Every now and then, a truly smile-worthy idea comes to our attention that blends food, culture, art, and innovation. This happened last week when we came across art student and designer Kelly Pratt's project Stately Sandwiches.
"I'll take a salmon BLT, hold the bacon, lettuce, and tomato. And as many extra lemon slices as you will give me." Yep, that was my go-to lunch order at our favorite little hometown cafe. I was a very particular little kid. At least I ate the salmon, but thank goodness the times have changed!
The other day I bought an 'heirloom' tomato grown a few hundred miles away in the Central Valley of California. I know it's only June and the truly homegrown tomatoes aren't in season yet, but I've been really craving a fresh tomato for my salads. Also, I was curious if it would turn out to taste as good as it looked. So I brought it home and sliced it into a green salad and of course it was disappointing. Not that it was horrible, but it wasn't great. The flavor was so-so and the texture a little too soft and mealy. I should have gone with the strawberries.
When a friend of mine was discussing appetite with her new Dutch beau, he told her, "I was much hungrier as a boy — I could eat ten strawberry sandwiches in one sitting!" Wait, rewind, she said. Strawberry sandwiches?
I blame my recent fixation with breakfast sandwiches on the kale and sausage sandwich at the cafe a few miles from my house. It comes with a runny fried egg balanced on top of the braised kale, so when you cut the sandwich in half, the yolk oozes out and makes the whole sandwich a billion times tastier. I wouldn't mind starting every day with it — or any of these sandwiches, really.
When I read the headline to Ruth Reichl's piece on Gilt Taste earlier this week, I chuckled: How to Make a Better Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. What could there possibly be to learn that we don't know already?
When a group of my friends came together last summer to plan a bridal shower for me, they knew two things: 1) I'm not one for cutesy, girly themes and 2) I love sandwiches. My favorite part of the chic, theme-free party they created was a build-your-own bánh mì bar, a Vietnamese-inspired twist on the usual sandwich platter.
Let's get this out of the way: this Trader Joe's-inspired recipe won't save you time. If you're accustomed to running into TJ's and grabbing their prepackaged Spicy Lentil Wrap (with Spicy Tahini Sauce!), then the chopping, boiling, and whisking required to make it at home might seem like more than you care to take on. But it's such a worthy endeavor. Quite frankly, this homemade wrap is so vibrant and flavorful that I don't think I can ever eat the store-bought version again. Luckily, much of it can be prepared ahead of time, so the wraps are still fairly easy to assemble in the end.
It's Lunch Week at The Kitchn and therefore I'm thinking a lot about sandwiches, which is not a bad way to spend the morning. There's a small but significant glitch in my sandwich bliss, however: it's March and tomatoes, one of the key components to a great sandwich, are quite out of season right now. How can I make a great sandwich without sliced tomato? Read on for a few suggestions.