Well, if I didn’t know it before I know it now – you love sandwiches as much as I do! In particular, you love bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches in all shapes and sizes, which means we have a whole lot in common because yep, that’s one of my all time faves. I know, shocking. That and this bacon, egg, brie and spinach sandwich that I sometimes dream about. But enough about that…let’s get to the three winners of that scrumptious Emeril cookbook up there!
I love Sunday evening supper. I usually make something that needs to cook slowly and lovingly, something that I wouldn’t have the time to make during the mad rush that is MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday. Not that I don’t have lots of delicious weeknight ideas, but there’s something about Sundays, and so when I come up with something that can be made on a Thursday schedule with Sunday flavors, I definitely feel like I have beaten the system. That’s how things are with this scrumptious roast chicken dinner.
I do love a nice warm sweet cup of tea! I’ve never been a coffee drinker (even though I wish I could like the stuff, because it’s a lot easier to get at. Ever tried to get a hot cup of tea on an airplane? Unless you are going to London, you are pretty much relegated to lukewarm weak tea after all the coffee drinkers are served. Sigh.) So I am always on the lookout for new and interesting tea recipes, and I’m loving this sweet and soothing apple lemon version that is, as the saying goes, both good and good for you. Here’s one of the more recent reasons why I’ve been enjoying lots of tea lately.
This is one of those recipes that just DEMANDS an exclamation point as part of its title…first and foremost because it tastes so dang good that you get all hopped up just saying its name. If you are me, anyway. And second, because it comes from the always enthusiastic, energetic and creative Emeril Lagasse. I love Emeril – everything he makes seems extra delicious because he is so excited about whatever it is – and let me tell you, these cheesy, easy shrimp melts are something to get excited about!
There’s something about chocolate pudding that makes me go weak in the knees. Smooth, rich, sweet, creamy, dreamy chocolate-y goodness. While I appreciate the handiness of those pre-made kinds you can get in the supermarket, and I definitely pilfer one now and then from the Southern daughter’s stash, I always end up a little forlorn, because there’s just no substitute for the homemade kind. And if you’re going to make the homemade kind (and you SHOULD!), you might as well go for the pinnacle of chocolate pudding wonderfulness by adding one of the other best flavors in the whole wide world.
The presents are all unwrapped, the parties are winding down, and the Southern husband and I are, well, tired. Good tired. But tired. We’ve just been through a delicious whirlwind of birthday and anniversary and Christmas lunches and brunches and dinners, and while we aren’t complaining, we are ready for some quieter food. Like a sandwich. Like a ham sandwich. Like a ham sandwich that is grilled with a little bit of swiss cheese and pear slices and lettuce. Because while we do want to rev things down a little, we still want our sandwiches to be festive…and this is a festive sandwich!