Elevating Simple Dishes with Muir Glen Organics

On Monday I had the great pleasure of dining once again with a bunch of Boston bloggers at a dinner hosted by Muir Glen Organics and Chef Will Gilson at the Boston Center for Adult Education. A twist on last winter’s Vine Dining dinner which also featured Gilson’s famous cooking and Muir Glen products, this dinner had us on our feet and in the kitchen in a totally relaxed and laid back setting.

Muir Glen Organics

The event, called Elevating Simple Dishes with Chef Will Gilson and Muir Glen, featured simple, comforting recipes that were made fantastic by using the best ingredients, including Muir Glen Organics tomatoes. On the menu? Ratatouille, along with tomato bisque and grilled cheese, two dishes that Gilson made Boston fall in love with while he was at Garden at the Cellar. I could definitely eat this soup and sandwich combo on a daily basis, and since it’s super easy, real food, I just might.

Elevating Simple Dishes

Muir Glen tomatoes

After a brief introduction from Julie Johnson from Muir Glen (where we learned about Muir Glen’s 2011 Limited Edition Reserve tomatoes), Chef Gilson talked about his involvement with Muir Glen and then got us into the kitchen.

Boston Center for Adult Education

Boston Center for Adult Education


ratatouille ingredients

We split up and got to work chopping, slicing, and dicing.

Will Gilson

I had the important job of putting Cabot cheese on the When Pigs Fly bread while Elizabeth chopped zucchini and Jen prepared fresh herbs.



Chef Gilson did the bulk of the cooking, whipping up the ratatouille in a giant pot (to which he added a hefty amount of olive oil!) and blending his tomato soup until smooth and creamy.

grilled cheese

When the food was ready, we all got to sit down together to enjoy it, along with some wine and conversation.


tomato soupgrilled cheese

The sky was darkening, I was tired and chilly, and the tomato soup and grilled cheese pairing were exactly what I needed. Luckily we were sent home with some tomatoes of our own to try, and with cold weather just around the corner, I am already brainstorming delicious tomato recipes, in addition to tomato soup, of course.

What are your favorite ways to use canned tomatoes?

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  1. Heather’s avatar

    Grilled cheese and tomato soup is one of my favorite meals. So wonderful on a cold night!

    I love to use canned tomatoes to make marinara sauce – much cheaper then buying a jar at the store!


  2. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I could eat grilled cheese and tomato soup every day during the winter too :) I’m thinking I’m most likely going to use some of my cans to make the soup.


  3. Shani’s avatar

    These past two summer I have canned my own crushed tomatoes, but there are never quite enough to make it through the winter. I love to put them into chili, channa masala, soups, and spaghetti sauce.


  4. Elizabeth’s avatar

    It was great seeing you in passing between the two sessions! Grilled cheese with tomato soup is my favorite comfort food, especially when it starts to turn chilly around here. I love using canned tomatoes in chili, stuffed peppers (mixed with quinoa and beans), and pasta sauce– they’re so convenient!


  5. Daisy’s avatar

    this looks like such a fun class and an excellent meal! love the action shots in the kitchen!


  6. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    I love that they put your to work! Looks like a great dinner – and important to know that tomatoes (especially canned) make many winter meals possible!


  7. Michelle’s avatar

    This looks like such a fun event! I’m bummed I couldn’t make it (it was way too early).


  8. Raija’s avatar

    Sounds perfect – can’t wait to make my own tomato soup too.


  9. Megan’s avatar

    Love seeing all the pictures of what happened before I got there! I love canned tomatoes in so many things… sauces, crockpot chicken tacos, soup, etc.


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