When the Shadows Seem to Grow Longer…….

May 26


Comfortable Tomato Soup

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A Comfortable Tomato Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Farm style
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Serves: 2-4

No matter what the weather, this is a simple way to serve a delicious and healthy take on the canned tomato soup we grew up with as kids.
  • 1 29 oz. can whole tomatoes or 1 qt. home canned-chopped fine with juices
  • 1 qt. rich chicken stock or 2- 15 oz. cans chicken bro
  • ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon whole dried marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon whole dried oregano
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 green onions-white and green parts- chopped for garnish
  • Optional: ¼ cup half and half added to soup after pureed in blender
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter in 4 qt. heavy sauce pot
  2. On low to medium heat add onion and cook slowly stirring for 5 min. until soft
  3. Add garlic,parsley,marjoram,oregano and cook 2 minutes stirring
  4. Add tomatoes and stir
  5. Add chicken stock or broth on medium heat and turn down to a simmer
  6. Cook for 15 minutes,stirring occasionally
  7. Add honey , stirring, then add salt and pepper to taste
  8. Serve in heated bowls and sprinkle with green onions
  9. Drizzle top with reserved olive oil if you choose
  10. If choosing to serve the soup smooth,puree as liked and add half and half
  11. Add green onion garnish and serve

Memorial Day, 2013 is upon us. It means something different to all Americans, I would suppose. For some it may have deep meanings, some will take only a passing  notice ;some might even participate in a small town event…a parade, laying of wreaths at a military cemetery, but for many it is just the end of a three day holiday-a time to be off work, have a BBQ with burgers,hot dogs,potato salad plus all the other typical American fixin’s.

US Navy D Day Memorial


It seems this year is especially important to me and my life’s experiences. This last week there are many TV shows and series about Memorial Day. I was so moved when I watched Tim Gray’s  US Navy D Day Documentary  that it was hard to see it all….so very well done; the interviews of some of the men still around to tell of how just one day , or maybe just a few minutes,impacted their every waking moment for the next  60 plus years of their lives-and those of their families and friends too. Since listening to the stories when I was a kid, just 8 to 10 years from those days of the war, it has had no small impact on my life, or my family’s lives. (I was astounded that it took 64 years- 2008, to have a memorial erected and dedicated on the Normandy beaches for the US Navy and US Coast Guard)

My grandfather, William Wilson Eccles, served in the Canadian Army in France 1914. I never got to talk to him about his time there , or his experiences-he passed 6 months before I was born. My cousin was a casualty of a Japanese soldier’s sabre on Bataan, The Philippines in 1941 . My uncle Raymond, a Marine officer, spent 4 years in a Japanese concentration camp. My Dad served two tours in the US Marines-1919 and 1928.Another cousin and an Uncle were in the US Navy-all avoided combat. My brother and myself served in the USCG Reserve during the Vietnam War, but luckily we were here in the USA. We would have gone to Vietnam, if ordered. To protect one’s country is a privilege ,not a duty.

Those men that I watched recently on those TV shows-first shown in 2008 about June 6 TH 1944- were now old men. They were thrown into this hellish World War II experience as mere boys. They experienced what no young man should to have happen. It has been going on since the history of man and this need to wage war and conquer…whether for power, wealth or ideals. They now were in that time of their lives where they should remember the good times…about their families, grandchildren, accomplishments, wonderful experiences, or travels of note. Maybe all they really want to do now is sit quietly and have some comfortable food. Food that reminds them of their childhood; perhaps a trip and a memorable  meal in a small village taverna on the coast of Greece; or a simple summer meal from the meager larder of a family farm in Normandy….saved for just such an occasion. Again a chance to be free, farm their land, food offered in gratitude, and to say thank you to a few young men and boys; scared and far away from home. Soldiers surprised and thrilled to find a kind face, expecting no” thank yous”, but only a kind word, a smile and to sit quietly and have some comfortable food.


When the shadows seem to grow longer,a time has come to stop, turn and face the sunsets, not for a moment ,but until the sun has left the horizon.

When the shadows seem to grow longer ,it is a time to note the essence of how one feels, and to know that this may be the final script of the senior class play.

When the shadows seem to grow longer, when it is all said and done, we must turn to our right and then to our left, shake the hand of that new person with GRACE,offer a genuine smile and know that we must look for the next sunrise with a genuine calmness.

When the shadows seem to grow longer, know it is a time to look for a kind face, a familiar face,a smile…. be sure to linger and look into a clear and honest eye and know this is all the wealth one will ever need.

When the shadows seem to grow longer, it is a time to gather familiar faces and these new persons all around, sharing the essence of how one feels around a table, enjoy the kindness, watch the sunsets until the sun has left the horizon and have some comfortable food.



  1. Chantal /

    Heartfelt words, my friend. I admire the openness with which you share your feelings, fears and dreams (and best recipes!). Wishing you a safe and happy holiday weekend!

    • Thanks a bunch, Chantal. It was this year that seemed to have a stronger impact on this Memorial Day.I am fortunate that I have a format that allows my sharing.

  2. I was thinking about my dad-he was in the Pacific Theater for WWII. Then stayed in the Naval Reserves as a LT. Commander. I remember that we would all eat in the kitchen instead of the dining room when he would be away for a weekend.

  3. As a fellow baby boomer and a yank living down under, Memorial Day is important to us. My father fought in WWII and my grandfather was in the Canadian army. Lest we forget.

    I really like your soup. It’s winter down here and I could use a bowl of warm goodness on this cold rainy day.

    Thanks very much for the kind comments on my blog.

    • So you are a “yank down under”, Maureen? I am jealous. What a marvelous part of the world to live. I had forgotten about the reverse seasons and am glad that simple little soup hit the spot for you.It always makes for a good and simple wholesome meal.

      As you could tell by my words, I was especially moved this Memorial Day. I know that the ones to come will have more of my close attention and proper respect for those that served before; no matter their country of service .

      Keep up the good work on your blog. I’m lovin’ it.

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