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Tomato Basil Soup and Grown-Up Grilled Cheese (with bacon!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach


Tomato soup is one of those foods that immediately conjures memories of my childhood. My parents would heat up canned tomato soup and serve it with a grilled cheese sandwich made of white bread and American cheese. It wasn’t particularly fancy, but it was good, old-fashioned “kid food” and my brothers and I loved it. As I got older, I realized I wanted something more than the basics, something that offered more flavor and more texture, but it was hard to find. This is the closest I’ve come in a long time to tasting a tomato soup that offers a sophisticated balance of flavors and textures, while still summoning those great childhood memories. Everyone in the family is sure to love it, and the slow cooker makes it that much easier to put an incredible meal on the table tonight.


Tomato Basil Soup and Grown-Up Grilled Cheese (with bacon!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach


The grilled cheese was upgraded, too, with some of our favorite foods. Try making your next grilled cheese on a panini grill with avocado and bacon, and I know you’ll agree this is the best fall meal you’ve had this year. Enjoy!

Tomato Basil Soup and Grown-Up Grilled Cheese (with bacon!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach



Tomato Basil Soup

​2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 cans (28 ounce each) crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
​Heat olive oil in stovetop-safe slow cooker cookware over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook 2 minutes; stir in tomatoes and cook an additional 2 minutes.
Add crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, tomato paste, basil, sugar, salt, red pepper and black pepper to cookware. Stir until well blended. Place in slow cooker.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or on LOW for 4 hours. Stir in heavy cream before serving.
If using a slow cooker with ceramic crock, cook vegetables in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer ingredients to slow cooker crock and cook as directed.
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Tomato Basil Soup and Grown-Up Grilled Cheese (with bacon!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach


Three Cheese Avocado Bacon Panini

1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon ketchup
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
4 (1/2-inch) slices hearty bread
2 slices Cheddar cheese
4 strips cooked bacon
2 slices avocado
2 slices Jarlsberg cheese
2 slices mozzarella cheese
Preheat panini press.
Stir mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard in a small bowl.
Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread and mayonnaise mixture on the other side.
Place 2 slices of bread, butter side down, on the panini press.
Layer Cheddar, bacon, avocado, Jarlsberg and mozzarella on each slice of bread.
Cover with remaining 2 slices of bread, butter side up.
Close panini press.
Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until desired brownness.
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Food Focus: Tomatoes

In my house, we look forward to tomato season all year. We rush to farmers markets and produce stands in the summer, eagerly awaiting the sight of red, yellow, orange and pink tomatoes to take center stage in our everyday cooking. It’s fun to see the colorful heirloom tomatoes on the counter, and sometimes I don’t want to use them because they look so beautiful. Some have stripes, some have weird ridges and bumps, but they all have that perfectly tart and sweet, juicy flavor we all love.

But, sadly, autumn is around the corner and soon our summer bounty will be gone until the following year. So we binge on tomatoes while we can, using them in as many dishes as possible. I often wonder why I eat them any other time of year. To celebrate the beloved tomato, I pulled together a few interesting facts and a couple recipes that showcase the fruit. (Yes, technically, a tomato is a fruit.)


  • According to the USDA, Americans eat between 22- 24 pounds of tomatoes per person, per year.
  • According to the USDA, the tomato is America’s fourth most popular fresh-market vegetable behind potatoes, lettuce, and onions.
  • Heirloom tomatoes are varieties that have been reproduced for multiple generations without cross-breeding.
  • There are four general classifications for the shape of a tomato: beefsteak, globe, paste and cherry.
  • According to HGTV, the scientific term for the tomato is islycopersicon lycopersicum, which means “wolf peach.”
  • According to the USDA, there are an estimated 10,000-25,000 varieties of tomatoes in the world.


  • Tomatoes can be preserved through canning, freezing, and drying.
  • Plum tomatoes have lots of meaty flesh and few seeds, making them suitable for sauces and pastes. Slicing tomatoes have more juice and seeds and less flesh. They’re ideal for eating in salads.
  • Store fresh, ripe tomatoes at room temperature with stem side up to reduce softening. Avoid storing tomatoes in the refrigerator, where cold air dulls its taste and softens the texture to make it mushy.



Tomato Bruschetta
YIELDS: 6 servings

2 large red ripe tomatoes (about 1&1/4 pounds), cored, seeded, and diced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons peeled and diced red onion, (optional)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon balsamic or red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
12 slices crusty French bread, cut diagonally, about 3/4-inch thick
3 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, basil, red onion (if desired), 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the minced garlic, vinegar, and salt and pepper. Cover and let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes but not longer than 2 hours.
Place the bread slices on the grill. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until the bread is lightly toasted and golden on both sides, turning once.
Remove and immediately rub the edges and one side of each slice with a garlic clove half. (Use a half clove for every 2 slices.) Drizzle about 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil onto the garlic-rubbed side of each slice.
Stir the tomato mixture with a large spoon to thoroughly moisten; top each bread slice with about 1&1/2 tablespoons of the tomato mixture. Place on a platter and serve immediately.
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Memorial Day Grill Menu: Sides

Yesterday, we posted our favorite burger recipes for Memorial Day cookouts. Today, we’ll focus on the side dishes. These dishes are great for barbecues or potlucks and can easily be prepared on the grill while you are making the main dish. Too often, the grill gets passed over for the stove or the oven, so we wanted to highlight grilled side dishes today. Every dish deserves the smoky flavors of the grill and these are two of our favorites.

Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
YIELDS: 6 servings

Corn is delicious when cooked on the grill because it takes on a smoky flavor. We recommend the Hamilton Beach GrillStation 5 Burner Gas Grill. This salad is great on its own or served alongside tortilla chips for dipping.
3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ears corn on the cob, husked
1 can (15.5 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 green bell pepper, halved, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup chopped onion
3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
For lime dressing, combine lime juice, olive oil, vinegar, cumin and salt.
Grill corn 12 to 14 minutes, covered, turning occasionally and brushing with lime dressing until cooked and slightly charred.
Cut corn off the cob; place in a large bowl. Stir in black beans, green pepper, cherry tomatoes, onion, cilantro, parsley and remaining salad dressing. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 hours before serving.
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Grilled Garlic Bread and Tomato Salad
YIELDS: 6 servings

Think beyond the basics when using your outdoor grill for sides. If you like baked garlic bread, you’ll love it grilled. Plus, the Hamilton Beach GrillStation™ 5 Burner Gas Grill creates beautiful grill marks, adding to the rustic presentation of this delicious salad.
1/3 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 baguette French bread, sliced 1-inch thick
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
3 Tablespoons coarsely chopped onion
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4  teaspoon black pepper
Stir oil and garlic in a small bowl; brush both sides of slices.
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Grill bread 5 minutes on each side until slightly charred. Remove to cutting board; cut into 1-inch pieces.
Place bread pieces, tomatoes, blue cheese, onion, balsamic vinegar, basil, salt and pepper in a large bowl; toss until mixture is combined.
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