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Comfort Fest: Kelsey’s Decadent Grilled Cheese

Kelsey Nixon pays homage to late-night dining and decadent comfort food with this grilled cheese sandwich. You might be tempted to eat her Creamy Stovetop Bacon Mac and Cheese —filled with thick-cut smoked bacon, loads of sharp cheddar and shredded Muenster — all by itself. But even better is the super sandwich creation that incorporates this creamy dish.

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Meatless Monday: Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Forget bacon; caramelized onions make everything better. They’re how to make green beans infinitely more appealing and the secret to the best ever onion dip. When gooey cheese comes to play, you’ve got yourself a match made in heaven. It may be a dreary and cold Monday, but Chuck’s Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions alongside a bowl of creamy tomato soup will make everything OK.

The key to really good caramelized onions is patience, not a bunch of oil or butter. Cook the onions for at least twenty-five minutes in a heated skillet over medium heat. The low and slow cook time transforms the once harsh and crunchy slices into a melt-in-your-mouth, sweet and savory phenomenon. Pile it high on top of sharp cheddar for a game changing grilled cheese sandwich.

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Dinner Rush! Spanish-Style Grilled Cheese with Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup

I remember being a kid and revering Halloween like it was the holiest possible day of the year. Sure the pumpkins and hay bales and fallen leaves were charming, but let’s get to it and bring on the candy, yo! Nothing says fall to a fourth-grader like the hazy sugar-coma afterglow of a well-guarded trick-or-treat haul (there’s just no WAY anyone will find this under my bed).

I also remember the 90 minutes or so before trick-or-treating commenced: complete pandemonium. Mom’s just getting home from work. Costumes need last-minute tailoring. Those darling but equally annoying toddlers dressed as insects or vegetables are getting the jump on the crowd with a 4:57pm door knock, and we know we’re supposed to have dinner but are just too freakin’ excited to get on with the candy hauling. Enter the old soup-and-sandwich standby. It’s simple, satisfying and lets everyone in the house just get on with what’s really important about October 31st: knocking on strangers’ doors and demanding free sugar.

Of course, growing up in Northern New York, it was mostly for naught anyway. I can count on two fingers the number of Halloween evenings that weren’t blanketed with snow. The impact and mystique of being a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger (the red one, duh) is somehow lost underneath a winter jacket so thick that you can’t put your arms down.

Spanish-Style Grilled Cheese with Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup

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Sifted: Spooky Marshmallow Pops, Droolworthy Gluten-Free Cookies + More

Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops by Just a Taste

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Don’t be spooked by Just a Taste’s Frankenstein marshmallow pops. The creepy green goodies may look scary (slash adorable), but they’re super easy to make.
  2. Mangia’s indulgent caramel apple oatmeal cookies are gluten-free and vegan.
  3. For a quick and easy game day snack, make Damn Delicious’ wonton mozzarella sticks.
  4. Treat yourself to Strawberry Plum’s apple cheddar grilled cheese sandwich. It’s the taste of fall melted between two slices of pumpernickel bread.
  5. Risotto for breakfast? Yep. Healthy. Happy. Life. has a recipe for it and it tastes like maple spice ginger cookie.

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Sifted: Cinco De Mayo Tacos + Easy, Cheesy Weeknight Dinners


Short Rib Tacos by How Sweet Eats

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  1. For Cinco de Mayo, try How Sweet Eats’ crockpot short rib tacos. Slow cooked in beer and topped with salted lime cabbage and queso fresco, this festive fare is just about as easy and delicious as it gets.
  2. B’s in the Kitchen is on to something with her scalloped potato grilled cheese. Creamy, crispy potatoes sandwiched between french bread and lots of cheese just makes sense.
  3. Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Baked by Rachel’s three cheese skillet bacon mac and cheese is your answer.
  4. Jo Cooks’ fluffy sweet potato cinnamon rolls look pretty amazing. Have you tried adding the orange spud to your baked goods?
  5. Cook like a Champion says these banana cream pie cupcakes are the best cupcakes she’s ever made. Filled with pastry cream and piled high with fresh whipped cream and banana, we can see why.

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Sifted: French Toast Grilled Cheese + The Trendiest Spring Ingredient


French Toast Grilled Cheese by Culinary Cool

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  1. Filled with apples and caramel, Culinary Cool’s French toast grilled cheese is a sweet and savory combination worth trying.
  2. The secret to delicious gluten-free meatballs? Tortilla chips! Try Inquiring Chef’s Southwestern meatballs in adobo sauce and let us know what you think about the special ingredient.
  3. Beer’s not just for drinking. Put on your apron and make My Friend’s Bakery‘s super easy and downright tasty bacon cheddar beer bread.
  4. It’s that time of year again when ramps are all the rage, but they won’t be around for long. If you spot them in the market, make Smitten Kitchen’s ramp pizza and resist the urge to add mozzarella — it’s that good.
  5. You can’t go wrong with banana pancakes. To get them extra fluffy, Kitchen Treaty adds a little extra baking powder and lets the batter sit for a few minutes before heating up the griddle.

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Comfort Feast: Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

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A delivery of Vermont Farmstead Cheese and a grilled cheese comfort feast in the same week? I was destined to make this gooey sandwich. Inspired by the Alehouse Cheddar (which is pasteurized with Harpoon Ale), I decided that caramelized onions would be the perfect pairing for the slightly boozy cheese. Chuck Hughes’ Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions was a great option for a low-key, easy-to-do weeknight sandwich.

It’s hard to imagine that these tear-jerking onions would soon become soft and pungent.

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Sifted: Awesome Grilled Cheese + More Pumpkin Recipes

Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese by Foodess

5 Hot Links We’re Loving

  1. A grilled cheese is good any time of year, but Foodess’ apple-cheddar combination is especially fitting for fall.
  2. As if  pumpkin doughnut muffins didn’t already win you over, Reclaiming Provincial added Nutella to make them even more irresistible.
  3. This recipe for  pumpkin pecan baked oatmeal by Alaska From Scratch is the perfect treat for a chilly morning.
  4. Brown butter makes just about everything taste better, including these funfetti snickerdoodles by Une Gamine dans la Cuisine.
  5. This football Sunday, you’ll score a touchdown with Just A Taste’s recipe for pepperoni pizza pull-apart bread.

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Happy National Grilled Cheese Month


Happy National Grilled Cheese Month. Why does this food holiday fall in April, you ask. Why not? But do you really need an excuse to consume a buttery cheese-filled sandwich alongside a bowl of creamy tomato soup?

The grilled cheese is so much more than the single slice American cheese sandwiches of your elementary school days. Now you can find all sorts of cheeses, meats and even fruit in between slices of crispy bread. Here are a few of my favorites:

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13 Grilled Cheeses Gone in 60 Seconds

Kobayashi finishes 13 grilled cheese sandwiches in one minute

Photo Credit: James Martin, CBS Interactive

Warning: Do not try this at home!

Takeru Koboyashi broke a new record at SXSW on Monday when he ate 13 grilled cheese sandwiches in one minute. We’re not sure whether to be appalled or jealous, but it’s impressive nonetheless (especially considering the fact that he weighs in around 130 pounds).

In 2006, the Japanese competitor reached fame when he devoured 53.5 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the Nathan Hot Dog Eating Contest. He held the record for nearly six years and has been an ongoing source of controversy for the annual competition ever since. (Due to sponsorship disagreements, he refused to compete in 2010 and was arrested for jumping the stage at the event wearing a “Free Kobi” shirt. In 2011, he was taken down from Major League Eating’s Wall of Fame.) Who knew the food arena could be so scandalous?

Competitive eating is his sport, and there is a strategy behind each bite.  Kobayashi executed grilled cheese victory by dunking each sandwich into water before swallowing.  So while we are intrigued by his consumption capabilities, you can see why we don’t recommend following his footsteps. Grilled cheese sandwiches are too scrumptious to make soggy. They are meant to be savored, “ooh-ed” and “ahh-ed.”

The video of Kobayashi’s win will likely ruin your appetite, but a glance over our collection will fix your grilled cheese craving in no time. These recipes will inspire you to expand your repertoire past American cheese and run to the store in search of some Brie. Or perhaps you’ll drop everything to caramelize some onions for a subtle hint of sweetness and texture. You really can’t go wrong with any of these mouthwatering cheese pairings. Add some bacon, we dare you.

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