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Mardi Gras Recipe: Pepper Weenies with Smoked Bacon & Vidalia Onion Marmalade
Mardi Gras is on Tuesday. Do you have plans? We’ve got a fun, super easy recipe for an impromptu party—hot dogs! But they’re gussied-up hot dogs, boiled in a spicy broth and served with saucy onions.This recipe comes from chef David Guas, a New Orleans native who owns the Bayou Bakery in Arlington, Virginia. David says these spicy dogs are a classic Mardi Gras food; people serve them along the parade route or at parties.
Feb 16, 2012
Scandinavian-Inspired Recipe: Avocado & Bacon Club Sandwich Cake
Last week we introduced you to the Swedish Smörgåstårta (aka Sandwich Cake). Did you love the idea? Were you perhaps just curious about it? I was indeed curious, but I didn’t want to shell out big bucks for a ton of seafood if it didn’t work out. Instead, I made something a little more Super Bowl friendly and recognizable to American palates. Think of it as a club sandwich on steroids. (And in this case, that’s a good thing!
Jan 27, 2012
Smörgåstårta: 15 Savory Sandwich Cakes
Smoked fish, tender seafood, fresh veggies, creamy binders and soft fresh baked bread; Layer it all together and what do you have? Smörgåstårta. It’s a Swedish staple that’s perfect for parties, brunches, and those days where your family never seems to eat at the same time. Plus, come on — it’s a cake made of sandwich! You know you want it! A Smörgåstårta isn’t quite cake and it isn’t quite sandwich.
Jan 19, 2012
Turn a Milk Jug Into a Snack & Sandwich Container
Looking for yet another alternative to plastic lunch baggies? Well, do you have an empty milk jug? Turn it into a take out container or sandwich container tonight!Repurposing items makes everyone feel like they’re doing their part. Even if the item can be recycled, it can feel even more satisfying to make it into something useful yourself. This project from Family Fun shows you how to turn a milk jug into one of two different items: a sandwich holder or a take out container.
Sep 23, 2011
Kitchen Staple: Trader Joe’s Middle Eastern Flatbread
I’m seldom without a package or two of Trader Joe’s Middle Eastern Flatbread in my freezer. These chewy, tasty little breads resemble a thick tortilla, come in white or whole wheat and have dozens of uses. Read on for a few ideas and my favorite way to toast them up that makes them even tastier!I usually store my flatbreads in the freezer to keep them fresh; it’s easy to just pry off an individual bread as needed.
Aug 29, 2011
How to Make Your Own Hamburger Buns
I have to apologize. See, I got so excited about the idea of homemade hamburger buns that….well, I forgot the burger. When you make these, be sure you don’t do that because these soft and oh-so-fluffy buns deserve to be crowned with some mighty fine burgers.These buns are pillow soft but with just enough chewiness to make them interesting. They taste yeasty and just slightly sweet.
Aug 11, 2011
Feed a Crowd: Throw a BLT Party
The BLT is a crowd-pleaser at any time of year, but when tomatoes are at their peak during the summer, this sandwich is good enough to be the star of the party. Over at Saveur, they have some ideas for organizing an easy and economical BLT party for a crowd.Winnie Yang throws an annual BLT party for around 50 guests, and she shares her tips for planning and timing an even like this. Almost everything can be done ahead of time, she points out, like making homemade mayonnaise the week before.
Aug 8, 2011
Recipe: Tartines With Mozzarella, Basil, and Nectarines
When we got a basketful of nectarines from our CSA, we initially thought of turning them into a dessert … but the fruits were so juicy and sweet in their own right that it seemed a crime to cover them up with sugar! Thus, we came up with the nectarine tartine. Not only is it fun to say but it has all the qualities of our favorite kind of summer dish – light, fresh, little or no heat required, and taking full advantage of the season’s produce.
Jun 22, 2011
Recipe: Oregon Summer Panino
Inspired by Elvis and his love for sweet, savory, and all manners of crazy (bacon, marshmallow cream and Miracle Whip, to name a few ingredients) stuffed in between two humble slices of bread, I came up with my new favorite lunch. This panino is layered with sharp cheddar, hazelnut butter, dried figs, and arugula, wedged between hearty wheat bread and grilled in my waffle iron!
Jun 7, 2011
Weekend Snack Recipe: PB&J Sandwich for Grown-ups
On weekends, I occasionally get distracted with projects and errands and forget to eat lunch, leaving me a quivering mass of low blood sugar and belly rumbles by 2PM. As our parents knew all too well, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a perfect pick-me-up for moments like these, offering a quick hit of protein and a satisfying touch of sweet in every bite.
Apr 15, 2011
The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Courtesy of My Dad
Maybe I should have waited until Father’s Day to feature my dad and his particulars when it comes to a cheese-related topic, but considering our lunch theme this week, I thought this may be appropriate nonetheless.My dad doesn’t cook. At all. Except for one thing, which happens to be particularly satisfying at lunchtime: grilled cheese sandwiches.I follow this simple process, as written by my dad, which I happened to dig up recently during a big cleanup of my food files.
Apr 13, 2011
DIY Deli Meats: 7 Recipes to Make at Home
Don’t like those plastic-packaged, mass-produced logs of deli meat that they sell at the grocery stores? Me neither. I’m thinking of trying my hand at some deli-style roast beef or even homemade bologna, starting with these recipes.1. Reverse Sear Roast Beef – – This slow-cooked roast beef seems like one of the easiest ways to ease into making our own deli meat.2.
Apr 13, 2011
Recipe: Rolled Grilled Sandwiches With Pork, Green Beans & Goat Cheese
Since we’ve been without the use of our stove for awhile now, Spring is a much welcomed season. We’ve been able to bust out the grill and have used it for almost all of our cooking needs. One of our favorite lunch snacks has become these rolled sandwiches are self contained making them easy to eat at work or on the go and are perfect for a lunch or dinner party. Plus — come on, look at those grill marks! My husband and I are just as busy as most of you.
Apr 12, 2011
Recipe: BBQ Cabbage & Sausage Stuffed Sandwiches
Although most folks prefer to layer up a sandwich between two really great pieces of bread and place their ingredients inside, I think a little differently. I’ll eat just about anything if it’s actually baked inside the loaf of bread itself! Stuffed sandwiches are easy to make, freeze, store and they’re as filling as they are tasty! Now if you’ve ever lived in a town with the fast food chain Runza, this idea isn’t anything new to you.
Mar 2, 2011
Turkey Leftovers? Make Salvadoran Pane Con Pavos
Here’s an interesting take on the turkey sandwich from Saveur!Plain turkey gets dressed up with a fragrant sauce of garlic, pumpkin seeds, and light beer. Piled into a crusty baguette with a handful of greens, this spicy sandwich sounds like exactly what we need after the richness of Thanksgiving.The only trick is adapting the recipe to leftovers. Here is how we’re planning to do it.
Nov 29, 2010
Kitchen Hack: Make a Toaster Bag Out of Parchment Paper
Remember those Toastabags we showed you a few weeks ago? These reusable bags let you make quick, no-mess grilled cheese sandwiches in the toaster. Well, reader Jess wondered if she could find an even easier, cheaper alternative. Here’s what she came up with!Jess wrote: I enjoyed your post about Toastabags. I was reluctant to run out and buy them without knowing if I’d really use them. Then it occurred to me that I could use parchment paper the same way as a Toastabag.
Sep 16, 2010
Uruguay’s Amazing National Dish: The Chivito Sandwich
What does it say about the national palate of Uruguay that their national dish is a sandwich of such unparalleled deliciousness — a sandwich of sheer amazing brilliance?Let’s list the basic parts of a chivito:• Steak• Mozzarella• Mayonnaise• Bacon• Olives• A fried egg (just to, you know, top it off…) It’s like a whole pantry of our very favorite things to eat!
Sep 16, 2010
Strange Food Combos: Would You Put Cheese on a BLT?
BLTs are pretty sacrosanct in our house. Bacon, lettuce, tomato. Mayo on the toast. Done. So you can understand why seeing a BLT(C) on a recent restaurant menu made us recoil in horror. At first. But then…Who knows, maybe it’s good?The BLT is the BLT, no question. But what if we think of it as a grilled cheese sandwich, that other paragon of sandwichy perfection.After all, it’s ok to put bacon on a grilled cheese sandwich.
Sep 8, 2010
Favorite Lunch Recipe: Tomato Mozzarella Sandwich
While we’re on the topic of favorite sandwiches — here’s mine. A hot, gooey, toasted, juicy mozzarella and tomato sandwich.This sandwich just bursts with flavor, and yet it is so simple. It reminds me vividly of the summer I spent in northern Italy, wandering through city streets and stopping in student cafés for a sandwich and a tall, cold glass of fizzy water. The water cleansed my palate and let the vibrant flavors of fresh, scarlet tomatoes explode in my mouth.
Aug 23, 2010
Lunch Time! Which Deli Meat Makes the Best Sandwich?
A good sandwich is something we look forward to eating all morning long. The soft bread, the crisp lettuce, maybe a few pieces of good cheese. And of course for us omnivores, the perfectly piled slices of deli meat might just be best part.I could eat a ham sandwich every day and be perfectly content. I like the slices to be paper-thin so they fold over on themselves in the sandwich and practically melt in my mouth. Honey-roasted is my favorite, though I’ll take black-forest in a pinch.
Jul 27, 2010
What to Put on a Fresh Vegetable Sandwich
There are a lot of vegetable sandwich options out there. Most involve roasted vegetables, and those are just fine for another occasion. For this sandwich, though, we’re talking a salad on two slices of bread. It’s so refreshing and satisfyingly crunchy. If you fear it won’t be filling enough, add some cheese (a smear of cream cheese is good, too).And blame it on Subway, but two things we absolutely, positively have to have are banana peppers and dill pickles.
Jun 29, 2010
Salty and Sweet: Grilled Cheese on Raisin Bread
Yeah, we know. It’s hard to see the raisins. Looks like a plain old grilled cheese. But trust us, they’re there. And they made our cobbled-together lunch a smidge more delicious.It helps that our raisin bread was raisin challah bread, too. It’s sweeter in general than regular bread, so it made a nice foil to our sharp cheddar cheese.Raisin bread isn’t something that’s normally on our radar.
May 13, 2010
Recipe: Egg, Arugula, and Herb Tartine
A tartine is really just a fancy name for an open-faced sandwich. It sounds so much more elegant than sandwich, doesn’t it? It seems fitting for this impromptu lunch we had this week. We were pressed into quick action by all the arugula rocketing up in our garden and the need to cut some before it bolted to seed. chopped them all, sauteéd in a little butter, added an egg, and slathered it all over thick slices of toasted pepper and Asiago cheese bread.
Apr 16, 2010
Craving: A Really Good Meatloaf Sandwich
Talk about the ultimate dinner-to-lunch meal! Find a good meatloaf recipe and you’ve got yourself a fantastic Sunday dinner (your mom would be proud!), plus lunch for the week. We’ve been craving meatloaf and its sandwich iteration for a while now. As far as lunches go, this might just be the endgame. Don’t you agree?Meatloaf done right is a beautiful thing. It’s soft and chewy, definitely not mushy or (shudder) rubbery.
Apr 15, 2010
How To Make A Pressed Sandwich: Without A Sandwich Press!
Have you ever wanted to make a panini or some other form of pressed sandwich, but you didn’t want to shell out the money for an unitasker like a sandwich press? Besides, sandwich presses take up space. In this post, we’ll show you how you can make panini-like sandwiches using kitchen equipment that you probably already have!What You Need• Two cast iron skillets.
Apr 13, 2010
Simple Pleasures Recipe: Cheese and Onion Sandwich
Recent posts highlighting the pleasures of the ploughman’s lunch and the hotly-debated mayonnaise led to our intense craving for a British-style cheese and onion (and mayo) sandwich. To the uninitiated, this combination might sound odd or, at the very least, like a breath killer. Well, we can’t promise you won’t want to brush your teeth afterward, but we do urge you to give this humble yet satisfying sarnie a try.
Mar 12, 2010
Recipe: Beef-Free Bean Burger
Just because we’re eating a little lighter this month, doesn’t mean we don’t have the craving for a fat, tasty burger. This meatless version is flavorful enough, you don’t even miss your usual source of proteins. A quick and tasty, homemade option for sure!A weeknight burger is usually a quick fix. Patty and cook, that’s all it takes for your family to be eating in a hurry, but to our surprise, this recipe was just as quick.
Jan 19, 2010
Megan’s Tempeh Reubens Quick Weeknight Meals Recipe Contest 2009
Recipe: Tempeh ReubensCategory: VegetarianHow long does it take? 30 minutes, tops. Often more like 20.Name: MeganWhy is it a favorite meal? It feels so special, and yet it is insanely simple. Like any really good sandwich. It also needs no accompaniment, but goes great with my other favorite weeknight quickie–sweet potato fries.Tempeh ReubensMakes 2 sandwiches.
Sep 25, 2009
Lauren’s New Orleans-Style Vegan Muffuletta Quick Weeknight Meals Recipe Contest 2009
Recipe: New Orleans-Style Vegan MuffulettaHow long does it take?Category: 35 minutesName: LaurenWhy is it a favorite meal? A scoop of heavenly olive salad jazzes up a run-of-the-mill roast veggie sandwich, plus lots of other quick weeknight dishes, like pizza and pasta.
Sep 24, 2009
Weeknight Meal Recipe: Bean Burritos
September always feels like a busy time of year. School is back in session, and the busyness of fall replaces the more leisurely pace of summer. We’re always looking for some good quick meals this time of year. So we are going to focus on fast, easy, and healthy weeknight meals all month. In fact, we have a contest coming up with some serious prizes to be won — stay tuned for details! And for right now, here’s a favorite fast weeknight meal of our own.
Sep 1, 2009
Casual Entertaining: BLTs for Dinner
Why not? It’s arguable, but we’re not sure there’s a better sandwich to eat when tomatoes are at their peak (maybe this one). BLTs take very little effort, and you can customize them with different additions, like egg or avocado, to keep it interesting for your guests.The only real prep you have to do for dinner (minus whatever you’re planning for sides) is cook the bacon. Then it’s just slice the tomatoes, slather on the mayonnaise, and build a sandwich.
Jul 24, 2009
Lunch at Work: How Do You Keep Your Sandwiches from Getting Soggy?
The other day we took this sandwich to work, only to bite into a very soggy piece of bread come lunchtime. We made a few crucial mistakes—ones we remedied the next day. Here are our tips… We don’t make sandwiches for lunch that often, so when we put mayonnaise on one slice of bread, topped it with juicy tomatoes and the rest of the vegetables, then smushed our sandwich into a container and let it sit for four hours, we weren’t really thinking of the consequences.
Jun 15, 2009
Quick Appetizer: Radish, Boursin, and Chive Tartines
Can you tell that we’re wild about radishes right now? They’re such a refreshing vegetable in the springtime, with their pleasant crunch and gorgeous color, creamy inside and scarlet outside. We threw together this very, very quick appetizer last weekend for some guests. We were subliminally inspired by Elizabeth’s afternoon snack suggestion, and these simple little tartines were a big hit.
May 26, 2009
Good Question: How Should I Reheat Chicken Wraps?
Here’s an interesting question from Bethany, who has also given us a very good idea for a chicken lunch dish! She asks: Yesterday for lunch I made some great chicken wraps with melted cheese and tortillas. The tortillas were super crunchy, which is how I like them. I made several extra to eat as leftovers. Last night when I went to eat one for dinner, it was completely soft. It didn’t have the same wow! factor as the first ones I’d made.
Mar 23, 2009
Restaurant Re-Creation: Avocado Toast from Cafe Gitane
We’re not exactly going to win a medal for figuring this one out, but still. We’ve eaten this simple, creamy, peppery dish several times at Cafe Gitane in New York City (for breakfast as well as an appetizer at dinner) and finally made it at home…We don’t know the restaurant’s exact preparation, but the bread is always a thick, nutty whole grain and there’s a kicker — a big sprinkling of red pepper flakes over the top of the mashed-up avocado.
Aug 29, 2008
Tastes Like Summer: The Perfect Tomato Sandwich
Oh, we’ve been waiting for this for a while…Tomatoes finally showed up in our CSA this week, and we got straight to eating them. First it was a no-cook tomato sauce for dinner. Today, tomato sandwiches for lunch.This is how we make ours. Nothing fancy — no bacon or lettuce or even toasted bread. Just plain, white bread, lots of mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. The tomato juice runs out with the mayonnaise, leaving milky, pink drips on the plate… Heaven.
Aug 21, 2008
Healthy Eating: Alternative Sprouts Sandwich
Earlier today we alerted you to an alfalfa sprout recall on the West Coast. Sad news, especially since one of our favorite vegetarian lunches is a sandwich made of good bread, a thick layer of cream cheese, and a fistful of sprouts. So what’s our alfalfa substitute?Our local grocery store sells several types of baby shoots, from broccoli sprouts to something called “Super Sprouts,” which is a mix of a few varieties. In this sandwich, we used snow pea shoots.
Mar 3, 2008