Fiddling With My Food!

Enjoying your food is FUNdamental!

Over The Top Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The other day Bobby Flay had a throw down at a shop that claimed the world’s best grilled cheese sandwiches.  As luck would have it, Sweetie, had already bought the ingredients for the best grilled cheese I’ve ever enjoyed.

This was so simple and absolutely delicious!  Sweetie had cooked a delicious turkey breast in the slow cooker.  That was done with  1/2 cup chicken broth, a coarsely chopped onion, and three tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce.  I could hardly stay out of the turkey, it was so juicy, tender and tasty, but she had plans for a salad and best of all for this sandwich.

The key is to make the sauce:

1/2 cup of mayonaise

1/2 cup of raisins

1/4 cup almond slivers

1/4 cup of finely copped celery

1 tsp of curry powder

I’m going to add a few chopped green onions the next time I make it.

Anyway, now that you have that mixed butter your favorite bread on one side and (of course) put the butter side on the grill.  ( I usually don’t turn on the griddle quite yet.)  Next place a slice of Danish Havarti cheese on the bread, then spread the sauce on that and cover with slices of turkey (I’m sure it will be great with chicken too!)  Follow that with another slice of Havarti (now start up the heat, when you can pay closer attention to the color of the toast) and cover with another slice of bread butter side up.  Grill until golden brown and flip.

I like to use a spatula while holding the sandwich together with the other hand.  After the cheese melts and the interior is nice and gooey it holds together great!

It was interesting that it seemed like a grilled cheese sandwich, not and grilled turkey sandwich.  The flavors blended with such a quiet, soothing comfort that I thought I was eating ambrosia!

This, ladies and gentlemen is my new favorite comfort food!


July 15, 2011 Posted by | Cheese, Sandwiches, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Side Track Cafe in Heber City, Utah

Located on the corner of 1st South and Main Street in Heber City, Utah, is a delightful little eatery that you must visit!

It’s called the Side Track Cafe.  Established in an old house from Heber’s pioneer era, the cafe is reminiscent of bygone days.  The food is not!  You can get healthy nutritional shakes as well as home crafted meals.
It’s fun to eat there and I highly recommend the J-9 Burger, impregnated with fresh garlic.  It comes smothered in mushrooms and covered in melted bleu cheese.   The J-9 lands in the top two burgers of my life!
This burger is named for the proprietor, Janine (get it J – Nine?)  A  spunky little gal who is worth a stop, just to meet.  We asked to meet her and she came out of the kitchen to spend the next half hour with us.  We swapped recipes, told stories, took photos and enjoyed a wonderful meal.  Food should be an experience and at the Side Track it surely is.
I’ve always admired the way Sweetie can mix it up with folks entirely different from herself.  In Janine she met her match.  The two of them had little in common except food, but that didn’t stop her from learning about Janine’s Italian father and Gangster uncles or her Filipina mother (who “looks like Anette Funicello.)  That combination of Italian and Filipino cuisine traditions is evident in the adventuresome variety and creative blend of Janine’s food and flair.

July 14, 2011 Posted by | Beef | Leave a comment