Comfort Food

Yesterday was all about comfort food, and when I uploaded my pictures – turns out CHEESE was the star of the show yesterday!

I made Noble Pig’s Bloody Mary Soup before work yesterday.  Oh.My.God.  Best soup ever!   I knew I wanted to make a grilled cheese sammie with it, so I decided to stop by Panera bread on my way to work and accessorize my bread – hands down their sourdough bread is AMAZING!.  I’ve made grilled cheese sandwiches before for my step-son and I think using that bread is his favorite grilled cheese ever.

I asked the girl to slice it since our knives at work aren’t that great.  So breakfast was my apple/sharp cheddar on toasted sour dough with a 0% Greek yogurt with some of Sophia’s granola that she gave me for Christmas – I still have about 1/2 cup left Sophia!

I bought the Chobani for $1.29 - is that a good price?

You’ll have to go to Cathy’s site for the bloody Mary soup recipe, although I did make two minor adjustments.  I left out the onion and added 1 tablespoon of Tabasco! 😀  I also used two cans of these tomatoes, since I had them in my pantry:

I first sweat the onions while I was blogging yesterdays post – its all about multi-tasking! 😀

It’s funny, Tony and I are on the fence with celery because of the onion factor.  We’ve both eaten soups before and looked at each other and said “is that celery or a fricken onion??!!”  Since I knew there were no onions, and I was going to puree the soup, I didn’t chop them too fine.  You just throw everything else in the pool, let it simmer, and 20 minutes later you have delicious soup!  I had horseradish cream from when Tony and I went to the Seigelman’s deli, and that brought the whole soup together.

And I made a sourdough bread grilled cheese on the side – sadly I mistakenly figured that each slice of bread was an ounce.  When I got home I weighed the bread and each slice was two ounces! I then realized the girl at Panera must have used the thicker slice when she cut it.

I had an ounce of cheese ends from my grocery store deli on the inside - a mix of American, cheddar and muenster

The best part about grilled cheese and tomato soup is dunking the sammie in the soup!


the perfect bite!

Thanks again Cathy for posting that tomato soup recipe – the flavor combination is amazing between the kick of the horseradish and the saltiness of the Worchestershire sauce – a keeper!

I had ground beef I needed to use up, so I decided to make patty melts on, you guessed it, more sourdough bread!  Although this time I sliced one slice in half.  My patty melt: 2 oz. sourdough bread, 4 ounce burger, 1 ounce cheese ends, dill pickles and 3 ounces of Ore-Ida extra crispy fries.

First I Pam fried the burgers – I let them get a nice crust before flipping:

After the first flip I put the pickles and cheese on (no pickles for Hannah!) reduce the heat to low and put a top on it to let the burgers cook through.

Hannah's is on the left with her favorite cheese - muenster! Mine is the lower right and Tony's is in the back

While the burgers were cooking I buttered my bread – but with Smart Balance butter that is only 5 calories a tablespoon!

Then I cooked up our patty melts – since the cheese is already melted, this step went by pretty quickly.

Nice and crunchy!

love all the melty cheese!

My plate:

I may have dipped my fries in jalapeno ketchup and dipped my patty melt in jalapeno mustard! 😀

So since I was way off with the sourdough bread, I thought my day would have been about 2200 calories!  But luckily, it wasn’t!

Stats for Thursday:

  • 1,665 calories
  • 52 grams fat
  • 198 carbs (okay, that is on the high side for me!)
  • 90 protein
  • 15 fiber
  • 28% of calories from fat
  • 47% of calories from carbs
  • 35 minute jog on treadmill
  • 10 minutes of abs on the balance ball

So excited for our work lunch today – we are having a chili pot luck of sorts!  I suggested bringing in chili in honor of the Superbowl this weekend, and everyone offered to bring other stuff.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for my Buffalo Chicken Chili recipe! It gets a grade of A from CalorieCount!

And Allison, each recipe has 1/2 cup of Frank’s Hot Sauce in it! 😀

A big thank you for all who voted for my domain name – seems almost like a tie between mybizzykitchen and biggestdiabeticloser.   You’ll find out over the weekend which one I picked!

Oh, and you have until February 28 to vote for my recipes for Foodista’s blogger cookbook – I know you have to sign in to vote, but if you could vote for me, that would be awesome!  Just click on the vote for me widgets on the right side of the blog.

Happy Friday all! 😀

31 thoughts on “Comfort Food

  1. Can I move in with you?

    All of your eats always look so delicious!

  2. Buffalo Chicken Chili sounds so good! I can’t wait to see the recipe!

  3. CHEESE…now we’re really talking, the staple of life!

  4. No matter what you call it, how fancy you make it – there’s just nothing like tomato soup with grilled cheese! I am beginning to think that I may have met my match when it comes to loving cheese – that would be you, Biz. It’s my kryptonite.

  5. I so want to move in with you, too!!! 😉 I know I have said this before, but all your meals are always amazing! I’m putting tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches on my meal plan for next week right now… 🙂

    Happy Friday!

  6. Apple, sharp cheddar, and sour dough?! Music to my ears! I am drooling over the amount of toasted bread and cheese in this post. YUM!! 1/2 C Franks?! Love it 🙂

  7. LOL – I’m so proud I could cry! 🙂 Everything looks delicious, but I’m ESPECIALLY craving that apple/cheddar combo! (funny – I go after the one thing that DIDN’T have franks!) 🙂

  8. I LOVE grilled cheese. It is my all time comfort food. Your pictures are making me drool!

  9. The soup looks great! Couple of questions: did you puree it with a stick blender; and inlieu of using cream, do you think I could just mix some horseradish sauce with some Greek yogurt?

  10. Mmm, I’m trying this this weekend.

    And @Shelley B, yes, I definitely think you could sub Greek yogurt w/ horseradish for cream. Sounds like a great swap to me.

  11. Bloody Mary Soup? Girl, that’s got my name written ALL over it!

  12. I have to make Cathy’s soup, I guess I didn’t realize it was that easy!

    Your food looks awesome!

  13. That sounds like a good price for Chobani but then again I live in NY and everything is overpriced lol

  14. mmm the patty melts look delicious! I’ll have to remember those the next time I need to use up hamburger meat! J’s fav cheese is meunster too!

  15. Mmm… cheese! I could live off of cheese!

    Oh, and Chobani, I pay $1.79 unless I make the sojourn to Woodman’s then I pay $1.29

  16. MMMmmmmmmm, tomato soup and grilled cheese!! Best combo ever!! 🙂

  17. Ok you gave the thumbs up on Cathy’s soup so I must try it out then. Thanks again for joining my roundup today!


  18. youjust kill me with all this amazing stuff

    Good job all the way around

  19. It is snowy here and this food looks perfect. Congrats! You won the soup giveaway on my blog! Please send me an email ( with your address and phone number so I can get the package out.

  20. MMMM! Grilled cheese is my favorite (non-chocolate) food ever – especially on homemade sourdough bread!!

  21. grilled cheese is soooo great for dunking! I am craving Panera’s sourdough after reading this!

  22. I missed the voting…I vote MyBizzy Kitchen…because it’s just so original and easy to remember, and it’s so catchy too!

    OMG. Bloody mary soup? Gosh, that sounds FANTASTIC with the grilled cheese!
    Aw, only 1/2 cup of granola left? But I’m happy it’s lasting and that you’re still enjoying it! 😀

  23. As much as I love apples, I have never eaten cheese on one. I just can’t get it in my head that it might be good.

  24. This post is making me droooooooooool! 🙂 I love, love, LOVE sourdough — so good! I’m actually planning on making sourdough grilled cheese today because we picked up a fresh load yesterday. I saw the Bloody Mary soup on Noble Pig, it looks so awesome.

    And your burger on sourdough, aaaaaah! Hungry! 😀


  25. Love all the melted cheese goodness, yum!

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