Creamy Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with garlic and a hint of sweetness.

What you want….. baby I got it. Ha!

Seriously though, doesn’t a hot, steamy bowl of creamy, hearty, savory (yet, slightly sweet) tomato soup just sound….. like YES?? I think Aretha would agree.

It is freezing in Minnesota right now and all I want to do is sit, snuggled up in my bed, with a stocking cap on, watching a good Hallmark movie, and eating something really comforting. And what is more comforting than tomato soup and grilled cheese?? It’s a total, throwback-to-childhood food that brings with it, all the comforts of a time when your mom would gently sweep your hair back so she could softly cup your winter-kissed-rosy-cheeks, right before dropping off a plate cheesy, tomatoey perfection in front of you. Who wouldn’t want that?

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Brussel Sprouts….with bacon.

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Every once in awhile in a person’s life, you find that one special restaurant. You know what I am talking about, your default place. It may not be the best food, location and/or ambience, but it keeps you coming back for that Cheers “Where everybody knows your name” feeling.  

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Kickin’ Chicken Potato Salad

Creamy summer potato salad made with Ginga Habanero and Salt and Vinegar Seasonings and Greek Yogurt

Every once in a while, something exciting and unexpected happens to me. Recently, my excitement came in the form of 4 FULL SIZED bottles of an incredible line of seasonings, delivered to me with the request that I please try them and, if I like them, share them our lovely readers. Ok, let me break this down for you. Someone gave me free food to write about…. Could we possibly combine two things that make this girl happier? I mean…I guess I can sacrifice some of my time for this. And let’s just pretend that when I received them, I didn’t immediately crack each bottle open in the car and stick my finger in to taste them.

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Homemade Brownies

Homemade BrowniesAn oh so familiar scene…You start small.  You cut and devour a 1″x 1″ section.  Then you slice another sliver off.  And another.  By the time the night is over, only small crumbs remain in that clear glass pan.  

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Wedge Salad with Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon Wedge Salad

Bacon. Sweet sweet bacon. No really. Sweet. Literally sweet. Specifically, candied bacon. My family cannot get enough. I mean come on….what is not to love when it comes to this delicious, salty, crispy, savory, buttery, sweet, spicy, gooey goodness. My family started making this treat a few years ago and it seems to grace our table a lot around this time of year. I like food to have meaning. A history. Tradition.

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