July 21, 2014

Simple and Delicious: Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Soup

Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Soup

All the recent talk about “fast casual” dining made us hungry for one dish in particular, and that’s Panera Bread’s Creamy Tomato Soup.  In fact, some of us are semi-addicted to it.  All that wholesome, velvety goodness. Add a hunk of crusty boule or a couple pieces of warm rosemary-scented focaccia, and we don’t even need a main course.

Of course, it’s not always possible to get out to the nearest Panera to fill the craving when it takes hold. And breaking out a can of Campbell’s tomato soup just doesn’t get it done. In cases of the most severe home-bound cravings for this delectable soup, only one thing will do: a flavor-packed copycat recipe more than worthy of the real thing! Read the rest of this entry »

January 5, 2012

Hearty Dinner Thursday: Stuffed Vegetables

It’s the first Thursday of the new year, so we’re putting a new spin on our traditional hearty dinner ideas. Keep reading to see the surprising items that made this week’s list, and tell us which ones you plan to make tonight and this weekend! Read the rest of this entry »

July 6, 2011

We Found Some Very Versatile Veggies!

Our gardens are starting to produce, and fruits and vegetables at the grocery store are on sale this season. This means we should focus on adding fruits and vegetables to our cooking! All  fruits and vegetables have a certain place in our kitchen, but a few have made the cut as the most useful and adaptable! Keep reading to find out which veggies are on the list!

1. Tomatoes: From pasta sauce to bread, from soup to bruschetta, tomatoes have an important place in all American households. Check out this article on Ten Tomato Techniques to get cooking!

2. Cucumbers: From gyros to sandwiches, from salads, to soup, cucumbers are unexpectedly versatile. Sometimes, I get too comfortable just chopping them up for a salad, when really there are hundreds of cooking options that are extremely refreshing and satisfying! Check out our article on 8 Great Cucumber Concoctions to learn how to use cucumbers in even more unique ways!

3. Avocados: Used commonly in guacamole and other Mexican foods, and as a part of salads and sandwiches, avocados are similarly versatile. Check out our article on 10 Ways to Use Avocados to add some unique entrees to your usual cooking plan!

June 13, 2011

Five Fabulous Summer Staples!

Today, we are featuring a guest post by Minni from Cooks and Travel Books.   Enjoy!

Summer is my favorite foodie season. It’s an ideal time to experiment with fresh local produce, to make lighter, healthier meals, and to make use of your outdoor grill. But my summers are also usually pretty busy, and cooking every day isn’t always practical. Cooking can also heat up the house, something I try to avoid when the weather gets warm. Read the rest of this entry »

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