Blowing off Steam: Cooking and Other Adventures

Join me on my adventures in the kitchen and in life in general! We will laugh, talk about our successes and failures & figure this all out together!

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with 5 Cheese Italian Panini

I first saw this soup on Pinterest (no way!) and committed to make it tonight.  As usual, I couldn’t settle for the recipe at hand and had to view several versions and make additions and deletions as I saw fit.  I also couldn’t settle for just white bread and Gruyere croutons.  I needed something more.  I brainstormed with my friend D and her suggestion blossomed into an Italian style panini with ciabatta rubbed with garlic and topped with Asiago, Romano, Parmesan, sharp provolone and mozzarella.  Not just any mozzarella would do.  I went with bocconcini seasoned with herbs and garlic.  In two words:  WICKED AWESOME (we all know how cool it is to be orange-y and reflective like the soup in the picture and yes, I said wicked.).

Soup (Serves 4-6):

  • 1 1/2 lbs of plum tomatoes (about 9), halved lengthwise
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 14.5 ounce can crushed or whole San Marzano tomatoes, no salt added
  • 1 cup fresh packed basil leaves
  • pinch dried thyme
  • 2 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup cream (or in this case, evaporated milk to cut the fat)

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Chickens in Paradise

Boy child is doing lap after lap after lap around the house, naked, screaming “Time for a cherry and a lime on top.  Let me let me let me stop.  A E I Z I E…” pause… “Is this good exercise for my heart? A B C A D P A O N I C I EEEEEEEEE”.

Me: “Yes it is but stop if you can’t breathe.”

Boy child: “Ok.  I can breathe.” Breathes in and out deeply several times like he is hyperventilating.

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My “Why” (Video)

Good morning everyone!! I wanted to share with you a quick video that I was asked to make explaining my “why” for joining my company.  This is the first time I have ever made a video of myself and it took 4 takes just to get it under 2 minutes because I am a talker!  By the 4th take I decided to just hand it over and let it be!  I am excited to share this with you because it will give you a little glimpse into who I am beyond the blog posts.  The video is a little goofy but it’s all me!  Enjoy!

I am making it my goal this week (and every week after that) to touch the lives of as many people as possible in a positive way, whether it be a big smile when they seem down or a hug, or simply letting someone get the better parking spot, just because.  It doesn’t take big dramatic actions to make someone’s day a little better.  Give it a shot!  You would be surprised how much one small positive action can change the entire mood of the day!

I would love to hear what you do to keep your days as positive as possible!


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