Double Decker Veggie Grilled Cheese


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We are finally settled in our house, here in Houston, and despite the fact that I still don’t have pictures hung on the walls, I’m ready to start sharing recipes again!

When I started mixing the ingredients together for these sandwiches, found in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, January 2011, I had pizza in mind as a backup plan; they did not look promising.

I wasn’t convinced they’d be would worth eating until one of the kids, after taking the first bite, mumbled “mmm” through a mouthful.  They were right-on!  With an inventive spin on the classic grilled cheese, these were an easy, no stove-top, meal this will definitely be a go-to for summer dinners!


  • 1 16 oz. jar pickled vegetables, rinsed, drained & chopped
  • 3 cups packed fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 6 oz. mozzarella cheese, chopped into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons dried red tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 12 slices buttered toast


  1. Place all ingredients, except toast, into a microwave-safe bowl.  Stirring every 30 seconds, cook uncovered for about 2 minutes or just until the mixture is warm, the spinach is wilted, and the cheese is beginning to melt.
  2. Layer half the vegetable mixture onto four slices of the toast.  Top each sandwich with a second slice of bread then add the remaining vegetable mixture.  Place a third slice of toast on top, slice and enjoy!

Tarragon Egg Salad


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Adapted from Simply Recipes with what we had on hand; aka what I didn’t forget at the grocery store.  We had this for dinner because I love to have sandwiches for dinner.  They’re easy, fast clean-up and little or no cooking is required.  I bought some “fancy” kettle potato chips, had some grapes waiting in the freezer and called this a yummy almost-summer dinner! 

The original recipe called for 1/2 cup of fennel which I wanted to use, but misread when I wrote my grocery list for the week and came home with fennel seed instead so I left it out, unsure how that would turn out.  I’ll give it a whirl next time!

  • 12 hard-boiled eggs*, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions, including the greens
  • 1 Tablespoon dried tarragon leaves
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

* To hard boil eggs, put eggs in a large pot, cover with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil.  Turn heat all the way down to low.  Cover and cook for 12 minutes Drain, run under cold water to stop the cooking and to cool down the eggs.

Gently combine all of the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Appetizers/Snacks, Easter, Pork, Sandwiches/Wraps

Ham & Cheese Sliders

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Do you have any idea why we eat ham for Easter?  Neither did I.  I thought I did it because my mom did, and my grandma, and her mother before her and so in the interest of tradition, I will generally buy a ham for Easter dinner.  This year, I wondered where the tradition itself came from.

It seems it may have come from the Northern European Pagans who would slaughter and preserve their agricultural animals in the fall to feed themselves through the winter.  Then to celebrate the vernal equinox, the emerging plants, and wildlife and to shed a few pounds for bikini season gain the sought-after state of “altered consciousness” in time for the spring festivals, they would fast.  Then in celebration of the end of their fasting they would eat the last of their cured meats from the winter which would, of course, include pork.*

My plan for these little sandwiches, found at Our Recipe Club, was to use up whatever ham was left over from our Easter dinner.  I decided, however, not to spend a fortune on a huge ham and opted instead for black forest ham from the deli.  Easy!  These turned out as good as the picture makes them out to be with tons of flavor and gooey cheese and salty ham.


I halved the recipe from what’s shown below because I don’t need 24 to feed the five of us – but these would be SO perfect to take with you next time you’re called to bring something with you, they can be assembled a day ahead & kept in the fridge until you’re ready to bake them.


  • 24 of your favorite rolls (I used a Sweet Multi-Grain)
  • 24 pieces of black forest ham
  • 24 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup miracle whip

Poppy Seed Sauce

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon minced green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


Preheat oven to 350*

  1. Spread Miracle Whip onto both sides of the center of each roll.  Place a slice of ham & a slice of Swiss inside on each roll.  Close rolls & place into a baking dish, smooshing close together.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients then pour (or brush) evenly over all of the sandwiches.  Let sit 10 minutes, or until butter sets slightly.
  3. Cover with foil & bake 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Uncover & cook for 2 additional minutes.  Serve warm.

*Source: Goddess Gift

Pork, Sandwiches/Wraps

Pork Tenderloin Bagel


DSC_1080 copyRemember the yummy Sweet & Smoky Pork Tenderloin that I gave you back in September?  Well, I do because I’ve made it bunches of times since then and enjoyed every scrumptious bite!  This last time, knowing that we’d be headed out the door for a summer infused “concert on the square”, I wanted something fast, easy and that required zero cooking.  Since I had a small chunk of the tenderloin left I decided to scour my refrigerator for ingredients to put atop the Everything bagels that were begging to be eaten!


the leftover meat of your choice

Everything bagels




Miracle Whip

Dijon mustard


Really?  Do you need directions?  Really? Ok…put everything on the bagel and enjoy! 🙂


Roast Pork & Canadian Bacon Sandwich

DSC_8431 copyI love pork roast and also the fact that when I buy the roast I can always get at least two meals out of it.  Usually pulled pork sandwiches follow the roast meal but I wanted something different and these sandwiches found at Closet Cooking were just that.  Kind-a weird sounding but extremely simple and in case you aren’t in the know, pickles make everything acceptable.

The kids were mmmm’ing and ohmygosh’ing all over these sandwiches and that’s good enough for me!  Salty, spicy & filling it made a meal all by themselves, no veggies required.


  • buns (sliced in half)
  • leftover pork roast, sliced thin
  • Canadian bacon (I bought Oscar Meyer pre-cooked)
  • Swiss cheese, sliced
  • pickles, sliced (I used dill)
  • Dijon mustard


Spread Dijon over both slices of the bun, then add a layer each of the pork, bacon & Swiss cheese.  Broil open-faced buns on low until heated through and the meat is warm under the cheese.  You may have to remove the naked buns from the oven before the ones with the meat & cheeses to keep them from burning.  Remove from broiler, add pickle slices & serve warm.

Appetizers/Snacks, Sandwiches/Wraps, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Avocado Tomato Basil Sandwich

Five More Bites © Shanna Dee Photography Avocado Tomato Basil Sandwich

So tired of hot foods after a long hot, summer day, I pulled a few things together, leftover from last night’s dinner, some rolls from the freezer & basil from the garden – voila!  Dinner is served!


4 ciabata rolls, split

2 avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced

1 to 2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced thin

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Mozzarella Cheese, sliced thin

sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper


Preheat oven broiler to high. Under the broiler, toast bread halves on a baking sheet until golden brown. Remove from oven.  Top each half with sliced cheese and return to broiler till melted and bubbly.  Remove from oven.

On one half of each layer with avocados and sliced; lightly salt.

Sprinkle chopped basil over the tomatoes.  Top with black pepper.  Replace top half and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.

Beef, Grilling, Sandwiches/Wraps

Inside Out Hamburger

Inside Out Hamburger

I found the recipe HERE.

2 lbs. ground beef
Swiss cheese, sliced
1 pkg. pre-cooked bacon
Your choice of extra goodies – ketchup, mustard, lettuce, pickles, mayo, buns, etc.

Shape ground beef into extra thin, round patties. Cut swiss cheese squares into quarters. Also, cut bacon into 1-inch pieces. Place cheese and bacon pieces on the center of a hamburger patty. Place a second hamburger patty on top, cinching the edges all the way around to seal the burger…it will be a big burger! 🙂 Repeat with the rest of the ground beef.

Beef, Crockpot, Sandwiches/Wraps

Crockpot Italian Beef (Sandwiches)

Italian Beef Sandwiches

Ingredients for Beef

1 5 lb. rump roast

3 cups water

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon onion salt

1 teaspoon dried parsley

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1 package dry Italian  salad dressing mix


1.  Place roast in slow cooker, and pour all other ingredients over roast.

2.  Cover, and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours, or on High for 4 to 5 hours. When done, remove bay leaf, and shred meat with a fork.

For Sandwiches


red pepper

green pepper


mozzarella cheese

Italian Rolls

1.  Sauté mushrooms in generous amounts of butter (more or less depending on how many mushrooms you use – for a whole package I used 3 tablespoons then had a lot of sautéed mushrooms to eat on the side!)

2.  While the mushrooms sauté, slice the rolls lengthwise and toss under the broiler face up to make them toasty – watch carefully so they don’t burn.  Thinly slice peppers and onions.

3.  Remove mushrooms from pan and set aside.

3.  Toss peppers and onions into pan you used for mushrooms with leftover butter and sauté till the onions are transparent.

4.  Layer shredded roast, vegetables, mushrooms & cheese onto toasted rolls. 

5.  Re-broil until cheese is bubbly and warm


Try Leftover Roast Chili to use up the leftover roast!