Friday, November 19, 2010

that's sooooo cheesy.....

Fridays are my day with my little man, the Munch, the bambino, the Nugget - my son, Dylan. Every Friday, it's just us bonding and having a ball! (I work part-time as a Development Director, and Fridays are the day during the week when I am off the clock!)

We spent the morning in the Children's Department at the Main Library - A-MAZ-ING - and then surprised my husband by picking him up at his office for lunch. ( we made an exception to the "us only" Friday rule...but we kept it in the family so it only half counts...)

The guest of honor got to choose our destination, and he made a fabulous choice - the Cool Moose Cafe and Bistro - a local eatery that offers breakfast and lunch...all with homemade goodness & a lot of organic goodies to boot! It was here that today's post came to fruition.

I dissected the menu, not for something I would enjoy as I find myself flipping a coin to make decisions, but rather to choose a nutritious meal my 6-toothed stud can manage. Alas, I came across my inspiration - grilled cheese.

But this wasn't just any grilled cheese. It was a grilled cheese made with Australian cheddar on Texas toast. It was not only multicultural, but one of the things I love most in life: a creative approach to a tried and true standard. 

Grilled cheese & blueberry muffins - yummmmmmm

Therefore, on this Friday evening I suggest trying this standby with a new twist! Here are some suggestions:

  • Gruyere (you can really sass this up with a touch of truffle oil)
  • Comte
  • Appenzeller
  • Fontina
  • Munster 
  • Swiss
If you want to live on the edge (please note sarcasm) combine multiple cheeses on the same sandwich...or get crazy and vary the bread from your mother's simple Wonder white. 

Some bread suggestions:
  • wheat
  • asiago cheese 
  • sunflower seed
  • multi-grain 
  • marble
  • rye
  • a fresh, tasty original from your neighborhood bakery

Add one or more of the following for the cherry on top:

  • basil
  • tomato
  • bacon (turkey bacon or meat-substitute bacon make for good options as well)
  • roasted red bell peppers
  • onion
  • garlic
  • pesto
  • mustard
For a meal made in heaven, add a cup of tomato bisque. Bon App├ętit!

1 comment:

  1. funny you post this...i've been munching on a 12-grain, turkey bacon, and american cheddar grilled cheese almost every morning for a few weeks now. my 9mth old HIGHLY approves of this sandwich ;)