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Roasted Broccolini Grilled Cheese & a Bountiful Cookbook Giveaway

Roasted Broccolini Grilled Cheese

I love nothing more than a good grilled cheese (it’s one of our lunchtime staples), but I oftentimes wish it was more substantial than just a pile of toasted bread and cheese. That’s why adding greens is such a brilliant idea. I mean, it’s really the same general principle as our Brussels Sprout Mac ‘n Cheese: using buttery, melty cheese to enhance an otherwise bitter-tasting green vegetable. Great minds…

This recipe comes from Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden by our friends Todd and Diane of WhiteOnRiceCouple.com. From the second I held the book in my hands I was in love, because it truly reflects the way we eat: focus on the fresh fruits and vegetables, with meat (IF there is any) as just an accent.

The book does such a great job at presenting vegetables in new and unique ways that it just might convert even the most ardent veggie-haters. Our neighbor, who is always quick to gobble up our desserts but typically gives our dinner choices the side-eye, flipped through this book, exclaiming, “I’d eat that!” on just about every recipe. Granted, it still might take a bit of convincing to get him to eat this sandwich (broccoli is, perhaps, his arch-nemesis), but recipes like Creamed Haricots Verts with Toasted Almonds and Seared Ginger Carrots with Thyme and Shallots would be a good start.

Baby steps, right?

Broccolini Stalsks

Rather than broccoli as called for in the original recipe, we used broccolini (often called baby broccoli, it’s a hybrid between regular and Chinese broccoli). The stalks and florets are more tender and, while we only used the florets here, don’t waste the stalks: slice them up and roast them too.

Sweet Valley Farm Buttermilk Cheddar

I’d been looking for the perfect excuse to use this special cheese: Buttermilk cheddar from local Sweet Valley Farm. It’s the secret ingredient in the Buttermilk Cheddar Mac and Cheese at Silo that I so totally failed to recreate. Turns out adding buttermilk to mac and cheese is a quick way to make a horribly chunky mess.

But the buttermilk cheddar, on the other hand, is delightful in every sense of the word. It’s a mild white cheddar with a perfect melting consistency for the ultimate grilled cheese.

"Bountiful" Cookbook by Todd Porter and Diane Cu

Pictures do not do this book justice. It’s a cookbook and coffee table book in one, as large and substantial in size as it is in content. If I had had a stack of post-its handy when I flipped through it the first time, it’d look like a forest of pale yellow sticking out of the pages. We’ve already made two recipes from the book, including a baked potato topped with goat cheese creamed swiss chard (WHAT?) and have plans to, more or less, cook our way through the entire thing.

But seriously, you want to own a copy of this book. Be sure to click through for the recipe and a chance to win just that!

Roasted Broccolini Grilled Cheese

Yield: 3-4 sandwiches

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Florets from 1 bunch broccolini or broccoli (about 1/2 pound), chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • Unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 to 8 slices bread
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded or thinly sliced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. On a sheet pan, toss broccolini with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 6 to 8 minutes (slightly longer if using regular broccoli), or until tender and vibrant green. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  3. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  4. Assemble sandwiches by layering cheese, roasted broccolini, and more cheese on slices of bread. Using two layers of cheese with the broccolini in the middle will keep the small pieces in place as the cheese melts. Top each sandwich with another slice of bread, then generously butter top of sandwich.
  5. Arrange sandwiches in skillet, buttered side down. Generously spread remaining butter on other side of sandwiches now on top. Toast sandwiches, flipping once, until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown and crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

I am excited to be able to give away one copy of this gorgeous book to one lucky L&OO reader! I think I’ve made clear that this book is a keeper, with recipes, both sweet and savory, that feature garden-fresh fruits and vegetables in unique ways. Todd & Diane are also touring the country (nay, world!) promoting their baby, see here for a full listing of dates and locations.

Giveaway is Now Closed.

Thanks everyone for entering!

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Giveaway open to US residents only. Void where prohibited. Winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. Bonus entry requirements will be verified if selected as the winner, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. I received a copy of this book from Abrams, however, as always, all opinions written are purely my own.

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  1. 1
    Cathy
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Whole Foods used to have a muesli bread, which was dark and covered in nuts and seeds and was so delicious. It was *perfect* for grilled cheese with fresh mozzarella and soup. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Kat B.
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:12 am

    My perrenial favorite grilled cheese includes a healthy smear of good pesto. Mmmmm…

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    Kat B.
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Subscribed to the newsletter!

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    Cindy W
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

    My fave is Kimchi grilled cheese!

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I’ve actually been planning a grilled cheese party so a bunch of combos have been swirling around in my head — a go-to fave though is sourdough with brie and sliced pears — perfect for fall!

    elizabeth.mcavoy@gmail.com

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

    The last grilled cheese I made was with provolone, mozzarella, mushrooms, and spinach, and I used olive oil instead of butter for grilling the bread. I’m sure some purists might totally denounce using olive oil instead of butter, but it’s a great change to try from time to time! 

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I also followed on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway!

    elizabeth.mcavoy@gmail.com

  8. 8
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I’m also a follower on Pinterest :) And another fave combo happens to be rye bread with cheddar and apples! 

    elizabeth.mcavoy@gmail.com

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I’m following Love & Olive Oil and White On Rice Couple on Pinterest! My username is luckybakes

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    Danielle
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Is it still a grilled cheese if it involves fried egg? If so, that. If not… spinach and muenster and sharp mustard and apples!

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    sydney85
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:22 am

    My favorite grilled cheese sandwich is fig jam spread on the bread, turkey slices, thin pear slices and provolone cheese.

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    Cindy W
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I’m following both on Pinterest. Username: soycube.

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    sydney85
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I follow you on pinterest.

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    sydney85
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I subscribe to your newsletter

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I can’t think of a grilled cheese I haven’t liked, but the one that sounds especially good to me most often is sourdough bread + raw cheddar + sliced stone fruit (peaches, pluots, etc.), probably with some honey and fresh basil thrown in. And salt on top!

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Also: I subscribe to Love & Olive Oil!

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    Kiersten
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I love to make a hybrid BLT/grilled cheese with mashed avocado. Melted cheese goes with everything!

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:27 am

    And follow you and White on Rice on Twitter!

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

    And Pinterest! : )

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    Christine
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Sometimes I like apricot jam on my grilled cheese! Or pesto!

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    Cindy W.
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Following both on TWITTER and tweeted about the contest.  Username: soycube.

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:34 am

    It isn’t “unique,” but my favorite grilled cheese mix-up is adding some fresh tomato. Mmmm. Nothing better than that!

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    Sandy
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I love toasted cheese with aged white cheddar and sauteed onions and mushrooms on pumpernickel or old school like my mom made was I was a kid with just two slices of american cheese on white bread with no crust please :)

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    Autumn
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I can’t get enough of cherry tomatoes and basil in my grilled cheese sandwiches!

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    Kel
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Grilled cheese with ham and tomatoes — I know not very inventive!

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    Shanna
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I love grilled cheese sandwiches made with green apple slices, apple butter, and brie!

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    Stephanie Maszle
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I love making grilled cheese with great bread, goat cheese, arugula, and beets!

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    Stephanie Maszle
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 8:59 am

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    Tessa
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Grilled cheese with dulse seaweed inside! Salty and delicious!

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    Stephanie Maszle
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I’m following both and my Pinterest name is Stephonie6!

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    Ariel
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:01 am

    My favorite grilled cheese so far is using muenster as the cheese. Gooey and delicious!

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    Ariel
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I have subscribed to Love and Olive Oil!

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    Emily R.
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I love caprese-style grilled cheese, with fresh basil, a mix of fresh and sundried tomatoes, mozzarella and a little pesto.

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    Emily R.
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I follow you both on Pinterest as lemonslush!

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

    MY favorite grilled cheese, is pepperjack, pulled pork, roasted tomatoes, and colbyjack cheese. What makes the difference is yes, the pulled pork, but really getting the best crisp sear and melt from creating this melted masterpiece in a cast iron skillet!

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    tammy cordery
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

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    marla
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:11 am

    i love grilled cheese with some smoked onion jam.  delicious!

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    marla
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:11 am

    i’m an email subscriber!

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    marla
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:12 am

    i’m a pinterest follower.  mei55

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I just recently found a recipe for grilled cheese with pulled pork, mac and cheese, and cheddar and it’s SO good. As far as a more “normal” grilled cheese goes I like it gruyere with pesto and spinach on a multigrain bread. 

    Pinterest- tricia329

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    mella
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Recently made a delicious umami concoction of charred brussel sprouts, gorgonzola and cheddar between rudi’s double fiber wheat. :D

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:13 am

    My Favorite things on a grilled cheese include some sort of sweet element (basalmic onions or figs) and  then a salty cheese. I love sweet and salty combos! Also I ten to be a purist and don’t like my toppings to out weigh the cheese because then you start getting into the panini zone. 

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    Erika W.
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I’m already subscribing!
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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I am also an email subscriber! 

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    Erika W.
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    I’m following both on Pinterest (kendall608)

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    Ashley Criscitiello
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Grilled cheese with a balsamic reduction and butternut squash!

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:17 am

    My absolutely favorite is a double decker grilled cheese made with chorizo, jalapeno jack cheese, caramelized onions, and roasted tomatoes. YUM!!

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    EllenQ
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I love cream cheese, jalapeños, and cheddar!

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    Marie
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I think my favorite is mozzarella and sun dried tomato pesto.  Not very exciting, but delicious.  

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    Ashley Criscitiello
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I subscribe too!

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    Alyssa
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I love a plain grilled cheese, using white bread and 3 slices of american cheese.  Lots of butter is key and so is a couple slices of bacon.  Add a bowl of tomato soup and I’m good to go!

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    Alyssa
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I follow you both on Twitter and I tweeted!  https://twitter.com/motobean84/status/396279899947679744

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    Marie
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I’m following both on Pinterest.  My user name is Marie Salvino.

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    I follow you both on Pinterest! motobean84

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    Holly
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

    i love fontina grilled cheese with sundried tomatoes!

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    Janet
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I already subscribe to this blog!!  Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    Kristin K
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I love making toasty grilled cheese! My favorite is tomato, mozzarella and provolone, spinach and some pesto! I know what I’m making for dinner tonight…yummm!

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    Kristin K
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I’m a subscriber!

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    Janet
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I do not have a concoction for grilled cheese.  I am pretty much traditional.  Love grilled swiss cheese on rye bread with tomato-YUM!!

  61. 61
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

    my most favorite grilled cheese combo – sharp white cheddar, turkey, thin sliced granny smith apples and sprouts on hearty [buttered] wheat bread. YUM.

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

    follow y’all on twitter and tweeted!

  63. 63
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I used to avoid grilled cheese sandwiches like the plague, but decided to venture back into that realm a couple years back and I’m glad I did!

    My absolute favorite is from an awesome food truck in New Jersey called the Soupervan (they use fresh, locally-grown ingredients and donate a meal to the local soup kitchen for every meal that you buy there!) called the Fiji BBQ Press. It’s filled with smoked gouda, tempeh (or chicken!), apples, caramelized onions + an agave mustard and is glorious in every way possible. I need to learn to recreate it.

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I’m also already subscribed. :]

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    Michelle
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I am a subscriber and my favorite grilled cheese is made with fontina, sliced pears, dijon mustard and spinach cooked on a panini press.

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    Emily R.
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    Viashali
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Pepperjack with red onions and pickled jalapeños

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    Mandy O'Brien
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:37 am

    My husband fell in love with a grilled cheese I literally THREW together with whatever I had in…which was american cheese, laughing cow cheese and turkey pepperoni. Go figure!

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    Maia
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Definitely Hot Sauce on it and Avocado!

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

    First, let me just say that this sandwich looks decadently glorious. I need to try it this weekend.
    Just for me. Your pictures are just lovely..

    I have such a fussy family, I usually only make regular grilled cheese. My husband likes it with onions. boring… :-)

  71. 71
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

    My favorite grilled cheese is a sweet and savory one that includes a sharp/stinky cheese like brie or camembert and a high-sugar fruit like green apple or grapes. On thick, crusty slices of bread of course!

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Best grilled cheese I ever had was brie on brioche (served alongside a rustic pumpkin stew).  Oh. My. Gawd.

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I subscribe via RSS feed

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I follow both on Twitter and tweeted (@chefambershea)

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I follow you both on Pinterest (chefambershea/Amber Shea Crawley)

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    Alicia J.
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:10 am

    The only really funky thing I like on my grilled cheese so far is ketchup.

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    Jeanette
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I love a more traditional grilled cheese…  Cheddar and thinly sliced ham on thickly sliced sourdough grilled to a toasty brown…  

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    Alicia J.
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:12 am
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    Alicia J.
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I subscribe to your newsletter.

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    Alicia J.
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I follow both on pinterest and twitter.

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    Rust
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I’m traditional when it comes to grilled cheese …..but I like several meats sliced thin with an olive salad.

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    Rust
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I am following you both on pinterest as rusthawk.

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    amy DeKok
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

    My daughter has a food blog too! And a few years ago we had an entire LUNCH for the whole family based on grilled cheese..my fav was a rich mellow cheddar..with raspberry jam! 

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    Rust
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I am one of your email subscribers.

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    amy DeKok
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I follow you both in Pinterest!!

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    Kari M
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I love grilled cheese with fresh tomato and spinach.

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    amy DeKok
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I also subscribe to your letter…and LOVE cookbooks!!!

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    Emily
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I love brie, apples, apple butter, and sliced turkey right now. So, so good. 

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    Emily
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I follow your blog on feedly…does that count as subscribing? I read all your posts! I promise! :) 

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    Christina
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Starting with a nice whole grain bread, I add mustard, tart apple slices, cheddar, and a bit of bacon!

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    e.s.
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I follow both on pinterest… ettis

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    e.s.
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

    my favorite grilled cheese is usually caprese style..a;thpugh 4 cheese is a close second.I love it on cioblatta bread !

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    Linnea
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I love a grilled cheese with a thick slice of an heirloom tomato and a spciy mustard. Oh, and I love to spread the bread with butter and sprinkle a little parmasan before grilling it. Yum!

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    Sharon
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Love ….Love &olive oil 
    Love anything with cheese
    I will be looking for buttermilk cheese

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    karen
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

    My favorite is not that unusual ,goat cheese, jack cheese and avocado.

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    KaySue
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I’ve never tried anything unusual on my grilled cheese. It’s usually cheddar and swiss with turkey.

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    KaySue
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Email subscriber.

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    Daniela
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Favorite grilled cheese: cheddar and swiss with caramelized onions

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    maria
    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 10:58 am

    i haven’t actually tried this yet, but i saw a recipe for pumpkin butter + brie + chocolate grilled cheese that sounds awesomely delicious. but a classic grilled cheese with white cheddar and some apple slices is also on the top of my list.

    where i grew up we call grilled cheese “cheese toasties”!

    i already subscribe via feedly, and just followed you on pinterest!

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    Posted On November 1, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I’m not sure how unique it is, but I love a caprese grilled cheese with avocado: fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, olive oil, salt and avocado. So good!

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