Posts tagged ‘grilled cheese’

June 3, 2012

Asparagus Grilled Cheese

No matter how fancy the cooking gets, sometimes there is nothing better than an awesome Grilled Cheese.

I love Grilled Cheese (and any type of warm grilled sandwich/panini if we are really being honest here). Unfortunately, all of those carbs and cheese calories are not what my pants really love – but it is just so good that who can resist! We are only here to enjoy our lives for a short period of time, so I figure as long as we stay healthy – we are going to eat well! So enjoy Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup or Roasted Tomato Soup or Spicy Tomato Soup or Whatever you like!

ANYWAYS – back to today’s sandwich…..

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January 27, 2012

Homemade Tomato Soup

Growing Up, I [thought that I] was not a fan of Tomato Soup. Actually, I am sure there was a time that I might have kind of liked it – but overall I avoided it. I guess my ‘hatred’ for Tomato Soup came from Campbells – now, don’t get me wrong, I love my most Campbell’s Soups but I have never been a fan of Tomato Soup because that it was I thought Tomato Soup tasted like!

Recently, Rich had wanted Grilled Cheese with our tasty Smoked Cheddar we had in the fridge. I figured it was time to make a version of Tomato Soup that I liked! I have kept altering it every time I made it recently. And then today I was told “If you made tomato soup like this every time that you made tomato soup from now on, I would be happy”. And there you have it, an awesome tomato soup recipe!
This soup was perfect to go with Roasted Garlic Bread (I’m in love with the breads by LaBrea that the markets around here sell) with Smoked Cheddar Panini (I always seem to burn my grilled cheese sandwiches, so most “grilled cheese sandwiches” around here are really “paninis” made in the “George Forman”). While I am admitting things that I often screw up way more than someone who knows how to cook should, I will admit that I struggle with: Grilled Cheese, Chocolate Chip Cookies, fluffy Rice, & grilling

Easy Homemade Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

  • 2 28 oz cans tomatoes (1 can crushed and 1 can petite diced)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped small
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped small
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped small
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T butter
  • 1/2 cup warmed chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
In a large saucepan heat the butter at medium heat and gently sweat the onion, carrot, and celery for a few minutes until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and sautee for another minute or so. Add the flour and mix in thoroughly to the butter/onions in the pan. Mix it in fully and make sure there is no extra flour just hanging around the pan.
Take your heated chicken stock and slowly mix it in to your onion mix, making sure to fully integrate it before adding more.. Continue until fully mixed (it will be thick).
Add your cans of tomatoes. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until everybody seems soft and bubbly and happy together. If you like a smoother soup you could have used any kinds of tomatoes and blended (immersion blender) at this point – but we like out tomato soup more chunky (it is more rustic and  100% homemade that way).
Lower the heat on your soup as low as possible and slowly add the milk as it simmers. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed as well as any other spices you may want in your soup. Then allow to heat through for a few minutes for flavors to blend. Serve and enjoy, especially with your favorite Grilled Cheese!

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… what food have you changed your opinion on as you have aged?

August 22, 2011

Roasted Tomato Soup

IT’S TOMATO SEASON

And just in case you don’t believe me – take a look at my counter!!

I love tomatoes and at this point I am still enjoying them and all of their bounty (from our garden & the CSA) – so I am not quite ready to get to making sauce yet, although when you check in with me in about a week I’m sure I’ll be on the sauce-making path). After roasting up veggies for my Tomatillo Salsa & Zucchini Baba Ganoush, I was really in the mood for some roasted tomatoes. What better way to really enjoy the flavors of tomato and roasted tomatoes than in soup (ok – I am sure there are plenty of ways to enjoy these flavors – but a girl can only eat so many sliced tomatoes with salt/pepper on them a day).

Take some of those fresh tomatoes, roast ’em up with some garlic, smash in the pot, add some milk & enjoy (or puree for a smoother soup – that would have been my preference but Rich requested a chunky tomato soup). This is perfect with a nice piece of grilled cheese (we used Mozzarella on some Rosemary bread “grilled” in the George Foremen). Enjoy & play with these basic flavors to get the exact recipe and flavors you are looking for!!

Roasted Tomato Soup

  • 8 medium tomatoes (or about 4 lbs total of whatever tomatoes you have)
  • 4 – 6 (or more) cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • approx. 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Rosemary, Thyme, & Oregano (approx. 1 sprig each or some dried)
  • 6 + Tablespoons milk
  • Coarse Sea Salt & Coarsely ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 375 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lay the tomatoes on the pan cut side up with the garlic cloves (skins on) and quartered onion. Sprinkle with olive oil and season with salt. Roast until the tomatoes are soft and caramelized, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Peel the tomatoes and add the pulp and juices to a soup pan. Squeeze the garlic from its skin and add it to the pan. Place the pan over medium heat, and begin mashing the tomatoes with a potato masher until it’s pulpy, but not chunky OR if you want it smooth – you should place your peels tomato & garlic right into a food processor or blender to make it smooth & then place in the soup pot.

When the mixture is hot but not boiling, stir in the cream. Season to taste with salt. Season with some oregano, rosemary & thyme. Add a pinch of sugar, if needed & grind some fresh pepper on the top of each bowl when you serve it.

tray of tomatoes ready to roast.

cheese stuffed tomatoOne year ago – [Fresh] Stuffed Tomatoes (these were totally awesome:  garden fresh tomatoes stuffed with mozzarella & goat cheese – go check ’em out & get to using more of those tomatoes!)

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.And I leave you with today’s question of the day… how do you like your tomatoes (fresh, roasted, sauced, salsa, none, everything, etc)?

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