Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Grilled Cheese with a Twist

1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
2 slices Italian bread
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 slices tomato
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil

Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place one slice, butter side down, in a skillet; top with half of the cheese. Layer with tomato and remaining cheese; sprinkle with oregano and basil. Top with remaining bread, butter side up. Cook over medium heat until golden brown on both sides.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Zesty Lemon Chicken Salad Sandwiches


  • 1/3  cup  mayonnaise
  • 3  Tbsp.  finely chopped red onion*
  • 3  Tbsp.  finely chopped celery
  • 1  tsp.  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2  tsp.  fresh lemon juice
  • 2  cups  chopped, cooked chicken**
  • 8  slices  wheat bread, toasted if desired
  •     Romaine lettuce leaves, arugula or lettuce
  • 8  thin tomato slices, about 1 medium tomato


1. In medium bowl stir together mayonnaise, onion, celery, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Add chopped chicken, stir to coat; set aside.
2. Arrange lettuce leaves on 4 bread slices; top with tomato slices. Spoon chicken mixture on tomatoes; top with remaining bread slices. Serve immediately or wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 6 hours. Makes 4 servings.
*I like red onion slices layered separately on the sandwich rather than included with the salad.  I think the red onion can overpower the lemon when it's in the salad.
**I use 1 large can of chunk chicken breast, which is a bit less than 2 cups, so I don't use a full 1/3 cup of mayonnaise.  

Thursday, September 2, 2010

BBQ Sandwich

BBQ sauce

The meat I used was pork. Just put a little oil at the bottom of a crock pot, toss your meat (fat side up) in and cook on low for as long as it takes for the meat to be tender enough to just flake apart (might take up to 24 hours). Sometimes you will have to pull liquid out (when it boils the meat it can become tough). Keep the liquid you take out to baste the meat periodically while it is cooking so it does not dry out. Chicken does not take as long and you have to put a little water in the crock pot so it does not dry out. I've found beef can take longer than pork to cook, but maybe I've only used cheap beef :)

Roll recipe:
3 T yeast
2 1/2 C warm water
3/4 C sugar
2 1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 C oil or melted butter or margarine
around 8 C flour

Dissolve yeast in water, add sugar, eggs, fat, salt. Add flour slowly until soft dough. Let rise until double. Form balls, let rise to desired size. Bake at 375 for 9-12 minutes.