In this week’s newsletter: folk music, murder, and a tomato recipe
Almost nothing is as refreshing as a nice cold gazpacho. It’s like a blended salad. I like mine a bit crunchy, and with tons of cilantro. The celery salt is my secret ingredient. Well, not so secret anymore.


5-6 large plum tomatoes
15-20 cherry tomatoes (yellow + red)
1 English cucumber, or two smaller ones
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 red onion
1 clove garlic
16-24 ounces Tomato juice
Hot sauce
2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2-3 tablespoons​ of red wine vinegar 
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper

Peel the cucumber, but leave a few stripes of skin to add a little more crunch and color. Toss a clove of garlic in the blender. Chop the tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and cilantro coarsely, then toss them in the blender.

Pulse until all ingredients are small bits and not chunky.

Add the tomato juice, olive oil, vinegar, hot sauce, celery salt to the blender but just stir with a spoon. Salt and pepper to taste.

Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more. Stir and pour. Serves 4.

I topped mine with more chopped cilantro, avocado, and a couple of grilled shrimp. Also a nice squeeze of lemon to brighten it up even more. I have brought leftover gazpacho for lunch and topped with avocado and mango... amazing!

Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard;
Are you already caught up on Killing Eve, The Last Dance, Dead to Me, and looking to get lost down another rabbit hole? Turn off your TV and log on to for a deep dive into Americana. 

Folkstream's catalog includes documentaries of foodways, quilting, blacksmithing, music, and more.

I look forward to watching Hazel Dickens: It's Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song, though I feel I may have seen it already. Years ago I went to see Nancy Griffith at Lisner Auditorium in Washington D. C., and a friend I was with pointed out Hazel Dickens in the audience. Also, Iris Dement opened and was singing backup for Nancy Griffith. A banner evening if you're a folk music geek like me.
My favorite things this week:

I made this soup for a friend who recently had throat surgery. This silky soup is one of my favorites to make, it's excellent hot or chilled. I usually add a bit of curry powder.

Somewhere South with Vivian Howard on PBS. 

Dying to try these Fridge Pickles

This new podcast Murder on the Towpath with Soledad O'Brien on Luminary

These tea towels from The Bitter Southerner. My friend, Martha recently dropped a couple of these on my front porch. Y'all may recognize the Mayo & Tomato T-Shirt from my 2019 Holiday Gift Guide. I love this online shop. A lot.
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