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Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup 
Mar. 4, 2013 9:43 am 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2013 7:04 pm
Taste:   Tomato Soup 3 stars
Grilled Cheese 5 stars

Ease of Preparation:   Soup 4 stars
Grilled Cheese 5 stars

Cost:   Soup 4 stars
Grilled Cheese 5 stars

Today’s menu was another hit and miss. My husband came home early and offered to cook. I never thought that this would happen, but I actually declined. I guess that I wanted to see my week finished off right. So we spent the next hour cooking dinner together.

The cost of the grilled cheese was very low, because they were made up of almost entirely left over food. I only had to buy a little extra cheese. I used leftover hamburger buns flipped inside out and bruschetta from Wednesday (This was Friday. I’m a little behind.) They had many kinds of cheese: cheddar, Monterey jack, and a 5 Italian cheese blend. 

We let the sandwiches mostly cook then put them in the oven to heat the bruschetta. One burned on the bottom, because we initially let it cook for too long. But my husband, chivalrous as always, took that one.

The soup recipe says to use a Dutch oven, but I don’t have one. I don’t know where I would put it if I did have one. So, I used a deep cast iron skillet with another skillet as a lid. The ingredients went together nicely even though it was almost so full that you couldn’t stir it. Due to Wednesday’s carrot debacle, I forgot to leave a carrot out for my soup. Therefore, the dish was sans carrot.

As the stars suggest, the grilled cheese was amazing. The bruschetta made this sandwich sing. However, the soup was a little lacking. It tasted mostly like canned tomatoes (shocker right?). I can see how the creator wanted to make an easier version, but it simply didn’t stand up to how tomato soup should taste. I’m biased though, because I don’t like the taste of can. My husband loved it. The boys, not so much. I don’t think I will be making this soup again. It is Monday, and we are still trying to eat it.

Although there were forgotten ingredients (or whole dishes) and other mishaps, I call this week a win. I accomplished everything that I set out to do, and most of the recipes were a hit. So, all in all, not a bad start. Things will get better as I get more familiar with the kitchen. I even think that my oldest will be less picky when he gets used to not eating fast food. See you again next week where I will tackle touching uncooked chicken and quiche.
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Mar. 4, 2013 10:05 am
I've got o say that for a person who didn't set foot in a kitchen before, you are quickly making it look easy! Way to go!
Mar. 4, 2013 10:08 am
Good job! You might involve your eldest in the choosing and preparation. That usually helps them past the pickies.
Mar. 4, 2013 10:26 am
One thing I would warn you about, and I'm not absolutely sure about this, but I read somewhere that cooking tomatoes, or any really acidic food in cast iron shouldn't be done. It can pick up funky flavors from the iron. If left in long enough it can ruin the seasoning of the pan as well.
Mar. 4, 2013 11:54 am
@Doc I've made a few things here and there before. This is the first time that I've shown any real interest. And thanks for the tip about the pan. I wouldn't have thought of that, but it makes sense. @BigShotsMom I'll try letting him help me choose. I guess I'm afraid that if I let him choose we will end up having Ramen Noodles for dinner every night. I should let that go though and give it a shot.
Mar. 4, 2013 6:04 pm
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup! My mother would have that ready for me when I came home from school for lunch, in the winter. It held me well until supper at 5:30.
Mar. 5, 2013 4:44 am
Hi Hehouston,I let my girls choose,you might be surprised at what your son comes up with.We had a few HUH meals,but it gets better.Happy cooking.
Mar. 5, 2013 7:59 am
I love your idea of a bruschetta grilled cheese sandwich. How original and I'm betting there's a way to make an appetizer out of it too. (I think I will try that). What a week you had, congratulations! I've really enjoyed your posts.
Mar. 5, 2013 7:04 pm
@Mike Nice! @Manella I'll have to give it a shot. @AZ93 I wish I could take the credit. The bruschetta grilled cheese was my husband's invention, but it's worth you trying it. It was delicious!
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I'm a domestically challenged stay-at-home mom with two small boys and a wonderful husband. I have attempted to cook periodically, but was never very good at it. I am now into it with determination to make it work.
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