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…

Oatmeal and Tea at Brew

We took a quick trip up North last week to enjoy the cool fresh air and the lake views of Northern Michigan.  The beautiful blue water captivates me every time we drive into Traverse City, and it is nothing less than spectacular. While there, we stopped at Brew, which is a local coffee-house featuring bakery…

roasted tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons

I felt “Fall” in the air this past weekend in Michigan.  I must admit, I love this season the best of all of the seasons of the year.  The brisk mornings and the changing leaves make the season so comfortable for me.  I have been looking at many recipes over the past few weeks just…

open faced tomato sandwiches

all of my summer tomatoes have ripened and for the past few weeks, i have been making a variety of recipes to take advantage of their delicious homegrown taste. this past week, i made open-faced tomato sandwiches. this process is really not even a recipe, but just a personal preference on how to make a…

meatball sliders

        are you tired of the traditional summer sloppy joe?  or maybe, you are looking for a smaller portion burger to serve to your guests.  this recipe is very tasty and has just the right ingredients to make mini sliders for a party of 12. using one pound of ground round, add…

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…

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…

oven baked deli sandwiches

for many years i have prepared this type of hot sandwich in the oven.  it is very easy to prepare and can be made for a large number of people very quickly. these sandwiches are great with a side salad, soup or even just chips.  hot deli sandwiches have been served for a variety of…

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…