Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Bacon

My ultimate grilled cheese is a Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Bacon on brioche bread, using a blend of two cheeses. Easy and delicious comfort food!

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Today is National Grilled Cheese Day! This is a holiday I did not know existed until I started food blogging. How did I live my life before without celebrating these food holidays? I’m not sure, but I’m making up for lost time now by bringing you my version of the Ultimate Grilled Cheese….with tomato and bacon on brioche bread, made with two different types of Kerrygold cheeses!

My favorite type of grilled cheese has always been with tomato and bacon. There is something about that combo that is just so amazing. And the best bread for this sandwich is a nice buttery brioche. It really takes it to the next level!

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Split Pea Soup with Ham

Want to make split pea soup but don’t have a ham bone? No problem! This split pea soup with ham uses ham steak – easy to make, comforting and delicious!

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Split Pea Soup with Ham…so I know this is kind of a weird recipe for Chez CateyLou.  I mean I get it – split pea soup sounds kind of odd, and doesn’t look particularly appealing.  In fact for the majority of my life, I hated the stuff. My grandmother loved split pea soup and I remember her trying to make me eat it – she was unsuccessful.  Little Cate was not going to touch that weird green soup. But one day a few years ago, I actually tried split pea soup and was shocked…I liked it!  A lot!  And this recipe for split pea soup with ham is seriously delicious, so I just had to share it with you!!
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Jacob’s Pickles – NYC

If you are looking for delicious southern food on the Upper West Side of NYC, then look no further than Jacob’s Pickles! This is comfort food at its finest!

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This is Southern face it, if we too simple, than y’all don’t get the basics.

Sure, the above Lil’ Wayne quote may be referencing Southern rap music, but he just as easily could have been talking about Southern food. Biscuits, fried chicken, gravy, repeat. It’s not that hard. And yet, it’s not easy to find a spot near our apartment that excels at this kind of homey food. My favorite NYC chicken and biscuit joint, Pies -n- Thighs in Williamsburg, is incredible, but I don’t always have the time to travel to Brooklyn nor the patience to deal with hipsters. Luckily, Jacob’s Pickles, located in the Upper West Side, has brought delicious (and gut-busting) comfort food to Manhattan, alongside a great craft beer menu, pickled everything, and an inspired cocktail list. It’s definitely my favorite uptown brunch spot.

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Carrot Coconut Soup

This Carrot Coconut Soup combines fresh carrots and coconut milk with sambal oelek to create a soup that is so full of flavor and such a gorgeous color!

Carrot Coconut Soup | ChezCateyLou.com

I feel like I’m cheating with this post.   Why?  Because I didn’t make it!  Yep ladies and gentlemen – TheBetterHalf made this whole thing, from start to finish.  I didn’t even help him!  Ok, he might have asked a question or two (he’s still not quite sure what an immersion blender is).  But still, I’m impressed.  I could get used to this – homemade soup is one of my favorite things to eat, and somehow it tastes better when someone else makes it!  Take note, TheBetterHalf.

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Best Vegetarian Chili

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Is there a more perfect winter food than chili? It is so warm and comforting and makes such a hearty meal when it is cold outside.  And it’s the perfect food to eat when you’re watching football.  Now I’m sure my meat loving readers are scoffing over this meatless chili recipe, but I promise you, it’s delicious!  This chili is so full of flavor and texture that you won’t even miss the meat.  And if you are still in doubt, this vegetarian chili has TheBetterHalf’s seal of approval!  This is really saying a lot because he rarely has a meat free meal.
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