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Category: Sandwiches

It’s a Grilled Cheese Party, Bitches!

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Do I have your attention?

Yep, you read that right: grilled cheese party. And in case you’re unsure of what that means, it’s an entire party dedicated to grilled cheese of all varieties (duh). Basically I’m a genius.

Okay, so Rachael Ray is the actual genius–or more appropriately one of the contributors in her magazine is–but can you think of a better person to throw a grilled cheese party than meeee? There are few things I love more than cheese and bread, and they consist of cheese AND bread and probably my mom.

See, last week I turned the big 2-7. Up until this point I still considered myself a youth, if you will. But 27 is different. It’s verging on 30. Yep, it’s official, I’m an adult. So I did the only thing I could think of to celebrate my adulthood: I threw a grilled cheese party. When I told my dad, he said, “Why don’t you just go to Crash Crawlies and play in the ball pit?” Pfff.

Trust me, I would have if I didn’t think they’d kick me out.

So you’re probably wondering, “Amy, how do I throw a grilled cheese party?” Because, like, doesn’t everyone want to throw a party of such utter deliciousness? Yes. Yes they do.

So here’s how:

1. Figure out what kinds of sandwiches you want. Do you want straight up just bread and cheese, or do you want something Eat Street-worthy?

2. Gather the necessary items, including all the breads, spreads, dips, cheese, and fillings, as well as plates, napkins, cups, electric griddles, panini presses, etc.

3. Help your guests out with some sandwich ideas. I created a visual guide that showed guests how to make nine different sandwiches. Feel free to steal my idea, or get creative and come up with your own.

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4. Present all the ingredients in an orderly fashion so guests can create their sandwiches like an assembly line. If you check out the photo below, you can see I’ve got the bread then the spreads then the fillings and lastly the cheese, which is grated because it melts better.

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5. Let you guests grill their own sandwiches; this frees you up to mingle and keep everyone’s drink full.

6. Ask for help. Thankfully I had some lovely family members helping me set up for this shindig. If I hadn’t, I would have been overwhelmed with the prep. So thanks, y’all!

7. Get everyone involved. Now, this is something I didn’t do, but I wished I had. Rather than collecting and buying all these ingredients myself, a more economical option is to assign everyone a sandwich and ask them to bring the ingredients for that specific sandwich. Because, as we all know, cheese is, like, hella expensive!

So what d’ya think? You’re totally throwing a grilled cheese party aren’t you? Also, apologies for not getting any photos of actual grilled cheese … they were camera shy.

Also, a big shout out to Golden Ears Cheese Crafters for hooking me up with all this delicious cheese!

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Dinner Tonight: Sexy Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce via My New Roots

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I tell people that I stepped through a portal to an alternate universe, and this is my life now: new job, new place, new roommate, new friends.

It’s freaking sweet.

I’ve never been good with change. Growing up I experienced so much of it that I grew to fear it. My parents divorced, my mom came out, both my parents dated, and, amidst all this, I lived in over a dozen homes, attended several different schools, said goodbye to friends, and struggled to make new ones. All I wanted were some roots.

Finally, in the ninth grade I moved to a small-ish suburban town … home. It’s far from perfect, but it’s where I made my best friends. (Y’all know who you are!)

I was away from “home” for five years, but now I’m back, and I’m stoked. I live by the river now, with trails all around me–perfect for quiet contemplation (and angry runs!).

And despite being ridiculously busy with this new life of mine, I’m doing my best to keep y’all updated on what I’ve been eating/making.

Tonight’s dinner comes from My New Roots (How appropriate, right?), an amazing blog by Sarah B. I encourage you all to check it out–it’s packed with awesome healthy recipes and nutrition advice. And yes, the food actually tastes good!

Case in point: Sexy Spring Rolls.

As an added bonus, they are so versatile. You can use whatever produce you’ve got sitting in your fridge, plus any protein that you have: chicken, tofu, shrimp–whatever!

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We pretty much followed the recipe; however, did a little improvisation with the dipping sauce. Rather than almond butter we used peanut butter. Spicy peanut butter. What? Ya, it freaking exists. Don’t believe me? Check it out, yo!

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Being that the peanut butter was, like, burn-your-tastebuds-off spicy, we skipped the chili flakes.

Also, we found that wrapping the rolls once and then wrapping them again in another rice paper wrap helped them stay together better. If you do this they’ll keep well for lunch the next day, too. I know this because I ate two in the lunch room while someone else ate a Lean Cuisine … sucker!

Dinner Tonight: Chicken Soft Tacos with Fresh Pico de Gallo

I have two prerequisites when it comes to cooking now: tasty (duh) and simple.

I don’t mean to brag, but I’m pretty damn popular, so I don’t have much time to prepare meals.

Alright, scratch that–truth is, I eat so damn much that I spend most of my free time exercising. So that I can consume more delicious calories. Does anyone else do this?

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On the spectrum of delicious and easy, this one was a 10 out of 10. Wait, does a spectrum have a 10? Or is it just continuous? Is it infinite?

Focus, Amy.

Mexican food is, like, the best. For a long time I thought Taco Bell was Mexican food, and while I could go for a Gordita literally anytime, I understand that real Mexican food relies on fresh, simple ingredients. Not baha sauce (again, which is incredible and totally acceptable on road trips across the border).

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See those corn tortillas? They’re the size of coasters. They’re like little baby tortillas. You know, for babies. Or carnies. They were leftover from a food shoot at work, so best of all, they were free!

Top with some pre-cooked chicken, avocado, and fresh pico de gallo and there ya have it. My dinner.

FYI, I’ve never made good salsa before–I really don’t understand how, because it’s literally six ingredients, but for some reason it always turns out so damn onion-y. Not this time! Check it out. I’m putting this shit on everything.

Pico de Gallo
4 plum tomatoes, cut into eighths
1/2 small sweet white onion, diced
1/2 jalapeño, minced
Handful cilantro, roughly chopped
Squeeze lime juice
Dash sea salt

Combine all ingredients and set in fridge for at least an hour to let flavours meld.

Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Dinner Tonight: Sicilian Grilled Cheese

I’ve been desperately craving carbs lately. And cheese. Usually together. I bought two bags of cheesy bread sticks from the supermarket last week and ate nearly all of them myself. Needless to say my pants feel a tad tighter.

Anyway, due to my current (but also lifelong) obsession with carbs and cheese, I had only two possible dishes in mind for dinner tonight: macaroni and cheese or grilled cheese.

I settled on the grilled cheese, but with a twist.

Sicilian Grilled Cheese

2 slices of your favourite crusty bread
2 slices of provolone
prepared pesto
roasted red peppers
spinach
Earth Balance butter

  1. Heat a skillet over medium.
  2. Spread a generous layer of pesto onto one of the slices of bread.
  3. Layer the cheese, roasted red peppers, and spinach on top of the pesto.
  4. Place the other piece of bread on top and spread a thin layer of butter on either side of the sandwich.
  5. Grill until both sides are golden and the cheese is melted.
Serves 1

Dinner Tonight: Lentil Seitan Sloppy Joes

I’m back, and it feels great to be posting again. Life has been crazy lately, to say the least. But a girl’s gotta eat. And so, she shall post also.

Tonight was my first attempt at cooking with seitan, a meat-like substance made from wheat gluten. I was a bit hesitant to cook with it as I’ve tried fake “meats” in the past, such as veggie crumbles and veggie sausages, and I find them absolutely disgusting. But seitan is in a league of it’s own, I’ve discovered. It’s chewy texture is definitely reminiscent of meat, but it doesn’t have all the additives other fake “meats” have to make them taste more “meaty.”

The recipe tonight came from the newest addition to my cookbook shelf, Skinny Bitch. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s looking to eat healthier but who LOVES FOOD! Thus far, I’ve been super happy with the recipes, and I have many more unmade recipes marked with sticky notes.

In short, the Sloppy Joes were delicious! No, they did not taste like the Sloppy Joes we got from the school lunch program in elementary school–but that’s a good thing! Even Connor said they were great. But he agreed that next time we should use an additional package of seitan in lieu of a cup of the lentils–just to make them a bit more “meaty.”

Give them a try, and let me know how you like them!

Eat flexy, feel sexy!

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