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  1. Thursday, March 22

    Apple Ham Paninis

    I really love paninis. I’m always a sucker for a hot sandwich, plus paninis make for a quick and easy dinner on busy weeknights. And my kids {almost} always eat them! My friend Natalee was raving about two panini combinations she discovered recently, so of course I had to give them a try. I’ll share one of them with you today and the second one tomorrow!

    Today’s is simple and delicious. Ham and havarti cheese combined with the sweet-yet-tart crunch of granny smith apples is delish. And this panini really, truly is fast and simple to prepare. That’s my favorite kind of recipe!

    Apple Ham Paninis
     
    Sweet and tart apple ham paninis!
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    Recipe type: Main Dish, Sandwich
    Cuisine: American
    Ingredients
    • Sliced sourdough bread (I didn’t have sourdough, I used sliced wheat country bread)
    • Whole-grain mustard
    • Deli-sliced ham
    • Havarti cheese
    • Thinly-sliced granny smith apples
    Instructions
    1. Spread mustard on two slices of bread. Stack the cheese, ham and apples between the slices, then cook in a panini press. If you don’t have a panini press, just do what I do and smush the sandwich between two frying pans (click here for details). Eat and enjoy!

     


  2. Friday, January 27

    Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    Today I have a simple and easy lunch or dinner recipe for you. It is Friday after all, may as well take it easy! And it’s so yummy that after eating it Cate declared I was the best cook in the world. (I think her dad must be paying her to always say such nice things about me.)

    We used to have a CPK ASAP near our house and they served a pesto chicken salad sandwich that I loved. Loved so much, in fact, it was one of the few things I could eat when I was pregnant. Well, the CPK ASAP is gone and with it my sandwich.

    I’ve taken matters into my own hands. While I haven’t yet tried my hand at the yummy pizza bread that they used, I have nailed the pesto chicken salad aspect of the sandwich. I made it for the first time last night and it was so easy and so yummy. Definitely will be making it again…and again…and again!

    Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches
     
    From Jane Maynard, inspired by CPK
    Author:
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Sandwich
    Ingredients
    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • ½ cup mayonnaise
    • ½ cup basil pesto
    • salt to taste, based on saltiness of your pesto
    • 1 heart of romaine lettuce, chopped
    Instructions
    1. Cook the chicken breasts however you like (I boiled mine until cooked through – it’s easy and you’re just going to mix it with sauce). Shred chicken and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with a bit of salt.
    2. Mix together mayonnaise and pesto. Add half of this mixture to the chicken and mix well. Add the other half of the mixture to your chopped romaine lettuce. I like to mix them separately so that if we have leftover chicken we don’t have lettuce that will go wilted and yucky mixed in – the next day I can throw together a little sauce and lettuce. Make sense? Serve on your favorite bread.


  3. Thursday, August 12

    Padma and the Turkey Boursin Baguette Incident

    This sandwich looks good, right? I mean, downright delicious? Tell that to Padma Lakshmi. This post is about redemption, folks. Defending my culinary honor!

    While I was at BlogHer last weekend, I had the opportunity to compete in a sandwich competition held by Hillshire Farms and Padma Lakshmi, host of Top Chef. We had 2 minutes to make a sandwich that was then judged by 3 children judges and Padma. I received the invitation to participate a few days before the event, when I was completely buried in SocialLuxe preparations. So, let’s just say I didn’t think super hard about my recipes…AND I didn’t want to win since the final round was during my nephew’s 1st birthday party (although, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t trying…I WAS). Yes, this is all going somewhere…stick with me…

    Pre-competition, blissfully unaware of my upcoming downfall

    The esteemed panel of judges

    So, I decided to do one of my most favorite sandwiches for Round 1. I thought it would be simple enough. Yeah, not so much. My sandwich required cutting a baguette, which may not have been a problem in and of itself, except that they gave me utility gloves that made it nearly impossible to get a handle on the bread. And the lettuce was shredded. And I couldn’t toast the bread. And I thought we were going to have 4 minutes, but we only had 2. Yes, I’m making excuses….okay, the stage has been set. Here’s how the competition went down.

    “On your mark, get set, go!”

    Jane, contestant #4, furiously trying to make a 4-inch piece of baguette into 4 lovely little sandwiches. Wearing utility gloves 10 times too large for her fingers. Don’t forget the utility gloves. Damn those utility gloves!

    I look surprisingly calm in this photo. I assure you, I was not.

    “Times up!”

    Padma starts with contestant #1 and looks at each sandwich, asking what it is. After nicely checking out the first 3 sandwiches, Padma approaches Jane’s station, looks at the plate and says…

    “And we can just throw this one in the trash.”

    Oh, no she didn’t!

    Oh, yes she did!

    Everyone laughs. Including Jane. It was pretty funny….after all, the plate looked like a pile of tiny pieces of torn up baguette tossed with some shredded lettuce and decimated turkey. Then Padma says…

    “So, what was it supposed to be?”

    Jane then describes the recipe, assuring Padma {and the world} that normally it is quite delicious. Simultaneously, any faith anyone had in her cooking abilities is thrown out the window and run over by a NYC taxi cab.

    Judging commences. Padma gets the results, announces that I am not in last place (albeit, not in first either) and says…

    “Does that make you feel better?”

    It did. Third place is definitely better than last. You can’t tell from the show. Padma is funny. And pretty darn sarcastic. Who knew?

    So, yeah, that’s how my first quickfire food competition went down. In a ball of flames. Like I said, I kind of wanted to lose in Round 1 or 2 anyway. And if you’re going to lose, you may as well do it while Padma makes fun of you the whole time.

    This recipe’s for you, Padma. I swear it’s good.

    Padma and the Turkey Boursin Baguette Incident
     
    Author:
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Sandwich
    Ingredients
    • Baguette
    • Sliced pepper turkey
    • Romaine lettuce
    • Boursin cheese, softened at room temperature for about 30 minutes
    Instructions
    1. Toast baguette. Spread Boursin on both sides then top the bottom bread with turkey and a leaf of romain lettuce.
    2. That’s it. Easy peasy and delicious. Unless you have only two minutes to make the sandwich and Padma Lakshmi is watching (and laughing at) you.

    Thanks to the lovely Marie LeBaron for taking pictures during the competition for me! And to my Eat.Blog.Run ‘family’ for cheering me on!


  4. Wednesday, January 31

    Sausage, Pepper & Onion Sandwiches

    sausage hoagies from @janemaynard

    Sausage & Peppers Sandwich
     
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    This isn't even really a recipe it's so easy!
    Author:
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Sandwich
    Ingredients
    • Italian sausages, sweet or spicy depending on your preference
    • Sliced onions
    • Sliced bell peppers (not green)
    • Sliced tomatoes
    • Olive oil
    • Bulkie/Kaiser/Hoagie Rolls
    Instructions
    1. Cook onions and peppers in olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    2. You can cook the sausages whole, but I like to cut them in half length-wise so they cook faster and are easier to eat on the roll later. Add sausages to the onions and peppers and cook until hot.
    3. Add sliced tomatoes and cook for a few minutes, stirring well.
    4. Serve on toasted rolls.


  5. Rachel Sandwich

    Rachel Sandwich
     
    I’m about to share with you my all time favorite sandwich. Let me introduce you to Rachel. Yes, Rachel is Reuben’s sister. Similar, but not as greasy and just so delicious. My friend Jami introduced me to this delectable delight. We used to get Rachels at a deli on (I believe) 2nd Street in East Cambridge, MA.
    Author:
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Sandwich
    Ingredients
    • Good bread, sliced (french, wheat, rye, whatever… as long as it’s good – I prefer NOT rye)
    • Sliced Turkey
    • Swiss Cheese
    • Coleslaw (with the dressing, not just plain cabbage)
    • Thousand Island dressing
    Instructions
    1. Construct your sandwich then grill on both sides. Can’t be beat.

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