This post goes out to one Katie Casey for leaving me a wedge of brie because she didn’t feel like bringing it home last time she was at my house. It also goes out to the Food Network Magazine that I got the idea from.
Two words come to mind with this recipe: church, and mom. One day last year when I was pregnant she rushed into church and handed me a bag with a quarter loaf of homemade bread inside, still warm. It was gone before the service ended. In between chews I asked for the recipe, and low and behold a few weeks later she thrusts it into my hand, again mid-church service. Wait, there’s more.
Was tempted to call it cilantro “crema” because every time I see that on a menu I go, “yummm crema I’ll have that”, when in reality I think it’s pretty much the same thing. Regardless, these burgers are tasty and a nice balance of healthy and indulgent, which is how I like all my meals to be.
I ran into a friend toward the end of my pregnancy that keeps up with my blog – she asked me if I thought I was having a girl. I said, yes, but why do you ask? She said “you’ve been posting lots of sweet baked goods lately”. It’s true, my 80/20 rule of healthy eating was more like 20/80 in those last few weeks. The fun, my friends, is over.
During my first pregnancy people would talk about their cravings and I sort of thought they were just making excuses to eat unhealthy food. In my second pregnancy I had to eat my words in a glaringly obvious fashion. I mean – I had to have Chick-Fil-A fried chicken sandwiches. I just HAD to have them. I also ate more that a few “quesadillas”, by which I mean white cooper sharp cheese in a flour tortilla, cooked in butter on a griddle. Luckily those days are past but my cheese addiction is still going strong – thankfully my tastes have rounded out a bit and this recipe is the proof!
This is a recipe I’d first done in the classroom with my high school students; quick enough to still do some notes/take a quiz, and the way I figured a much more practical lesson for their immediate future than an Alfredo sauce or some such. Since then this has become a lunch/snack/light dinner option that I make for the fam all the time.
I mean really, is there anything better than a grilled cheese sandwich? I don’t think there is. The unpretentious grilled cheese CAN be fancy enough for a dinner party if you provide the right fixin’s – and the cooking method ensures you’ll have eight crispy, melty sandwiches ready at EXACTLY the same moment.
Have I mentioned before that I seriously suffer in the tech department? The fact that this blog exists at all is entirely due to my brother in law, Tom, who bought the domain space and invented the name (and then taught me how to make posts).
So the other day we went out to Nudy’s for a late breakfast. Realizing it was actually noon, we ordered a reuben and a California wrap and planned to split. The wrap was placed in front of me and before I knew it my elbows were rising to the sides in defensive positioning as I hunkered over my sandwich with no plans to share.
The Live Well Network week was AWESOME! Rocky start with some tears leaving Tess but turned out to be one of the most crazy yet amazing weeks of my life! The show will air in late Nov/Dec and you’ll have to watch to see who wins (unless we’re friends and I’ve already told you) I’ll let you know about the air date. Now.. onto something food-related.
I can tell you how long these burgers took to make because of the activities that preempted the burgers. Family park time was going swimmingly but our tummies were a’grumbling. I wanted to make these burgers but baby girl is a terror when she’s hungry (ahem, just like her father), and as we walked in the door she started yelling to be fed immediately. I gave her to Rich and said “go outside for twenty minutes and dinner will be ready when you come back”.
Burgers? I know – it’s October, but this is not the kind of burger you’re likely picturing. This is an INSIDE burger, and it makes you look forward to Thanksgiving! Sharp cheese, sweet cranberries, tangy mustard, tart apple, and tender, scrumptious turkey come together to make for one fun weeknight meal. Serve with roasted sweet potato fries and a salad (the rest of the lettuce from what you used on your burger), and you will feel like you’re indulging when, in reality, you’re sitting down to a perfectly balanced, good-for-you meal!
OK, more of an idea than a recipe, and you might already know about this. I do this every two weeks and always keep a stack in my freezer, since my husband loves peanut butter and jelly sammies and eats them as snacks. PS, if we ever find out that peanut butter is toxic, he’s a goner – I think he eats at least a jar a week.
I once worked for a neighbor/family friend who had a little cafe. I was probably sixteen, and she intended me to waitress. Turned out I was a really, REALLy bad waitress. The neighbor actually had to tell me, “you’ve got two strikes, one more and you’re out”. And I got the third strike. They moved me back to the kitchen. The silver lining is that I learned how to make a mean tuna salad. The dark stormy cloud is that sucked as a waitress (my time at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House further supported this sad fact). What’s the connection to this sandwich? I’m getting there.
Some of my married girlfriends cook dinner for their families EVERY NIGHT. We’re talking meat, vegetable, grain style. Now on the other hand, one friends’ husband is lucky if his wife heats him up a Lipton side (girl you knooow I just called you out!). Still other couples BOTH enjoy cooking(yay Kristen and Mike!). Sadly this is not the case for us – I was gone for a few days last week and my husband told me he didn’t even WALK INTO the kitchen. Who does that?
You truly can’t beat an ice cream sandwich in the summer. You will find people who don’t like pie, cake, or candy, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love this legendary treat. The old-school one with the cakey chocolate cookie is what I was going for here.
I love when other people bring food to my house and then leave it here – thanks, Kate, for the brie! Brie is something I almost never buy, so it was fun finding it in my cheese drawer today! If I’m at a Christmas party and someone makes a baked brie, count me out for interesting (or even coherent) conversation. I’ll stay by the brie, thanks. Brie comes wrapped in paper, but then you open it and it seems like it’s wrapped in MORE paper. This is actually edible, but it’s weird so you might just want to slice some of it off. That’s what I do, anyway.
Since I don’t have a lot of storage in my little house, I’m not a fan of kitchen appliances that serve only one purpose. I don’t have a waffle maker, a popcorn machine, an ice cream machine or a pan to poach eggs. I did, however, receive a non-requested panini press from a wedding well-wisher. One might think a panini press is only used to make paninis, but one would be wrong.
You gotta love an egg sandwich. I have a secret dream to have an egg sandwich shop; all egg sandwich, all the time. Now, if you hate runny yolk then turn away, you won’t like this sandwich. I personally believe that runny yolk is sort of like heaven and if you think you don’t like it, it’s probably that you misunderstand it. Just add salt.
There aren’t many things better than a grilled cheese sandwich. I think it was the first thing I perfected in the kitchen. I was about ten, armed with seeded rye bread and cooper sharp cheese – heaven. The white bread and kraft singles version is pretty ridiculous as well, though completely devoid of real food. Gourmet grilled cheeses have been popular for a while and usually involve a bunch of ingredients you don’t have on hand. Not this one. All the ingredients used should become staples in your fridge because they’re amazing for you.