June Gloom Comfort

Happy Hump Day!!!

Even though summer has technically started, we have been experiencing the typical San Diego June gloom. I’m not gonna complain though, I know it will get super hot soon (like, tomorrow!), So I will soak in this marine layer for as long as I can.

While enjoying this cozy weather the other night I decided to make some comfort food, figuring it will be a while before I get to make soups again. I made a tomato basil soup adapted from this The Barefoot Contessa recipe.


Tomato Soup


You can easily make this recipe vegan by substituting the chicken stock with vegetable stock and omitting the butter.


Tomato Soup Ingredients


I chose to use the immersion blender at the end, instead of a food mill because it is much easier to get the kiddos to eat soup with less texture.


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Tomato Soup


I also put together a little make your own grilled cheese bar to pair with the soup.


Grilled Cheese Board


For my make your own grilled cheese bar, I had ciabatta, whole wheat, and gluten free bread. I put out some brie, smoked cheese, and cheddar out. I also offered some add ons like pancetta, sweet pickles, pancetta, and sweet medjool dates (not pictured).

The kiddos had the traditional cheddar, I jazzed mine up using the ciabatta bread, dates, brie, and pancetta, while the hubs had his with gluten free bread, smoked gouda and pancetta. A make your own grilled cheese bar is  a fun way to get everyone involved in dinner!

This is a fun, easy dinner for any night of the week. Let me know what you like in your grilled cheese! Is there anything I can’t live without?

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Until next time,


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