Friday, February 14, 2014

A Sandwich Valentine

Good food brings people together, or as Julia Child once said: “People who love to eat are always the best people.”

I tend to agree with Julia. 
Our first baking venture back in Oct. 2010: Thanksgiving Pies!
Good food – both the making and the enjoying of - ties strongly into both my and my husband’s memories of growing up.   We both spent time in the kitchen with our Moms and Grandmas, and I also enjoyed helping my Dad bake bread or make Saturday morning pancakes.  We look back fondly at big family dinners and we enjoy making fun potluck dishes when we get together with friends.  When you cook with someone else, it’s a lot less work and a lot more fun.  The fact that we both enjoy baking and that he inherited some of his mother’s incredible baking genes is a big bonus - plus we take turns between who washes and who dries.  Go kitchen-teamwork!

Making dinner was one of the first things we did together when we started dating.  We continue to enjoy cooking together because it’s a fun way to unwind from the day and catch up with one another.   So it was no big surprise when I mentioned a special Valentine’s sandwich post, he was excited to help.  Together, we bring you our Sandwich Valentine of grilled cheddar and special heart-shaped salami.
Grilled salami and cheese: a heart-melting comb!

You will need:

Your favorite sandwich bread
Slices of Heart Salami (found in the Sobey’s Deli)
1 package of Sensations’ Aged Two Years Cheddar, sliced
Heart-cucumbers, sliced

Recommended veggie sides: red pepper, baby carrots


1-Pre-heat your skillet on medium heat and melt 1tbsp of butter. (Alternatively, you can butter both sides of the bread before grilling it.)
2-Arrange the salami hearts and cheese on one slice of bread and put the other one on top.
3-Press the sandwich down with a spatula as it grills.
A great Valentine is one you can eat!
4-Cover with a lid and let each side grill for a few minutes before flipping.
5-Serve with your favorite condiment – for me, that’s ketchup all the way!

Yum! The smoky salami and the mellow cheese pair beautifully together and I sliced up a red pepper and heart-cucumber and added a handful of baby carrots for some extra special Valentine’s Day veggies.  We enjoyed our sandwiches with frosty mugs of root beer while we cheered on the Canadian curling team. 

Good food and good company is all we need.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope it’s a fun and special day for you and yours!

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