There is Nothing Better Than a Good Sandwich

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You know you are a member of my generation if you find yourself relating everyday experiences to Friends episodes. When that show was new I was living in a city, single, and the same age as they were… I thought it was beyond cool when the  merchandiser who worked at the store I did put a little frame around the peep-hole in the door of his apartment. I laughed, I cried, and I could relate to each character as I watched the show every Thursday night. And there are two episodes that come to mind that feature the world’s best meal – the sandwich.

You know the two… there is the one where Ross freaks out because someone eats his sandwich (the only good thing in his life) and the one where the boys are riding along with Phoebe’s cop boyfriend, and when a car backfires Joey dives over Ross (or so Ross thinks) to save him but was really trying to save his sandwich.  Never before, or never since (at least from what I’ve seen) has a sandwich been featured so prominently on a TV show.

I LOVE a good sandwich. There is something just so yummy noise out-loud good about a taste combination that involves bread (I will NEVER give up carbs) and some sort of concoction of ingredients that blend together just perfectly to appeal to the palate.

I’ve got two new sandwich’s for you to try. The first is a recipe my brother sent me  and the other is a taste sensation that I’ve been eating lately that I think is so yum I start thinking about my lunch pretty much right after breakfast.

#1     Bay Shrimp Toast –

Melt a decent amount of butter (1/4 stick), add 2 or 3 pressed cloves of garlic and saute, add Bay Shrimp – those little pre-cooked ones (although when I did this I used medium uncooked shrimp and cooked them myself) and cook lightly. Turn off  heat. To finish add pepper, dry parsley flakes, and a generous squirt of fresh lemon juice.

Take the shrimp mixture and spread it over a sliced baguette, drizzle extra butter from the pan, add a light amount of parmesan and broil until toasted.

#2     My Favorite Sandwich of Late

Take two slices of your favorite bread. On one slice layer some turkey (try Boar’s Head Oven Gold turkey from the deli – sliced thinly), add some thinly sliced tomatoes and then add some thin slices of feta cheese. Sprinkle with dried oregano and top with other piece of bread. Did I mention that I like everything sliced thin?

This is good as-is, or if you want to Panini it up it is just as delish that way as well.

Enjoy trying these and be sure to hulu yourself up a Friends episode to watch while munching away!

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