Is there anything more refreshing at the close of a hot summer day than a big bowl of chilled gazpacho? I think not. I have vivid memories of playing at the lake in my grandparent's backyard ALL DAY LONG as a child, and then running up to the patio in my bathing suit, sunburnt and blissfully happy, for a cold bowl of gazpacho. It was always made with the most incredible fresh produce that my mum and grandmother had purchased at a roadside stand outside of Cleveland. Now I find that sun-ripened Californian produce is even better than the produce I remember eating as a child. Next time you're at the farmer's market, why not pick up some of summer's most delicious bounty and turn it into a batch of yummy veggie soup?
Rub the raw edge of a cut clove of garlic on the interior of a glass bowl to release the oils. Add the following vegetables:
6 or more large ripe tomatoes, skinned and crushed 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and finely chopped kernels from 2 cobs of corn 1 cup each minced red, yellow and green bell pepper, corn, onion, celery (and 1/2 cup or more of any other seasonal vegetables)
Pour over the veggies: 2 cups fresh tomato juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, and 3 tablespoons lemon juice. Season to taste with tabasco, worcestershire and horseradish sauces, salt and pepper. Chill thoroughly and serve with garnish of chopped parsley, chives or scallions, or avocado slices.
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