19 January 2007

Contemporary Comfort food part 1 - Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Trader Joes Tomato Bisque- add to the perfectly inexpensive, no icky additives bisque - Dean and Deluca dried tarragon (two pinches), Dean and Deluca half cracked peppercorns (smallish pinch), and Dean and Deluca Hungarian paprika (just a smidge)

Essential Bakery 14 grain bread (with crunchy sesame-seeds)
Perrgo European butter (trader Joes has this for a SUPER reasonable Price)
Tillamook White, Super Sharp Cheddar.

Brown Bread and cheese and butter until cheese is melted and the seeds in bread are visibly toasted. Remove from pan, cut diagonally.

Pour single serving of soup into pot and bring to a simmer. Add Tarragon, Pepper, and Paprika. Let stand on low heat for 5 minutes for herbs and seasoning to take effect.

The half cracked pepper becomes perfectly soft and every-once-in-a-while you get this lovely burst of spicy pepper in your mouth. When the sandwich is dipped in the soup they cling to the crispy bread and make a super savory combination.

I'd recommend you have a blue moon Beer with an Orange slice. Trust me.

Trader Joes - my favorite is on Capitol Hill (1700 Madison St., Seattle, WA 98122). Go though Greggs line, he won't make fun of you when you have to write a check b/c you left your debit card at the bar - again. He is also VERY good at securing Orchids in bags.

Essetnail Bakery -Wallingford (1604 North 34th Street, Seattle, WA 98103) or Madison Valley (2719 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112). If you visit the Madison valley location you may have a chance of running into Eddie Vedder.

Dean and Deluca (if only they indulged Seattle): You can get pretty much their entire spice collection at the Metropolitan Market on Upper Queen Anne (1908 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109)

Blue Moon Beer: I’ve seen this at very few place, but my local grocery has is on sale for $6.99. Bert’s Red Apple Market (801 41st Avenue East • Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 322-1330)


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