jillpickle: Well, after looking through the William Sonoma catalogue, I was hungry for some savory food! Love the food pictures in there! I happened to see a recipe from The Best of Cooking Light which turned out to be very fast and easy. Chopping and cooking a few slices of bacon probably took the longest. I’m not sure I would add the bacon next time although it smells so good while it’s cooking! I really didn’t taste it in the recipe. Some changes I made to the recipe were: I added more beans than the recipe called for because of the lack of small sizes of canned black beans in the store. I also added 2-3 times the amount of celery, garlic and onions and an extra can of chicken broth plus a dash of smoked paprika. Let’s face it-I can hardly ever follow a recipe exactly!! Bill made the lime cilantro cream which was a contrast in flavors with the soup. Definitely, this is one of my favorites!
For the paninis, I used roasted garlic artisan bread, fresh mozzarella cheese, and salami. I brushed the outsides of the bread with olive oil. I then placed the sandwiches in a grill pan and place a pot on top pressing the sandwiches – my make-shift panini press! Everything was very tasty!