The chef at the Greenbrier resort—who will represent the U.S.A. in the culinary contest the Bocuse d'Or—shares a dish that's 'incredibly refreshing on a hot day'
CHILLED HEIRLOOM TOMATO SOUP
Serves 6 to 8
2½ lbs. heirloom (or conventional)
tomatoes, peeled and cut into big pieces
1 clove garlic
6 leaves basil, plus extra for garnish
4 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 pinch salt
2 pinches sugar
2 cucumbers, peeled
1 red watermelon
1 golden watermelon (if available)
1. Puree tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil and vinegar in a food processor. Put mixture in a pot and add chicken stock, salt and sugar. Heat soup until warm. Place pot in a large bowl filled with ice. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.
2. Use a melon baller to scoop out cucumber and watermelon. Place in bowls. Add soup. Garnish with basil. Serve.
The actress and entertaining expert shares tips on setting a stylish summer table
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"This tray adds a coastal look and is perfect for bite-size appetizers," she says. Stinson Rectangle Tray, $9.99; worldmarket.com for stores
"These napkin rings made of banana bark speak to the season you're celebrating," she says. "Very summery!" Banana Bark Napkin Ring, $4; westelm.com
Spelling is the host of Craft Wars, which airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC
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