Actually Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Wednesday was National Grilled Cheese Day.  I don’t really remember that day from past years, but thought I would celebrate this year with actually preparing grilled cheese sandwiches–Not just made indoors on a grill, but made outdoors on a charcoal grill. The feat was totally easy since I have a new grilled cheese basket by…

Bacon, lettuce and tomato quesadilla

Here is a fun way to serve a classic sandwich with a new Tex-Mex twist.  I use sun-dried tomatoes, either quick microwave crispy bacon or traditional bacon, and shredded Fontina cheese.  I also like to use Romaine lettuce. Gather the ingredients. Heat the tortilla shells in the oven for five minutes and then add the…

muffaletta sandwiches

Mardi Gras came earlier than last year, and caught me almost off-guard.  I must admit I had to rush to take down the Valentine decorations and put up my Mardi Gras wreath all in the same week.  Nevertheless, we had a great dinner of classic muffaletta sandwiches.  I wanted to share this recipe on the…

Valentine’s Day Tea

How wonderful that Valentine’s Day fell on a Saturday this year.  It was an all day celebration at my house with my sweetie.  It was a day filled with time spent together, which is better than anything else in this world. And for something totally different, we had an afternoon tea, complete with walnut and…

breakfast panini

Holiday breakfast recipes usually feature eggs, casseroles, french toast, or waffles.  This breakfast recipe is one that can be made and even served in small slices along with some nice breakfast pastries or warmed fruit. The recipe comes from CuisineAtHome.com. One of the most important steps to this recipe is the choice of bread used…

pressed Italian sandwich

  are you planning a picnic, going camping or just having an outdoor meal on the deck?  if so, this is an easy prepare ahead hearty sandwich that is pressed over a period of a few hours in the refrigerator.  really, anything goes with this sandwich.  choose your ingredients, and then wrap in foil and…

easy crock pot macaroni and cheese

  making macaroni and cheese in a crock pot can be a bit tricky.  the challenge comes from using milk and cheese in a crock pot.  these ingredients tend to curdle when not treated properly. i have been researching recipes, as i have wanted to have a fool-proof way to make this dish without running…

party sandwich sliders

here is a great party sandwich recipe that can be increased to make up to 24 sliders for entertaining.  this is another baked sandwich recipe that can be prepared ahead and then baked just before serving to guests.  any type of sandwich meats and cheeses can be used, based on the time of year or…

baked Parmesan tomatoes

i found this recipe in eating well magazine — august/september 2006 for this dish, tomatoes are sliced in 1/4 inch slices.  i used a baking dish to prepare the tomatoes, but they could also be prepared on a baking sheet.  for the recipe, i would recommend selecting larger size tomatoes, rather than Roma tomatoes. slice…

fish fry friday

  Fridays are traditionally known for fried fish.  throughout new england, the local seafood shops and restaurants offer Friday fish specials.  most of the time, we prepare our fish in the oven, either baked or broiled.  on some special Fridays, i have made a light batter for fried fish.  this is a super recipe that…

fustini’s oils and vinegars — grilled chicken pita sandwiches

  some have called me a foodie, and someone else mentioned the label of tea snob, but i would have to say, i will admit to being a vinegar and oil aficionado.  i have come to love fustini’s oils and vinegars.   these shops are located in traverse city, holland, petoskey, and ann arbor Michigan.  my favorite shop is the…

a garden sandwich

  sandwiches can be healthy and this one is also delicious. again,as any recipe can be altered, this one from p. allen smith’s cookbook, was adjusted to our tastes.  he suggests using an herbed goat cheese spread on the sandwich, which i omitted.  he also adds a vinaigrette to the vegetables before adding to the…