Saturday, February 28, 2009

Cheeky Monkey, indeed.

Beth and I checked out St. Paul's newest fancy sandwich joint, Cheeky Monkey Deli, this afternoon.
I had the shrimp roll--a mild salad of nicely cooked shrimp with greens and zippy pickled carrots. Beth had the pot roast sandwich. It was pretty awesome. We got sides of homemade potato chips and homemade pickles. Deelish. We ordered Two Brothers French Country Ale as well. I don't where Two Brothers Brewery has been all my life, but I hope it sticks around. They make some tasty suds.
There are tons of other tasty sounding sandwiches on the menu and it's not so far from work so I'll be back, Cheeky Monkey, have no fear!

Meatball Sandwiches are Delicious

Of course they are! It's been a while since we had the Meatball Sandwich Night. As I recall, we were celebrating the season premier of Heroes...why, I do not know. That show has gone beyond ridiculous. Luckily Karen re-read a bunch of recaps from previous seasons so she was able to remind us how the heroes got to where they are. Karen, Kate, Angie, Robynne and Sandwich Night newbie Dawn came over.We got the glasses to watch Chuck in 3-D, but forgot to watch it until the end. Kate and Beth look cute, though. And I like how the handlebars of the stationary bike make it look like Kate's wearing a fancy hat.Karen brought her kittens, Dulce and Beau. They were more entertaining than television, of course. Unless you were Sam the Cat, who did not approve of animals in the house. Growl. Hissssss. Growl. But wait, isn't this a blog about sandwiches? It is! The meatball sammies were delicious! Beth made the meatballs from a recipe she found online years ago. You add parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, wet wheat bread, parsley, garlic, red wine, salt and pepper to ground beef and pork. Then we brown them in a pan and let them cook in red sauce for a good long time. We usually cook it for a few hours, then cool the whole thing overnight, then cook it some more the next day.
To make my perfect meatball sandwich, you must start with garlic bread. Mmm....I spread the rolls with garlic butter and toasted them in the oven. Then we added the meatballs, sauce, mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan cheese. The assembled sandwiches went back into the oven to heat through and melt the cheese. For condiments I had giardiniera pickles and homemade pickled jalapenos. The giardiniera were superior, but mostly because I pickled the jalapenos in cider vinegar so they were weirdly sweet. They'd be good on bahn mit, though!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Check this out!

Karen sent me this. Apparently, Anthony Bourdain has discovered the best sandwich in America. I must admit it looks quite fantastic. Watch the video if you've got time--it's only 2 minutes.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Next Sandwich Night!

America's Next Top Model begins it's 12th (!!??!!) season on March 4.
Gourmet Magazine featured this beauty on it's March cover. It's a "Monte Cubano." That's a Cubano, dipped in egg batter and fried like a Monte Cristo. Brilliant!
Does that sound a reason for a Sandwich Night or what? Come over around 7. We'll record ANTM and view it starting at 8:00. Mmmm....

I might have taken a blog-cation, but I never gave up sandwiches

Hi there!
So it's been a while. I'm a terrible procrastinator and I find that a little procrastinating leads to even more procrastinating. Funny how that is. I'm here to tell you, however, that I have climbed back on the horse! And I have so many sandwich stories to share with you.

We'll start with today's lunch--I haven't eaten it yet but I'm greatly looking forward to it: 9 grain bread, smoked turkey, arugula, cranberry jam and Snofrisk spreadable cheese. Snofrisk is kind of like cream cheese, but made from 80% goat's milk and 20% cow's milk. So delicious. You can get it at the Seward Co-op.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The world loses a sandwich lover

I have some sad news. Sam the Cat, our favorite Sandwich Night participant, died Saturday morning. We'll miss his begging ways. Sandwich Nights were a special treat for him since he could beg bits of meat and cheese off everyone. I remember Muffuletta night when Karen fed him him his weight in salami, ham and cheese from her overstuffed sandwich. This shot is from his all time favorite: Hot Turkey Sandwich. That cat loved him some turkey.
If there is a cat afterlife, I hope it is full of roast turkey, lunch meat, tasty cheeses and no nasty bread to get in the way. RIP Sam the Cat.