Happy Post: Grilled Cheese

by Marla on October 7, 2011 · 164 comments

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Bacon and cheddar grilled cheese recipe

If there is one thing we probably all have in common is a great love for grilled cheese. No matter how you slice it this toasted sandwich oozing with your favorite cheese is one of the most treasured comfort foods of all times. It ties with my other favorite fall comfort food: Pumpkin Pie. That’s another story…

Whether you are vegan, dairy loving, gluten free, low carb, high fat or a low fat person I bet you have a favorite grilled cheese in your recipe box. You should also pack one in your lunch box. Just sayin’


Bacon and cheddar grilled cheese recipe

I recently shot these photos of grilled cheese for a client. Tempting huh! I like the pool of cheese. And of course the bacon.

You can use gluten free or whole wheat based breads. Regular or turkey bacon and low fat or regular cheese. The choice is yours. Isn’t it amazing how simple something so amazing can be!

Grilled mozzarella with cherry tomatoes, herbs and olive bread

For my low carb lifestyle I always go open-faced. I also love veggies in mine. My kids and hubs on the other hand love 2 pieces of bread. Spreads are good too. All is good.

Very, very good.

Grilled cheese on artisan olive bread and cherry tomatoes

We often pack grilled cheese in our lunch boxes. They offer a nice balance of healthy fat, protein and whole grain carbs. Besides they taste amazing and my kids will be sure to come home with an empty lunch boxes!

Apple pie grilled cheese and egg battered sandwich

Above we have a combination of sweet apples, toasted nuts and sharp cheddar are heavenly in my Apple Pie Grilled Cheese, how about an egg battered version for extra protein?

Here’s a French toasty Strawberry Mozzarella combo? Sweet meets savory.

Homemade grilled cheese sandwich with mozzarella and strawberries

Pumpkin Ricotta is charming too…..especially with a powdered sugar bat stenciled on top.

Grilled cheese with ricotta cheese and pumpkin puree: Halloween french toast

No matter how you slice it I bet you have a favorite to share. A grilled sandwich that you can’t wait to get home to after a long day at work or play.

Bacon and cheddar grilled cheese recipe

Not only is today a Happy Post but also another great idea for those of you joining us for Project Lunch Box. We are in week 3 of a 30 day challenge to pack meals at home. Whether you pack a lunch box for yourself, your spouse or your kids it is a great habit to get into. This practice helps you save money, eat much better for you foods and stay in shape too.

You can still link up your blogs to show your support of home packed meals.

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As with all of my Happy Posts we want to see your favorite grilled cheese creations. I will feature some of my favorites from your submissions in the next few weeks.

Be sure to add the Happy Post badge or a link back to this post in yours if you join in this link-up party.

400 Best Sandwiches Cookbook by Alison Lewis

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This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for your entries and congrats to Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious.

To honor sandwiches of all sorts…grilled cheese and way beyond I am thrilled to host a giveaway of my great pal Alison Lewis’s book 400 Best Sandwich Recipes. She publishes the awesome blog Ingredients Inc. If you don’t know her blog yet then you must go check it out. In her book she has recipes for everything….from stunning wraps to burgers, classic sandwiches, light and healthy selections, condiments and of course grilled cheese! You will want to make each and every one!

You can find a sandwich for anyone and any occasion in this book, I mean with 400 to choose from you are always in luck. If you would like to purchase a book now you can over at Amazon.com.

How to Enter

Leave some comments….tell me what your favorite kind of sandwich is. You have until Wednesday, October 12th, 12 midnight PST to enter this giveaway. One winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the USA.

To earn additional entries, leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, we will not be able to include them.

  1. Tell me about your all time favorite sandwich recipe or about the best one you have ever had.
  2. Add the Family Fresh Cooking, Project Lunch Box or Happy Post Badge into your sidebar or somewhere on your blog
  3. Tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@MarlaMeridith). Here’s a sample tweet you could use or make up your own: {giveaway} Love Sandwiches? So do we! @MarlaMeridith has a “400 Sandwiches Recipe” cookbook by @alisonlewis http://su.pr/1R06Od
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Special Note: Steve Jobs

As I sit here surrounded by Apple technology (iPod, MacBook Air, gigantic MacBook Pro, iPhone, etc) I can’t help but reflect.

Time stood still when I heard the news (via Twiitter) about Steve Jobs passing this week. We lost an amazingly creative mind. A man that contributed more to our society than most ever will. He touched our world and all of our lives with a magical genius. My children will grow up reaping the benefits of his creations and understanding this wonderful mans gifts. Blessings to the family he leaves behind. I hope he finds great peace and continues to share from above. He will always be remembered.

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