Tom Turner was one of my very favorite people who validated me since we were so similar. Tom was not afraid to try anything. He cooked, and he could sew. He was talented in so many ways, and I just loved him. We attended the Belzoni First United Methodist Church together. Each year on the 3 days preceding Christmas Eve, our church hosted Noonday Luncheons, and the entire community was invited. On each of the three days, a different local pastor would share a short word before lunch was served in the fellowship hall. Different Sunday School classes would take turns cooking lunch. When the time came for Tom’s classes to prepare lunch, he always made his tomato soup and sandwiches. It was so delicious. Your family will love it on a cold winter day with a grilled cheese.
Tom Turner's Tomato Soup
1 onion, chopped
1 large fresh tomato, chopped or a can of diced tomatoes
1/2 stick of butter
1 large family size can of condensed tomato soup
1 cup of water
2 cups of milk
2 good dashes of Worcestershire sauce
2 good dashes of hot sauce
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
In your Dutch oven or soup pot, sauté the onion in the butter. Add in the tomatoes and cook a couple of minutes. Add the remaining ingredients except the cheese. Bring to a low simmer allowing the flavors to marinate. Lastly, stir in the cheese. I like chunky soup so I include the onions and tomatoes. Tom did not. Feel free to leave them out if you prefer smooth tomato soup.