For this installation of my Sandwich of the Month series, I wanted to keep it light and corpse-free (i.e. vegetarian). Eggplant and mushrooms are the heartiest of all vegetables, and since last month's edition featured baby portabellas, it was time to showcase our good friend the eggplant. If you've ever cooked this lovely purple vegetable, you know how quickly and greedily it absorbs oil, which I decided to forgo by grilling it instead. Next, I thought of pickled onions for crunch, dill for earthiness, and the mild but easy-melting mozzarella for the necessary . . .
A few summers ago, I went to Otto - Mario Batali's renown pizzeria enoteca - with my friend Michelle. The thin-crust pizza that we tasted had slices of prosciutto, a heap of arugula and a drizzle of olive oil on top. It was not the chewy NYC pizza that I had grown accustomed to. "What is this greenery," I wondered, "and just what is it doing on my pizza?" Fast forward to now and arugula is one of my favorite ingredients - I put it on, like, everything. But back then, I couldn't appreciate its clean earthiness and how it intermingled with the sharp flavor of the . . .
God, I love this stuff. I have now attempted three variations of it. Besides apple, I've stuffed French toast with canned peaches and fresh strawberries. Next time I think I'll flambé the apples with brandy before putting them into the sandwich. (Yield: one mouthwatering breakfast) Ingredients: 2 slices white Wonderbread 1 heaping tbsp cream cheese, divided 5-6 thin apple slices 1 egg 2 tbsp milk 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp butter Maple syrup or powdered sugar for the grand finale Procedure: In a shallow dish, beat together egg, cinnamon and milk, seasoning with a . . .
This breakfast is creamy, sweet, delicious and beautiful. It works wonders on significant others. Doesn't it just implore to be eaten in bed? I assure you the other in question will be impressed. And you might even get some. You're welcome. "T.J's Cream Cheese and Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast" from the Deen Family Cookbook, 2009 (Yield: 1 luscious breakfast) Ingredients: 2 slices white Wonderbread 1 heaping tbsp cream cheese 4-5 strawberries, sliced 1 egg 2 tbsp milk 1 tsp butter Maple syrup or powdered sugar for the grand . . .