Panera Please?
May 5, 2011

Last night I just so happened to come across this recipe for a Broccoli & Cheese Soup ~ a Panera rendition. Back home, Panera is one of my favorite “go-to” spots especially for lunch dates. Whether I’m there for breakfast or lunch…Panera just has that all day appeal. And Panera’s Broccoli & Cheese Soup? One of my all-time favorites!

It turned out to be Panera's clone! (Minus the bread bowl)

I had to make a few tweaks since we were limited on a few ingredients. I used milk vs. half &half, and added a little extra flour. The recipe also says to puree your veggies and soup towards the end…but I left my veggies as is.

I was skeptical about my soup – mainly because the recipe compared it to Panera’s Broccoli & Cheese Soup…so I had high hopes…and Thai take-out ready on speed dial.

Final Outcome? Had I not been sitting here halfway around the world….I would have thought I was in Panera! Yes – it is that close to Panera’s version and I encourage you to try it! Too bad my version provided fewer servings…Stephen and I were fighting over the last bowl.

As for now, it’s time for American Idol and night out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo ~ Margaritas, Chips, and a whole lot of SALSA! I’ll catch ya later! 🙂


Food Fanatic
April 4, 2011

We have a holiday on Wednesday which means it’s a 4 day work week  – needless to say my Monday is off to a good start 🙂 Before I carry on about my day, I must share with you the deliciousness that was our dinner last night. I give full credit to Stephen as he cooked one of the best omelettes I’ve EVER had.

Pork Omelette ~ Filled with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon & Spinach

Ingredients: Diced Pork, Chopped Bacon & Spinach

Definitely cannot forget the cheese!

First bite!

Yum Yum Yum!

I feel like my day today has revolved around food. After reminiscing over last night’s yummy dinner, buying food from vendors at school, getting a “Dressed to Dish” picture of some friends eating at Panera back home & catching up on some food magazines….I’ve come to the realization I am a FOOD FANATIC all the way. Whether I am eating, cooking, watching “food” related TV shows, or reading about food, I am the poster child for an “Obsessed Foodie”. After getting that off my chest…let’s continue 🙂

Dressed to Dish Girls!

I was beyond excited when I came across this picture in my inbox this morning! Thank you to Nicole for sending in the Dressed to Dish pic! My two friends Stephanie and Ashley are not only fashionably dressed while dining at one of my favorite restaurants back home – aka Panera – but they are eating my favorite Panera dish and wearing my favorite accessory. Favorite Dish? Broccoli & Cheese Soup. Favorite Accessory? The White Watch!

For dinner tonight we have home-made lasagna ~ probably my best buy so far from the school vendors 🙂 We paired it with a light salad, a slice of french bread & a glass of red wine. Can my food-filled day get much better?! The answer is yes! I get to relax tonight and enjoy reading the Food network Magazine & cookbook I bought over the weekend.

I hope you are off to a good start to the week! Take my advice…become a “food fanatic”…it’s kinda a lot of fun 🙂

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