Friday, June 28

Roasted Tomato and Pepper Tortellini Soup with Chèvre AND.... It's Bakeaholic Mama's Birthday! Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery and Zutano Givaway!!




I am sure you are wondering why on earth I would be posting a soup recipe right after a huge heat wave. In New England we had 90 degree temps all week. However 2-3 weeks ago... it was rainy and cold for days and days. During that time my kids and I were all sick with a nasty chest cold that just would not quit. What better way to cut through a cold than a bowl of healthy, hearty soup? In the summer when we have fresh tomatoes and basil I can't think of any way I'd rather use them than in a roasted tomato soup. It is one of my favorite kid friendly comfort foods.


To make this soup, I start by roasting my tomatoes, red bell pepper, onion and garlic in a little bit of olive oil. I then puree it with some chicken stock. To make it creamy and for some added protein and calcium I added in some goat cheese. My youngest daughter loves goat cheese. I have been giving it to her since she was an infant. She spreads chevre on her crackers, or just pokes her finger in the package and eats it when I am not looking. In fact I have never met a cheese she did not like.





Roasted Tomato and Pepper Tortellini Soup with Chèvre


Ingredients: 

4 cups chicken stock
1 pound tomatoes ( I used cherry) 
1 large red bell pepper, quartered and seeded
1 medium red onion, peeled and quartered

4-6 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 tbs olive oil
1 cup cooked tortellini ( I use the frozen kind and prepare according to package directions)
4 oz Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery's Classic Chèvre
Fresh basil for serving
Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Place tomatoes,  pepper, onion, and garlic on a baking sheet. Drizzle in olive oil covering all of your vegetables. Roast for approximately 15-25 minutes or until they are soft and caramelized.

In a medium stock pot place chicken stock and your roasted vegetables, bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

Using an immersion blender blend your soup until smooth. Mix in cooked tortellini, and salt/pepper to taste.

Stir in chunks of Chèvre, and serve with fresh basil on top. 

(Serves 4-5)

 
Zutano   

I was excited when Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery contacted me recently about a program they were running called Kids & Kids. They are focusing on the Kids (the human two legged variety) and Kids (the cute little baby goats) To celebrate the kids, they teamed up with the children's clothing company Zutano. You really could not ask for a better team!The month of June they have been running a huge giveaway where you can win a year supply of goat cheese AND a year supply of Zutano kids clothing.
Photos from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, the kids (human kind) are all wearing Zutano
Since talking to my friends at Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery I have learned a few things... I did not know how great goat's milk products were for kids! Apparently goat's milk is much easier to digest  than cow's, so it is easy on their tummies. It is also higher in calcium, high in vitamin B6, chloride, copper, and selenium. There are also studies showing that goats milk increases your iron absorption. Wow?! Right?  Since learning this, I have started using more and more goat cheese in my cooking and baking.



It just so happens today is my blog's birthday. Happy 2nd birthday Bakeaholic Mama! To celebrate I teamed up with my friends at Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery and Zutano to bring you all a fabulous giveaway. I am completely smitten with Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery and all of their products. Not only are they local to me, but they offer the best European style selection of cheese of butter I have tried. Zutano just so happens to be my favorite children's brand of clothing, and guess what... they are based out of Vermont too! When my kids were babies they were outfitted in Zutano head to toe. I especially loved their little snap on booties. Every baby should have at least one pair!

Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery has so kindly offered to give one lucky follower each of their goat cheese varieties that include, classic, herb, pepper, creamy classic, creamy roasted red pepper, creamy olive & herb, they will also be giving the winner a copy of the book In A Cheesemaker's Kitchen , as well as a cooler bag! My friends at Zutano are also contributing a  gift card for one outfit of your choice (up to a $75 value). 

How To Enter:

1) Leave a comment on my blog telling me what your favorite summer activity was when you were a kid. 

Additional Entry Options: Leave a separate blog comment telling me which options you have completed. Each comment counts as one entry. No more than 5 entries per person permitted.

-Follow Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery on Facebook 
-Follow Zutano on Facebook
-Follow Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery on Twitter
-Follow Zutano on Twitter




(Disclaimer: I was compansated for this post with free product from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery as well as Zutano. Together Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery and Zutano are sponsoring this giveaway. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. Giveaway closes July 4th 2013 at 11:59 AM EST. The winner will  be contacted via email, winner has 48 hours to respond to the offer, if no response is received a new winner will be chosen. )
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102 comments:

  1. My favorite activity as a child was playing in the sprinklers on the lawn

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  3. I heart you. Dericious soup you've got going on there! Cows milk aint welcome in my house, so this is extra great! My fave summer activity was baseball with my fam of twelve :)

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  4. I use to love going to the lake when I was a kid and I still do! Happy Blog-versary! :)

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  5. I liked Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery

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  6. I loved bike riding! juanitas_cocina (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  7. My favorite was taking trips to the beach and always getting an ice cream after!

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  9. I liked Vermont Butter and Cheese on facebook

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  10. My favorite childhood activity was running through the sprinklers.

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  11. I loved going down to the river with my brother and sister and going for a swim.

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  12. Grew up less than 2 tenths of a mile from the beach. Spent every warm day swimming and soaking up the sun. On Facebook, I "liked" Vermont Butter and Cheese, and Zutano. Love the Zutano beanie hats fro babies.

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  13. I loved reading. I know it's not specific to summer, but I would lay on the couch with 10 chapter books and just plow through them one by one all day after a trip to the library.
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  14. I loved riding my bike and playing in the sprinkler!

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  15. I like Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery on FB.

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  16. I follow Vermont Creamery on Twitter.

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  17. As a child I loved catching fireflies!! Everytime I see a fireflies glow I think of my wonderful childhood :-)

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  18. Happy blog birthday, what a tasty soup!

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  19. I always loved stomping around in the woods all summer long

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  20. Yum, looks awesome! My sister-in-law has been giving her girls goat milk for a while and loves it! Happy Blogiversary!!

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  21. Swimming with my little sister from the crack of dawn until the sun began to set with only a short lunch break for a personal-size microwave pizza will always be my favorite childhood summer memory :)

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  22. Following Vermont Creamery on Twitter

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  23. That is one beautiful soup! The roasted tomatoes are perfection.

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  24. What a great giveaway. My girls have been in Zutano since they were babies. In fact, my oldest came home from the hospital in head to toe Zutano! And just like your little one my youngest daughter is a goat cheese fiend. How funny! She would absolutely love this soup! My favorite summer activity was playing at Lake Champlain with my cousins.

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  25. your recipes are something I look forward to everyday!!! I love all of them! So yummy, so delicious!!! I want to win!!!

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  26. My favorite activity was motorcycle riding with my dad.

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  27. I am now following Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery!

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  28. I am also now following Zutano..

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  30. My favorite activity as a child was chasing fireflies in the Summer!

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  31. I like Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery on FB!

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  33. I lived a block away from the city pool so I lived there...seriously from sun up till sun down. My hair was usually green from the chlorine by the end of the summer.

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  34. My favorite activity was playing soccer!

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  35. I loved going to the local pool with my best friends and hanging out at night on their grandparents patio being goofy and having fun!

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  36. I always loved catching lightning bugs ^_^

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  37. I used to get soooo excited when we'd go to the lake for the day, including cooking breakfast on the grill!

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  39. Going to the drive-in movie was a favorite summer activity when I was a a kid!

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  41. I am a fan of Zutano on facebook.

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  42. My favorite summer activity was going to the beach. I couldn't swim (and still don't know how to). But heading to the beach means a lot more than just swimming. I remember building sand castles, flying kites, playing beach ball and catching waves with my parents and brothers. It was always fun. :)

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  47. Loved being in what we called Summer Jammies and running with my neighborhood besties house to house watching fireflies!!!

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  48. I loved pretending to be a spy! I had a tree fort as my look out headquarters.

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  49. Followed Vermont Butter & Cheese :)

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  50. Both follows were on Facebook. Vermont Butter & Cheese and Zutano.

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  51. My favorite summer activity was the local swimming hole.

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  52. My favorite activity as a kid was going to watch my brothers play baseball! It was so much fun
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  57. When I was a kid my favorite summer activity was swimming with my friends. We made up all sorts of games.

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  58. My favorite summer activity as a kid was going to summer camp. I loved meeting people, swimming and singing the silly camp songs. I became a camp counselor as a college student. Camp is STILL my favorite!

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  61. Happy 2cnd birthday!!! That's quite a milestone. I love your site, and I can't wait to see what you bake up in the next year. This soup looks so comforting.

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  62. I loved swimming in the local lakes and ocean.

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  63. I loved to go swimming!
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  68. mine was a summer of bike riding and swimming

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  73. I was athletic when I was a kid.. I used to like spending summer running, and playing various sports... and of course swimming!

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  77. My favorite summer activity was going to my brothers baseball games and going to the pool
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  78. My favorite summer activity was swimming in the lake!

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  81. I feel warm and comforted just looking at this soup, it looks incredible :)
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