Monday, December 31, 2007

Goodbye 2007!

I can't believe 2007 is already over, it went by so fast. I am sure tonight a lot of you will be celebrating and may not feel so great tomorrow morning. This recipe is PURE comfort food and just might help revive your senses in 2008.

We are making Creamy Tomato Soup with Romano Cheese Toast. You can definitely make this with traditional grilled cheese but the cheese toast is easier, faster and has less fat. I have lost 20 lbs in 2007 and I plan on losing more in 2008!

Your ingredients.

Your steps.

I only had a 28oz can of tomatoes and they are crushed not diced but you will be blending this anyway so it doesn't really matter.

This recipe calls for butter or olive oil. Use olive oil if you'd like but please don't use margarine, real butter or olive oil tastes better and is better for you.

Get it melting...

The recipe calls for leeks, shallot or onion. I LOVE shallots. I use them in place of onions in almost every recipe. They have a flavor that is almost a mix of onion and garlic. If you will learn one thing about me, I adore garlic. That is definitely one of the benefits of cooking for yourself, you can season the food how you want to.

If you don't know how to dice an onion check out this video on

Slap the lid on and measure out your flour.

Throw in the flour and stir it up for half a minute.

Toss in your tomatoes and water. The recipe calls for the tomatoes that come seasoned with basil, oregano and garlic so I added those seasonings.

Throw the lid on to let the soup simmer and grab a loaf of bread. I always have wonder bread around because that is the SO's bread of choice but use whatever you have.

Grab some grated cheese or grate some yourself.

Sprinkle it on the bread and stick it in the broiler for a minute or in your toaster oven. A toaster oven is very convenient if you cook for yourself. It is very, very convenient if you cook for yourself and live in the desert and don't want to heat your whole house with the regular oven.

I have one of these handy immersion blenders for making soups.

Emeril calls this a boat motor, its pretty fun to use. If you don't have one a blender or food processor works fine. Be careful as the soup is hot so you may want to let it cool.

Stir in your half and half.

you are done! grab your toasts and cut them into sticks with your pizza wheel or just leave as is.


I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Years Eve!


  1. I LOVE tomatoe soup and this one looks great! You've done a wonderful job illustrating the steps!
    Cindy D

  2. That looks delish...tomato soup is one of my favs...will have to try.

    Congrats on the weight lose! And here's to more in '08!

    happy new year!


  3. I can't believe that you posted tomatoe soup. My husband LOVES tomoatoe soup and has been asking me to make it homemade for him. This looks great. Can't wait to make it.


  4. My fahter loves tomato soup and my mother had no idea how to make it!
    Happy New Year!

  5. grilled cheese and tomato soup are a favorite of the little people in this house. I will try this and see how they like it. Anyway to make it better is great.


  6. Wow, that looks delicious and the moms would actually eat that! Thanks!

    Happy New Year!

  7. Yumm!!! Actually, the soup will compliment the spinach and eggs for supper tonight. We're all set!
    LOVE this blog. LOVE.IT.

  8. The S.O. doesn't eat anything tomato so I rarely make HM soup. Usually just Amy's Tomato Bisque (which is low fat & not bad). I eat grilled cheese at least once a week and this would make a great addition. I LOVE tomato soup!! I'll have to try to make it myself sometime!

    Congrats on the weight loss. That's fantastic! I'm shooting for 15 in '08.


  9. This looks amazing. I really think the photos do it justice. I want to take some video of the kitchen section the next time I go to HomeGoods so you can see what they have there and tell me what you need!

  10. I finally have time to check out your blog and am very excited!! This is going to be one of the first ones I try. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. I covet your pan. I will be adding one of those to my Amazon wish list. And I will be making your soup for lunch one day this week. Yum!