Monday, March 2, 2020

Around the Kitchen Table - What do you like on your favorite sandwich? with #books #giveaway



DARYL:  Welcome to another Around the Kitchen table.  I love grilled cheese sandwiches. I don't eat them often because I watch my waistline, but when I do, I love to doll them up. Extra cheese, maybe apples or pickles or grilled onions.  Bacon, tomatoes, avocado. Olives? Spices? I've made tons of grilled cheese sandwiches to use as recipes in my Cheese Shop Mysteries and even in my Cookbook Nook Mysteries. [I wrote about a grilled cheese competition in Inherit the Word.] But it's the cheese that matters to me. Oh, and I love using my panini grill. It just makes that cheese ooze with yum-m-m.

 What do you like on your favorite sandwich?  

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KRISTA:  Assuming I'm making it at home, it's usually chicken fingers, ham, sliced turkey (best with cranberries), open-faced with smoked salmon, or tuna with mayo. With everything except the salmon, I add piles of lettuce. Shh, don't tell, but I've been known to just have lettuce on the bread with a little mayo!

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DENISE: I'm not much of a sandwich eater, but when there are tomatoes ripe from my garden, I do love a good old fashioned BLT on homemade white bread toasted to perfection.


CLEO: Denise, your wonderful BLT reminds me of how much I always enjoy those triple-decker sandwiches with bacon and turkey. Marc and I are also fond of hot pastrami (with a big, fat pickle on the plate). And neither of us will ever turn down an extra-juicy, charcoal-broiled diner burger with cheese and fresh-cut fries on the side. One of our favorites, however, is a sandwich we featured in our Coffeehouse Mystery series. If anyone would like that recipe, along with our 6 Secrets to Making the Perfect Patty Meltclick here or on the photo below and...eat with plenty of joy! ~ Cleo

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LESLIE: One of my tricks for watching my weight is to not keep bread in the house unless it's for a particular recipe or meal. But I do love me a good grilled cheese sandwich, and when there is a loaf of a country bread, French bread, or sourdough on the counter, I'll whip one up with whatever cheese we have---the more the better, often with a country mustard and fresh tomatoes or marinated asparagus.

Cleo's mouth-watering post reminds me that when we were in New York in January, on our way to Paris, we had absolutely delicious classic pastrami sandwiches at Friedman's on West 47th. (There are other locations as well.) In Paris, we pretty much ate our way through all the French classics, from Nutella crepes to Sole Muniere, the dish that made Julia Child swoon. But one of our favorite meals was lunch at Le Rubis, a neighborhood wine bar in the 1st arrondissement. It's not much more than a hole in the wall, with a fabulous zinc bar and a sign on the restroom reading "Toilettes Telephone." (The real reason French people stay slim? So they can fit in the typical restroom and make a phone call.) We loved seeing the neighbors drop in for a glass of vin blanc or an afternoon espresso, greeting the barkeep by name or with the bis (the ritual cheek-kissing), almost as much as we loved the extremely simple, extremely yummy sandwiches: salami on a buttered baguette for my hunny and a long hunk of Brie on a buttered baguette pour moi. When the ingredients are that good, simple hits the spot. 

Ellie: Hummus! Always hummus. I think hummus is the most versatile and least used condiment. Sure, we traditionally think of hummus as a dip, but it’s perfect on sandwiches. It’s thick, creamy, packed with protein, and won’t turn your bread soggy. My favorite sandwich is hummus with sun-dried tomatoes, shaved carrots, thin-sliced turkey, and arugula, served on a crusty olive bread. Swoon.

VICKI: Oh yes. Sandwiches. Love 'em. Like Daryl I almost never eat them, but my favourite by far, and worth waiting for, is left-over turkey sandwiches made the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas.  I sometimes think the purpose of the turkey dinner is to provide me with sandwiches the day after. I like my turkey sandwich fairly plain with just piles of turkey, a spoon of cranberry sauce, and lashings of mayonnaise.

LESLIE: Vicki, swap that mayo for a healthy swipe of cream cheese and I'm there with you!


PEG:  I'm not a big sandwich eater--like several of you, I'm always trying to watch my waist line (trying being the operative word here!). But I do love a sandwich with bacon on it. Of course I pretty much love bacon anything!  But turkey with bacon, tomatoes, avocado and mayo is a sure ticket to heaven--gustatory heaven that is.  Avocado is another sandwich addition that will elevate almost anything like tuna salad, chicken salad or your humble BLT! 

MADDIE: What Peg said! You can't go wrong with avocado on any sandwich, in my native-Californian opinion. Nobody has mentioned a Caprese yet: picture a grilled slice of sourdough spread with basil pesto, topped with a thick slice of sun-warmed tomato, another slice of local mozzarella, and a big basil leaf, all drizzled good olive oil and real balsamic? 100% yum. Wait - did you say it's MARCH? Ah, well, summer will be along soon enough.

LUCY:  I eat the same sandwich almost every day when I'm at home working. This would be half a Goldman's bagel (that's our local Key West shop), toasted with Boar's Head Canadian cheddar, and then piled with pickled sweet jalapenos from The Backyard Food Company and arugula or radish sprouts from the Florida Keys Garden. The bagel can be cranberry or everything or poppyseed, but the other ingredients don't vary, much to my husband's astonishment.

MAYA: A BLT in the summer when the tomatoes are ripe is my favorite sandwich, but winter tomatoes are not worth buying. My winter workaround is a BLAST sandwich--Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Sun-dried Tomatoes. I spread sun-dried tomato pesto on one piece of toast and mayo on the other piece. As Peg and Maddie said, avocado improves any sandwich. I love guacamole on burgers, whether beef, veggie, or fish burgers.

LINDA:  I used to be a huge mayo fan and would put Hellman's on every sandwich I ever made. Now, it's aioli, in particular Lemon Herb Aioli. I enjoy the subtle but noticeable flavor. Here's mainly what's in it: Canola oil, eggs, lemon juice, white vinegar, mustard powder, cultured dextrose, dried dill, dried tarragon, granulated onion, dried garlic, pure lemon oil. This is one ingredient that's always used up well before it's Best Before date.  






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207 comments:

  1. In our house we like fresh tomato slices and plant-based bacon on our grilled cheese sandwiches. Delicious!
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. Bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich with mayo. In the winter I don't like the tomotoes though. In the summer I even skip the bacon it's still delicious. Sun ripen tomotoes freshly picked so heavenly. Thank you for the chance I really enjoy all of your books! Turkey sandwiches yum!

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    1. Fresh tomatoes are so important, Donamae. ~ Daryl

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  3. In my house its tuna fish and mayo... mixed with pickles, onions, and eggs on Brown bread and a piece of fruit...but I do love tomato sandwiches in the summer...thank you for the chance.

    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  4. Oh my - that all sounds good! Whenever I have leftover chicken, I like to make a chicken salad sandwich. It's so simple, but so delicious. I usually bake the chicken with olive oil, and Italian and garlic seasonings. For the salad, I like to keep the chicken chunky, and I add mayo and tarragon. Sometimes I also add chopped walnuts and apple or dried cranberries. I'm so hungry right now! I need to go fix breakfast, but before I go I just want to say thank you for the chance at the giveaway. Renee - rwilson@ws4r.com

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  5. I am all about the bread! If the bread has seeds, I am happy! That being said, I enjoy roasted turkey with mustard. If tomatoes are in season, I will add a slice or two.r
    Lisacobblestone@aol.com

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    1. Lisa, that's interesting. Seed bread. I like it. ~ Daryl

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  6. I'm with Vicki, left-over turkey and cranberry sauce. My absolute favourite. I like Leslie's idea of using cream cheese, must try it.

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    1. I discovered the combo ages ago when I was a teenage bookseller and the cafe near the bookshop served it year-round. Enjoy!

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  7. It's the extras like fresh tomatoes and pickles and real mayo that make a sandwich special 💕

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  8. Today it's going to be smoked salmon on a bagel thin. Mmmmmmm. But when it's summer time, it's always fresh tomatoes from my garden. Sliced and patted dry and then laid lovingly on the bread with a touch of mayo. Bacon is grand with this, but not necessary.

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  9. My favorite sandwich varies. I like most that are neat based. There are some combinations here I’d like to try. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

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  10. Multi-grain bread with fresh tomatoes and pesto are a delight. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. My favorite sandwich is chicken salad with Havarti cheese and lettuce on toasted ciabatta. longbarb11 (at) aol (dot) com

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  12. A Montreal sesame bagel with a shmear of cream cheese and smoked salmon. Wonderful! elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Ooooo what a great question. I am actually torn between a good Reuben and a sandwich that I fell in love with in London in the early '90's. The latter was a length of baguette as the bread, buttered and filled with mayo-based shrimp salad, avocado slices and crispy bacon. At home, I might make it with a softer bread to decrease the likelihood of filling smooshing out when taking bites of the sandwich. I will add that there were plenty of great luncheon sandwiches I tried at the sandwich places office workers frequented (like tikka chicken and coronation chicken fillings)
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  14. I seldom eat them, but I like chicken salad sandwiches.
    rgp1950@yahoo.com

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  15. Hands down I love chicken salad on rye - but it's got to have big chunks of chicken. Soggy sandwiches with more mayo than meat make me gag! Of course, you can never go wrong with grilled cheese made with honest to goodness Vermont cheddar! I'd love to win - feeling the need to try some new authors! My email is mergatroid1@verizon.net.

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    1. Alison, I agree. I hate a soggy sandwich. ~ Daryl

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  16. The BLT is the best! My second choice is grilled cheese with tomato soup. Jteastman215atgmaildotcom

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  17. I love BLT’s with thin sliced cucumbers and a lot of mayo. It’s horrible for my health but oh so good!

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  18. For us it's a toss up between BELT and grilled cheese. Do grilled cheese a dozen ways depending on mood. But a BELT? It takes the lead with bacon, tomato, lettuce and fried egg, and mayo, of course. By bacon. I mean lots of bacon. Two layers. bessdeepotter84 at gmail dot com

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    1. Adding a fried egg sounds really interesting, Bess. Must try. ~ Daryl

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  19. One of my faves is a toasted turkey sandwich on wheat with Monterey Jack cheese, spinach, honey mustard and mayo.

    Brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  20. You've made me hungry! My favorite sandwich is from Corner Bakery Cafe in Chicago. It's a meatball and mozzarella on sourdough on the griddle, served with a side of marinara. Yum.katherinestamps at msn dot com

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  21. I am more about veggies and cheese than I am about meat.

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  22. My favorite is a cold meatloaf sandwich with mayo.

    mrsbgarles@gmail.com

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  23. My favorite sandwich is a BLT. I love crisp bacon, fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, mayonaise, salt and pepper. Sometimes I like to add pickles because you can never go wrong with pickles.
    yellowwyytch@yahoo.com

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  24. Toast with creamy peanut butter and dill pickle. Comfort food!

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