Make These Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups for Easy Snacking or Soup Dipping

It’s not easy …being cheesy 😉

Guys, it’s finally here – it’s National Grilled Cheese Month!

Yes, it’s the best month of the year. And to celebrate, I share with you my absolute favorite and easiest grilled cheese recipe of all time.

Source: Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

Tomato soup, like all soups, exists only as a base for stews. That is all.

Make Silky, Takeout Quality Egg Drop Soup at Home With Cornstarch

Why wait for delivery when you can make your own egg drop soup at home? From a classic version that every home cook should master to a refreshing recipe made with cucumber, here are seven excellent egg drop soups.

Source: Skip Delivery, Make Your Own Egg Drop Soup

Been doing this for years. Mix cornstarch with water before adding. Works well with clam chowder and other soups as well. I use cornstarch to thicken a lemon pepper sauce with green beans and corn also.

Save Almost-Expired Milk From The Trash by Making Milk Jam

Long before Dan Barber led the charge on the food-waste crusade, line cooks have been scrappy about using every last scrap (hello, profit margin). Now it’s time you stopped throwing away half of what’s in your vegetable drawer. We asked Abra Berens, the chef at Stock in Chicago (a café that, because of its location inside a produce market, specializes in making deliciousness from on-the-verge ingredients), to teach you how to make something lovely from the wilty, frosty depths of your fridge and freezer. Below, Berens shares more ways to save.

Source: Don’t You Dare Throw Out that Wilty Lettuce

FYI: Organic milk is ultra-pasteurized, giving it a longer shelf life (because it tends to stay on the shelf longer). The only reason I know this is because the ultra pasteurization means you can’t make cheese with it.

Make a Creamy, Fiber-Packed Pasta Sauce Out of Beans

I have a passion for beans, which developed back when I used to cook for the Tuscan chef Cesare Casella. The Tuscans are famous for their beans (they’re sometimes called the mangiafagioli—bean eaters—in Italy), and Cesare is no exception. When I worked for him, he’d import thousands of pounds of beans every year from Italy, and I learned plenty of tricks from him on how to use them.

One of those tricks was this simple pasta with a sauce made from puréed beans, which I’ve made with chickpeas here. It couldn’t be easier to make: You simply sauté some garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil, add some cooked beans along with some of their cooking water, then purée it to make a smooth, creamy sauce. Add a handful of whole cooked beans for some texture, and you’re basically done.

Source: How to Turn Beans Into a Creamy Vegan Pasta Sauce

Mashed beans pretty much all work the same. If you are having issues with lentils, you’re probably forgetting to ditch the lentil husks.

Make Perfectly Creamy Tomato Soup by Adding a Little Baking Soda

Yes, all cooking is science; whether you’re making waffles or a steak, you’re enacting small transformations on a series of ingredients in order to create a very new result. But rarely, it seems, are those scientific transformations as immediate as what happens when you add baking soda to your cream of tomato soup.

Source: Put Baking Soda in Your Cream of Tomato Soup! Here’s Why

If you want to use cream for your tomato soup recipe instead of milk, however, you probably won’t need baking soda (or only a pinch of it at least). The fat in the cream helps protect the protein and keeps it from curdling.

Use Up Stale Bread by Making This Classic, Hearty Soup

Soup is often hailed as the antidote to cold weather. But when winter really kicks in, brothy soups won’t suffice. Something with staying power, a little more stick-to-your-ribs goodness, is the trick to surviving winter. That’s why thickened, creamier soups win.

But you don’t need to add heavy cream or make a roux to achieve soups like this. All you need is some bread. All you’ve got is old and stale bread? Even better.

Source: Bread Is the Secret to Thicker, Heartier Soups

Top Wintry Soups with Granola for Crunchy, Nutty Goodness

With the right toppings, the humble soup gets some extra texture, flavors, and finesse. You can take the most plain Jane vegetables and in a transition fit for My Fair Lady, transform them into a classy dinner soup.

Source: 9 Toppings to Make Your Soup Pop

For wintry favorites like butternut squash, pumpkin, or a creamy coconut curry – the nutty, slightly sweet granola is beyond complementary.  Bu if you’re weirded out by the sweet factor, try toasted nuts. They have a similar, though savory, effect.

I’ve covered how to make spicy/hot honey for those interested.  And how much vitamin K there is in yogurt (including Greek).