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We've all heard the story of John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich, popularizing eating meat between 2 slices of bread and that meal taking on his name. The sandwich became very popular in England from that point on, but after the Revolutionary War, American cooks avoided making food that reminded people of their British forefathers, so the sandwich didn't really become popular again in America until the 1800s. (source)
Since that time so long ago, we have made up for lost time and statistics say that Americans eat over 300 million sandwiches a day! I guess that is why the sandwich gets a day all to itself! Today is National Sandwich Day and therefore, the subject of Friday Faves!
What is sandwiches do you think are the best?
Two of my kids work at competing, well known sandwich/soup/salad restaurants. That means that we get to try some of the newer creations out there on some of the tastiest breads! Choosing favorites can be difficult, but we came up with a few for you and some of our choices are easily made at home. Not only that, my husband even weighed in this week when he heard about our fave topic for the week!
His absolute favorite sandwich is the grilled cheeseburger! He loves the pickles, the onions, the melting cheese. As a matter of fact, not only does he consider the cheeseburger to be the best sandwich of all, it is his favorite meal over all! Of course home grilled burgers are the best because you can control the thickness of the patty, the amount of all of the other ingredients and so forth. I have to agree that a good, home grilled burger is hard to beat!
A couple of years ago my husband and I gave all of our sons-in-law panini makers for Christmas! This one from Sunbeam is a really great price and they work very well! We know this from experience! Shortly after that Christmas, Lindsey and her husband had us over for dinner. She made her own ciabatta bread and we had delicious sandwiches made in the panini maker! They had chicken, cheese (she offered a variety), spinach and pesto on them. We had strawberry-spinach salad on the side. It was all so delicious. The panini sandwich is now one of Lindsey's faves. I was so impressed with her ciabatta bread making skills. I think she should do a Renny's Recipes post about it!
Can I just say that I am getting really hungry talking about all of these sandwiches?
Alicia couldn't decide which is the best between two kinds of sandwiches. Her first choice was a good French Dip. I know the appeal of this sandwich, it is also a fave of mine! Alicia says, "I like French dips because they are so delicious. I love the flavor of the roast beef with the cheese. Then when you dip it in the au jus it’s so perfect." I couldn't agree more. One caveat is that the au jus has to be flavorful and not bland. When it is good, it makes the sandwich! The Pioneer Woman has a great recipe here!
Alicia's other choice is grilled cheese. She said,"I like grilled cheese because melted cheese is the best. And they are so good with tomato soup. And if you get just a little char on there the flavor works really well together. I mostly like to use white cheese for my grilled cheese. Monterey Jack or for a fancy one I would use gruyere." It seems so simple, and it is, just cheese on buttered on the outside bread, then toast it up until the cheese is melty. I use a small nonstick skillet. Of course, serving it with a creamy tomato soup in mandatory. Tomato-Basil is great with a Provolone Cheese sandwich.
Our resident vegan, Madalynn says, "I like veggie sandwiches. Any veggies are good but I like to have spinach, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and spicy mustard on mine. It’s a lot of good flavors and I like the crunch." I think she left one thing off of that list that I know she loves, pickles! When you have all of those good flavors and crunch on a sandwich, you don't really miss the meat. But, if you feel you still need a little meat, you can add a few slices of turkey a some cheese to round it all out.
Well, now it's my turn and I must say it is becoming impossible to choose the best sandwich with all of the good choices out there. Here are a few that I have had that I would love to try to make at home or just make again.
Finally, when it comes right down to it, there is one sandwich that I just crave sometimes, along with a tall glass of milk, and that is a nice Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. It has to have a nice thick layer of peanut butter, (I like creamy) and a good amount of my homemade strawberry jam. (click the link to learn how to make it.) Now that is real comfort food. When I was a kid, I didn't like the crusts, but now they make those store bought kind without crust. Meh! Who needs to spend money on that when you can make these sandwiches more deliciously yourself. If you want to cut off the crust and seal the sandwich at the same time, you can even buy the gadget that does that here or here. Now that I am an adult, I love the crust, but I think one of those gadgets would be great for my grandkids!
So, there you go! Some of our favorite sandwiches and how to put them together. What are your faves? Do you like creamy or crunchy peanut butter? Whatever you enjoy, eat it today in honor of National Sandwich day!
I am sorry I am so late with this post today, as well as skipping yesterday. It's been a rough one for me. If you've never been pregnant before never let anyone tell you how pregnancy is going to go. Nobody else has been you pregnant before, so, they really just don't know what they're talking about.
Anyway, did you know that yesterday was National S'mores day? It's the day when we can all celebrate and enjoy that delicious camp fire treat of a roasted marshmallow, a chocolate bar, and some graham crackers. It's a tasty treat that has experienced a renaissance in the way it's built and presented.
Here on our blog we have shared a s'mores variation known as Chocolate Dipped S'Mores Bars. You may also remember this post where we talked about our favorite Campfire Dishes and showed you a picture of the S'mores bar Alicia had at her wedding reception.
We love getting together and roasting our marshmallows to perfection over the fire pit in my parent's backyard. I also have fond memories of camping as a child and making s'mores to enjoy over the fire.
Madalynn made this other fun variation on s'mores a while back and she is letting me share the how to with you. She used vegan marshmallows since she is trying very hard to eat vegan, but regular marshmallows will still work. She also used 86% dark chocolate and graham crackers without honey.
In order to make it you first put the marshmallows on the stick, then coat in melted chocolate, and roll in the graham crackers. Then you freeze them. She also warns to refrigerate them before you serve them or they are really hard.
Here is a photo of everything she assembled to make it. She used very dark chocolate, but I'm sure you could use less dark if dark chocolate isn't your thing. (It's my thing, but it is not my mom's thing.) This is a fun variation to use if you don't have a fire pit in the backyard and can't take the time to go camping, but you still need a S'mores fix. Even though yesterday was National S'mores Day, it's not too late. You can make this fun and tasty treat this weekend and enjoy a delicious s'more!
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Recently, I shared my method of canning peaches and then I showed how I made peach pancakes with some of the leftover peaches. The peach pancakes only took a few peaches, and so I still had a few left. I also had some nice ripe mangoes. I decided to try doing what I do with leftover ripe bananas, and that is make Po'e! (I know, I originally spelled it Poi, but I don't speak Tahitian.)
First, you have to peel and mash up your fruit. There are many methods for mashing. You could puree it in your food processor or blender. (Read here about the blender that I love! ) Or, you can use an immersion blender, right in your pot. This time, because this was a small batch, I used a manual potato masher. I enjoy the left over little chunks of fruit in my po'e. But, if you want it smooth, you had better use the immersion blender! Here is the simple process that I use for po'e.
1 ripe, peeled peach (nice and soft)
2 ripe mangos (nice and soft)
¾ c. sugar
3 T corn starch
Chilled Coconut Milk
Peel and mash up your fruit. Stir all of the ingredients together in a pan. Cook over medium heat until it bubbles and the juices get clear. Spoon into bowls and top with the coconut milk. Yum!
What is your mashing tool of choice? I have had a flat potato masher for years, but I have started using the nylon one to keep from scratching my nonstick pans. I don't use my immersion blender for potatoes, but I love it for refried beans and for pureeing soup! You can shop for one here!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to nearly nine and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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