Sunday, December 21, 2008
But I have reached a new milestone--the product tie-in. Check out the Secret Santa gift Beth received from her co-worker, Tracey.How awesome is Sandwich Night Bingo? Thanks, Tracey! I hope Beth lets me play with it!
Friday, December 19, 2008
We were expecting several people from St. Paul and I naturally assumed they wouldn't be crazy enough to venture out. I was wrong, of course. Kate could not resist the siren song of hot ham and cheese and slogged her way over. Karen did cancel, but she'd been driving in it all afternoon with two crying kittens so that's understandable. Angie and Katy did manage to drive the 12 blocks to come too.Enough of that! My real point is: Is there such a thing as too much brie? I kicked the festivities off right with a 2 lb. wheel of brie I purchased because it was on special at the supermarket. They lured me in with a free sample of baked brie and hooked me with the low low price. Having a wheel of brie is quite liberating from a sandwich point of view. You don't have to use it sparingly since it's the expensive cheese. No, you can pile your sandwich high with it's creamy buttery cheesy goodness. Aaaahhh.
(I started the day off with a Warehouse Panini Party: Ethan and I went halfsies. Mine was brie, roasted red pepper and hot pepper jelly on sourdough. His was Cory's super awesome meatloaf and brie on sourdough. It was a lovely warm-up!)At Sandwich Night, I had Black Forest Ham, brie, cheddar, Swiss, American, roasted red peppers, apples, and as many condiments as I could unearth from the fridge. We heated up the panini press and it was off to the races. I made two sandwiches. The first had ham, brie, apple and Dijon mustard. That was quite yummy. The second had ham, brie, swiss, cherry chipotle mustard and honey mustard. That one was even better.
Angie carefully sliced her bread into thinner slices so she could make four sandwiches on thin bread. As you can see, they are quite lovely.
And Katy defied the poisonous gluten (to her, at least) by making open faced hamwiches. I really wanted her to press some cheese between two pieces of ham in the panini maker but she opted for the toaster oven. Rebel.
For entertainment, Beth and I introduced our guests to the Biggest Loser. You should try eating fatty foods while watching it. It's fun!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
The hat chose hot ham and cheese as our sandwich. So many options for cheese and condiments! I'm thinking of making apple mostarda...
Monday, December 8, 2008
This past weekend I came back with a vengeance, though. It started at lucnh on Friday with the always delicious turkey and cranberry jam, this time on sourdough with spinach. Yum. For dinner Friday, I tried the pork Azteca sandwich at Pepito's. It was nice and spicy, with all sorts of stuff on it. It was the type of sandwich you can't put down once you start eating it or else it will goosh everywhere.
On Saturday I braved the early afternoon No Coast Craft-o-rama crowds at the Midtown Global Market in order to get a falafel combination sandwich from the Holy Land Deli. It was totally worth the wait in crazy parking ramp traffic. I managed to escape the line and found a spot on 10th Avenue, just across Lake from the MGM. There's a tip for all you folks looking for close and easy parking! The sandwich, which I ordered with hot sauce and tahini, was as fabulous as always. I ate it while watching the Craft-a-thon competition in the central seating area. I didn't stick around for the awarding of prizes, so if anyone did, let me know. My bet was on the Caffeinator team with their weird looking stuffed animal.
I rounded out the day with a chicken parmesan sandwich from Pizza Luce. It was really good. The chicken is marniated and cooked without breading (so not technically a chicken parmesan, but who's checking?) and toasted up with red onions, tomato, cheese, and red sauce. Lovely!
I finished out the weekend with a grilled ham and swiss at home on Sunday. That's a good companion for a football game, I think!
Friday, November 21, 2008
The patty melts, however, turned out quite nicely, as you can see by Karen's crazy cheese filled blowout sandwich:I made the patties on the panini press since I wanted them to be wide and thin to fill the bread with lots of burgery goodness. The result was tasty enough, but a little to flat and tough. It could be helped by getting fattier meat--I got the leanest ground beef. The benefit of panini pressing burgers, though, was a much less smoky and greasy kitchen! Someday I'll have an exhaust fan...
To the sandwiches! I gathered pumpernickel and wheat bread, the burgers, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, muenster cheese, Swiss cheese, French dressing and Thousand Island dressing.
I gave folks the option of grilling on a griddle or on the panini press. Everyone chose the panini, of course.
Doug's sandwich formed a crunchy skirt of burnt cheese. Yum!
I'll try for another Sandwich Night before Christmas--stay tuned!
Beth and I went to Cupcake on our 14th anniversary last week. Their cupcakes are okay (choose chocolate over vanilla) but I really wanted to try their sandwiches. Beth got a pesto veggie number which was tasty. I got a brie and apple sandwich which was quite delicious.That's sourdough, spread with butter (good choice!), mixed greens, brie, green apple, and dried cranberries. Nice combo. It would be even better as a panini, though. But then almost everything is better as a panini!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Let me know if you can come!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The mushrooms marinate in olive oil, lime juice, basil, oregano, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper. They suggested slicing red onions thinly and adding them to the marinade as well, which I did. Once the mushrooms have marinated for about an hour you grill them. The sandwich consists of the mushrooms, the marinated raw red onions, roasted red peppers, arugula and goat cheese. They recommend rosemary bread but I knew these sandwiches were crying for ciabatta rolls. I got the ciabatta rolls at A Baker's Wife this morning--literally hot out of the oven.
These sandwiches were awesome! All the veggies complemented each other well, the marinade was amazing and the goat cheese was magical. Sigh.
Angie came over, as did Jane (and her knitting!) As an extra bonus, my friend Katy made her Sandwich Night debut. Katy and the gluten are not friends so she made a stack of the ingredients, minus the bread. Perfect.
America's Next Top Model held few surprises tonight, but it was fun to try and explain it to folks who don't actually watch it. Plus, there were some good sloppy drunk scenes--it's been too long, ANTM.
It was so lovely that we're going to do it again next Wednesday--ANTM Finale!!!
We even drew from the hat and we're having patty melts!!!! I think a panini press could be involved in this one...
We set out for another South Minneapolis Jucy Lucy establishment, Adrian's. We were shocked to discover they were OUT of the Adrian's Juicy Luicy that night. WHAT? We had double cheeseburgers instead. They were okay.
Then, a couple weeks later, Beth and I ventured out to Matt's for dinner. We got there a little after 8:00 and it was full but not crowded. The Jucy Lucy was as delicious as always, although the burnt crust on the exterior of the patty was a little under done for my liking. Still my favorite, of course!
Then, on the day after the election, we found the best way to wash away the last remnants of our hangovers with the Adrian's Juicy Luicy. It is bigger that Matt's, with fresh cut grilled onions and a big slice of American cheese on top of the patty. They were crazy hot and pretty good. I don't think I needed the extra cheese on top. Processed cheese is so slimy, except when it has undergone the transforming reaction catalysed by heat and the inside of a hamburger patty. I'd say they are second place in the "classic Jucy Lucy" category for me.
Last night I met my old co-workers Kate and Kristi at the Blue Door Pub
in St. Paul. They have an entire part of their menu devoted to cheese stuffed burgers. I'm usually skeptical of these novelties, but I jumped right in and sampled the Blucy. It is awesome--stuffed with blue cheese and garlic, served with pickles and a nice soft bun. I'll be back! (But not Terminator style.)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I was already thinking about portobello mushroom sandwiches for our next Sandwich Night. I found a really yummy sounding recipe for marinated portobello mushroom sandwiches with roasted red peppers, arugula, and goat cheese. Sounds like a sammy after my own heart. Then, the big sandwich sized portobellos were on sale at the store tonight. So here we go.
Come over Wednesday night. We'll make sandwiches and watch America's Next Top Model. Only four girls remain. Who will be America's Next Top Model???
Saturday, November 8, 2008
For hot roast beef, I roasted a rump roast with lots of garlic stuffed in it. I coated the outside with pepper, salt and garlic powder. I put some onions, garlic, water and red wine in the pan under the roast to make a base for the gravy. After the roast was done I put the pan drippings in the fridge so the fat would harden up. Then I followed a Cook's Illustrated gravy recipe. It turned out nicely--I'm a little out of my element with gravy so it always makes me nervous! I also mashed up a bunch of potatoes and got some squishy white bread. As a side, I roasted brussels sprouts--toss brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper and then roast them for about an hour. Yum! I also put out some horseradish since it is necessary when eating roast beef.
Here are the results:
Beth went classic diner style: diagonally sliced bread, meat, gravy and potatoes on the side.
I went classic hot turkey style--pile it all up, gravy over everything
Kate's not a huge gravy fan so she went bread, meat and a little gravy. Everything else on the side.
And Karen made a perfect gravy depression in her potatoes in the classic sandwich presentation.
Lisa skipped the gravy altogether and loaded her sandwich up with horseradish. She was also the only person able to eat her sandwich with her hands!
We were entranced by Dancing With the Stars so we decided to watch it and then watch Heroes on tape. The downside to that is that our new converter box will only let us tape what we are actually watching, so we had to huddle around the 13" black and white in the kitchen to watch DWTS in order for Heroes to tape. Classy!It was a lovely night--we got to see Cloris Leachman hip hop. Man oh man. Kate and Karen both brought dessert so we had pumpkin bars and brownies while we watched Heroes. And yes, Sienna the dog got plenty of treats!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I had to run some errands at lunch and realized I could revisit the meal I ate prior to hearing him speak in St. Paul on the night he clinched the Democratic nomination.
Did it help? I think it did. Plus, a Dunn Brothers iced coffee and egg salad sandwich makes a lovely lunch!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
As we sat slumped on the couch and full of hot roast beef sandwiches, brownies and pumpkin bars on Monday night, Kate suggested we revisit the hat. Faithful readers will remember that I keep all of the Sandwich Night sandwich suggestions in a big fuzzy hat. We originally came up with a great number of ideas--they are listed in the "Sandwiches We Will Love" list on the blog. Well, we've worked our way through quite a few of them (see "Sandwiches We Have Loved") and we're ready for some fresh ideas.
The rules: It has to be a new sandwich. It can't already be in the hat. It can't be something we've already featured at a Sandwich Night. (The giant hero is the only allowable repeat under current law.) Additionally, it has to honor the Sandwich Night tradition of being a dinner-worthy sandwich.
I can't wait to hear your ideas!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I go to a yoga class from 12-1 on Saturdays when I can, mostly because the instructor is hysterical. Also because it's at the Y and it's included in my membership and not full of scary hard body pretzels with fancy yoga pants.
Since I don't eat beforehand, I'm always hungry from something on my way home. Last week I stopped at Spiros on University to try their spicy gyro. I've been driving by the sign for ages, why not? The spicy gyro is spicy because they put giardiniera peppers on it. Interesting and quite tasty.
Yesterday I had to run an errand in downtown Minneapolis which brought me perilously close to Be'wiched. Mmmm...I got the smoked ham sandwich which has thinly sliced smoked ham (not too smoky--they might make it there), brie, and apple mostarda on a baguette. Where has apple mostarda been all of my life? That is a seriously awesome condiment--cooked apples and mustard, as far as I could tell. So delicious. A definite entry into the GESTALT! Sandwich
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I made mine in the traditional double decker manner and I remembered that I had frilly toothpicks just in time. Fantastic
Karen went for a big pile on two slices of bread and smushed it down. She added toothpicks later, after I took the picture.
Kate and Beth were there, too, of course! And Sam the Cat who managed to eat his weight in turkey and not get sick. Good kitty.
We watched Heroes, which has been underwhelming me this season. I found an essay on Television Without Pity that pretty much sums up all of my feelings. Check it out. http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/telefile/2008/10/seven-things-heroes-needs-to-d.php Of course, my sandwich was so heavenly, I barely noticed all the silly plot holes. And I'm glad I was finished eating by the time Mohinder started encasing people in sticky fly goo.
Monday, October 13, 2008
It was Karen, following the advice of the old Chicago political machine to vote early (not really) and often. She spent her last moments at work on Friday either sneaking onto idle computers or convincing her co-workers to vote for the hot roast beef. I don't she registered any dead people to vote, but you never know.
She will pay for her fraudulent vote manipulation by eating a turkey club tonight! Ha!
I roasted a fresh turkey breast, fried up two pounds of bacon, bought lovely tomatoes and lettuce at the farmer's market, ripened up some avocados and got Trader Joe's sourdough and A Baker's Wife sliced peasant bread.
When I was finally able to check the blog this morning, imagine my shock to see that hot roast beef had a late surge and won the poll. Who are all those roast beef voters? Were they undecided until the last minute? Were they confused by the butterfly ballot?
Well, sorry to disenfranchise you like Katharine Harris and William Rehnquist, but we're having turkey clubs tonight, people. And you will like them!
And, in deference to you Florida voters, I will honor the final vote count and serve hot roast beef at the next Sandwich Night. Happy now?
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I don't mean to malign Amarillo's culinary tradition too much though. This is the city with the "free" 72 oz. steak, after all. If you eat it in 1 hour that is. But then the trucker you are competing with will die of beef poisoning and you'll have to take over his run and all hell will break loose.
I manged to get in a ginormous steak cooked over a mesquite fire at the Lone Star Bar and Grill, a local place with lots of ambience. (Bumper sticker on the bathroom door reads, "I'd rather go hunting with Cheney than driving with Kennedy") I just finished feeding the remainder of that behemoth to a meat crazed Sam the Cat. Mraaw!
I did have a tasty barbecue beef brisket sandwich at the Dallas Forth Worth Airport on my way home, so all was not lost on the sandwich front. Now that I'm back, I can focus on Sandwich Night. Don't forget to vote--it's a close race!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
My final hurrah was a panini (of course): prosciutto, goat brie, Swiss and fig jam on sourdough from the Salty Tart. The prosciutto was a little strong, but all in all a lovely treat. It also featured my new bread find. The Salty Tart just opened in the Midtown Global Market (sadly, it replaced the Starlight Bakery, one of our favorites). In addition to fancy pastries and cakes they have really beautiful sourdough rounds. Check them out!
Monday, September 29, 2008
I met friends at the Citizen Cafe for breakfast and I decided to try their fried egg sandwich. It was very simple--too simple for my overblown taste buds, perhaps. It had one over hard egg, two homemade sage and pork sausage patties and some butter on a ciabatta roll. The sausage was really tasty--delicately flavored and not too salty or greasy. The sandwich actually worked, once I settled into it, but some hot sauce would have been nice. Hee hee!
Then, I had to follow my prosciutto panini yearnings for lunch. I made two sandwiches since I was cutting off the narrow end of the bread, you know.And finally, I turned my leftover Ted Cook's pulled pork into a sandwich for dinner. Luckily we had a hamburger bun! The pulled pork is relatively new to the menu and you should check it out. The portion is enormous--I got three big dinners out of it. I reheated my leftover jo-jo potatoes with it. They got soggy, but they still tasted good. Also--I took all the mustard greens left from my failed attempt at using them on a prosciutto panini and stewed them up as a side. Delicious.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I stopped at the Seward Co-op and picked up a loaf of Miche bread from Rustica Bakery, a jar of fig jam and soft ripened goat cheese. Yes! I was standing there with a little log of chevre in my hand looking at the other fancy cheeses when I spied the wedge of soft ripened goat cheese. For real? They make goat brie??? That log of chevre went right back on the shelf.
I have made three paninis on the Miche bread so far:
Prosciutto, fig jam, goat brie, mustard greens (couldn't find arugula, unfortunately). The mustard greens were a little weird, a little too mustardy. They made the sandwich taste vegetal, I guess. It wasn't unpleasant, but it also wasn't the bitey zip of arugula I was looking for. The goat brie was lovely--subtly goaty and it melted well.Prosciutto, goat brie, honey. This one was too salty. I think the goat brie brought out the saltiness of the prosciutto and the honey wasn't assertive enough to calm it down. It definitely grew on me as I ate it, though. (Oh lord, pun SO not intended!)
Goat brie and fig jam. This, my friends was the winner. While it did not accomplish my goal of using up prosciutto, it did make me very happy. It also proved the point that fig jam and goat cheese are meant to be together!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
On Wednesday, I made Italian roast beef, provolone and walnut Dijon mustard on multigrain sourdough for lunch. I wisely zapped it in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt the cheese. Perfect.
Wednesday night I made myself a meatball sandwich on a hamburger bun. I added leftover pepperoni and mozzarella from the giant hero, plus pickled jalapenos. I toasted it all up and ate it hot in approximately 4 bites. Little Angie came by and made herself a kitchen sink sandwich with lots of hero leftovers, meatballs and pickled jalapenos on multigrain sourdough. It was a monster!
For lunch on Thursday, I had porketta, provolone, country garlic mustard and lettuce on multigrain sourdough.
On Friday I made salami, hot soppresetta, lettuce, yellow mustard and country garlic mustard on multigrain sourdough. The mixing of mustards was quite delectable. I will do it again!
Even though I've been steadily eating my way through all of the paper packages from Cossetta's, there are still more left. So, let me know if you want to stop by for a delicious sandwich of cured Italian meats and fancy mustard!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
For this version of our giant hero, I wisely let Angie take the reins. She and Beth went shopping at Cossetta's, of course. The picked up salami, pepperoni, hot soppresetta, porketta, Italian roast beef, provolone, mozzarella, asiago, marinated artichoke hearts and a loaf of Vienna bread. They also stopped off at Whole Foods and got red onion, lettuce and marinated mushrooms. Then they came home and Angie went to work for an hour, chopping, slicing, layering and working her usual magic. She even made a veggie version for Robynne.
Once assembled, the sandwiches went into the oven for a bit, just to warm up and bring out the flavors. It was totally worth the wait. So delicious!
And we enjoyed Heroes, too. Looks like it will be a good season. I'd also like to note that my friend T celebrated her own Heroes sandwich night with pulled pork sandwiches! Yay! Let's spread the Sandwich Night movement, people!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Grilled 1 Year cheddar and Branston's pickle on multigrain sourdough. Mmmmmm...I hope it holds me until Sandwich Night!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Following tradition, we will be serving a GIANT HERO.
Please let me know if you will be attending so we know how many pounds of salty cured Italian meats and cheese we need to pick up.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Common Roots was a great place to end because they have beer. Oatmeal stout really plays well with the hazelnut brownie I ate!
By the end, I needed a little substance. So, we ordered a roast beef sandwich at Common Roots as well. It had kicky pickled onions on it. They bread was a little weak for the ingredients, but all in all it was a tasty treat!The rest of the day was spent trying to avoid the diabetic coma. Beth didn't stop shaking until Sunday afternoon. I can't wait for the next Tour de Pastry!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
First there was the most expensive club sandwich ever from room service in Toronto. I know, we were steps from good food in the neighborhood, but sometimes it's nice to just kick back, watch cable and have someone bring you a club sandwich. It was pretty good, so no regrets!
Then there was the Mack-N-Awe Burger from the Mackinaw Pub in Thorold, ON. This thing had just about everything but the kitchen sink on it: BBQ sauce, bacon, grilled onions, cheddar, Swiss, mushrooms, tomatoes and lettuce. If there had been Thousand Island dressing, it would have been perfect.
Unfortunately, both of these sandwiches missed photodocumentation so you will have to make a mental picture!
Monday, September 8, 2008
From the top: pierogies, beaver tail with maple butter, bacon on a bun, lemonade, Montreal smoked meat sandwich, Ting Twist ginger ale, poutine, hot ice cream waffles.
Okay, the CNE gets points for some lovely foods. The beaver tail was amazing. The smoked meat sandwich was delicious. And I finally got to try poutine, which was not bad at all. Cheese and gravy on your french fries? Why not?
Also, in Canada, they call Canadian bacon, "bacon." Just like how English muffins are just called "muffins" in England. Funny! I wonder what parallels there are with American foods?
This is a Spadina Street Hot Dog I got at the Minnesota Twins/Toronto Blue Jays game we went to. They fried the all beef kosher dog on a griddle, then topped it with almost caramelized onions. I added all kinds of relish and pickled hot peppers and mustard. There was only one stand selling such a lovely dog. The rest of the stands were selling regular old hot dogs. Nice find! Oh, and the Twins lost. Bummer. At least my tummy was happy.
And finally, here is the turkey club panini I ate when we visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. The turkey was sliced from a real roasted turkey breast and there was good bacon and sliced avocado and tomato on it. I can't remember the cheese--it was white and helped hold it all together.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
I'll be back online in about a week!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Enjoy...full list at the end of the post!
From the top: deep fried pickles; deep fried cheese curds; Twisted Sister (porketta sausage wrapped in bread dough, on a stick); Quirky Jerk (jerk sausage in puff pastry on a stick); fish taco; Summit Extra Pale Ale; strawberry malt; Summit Extra Pale Ale; Minnesota Farmer's Union Mocha Frappe; roasted corn; cheese on a stick; Pronto Pups; Summit; more Summit; pot roast sandwich; Vita Mix soup sample; even more Summit; Pig Lickers (chocolate covered bacon. for real.); mini donuts; deep fried Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.