) and some Tabasco sauce (you decide how much depending on whether or not you like heat (spicy) added to your food). We like heat and add a generous amount, but it does not come out spicy. Add a few dashes and taste. Chill for two hours (or less if you are really hungry, like we were tonight). Serve with tortilla chips.
We enjoyed a delicious and healthy dinner that was quick to throw together and didn't heat up our kitchen!