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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Will I ever grow up?

One of my favorite late night snacks is a grilled cheese sandwich! I don't know a single person that does not like grilled cheese. White or wheat, American, cheddar, or Swiss, it doesn't matter. What does matter is that one puts a lot of butter in the pan and cooks the sandwich slowly so the cheese is sure to melt.

The other night, I wanted a grilled cheese. Whole grain bread for starters. I then looked in the refrigerator and saw Swiss and provolone cheese. Two slices of Swiss and a slice of provolone cheese. Cooked slowly until golden brown. Like the old television commercials, I tried to do the sandwich showing the ribbons of cheese going from one side of the sandwich to the other. You know, it's sometimes the stupid little things that make me laugh!!

Every time I make a grilled cheese it reminds me of my son David. When he was 5 or 6 years old, I taught him how to make grilled cheese sandwiches. I even have a photo somewhere of him in his baseball uniform making lunch! He once asked how old one had to be to cook grilled cheese sandwiches at Applebees (a local restaurant). He was ready to go to work. He knew he could make a good sandwich.

When I was a child we had one of those griddles that was on a hinge. You folded the top portion over the sandwich being grilled and cook both sides at once. We were making our own paninis before we even knew what they were! hahahahaha So we've always liked our sandwiches kind of "squished"!
With my sandwich I like to have bread and butter pickles, olives, and dill pickles too.

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Ingredients I must have in my kitchen (It's a long list, but I try and have these items on hand)

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cheese
  • Cumin
  • Curry
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh Bread
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Greek Oregano
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Lemon ( At least 3 or 4 ALWAYS)
  • Peppers (Wax, Jalapeno, banana)
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Regular Olive Oil
  • Rice
  • Salad Ingredients
  • Sea Salt
  • Spanish Olives
  • White Balsamic Vinegar