Say Cheese! Grilled Cheese That Is.

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.

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:

Grilled Cheese

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.

Rock House Glenview Facebook Grilled Cheese

Imagine my delight when upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by this sign:

Rock House Glenview Grilled Cheese Menu

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.)

Yummy Food board

Grilled Cheese leads my Yummy Food board on Pinterest.

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.

The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook

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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?

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Facebook, Police Blotter & Other Random Things

From time to time I come across interesting or amusing articles that I think might be great material for a blog post in the future.  These might be things that come across my Twitter or Facebook feed, a hot topic in the news or something that my fabulous son-in-law sends me.

Today I found not one, not two but three of these gems so I decided it was a sign.

Time for a random things post.

From The L.A. Times – 8,000 Balloons


What a beautiful way to celebrate the anniversary of such a momentous event.

Shake An Airline Wine Bottle To Make It Taste Better

Jerry sent me this article from Lifehacker months ago. I’m finally sharing it with you.

And I’m going to give this a try when I’m on a red-eye flight later this week.

Purely for research purposes, of course.

Please enjoy this demonstration:

Police Blotter From Flathead, Montana

When we vacationed in Montana this summer, our host Ellen shared with us the amazingness that is the Police Blotter section of the Flathead Beacon. Christie Burns, who writes the column, is clearly someone with a sense of humor. I know, crime isn’t funny but seriously – please enjoy Christie’s report from October 1st:

“9:22 a.m. A lone llama was seen traveling southbound down Possum Lane near Whitefish.

11:47 a.m. A laptop was stolen out of a pickup parked on Parkway Avenue in Bigfork.

11:56 a.m. A man reported that his girlfriend’s new van broke.

1:27 p.m. A local man called in with information about a fraudulent coupon.

4:56 p.m. A man reported that his bicycle had been stolen approximately twelve hours ago.

5:46 p.m. An employee of a Lakeside store reported that a local man stole some candy. He believes that this man may also be involved in a recent series of strange occurrences in the Lakeside area.

6:19 p.m. A Bigfork man reported that a runaway boat found its way to his dock.

6:47 p.m. A Windsong Way resident found a suspicious bag of badminton equipment in his driveway.

8:17 p.m. A woman called from Lakeside to report that her current boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend was intoxicated and attacked her car.”

From the Flathead Beacon

You can’t make this stuff up!

113 Year Old Woman Has To Lie About Her Age To Join Facebook


This story reminds me of my mom (much, much younger than the woman in the story) who stays connected with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends via Facebook, text messages, FaceTime and a shared PhotoStream which she accesses on her iPad.

My mom is awesome.

Toast Of The Day Goes To Mr. & Mrs. Zuckerberg

As much as Facebook drives us all crazy sometimes, I will raise a glass to Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan for making a huge donation in support of the efforts to fight Ebola.


All of our thoughts and prayers are with those afflicted with this scary virus, their families and all of those bravely caring for them in the face of very real personal risk.  Yes, there were mistakes made in Dallas – BIG mistakes. But rather than placing blame, let’s learn from those mistakes and focus every ounce of our collective energy and brainpower to stop the spread of Ebola.

Clunk, clunk. (The sound of me stepping off my soapbox.)

And finally – one bonus piece of randomness:

NPH To Host The Oscars

Checking another thing off his bucket list, the uber-talented Neil Patrick Harris will be delighting viewers as the host of the Academy Awards broadcast in February.

Excellent news, indeed!

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