Would it be weird if I put an ad in the local newspaper looking for friends? Okay, don’t answer that!
I am feeling like a strange stalker whenever I leave my house. If I see a group of girls running together while I’m out running by myself I tend to follow them (sometimes a little too closely). I have to hold myself back from shouting “hey, I’m new to town I swear I’m cool!” Taylor supports any outburst I may shout. He thinks it’s how I’ll make a new best friend. We’ll see. Taylor is going through the same thing so at least I am in good company.
The good news, yes there is good news; we are both starting jobs. This is big! Taylor even got a girls phone number for me. (Yes, my husband is picking up chicks for me.) So hopefully we’ll start making friends and enjoying this amazing place we are living in.
If you’re looking to make new friends like we are I think this tomato orange soup is a good place to start.
The inspiration for the soup comes from my favorite deli in Portland Elephants Deli and Uproot From Oregon’s blog. I was reading Uproot from Oregon when she mentioned loving Elephants tomato orange soup. I haven’t had the soup in years, but it is one of my all time favorites. The combination of tomatoes and orange is a match made in heaven.
This soup tastes best when enjoyed with good friends or your amazing husband.
Tomato Orange Soup (original recipe calls for butter and cream, I didn’t have either on hand and this version turned out beautifully!)
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 (14.5 oz) cans of diced tomatoes
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 cup fresh orange juice
In a large soup pot saute the onion in the olive oil over medium heat. Cook for about 8 minutes. Stirring often. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, thyme, and baking soda. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Pruree soup with an immersion blender (or carefully ladle mixture to a food processor) Add orange juice and stir to combine.
Serve warm and enjoy!