Yesterday, I received a new cookbook from my mom in the mail. It's amazing:
The cookbook is lovely. It's divided up into four sections, each representing one of the seasons. Full page color photographs are all throughout and they are beautiful. The cookbook even has two pretty ribbons to use as bookmarks (ever helpful), one in a bright orange and the other in a bright green.
I immediately started going over the recipes in it and the first one I came across was what I did for dinner last night. It's been awhile since I've cooked a meal from scratch (business trips and sinus infections - blech) and it felt so good to be in the kitchen again "for real."
I made Cream of Tomato Soup which you can find in the Summer section of the cookbook. I only had to purchase a few ingredients (tomatoes, half & half and an onion) and everything else I had on hand.
What to serve with the soup...my mind immediately went to grilled cheese sandwiches. Isn't that one of the best combinations of flavors? Grilled cheese & tomato soup? That used to be my favorite lunch at school. So, what could I do to liven up grilled cheese?
"Adult Grilled Cheese Sandwiches"
I bought sliced swiss cheese, a package of prosciutto and a loaf (baguette) of crunchy Italian bread. I sliced the bread about 3/4 to an inch thick. I put a small amount of butter on each slice, then added a bit of swiss and finally a chunk of prosciutto. I put them under the broiler for a bit until the bread was a bit crispy and the cheese all melty:
And voila - we had dinner. A good combination of flavors, and if the first recipe is any indication, an amazing cookbook! (Thanks, ma!!!)
You can get yours here (or check it out in more detail): Fresh from the Garden: Food to Share with Family and Friends