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Old 11-23-2006, 03:44 AM   #1
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Here is a wonderful tomato soup recipe from the 4-B restaurants. There are 4 or 5 of these restaurants out west - one in Gallup NM, one in Billing and one in Butte MT. I have to stop every time we go anyplace near one, just to have a bowl of soup. They are always willing to share their recipes:

4-Bís Tomato Soup

32 ounces canned diced tomatoes
9 oz chicken broth - undiluted
1 oz butter
2 Tab sugar
1 Tab chopped onion
Pinch baking soda
2 cups cream

1) Mix tomatoes, chicken broth, butter, sugar, onions and soda. Simmer 1 hour.

2) Heat cream in double boiler

3) Add cream to hot tomato mixture

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Old 03-08-2011, 10:03 AM   #2
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High blood pressure? There's a 4-Bs in my little town. Yes, the tomato soup is yummy, but they take a healthy thing like tomatoes and soak them in cream, so it becomes about 500 calories a bowl. That's for the cream, not counting all the salt in the canned tomatoes. Make it yourself- substitute fresh tomatoes, olive oil and skim milk for the canned, butter and cream-- 90% as good, 20% as fattening. Fresh black pepper, no added salt. Yummy AND heathy. Use the vine-ripe or Roma tomatoes.
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:16 PM   #3
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We have been watching our food quality also.
Olive oil and flax seed oil are a good substitute for butter fat - most of the time.
Sea salt has about 40% less sodium than normal table salt. Then use about 1/2 of the recipe-recommended amount.
Plain yogurt as a replacement for cream, in soups.

You might be able to get the taste spot-on with the 4-B, and be a bit more health conscious.

Can we cut this recipe down, for two people? How do we reduce "a pinch of baking soda"?

Then again, if you only stop in at the 4-B twice a year,... eat, drink and be merry.
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