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September 28th, 2015

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup



Several months ago one of my friends introduced me to a little sandwich shop where they specialize in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.  They have all different kinds, such as a French Dip grilled cheese, a Monte Cristo grilled cheese, and even a Thanksgiving grilled cheese with turkey and mashed potatoes on it.  The restaurant is called Cravings Bistro, and it’s in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  So the first time I went there, I had one of their gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and some of their Creamy Tomato Basil soup.  I thought it was so good, and since I didn’t have a recipe for a really good tomato soup, I decided I was going to try to duplicate the one at Cravings Bistro.  I started off with a recipe by Barefoot Contessa, but I made several changes to it, including adding brown sugar because I liked how the soup from Cravings Bistro was sweeter than hers.  I also used a food processor to blend up the ingredients just before serving it because I think it makes the soup look more appetizing.  And guess what, my husband and I did a taste test with my soup and some of the soup from Cravings Bistro, and both of us thought mine was even better!  But, shhhh, don’t tell them because theirs is really good, too!

At Cravings Bistro, they serve their Tomato Basil Soup with grilled cheese croutons, so I decided to do the same thing for my photograph.  To make the croutons, I just made regular grilled cheese sandwiches with good-quality bread, and then I cut off the crusts and cut the sandwiches into 1-inch squares.  Then I put the squares on a baking sheet and toasted them in a 300-degree oven for five minutes.  They were very tasty with the soup, too.

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

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January 21st, 2015

PF Chang’s Hot and Sour Soup

PF Chang's Hot and Sour Soup



My family and I go to PF Chang’s quite often because they have fantastic Chinese food.  It’s my youngest daughter’s favorite restaurant, and she chooses to go there for her birthday every year.  My husband and I always order their Hot and Sour Soup before our main dish because we love spicy foods, and egg drop soup doesn’t have enough of a kick for us.


I can’t remember where I got this recipe, but I have been working on it and making changes to it for quite some time to get it as close to PF Chang’s recipe as I could.  I think it’s really close.  In fact I’m not sure if I would be able to tell the difference if I was doing a blind taste test.


Sometimes I serve this soup with egg rolls that I purchase from the freezer section of the grocery store.  It makes for a quick and easy Chinese dinner.  Enjoy the soup!

PF Chang's Hot and Sour Soup

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December 22nd, 2014

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup



Several years ago we took our kids on a trip to Washington DC, and we stayed at a French hotel called Sofitel.  One night we were out seeing all of the monuments, but I had a sore throat and wasn’t feeling well.  My husband offered to continue the tour with our kids, so I got on the subway and headed back to the hotel alone.  When I got there, I went into their restaurant and ordered some of their French Onion Soup.  Oh, it was wonderful.  I haven’t forgotten it in all these years.  It was the perfect comfort food for somebody with a sore throat.

Ever since then, I have wanted to be able to make French Onion Soup that is as good as what I had at the hotel that day.  I can’t even remember where I got this recipe, but I  have worked on it for a long time, making a lot of changes to it.  I think I finally have a recipe that’s pretty close.  Bon appétit!

French Onion Soup

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