Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup…and Heather Christo’s Generous Table Giveaway!

by on April 24, 2013

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Who better to invite to our month-long celebration of grilled cheese than my friend – celebration guru extraordinaire – Heather Christo? Today’s recipe for Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cambozola and Bacon Sandwiches comes from her stunningly gorgeous new cookbook, Heather Christo’s Generous Table. Later in this post you’ll have the chance to win an autographed copy of this book so be sure to read on (trust me, you want this one!).

Find Heather Christo's Generous Table on Amazon

Heather Christo is one of those people who radiates warmth and friendliness from the moment you meet her. She is one of my very favorite bloggers to read and to catch up with in person (as we will do this coming weekend!). Not only is she an amazing cook (a trained chef, in fact) but she’s also all about sharing the love of food with friends and family.

A unique aspect of Heather Christo’s Generous Table is the way in which it’s organized. There’s a chapter for each season, and then within each season are menus and recipes for five different occasions. So, for example, the chapter for spring features menus and recipes for events like a Tea Party Shower and Greek Easter Fest (with recipes passed down from her mother-in-law), while the winter section offers options for a Snow Day Lunch and a Holiday Dinner Party.

Heather Christo's Generous Table

The recipes, beautifully photographed by Heather herself, reflect her style of preparing elegant-yet-accessible, seasonally-inspired food. Dishes like Asparagus Walnut Pesto Linguini, Seared Scallops with Artichoke Pesto and a Lemon Tart with an Almond Shortbread Crust made me want to start texting all my local friends to come over so we could partake in these! But there’s really no reason to wait for company, these dishes are simple enough for everyday cooking as well. Each menu, by the way, also features a fun cocktail because, as Heather says, “we can all use a good drink at the end of a long day!”

Since it’s Grilled Cheese Month here on Panini Happy, I naturally gravitated to Heather’s Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cambozola and Bacon Sandwiches recipe, which is included in her New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party spread. If you enjoyed my Brie, Basil, Bacon and Blue Panini, this sandwich will be right up your alley. It, too, has bacon and basil, but rather than Brie and blue cheese Heather uses Cambozola cheese, which is very much like Brie and blue cheese all in one (where has this cheese been all my life?). The pairing with a robust, homemade tomato basil soup is, of course, classic. You can either serve mini-sized sandwiches as appetizers alongside soup shots, or do as I did and enjoy them as a perfectly satisfying lunch.

 ** Win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Heather Christo’s Generous Table!! ** [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]

**UPDATE 5/9/13: Congratulations to our winner, #32 Jenny!

Heather has graciously offered one Panini Happy reader a signed copy of her beautiful book.


  • Leave a comment below telling us about one of your favorite dishes to prepare for your friends or family.

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM PDT. I will use to select one winner and announce the winner in this post. I will contact the winner via e-mail – if I don’t receive a response within 5 days I will draw another name. My apologies to my international readers, the prize can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

Grilled Cambozola, Bacon and Basil Sandwich from Heather Christo's Generous Table

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 erin April 25, 2013 at 1:07 am

grilled veggie/chicken/steak fajitas. you can chop everything and marinade ahead of time so all you need to do is grill. plenty of time to spend with your guests!


2 Angela April 25, 2013 at 5:28 am

There is always something nice about making a lasagna. It can fit almost all dietary restricts with modifications.


3 MaryBeth April 25, 2013 at 5:29 am

One of my favorite dishes to prepare for guests in the winter months is stuffed shells or lasagna with a hearty meat sauce. In spring or summer, I rely on my grill for simple grilled meat/fish served with a giant garden salad. This books look gorgeous and I’d love to add it to my cookbook collection!


4 Marthalynn April 25, 2013 at 5:42 am

One of my favorite family dishes is a slow-cooked beef au jus! We make sandwiches for days from that delicious meat.


5 Leah | So, How's It Taste? April 25, 2013 at 5:45 am

That sandwich looks awesome! My favorite dish to serve to family and friends would have to be a dessert. I love seeing their reaction when something decadent is revealed, cakes especially!
Leah | So, How’s It Taste?´s last blog post ..Healthy Breakfast Sandwiches


6 Rose S. April 25, 2013 at 7:00 am

I love to treat guests to my yogurt chicken recipe. Everyone always asks for the recipe after tasting it.


7 Christina April 25, 2013 at 7:23 am

One of my favorite dishes to make for family is a roasted chicken, scalloped potatoes, and roasted asparagus. Everyone loves it, such a crowd pleaser. I also love making thanksgiving dinner for family and friends!


8 Elin April 25, 2013 at 7:23 am

I love making birthday cakes for people. I try to do a variation on a signature cake for each person.


9 Jacqui April 25, 2013 at 7:27 am

My favorite recipe to prepare for my family is spaghetti squash!


10 Lauren April 25, 2013 at 7:33 am

I love to make Caprese Chicken for my friends and family and serve it with Goat Cheese & Rosemary Ravioli!


11 Ronald Manley April 25, 2013 at 7:35 am



12 LisaH April 25, 2013 at 7:45 am

My favorite thing to fix for my family is a brisket with a molasses brown sugar bourbon glaze.
It is always a winner and makes great leftovers for sandwiches the next day!


13 Madeline April 25, 2013 at 7:46 am

I like making my pomegranate chicken, grilled until the skin is crisp and the chicken is juicy!


14 Ilona Blonk - van Kruijl April 25, 2013 at 7:51 am

My favorite dish to make for my family is a typical dutch dish for cold winter days; Borecole/Kale.
Sausages, Bacon, Borecole in the wok after that in a baking dish with mashed potatoes and cheese on top. Apple sauce as a side dish.
Great dish to keep the family warm in the winter!


15 Heather April 25, 2013 at 8:07 am

My favorite dish to make for my family is Jamie Oliver’s posh chicken with fresh asparagus made on the Cuisinart panini grill with brown rice as a side. Chopped leftovers in a wrap taste great the next day.


16 Erin W April 25, 2013 at 8:34 am

I love making quesadillas for friends and family on my panini maker. Served with roasted broccoli is delish.


17 BJ April 25, 2013 at 8:56 am

Fondue is so much fun with friends.


18 Rachel @ Bakerita April 25, 2013 at 9:08 am

I love making dishes that my whole family can eat – there’s a whole slew of dietary needs, so when I can make something that’s delicious and everyone can enjoy, it’s always a success!
Rachel @ Bakerita´s last blog post ..Coconut Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting


19 Kristen M. April 25, 2013 at 10:20 am

I like making chicken parmigiana for family & friends.


20 Laura C. April 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm

One of my favorite dishes to prepare for my friends/family would have to be shredded beef enchiladas with black beans and spanish rice!


21 nessa April 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I love making all kinds of desserts for my family, especially oreo truffles. Yum!!!


22 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective April 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Grilled cheese + tomato soup = perfection! 🙂
Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective´s last blog post ..Sweet Chili Pulled Pork + Recipe Girl Giveaway


23 barbara n April 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm

My favorite dish to prepare for family and friends is pasta…everyone loves it and you can make it as fancy as you want by changing up the meat or adding veggies


24 Diona April 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Lasagnas are my favorite dishes to prepare for friends and family. They can be huge productions, but they never fail to feel 100% worth the effort.


25 Meighan April 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I like to make lasagna!


26 Diane {Created by Diane} April 26, 2013 at 7:57 am

This sandwich looks amazing!
I like to prepare comfort foods that are my families favorite. Recently went to my brother and made everyone Chicken and dumplings and everyone loved it!
Diane {Created by Diane}´s last blog post ..Key Lime Pie Cupcakes


27 Alice April 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Thanks to your inspiration, I like to make panini! We try to be creative, but it’s also hard to resist falling back on the classic onion, tomato, basil and cheese…
Alice´s last blog post ..Update…


28 Anne B April 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Tacos or some pasta dish


29 WyoDi April 27, 2013 at 7:23 am

Breakfast casserole on Christmas morning. It bakes while we exchange gifts. My adult children have continued this tradition I began.


30 Renee G April 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I like making barbecued chicken for family and friends.


31 Teresa Organ April 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

One of my favorite dishes to prepare for my family is a chicken dish called Company Casserole.


32 Jenny April 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I haven’t been able to host a holiday yet – but I know that for my husband & I, I love to make either a) homemade pasta sauce, or b) a batch of risotto. Yum!


33 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. April 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

looks like a great book!


34 Nutmeg Nanny April 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

This sandwich looks amazing! I love baking for family and friends 🙂


35 Rachel Davidson April 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I love preparing amazing desserts to bring to pot lucks or other people’s houses. My favorite to prepare for myself and my college roomies is homemade mac and cheese


36 ashley - baker by nature May 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I love baking cinnamon rolls for my mom and brothers – they just devour them!
ashley – baker by nature´s last blog post ..Double Chocolate Cookies with Sea Salt and Pistachios


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