Nostalgic Memories and a Favorite Comfort Food

John Dorrance's Lab - Campbell Soup Company

Nostalgia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations

There’s something about owning something that has survived the test of time. Something that’s been handed down from generation to generation. Something with a history and a story to tell.

I love anything with an interesting history so when Campbell Soup Company asked me to collaborate to share my version of nostalgia, I couldn’t say no.

I love that Campbell dug through it’s archives this year to find the original 1915 Beefsteak Tomato Soup recipe created by then president Dr. John Dorrance (that’s him in his lab in the photo above). They scoured local New Jersey farms until they found one with 20,000 pounds of Jersey Beefsteak tomatoes so they could replicate the recipe.

Campbell's Soup - vintage labels

They did it – a limited edition supply of soup in 24 ounce jars with a replica of the original label with a drawing of two farmers carrying a larger than life tomato off of the field.

For me, certain comfort foods evoke a feeling of nostalgia and nothing brings memories to life for me more than the smell of a simmering pot of soup.

Grilled Cheese Dippers pair perfectly with tomato soup

As a kid, one of my favorite comfort foods was Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup with the iconic red and white label.

My girls love tomato soup and I love welcoming them home from school on cold winter days with a pot of soup simmering on the stove top.

What better to pair tomato soup with than a batch of gooey grilled cheese dippers?

Grilled Cheese Dippers

Grilled Cheese Dippers


  • 12 pieces white bread
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter


  1. Cut off crusts on bread
  2. Use a rolling pin to flatten each piece of bread
  3. Put one piece of cheese between two slices of flattened bread
  4. Roll the bread/cheese combo tightly
  5. Heat non stick pan on medium
  6. Add tbsp of butter
  7. Put bread/cheese rolls (seam side down) in pan and turn frequently until bread is browned and cheese melted
  8. Dip into your favorite soup
  Grilled Cheese Dippers - serve them with your favorite soup

There is nothing better than the smell of a favorite comfort food to bring memories flooding in.


Grilled Cheese Dippers - these are so good with tomato soup

Grilled Cheese Dippers - the ultimate comfort food!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Campbells. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. i need to make those grilled cheese dippers! my kids would go crazy! and we love campbell’s tomato soup- especially this time of year! love the jar packaging as it makes it so much easier to store and heat just single portions.c

  2. We grew up with Campbell’s soups. My granny made tomato with grilled cheese for us all the time. We’d sit at her old maple table and boy do these pictures take me back! I can almost smell that soup!

  3. Those look so good! I think it’s more moments then food that brings back memories although I do remember my dad would cook oatmeal on super cold days and homemade doughnuts before school. School days were much more enjoyable on those days. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh boy, what a great idea those grilled cheese dippers are! YUM.

    For me it was summertime and fresh black-eyed peas with bacon simmering on the stove, getting ready for some fried chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy, and fresh sliced garden tomatoes for Granddaddy’s noon meal. He always closed his little barber shop for the lunch hour. Back then, a haircut was only $0.35 cents, proudly hand painted on his sign out front.

  5. I think that’s kind of awesome that they did that! I love your dipper idea!!! Actually Campbell’s chicken soup reminds me of childhood in the winter. My mom would make it. It was one of the first foods Learned to make by myself on the stove!

  6. I used to love their chicken noodle soup and dipping peanut butter sandwiches in the bowl. The tomato soup and grilled cheese were another favorite growing up in my house. I like your twist on the grilled cheese. Pat S

  7. You know Marcel Proust wrote an entire novel based on the smell of madeleines he remembered from childhood, right? For me it’s Campbell’s chicken noodle soup with graham crackers.

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