Updated Classic Sandwiches

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Wisconsin and cheese. They just go together. When the cheeseheads sent out a press release about a new Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Academy microsite, I had to check it out. The site features 30 delectable grilled cheese sandwich recipes with stunning photography.

If you loved grilled cheese, try something new like the The Lil’ Kahuna  a sweet-spicy flavor of the islands with Wisconsin Pepper Jack, ham, pineapple, sautéed bell peppers and onions on King’s Hawaiian Bread.

Ingredients (Servings: 4)
* 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
* 4 fresh or canned sliced pineapple rings
* 1 yellow or Spanish onion, sliced about 1/8″ thick
* 1 large red bell pepper, sliced about 1/8″ thick
* 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature, divided
* 4 slices King’??s Hawaiian Sweet Bread, split
* 8 slices Wisconsin Pepper Jack cheese
* 8 ounces smoked ham, sliced

Cooking Directions
Heat a saute pan over high heat. Add olive oil and pineapple slices; cook each side for about 1 minute to caramelize. Remove pineapple and return pan to heat. Add onions and peppers and sauté 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Heat large sauté pan or skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter and 4 slices of bread. Top each with 1 slice Pepper Jack, 2 ounces ham, 1 pineapple ring, 1/4 of the peppers and onions, and another slice of Pepper Jack, in that order. Place tops on sandwiches. Spread tops with about 1/2 tablespoon butter and grill until sandwiches are golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, turning once during grilling and adding additional butter to pan, if necessary.

For the other 29 tasty treats head to www.grilledcheeseacademy.com
BLT sandwich

When it comes to BLT sandwiches, try this healthy twist. The height of tomato season has come and gone. As my final homage to my favorite food I am presenting the Perfectly healthy BLT.


Whole Wheat Pitas
Tomatoes (ripe and in season please)
Arugula (washed and dried)
Turkey Bacon


  • Broil the turkey bacon on a cookie sheet in your oven (I find it is impossible to get turkey bacon crisp any other way). Then split a small pita in half and toast.
  • This sandwich is mostly about the tomato (as it should be). Slice it thick and only use the very best.
  • Spread the mayo on the pita, layer your tomato and then the bacon, top with arugula and serve warm.

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