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A Fierce Sandwich for Fierce Weather

You know how I wrote about gorgeous 80+ degree weather and sunny skies just yesterday?  Well last night at about 3am, I was woken up by the sounds of howling wind and rain and felt like I was going to be the star in the sequel to Twister.  Luckily, that didn’t happen.  But that type of fast change sure is confusing.  And I thought the saying was that “March comes in like a lion, out like a lamb?”  So far, April is roaring fiercer than the past month.

Now that I have grey skies and wet feet, I’m craving some comfort food.  I’ve realized that my appetite is easily swayed by the weather.  What’s more comforting than some doughy bread, butter, and cheese?  Not much, in my opinion. 

I concocted this little sandwich and will be wrapping it up to take with me for lunch today.  Just like this weather, it seems a bit confusing.  It seems that it wants to be your typical grilled cheese, but then it gets a little bit of French influence from adding jam and not-your-typical cheeses.  Even though it’s odd, it’s good, and will make this rainy day a little bit brighter.

Grilled Blue Cheese & Jam Sandwich
Serves 1

2 slices whole wheat bread
1 Tbsp. butter
1 oz. blue cheese crumbles
1 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 Tbsp. strawberry preserves or jam

Heat a small pan over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.  While pan heats, spread butter onto each slice of bread to coat evenly.  Flip over one of the bread slices, and spread jam onto the opposing side.

Place the non-jammed slice of bread with the butter side facing down into the pan.  Top with the mixture of cheeses and then the other slice of bread, leaving the buttered side up top.  Let cook for 4 to 6 minutes, until bread is golden brown.

Flip over carefully with a spatula, and cook the other side for another 2 to 3 minutes until it is just as golden.  Remove from heat, slice, and enjoy.

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Nuts About Nutella

Today is World Nutella Day!  Which means that I spent a good portion of my morning fantasizing about flaky crêpes filled with the rich, gooey, chocolate hazelnut spread and banana slices.  I fell in love with that in France, and rarely have had the combination here in the States.  Not that it’s hard to re-create, but there’s something about eating thin, messy pancakes while walking by l’Arc de Triomphe that just can’t be matched on this side of the Atlantic.  The closest thing to the Eiffel Tower in this country can be found in the holy land known as Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel and Casino.  It’s easier to find craps there than crêpes. 

But here’s a little slice of Paris for you.  Much easier to make than a crêpe, and almost as delicious:  a Nutella and banana sandwich.  I swear that me making this tonight has everything to do with it being World Nutella Day and absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I have 4 overly ripe bananas sitting on my kitchen counter right now. 

Nutella and Banana Sandwich

2 slices of whole wheat bread
1 Tbsp. of butter
2 to 3 Tbsp. Nutella (or more…no one will know)
½ banana, sliced

1.  Heat a pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray (or use butter).  While heating, spread one side of each slice of bread with butter.
2.  Carefully flip over one of the bread slices and spread Nutella on opposite side.
3.  When pan is hot, place the bread with both butter and Nutella in the pan (butter side down).
4.  Spread banana slices over the Nutella and top with the remaining slice of bread (leaving the butter side up).

Hello, Lovely.

5.  Cook for 4 minutes until the bottom slice has browned to a nice golden color.
6.  Flip carefully, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
7.  Remove from pan, slice in half, and enjoy with a big glass of milk. 

Much cheaper than a flight to Paris.

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