Food Porn Obsession

I know that's a weird title, but let me explain.  I pin a new recipe pretty much every day onto Pinterest.  I love scrolling through the app on my phone, but only the "food and drink" category (everything else kind of annoys me, why do I want to make a scarf look like a vest?  I never want to be in a vest).  And the only people I follow on Instagram, beyond people I actually know in real life, are food bloggers.  (And Kiernan Shipka, but she also started a food-centric Instagram account, so it all comes full circle.)
So anyways, I'm checking my food blogs every day, loving every set-up food shot, getting awesome ideas for anything and everything, pinning away.  And then I make my tried and true dinners when I get home.  Some combination of pasta/rice and stir-fried veggies.  It then goes into individual tupperwares and I eat that all week at work.  Easy.  Simple.  Boring.
I've been relying on having people over for dinner, or going to parties to exert my creative cooking and baking side.  I made a gorgeous steak fajita spread along with that galette for Gabby and Ben right as the weather was getting a little cooler, and then I got to have Joe and Jess over this week for a little dinner party.  I was thinking of some tried and true things I could make for them, or maybe just go to my nearby restaurant and we could all get whatever we wanted!
And then I was just shaking my head at myself.  Have people over for dinner, then go out?  I had a perfectly good pinterest board I should pull from instead.  And I did just that!  I picked three, count 'em, three things to make from my boards.  My theme was grown up grilled cheese and tomato soup!  Dessert would be a slice of pumpkin bread.  (Umm, I think Deb Perelman and I should hang out, because she too just posted about more-exciting grilled cheese and tomato soup not out of a can.  We're bff's.)
Yesss, Fall!  Get on it!  No more transitioning to the season, I'm embracing it fully!  Roasted veggies pureed into a soup, apples and bacon combine into something cheesy and delicious, and pumpkin incorporated into a dessert.

I knew that I could make the tomato soup the day before, to make my life easier.  The pumpkin bread could also be made in advance, and my experience with baking with pumpkin puree has been that the day after it's more moist and delicious anyways, so I wouldn't have the scent of baking pumpkin bread when they came over, but it was a fair trade off.  The only thing I'd need to do was get the ABC grilled cheeses in order that night.
I was right.  The pumpkin bread was to DIE for.  So amazing, so delicious, so moist, so perfect.  The only thing I had to change was I didn't have all of the spices Joy used, but I did have pumpkin pie spice!  So in place of the ground cloves, nutmeg, and allspice, I used an equal amount of pumpkin pie spice- 2.5 teaspoons.  I know that ends up with more cinnamon in there in the long run (since p.p.s also has cinnamon), but I didn't notice any crazy difference.  It was amazing.  And Jess asked for the recipe!  That definitely means it was a winning recipe!
The ABC grilled cheese was a surprisingly perfect combination!  The apples softened a little, the (turkey) bacon gave a smokiness to the whole thing, and the cheddar was strong enough to compete with bacon.  I dipped mine in the tomato soup and I loved the dinner.  Not too heavy, but definitely comforting!

I'll need to have people over more often- I tap into my creative side more :-)  Enjoy these fall recipes!


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