Creamy Tomato Bisque

1/4 cup of butter
1 chopped shallot
2 stalks of celery chopped
3 to 4 tablespoons flour
1 to 2 cloves of garlic, cracked
Fresh chopped or canned tomatoes coarsely chopped
Chicken broth
Cream or milk
Bay leaf
Salt and pepper

Optional: Dill, chives or Basil

Melt butter over medium heat.  Add chopped shallots and celery and
saute for a few minutes to slightly soften.  Add the flour and cook
stirring for a couple of minutes.  Add chicken broth, cream (or milk),
the tomatoes, garlic cloves, bay leaf, season with salt and pepper and
simmer on low heat for 30 minutes or so.

Adjust seasoning to suit your own taste by adding fresh dill, chives or
fresh basil.




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