Hi, everyone. I’m sure that many of you, like me, are recovering from staying up too late watching the Academy Awards.
Lots of folks who are much more knowledgeable than me will weigh in on all things Oscar so I will just present a quick recap.
Chris Rock – I think he did a great job in a difficult situation. I think he handled the lack of diversity with an appropriate balance of outrage and good natured ribbing.
— Upworthy (@Upworthy) February 29, 2016
I agree completely.
Best Dressed: Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Julianne Moore
All alone on the worst dressed list because it was JUST.THAT.BAD: Heidi Klum
Seriously, what was she thinking?!?!
Having seen none of the nominated movies, I’m not qualified to comment on any of the winners except to say that a) I’m happy for Leo and b) NEVER will I ever see Mad Max: Fury Road or The Revenant.
Now with that out of the way, let’s talk about something that’s been on my mind:
Although I’m certain that none of the nominees enjoyed a grilled cheese sandwich on Oscar day, lest they have to go up a Spanx size or risk not fitting into their couture gown, we mere mortals are lucky.
We can indulge.
Grilled cheese is truly the perfect food. Whenever I see it on a menu, its ooey-gooey deliciousness beckons and I become blind to everything else.
Throw in a bowl of tomato soup? Heavenly bliss.
Over the weekend, Peter and I popped into a new-to-us spot nearby for lunch. I was inspired to try Rock House based upon this enticing photo on their Facebook page.
Imagine my delight when upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by this sign:
Build your own grilled cheese? Be still my heart!
My creation consisted of cheddar and provolone cheese, pesto and roasted red peppers on sourdough bread.
The sandwich was delicious and I am considering going back every day this week.
Grilled cheese is one of those foods for which an infinite number of recipes exist.
A Pinterest search for “grilled cheese” produces an avalanche of results. (One tip, though, do NOT do this search on an empty stomach. The pictures will make you so hungry that you will want to gnaw off your leg.)
The plethora of recipes, of course, is due to the infinite combinations of ingredients that can make up The World’s Most Perfect Food (tied with pizza).
In the starring role: the cheese. American, Cheddar, Provolone, Swiss, Pepper Jack, Brie, Gorganzola and on and on and on.
Perhaps you want to add some meat. Bacon is probably the most popular add-on but many recipes include pepperoni, sausage, salami, ham, turkey and short rib. Personally, I would draw the line at ground beef because adding a ground beef patty to a grilled cheese would pretty much turn it into a cheeseburger. Not for me; I’m a purist.
The “extras” are where one could really go crazy in creating a grilled cheese sandwich. Peppers, onions, tomatoes, greens, olives, pickles, spinach, mushrooms, pesto, siracha, BBQ sauce, mustard. You name it, someone has probably included it in a grilled cheese sandwich.
And finally, the bread. My husband prefers what he calls it, “crappy white bread” (aka the Wonder bread from our youth). My favorite is sourdough. But whether you choose white or wheat, brioche or Texas toast, the bread must be sturdy enough to hold up to all the ingredients you choose to
shove into adorn your sandwich with.
In doing research for this post I became intrigued by the number of grilled cheese cookbooks.
This particular one caught my eye. The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook.
Taking a peek inside as Amazon allows you to do, I found that this book contains recipes for such gems as “Loaded Bake Potato Grilled Cheese” and “Lobster Grilled Cheese” and “Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Grilled Cheese”.
The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook is currently winging its way to my house – hopefully via an Amazon drone – so I can start planning a Grilled Cheese Party. According to Pinterest, Grilled Cheese Parites are “a thing”. A pretty fabulous idea I might add.
So, if you were to attend my Grilled Cheese Party, what ingredients would you want to have on hand? Are you a “crappy white bread” lover or do you prefer something fancier? Are you a purist who draws the line on too many ingredients? Do you have any grilled cheese cookbooks?Thanks for stopping by,
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