All-time Favourite Harvest Recipe #3: Triple Decker Sandwiches

I think the fact that my favourite recipes all harken back to my childhood and adolescence is no coincidence:  my folks are both soil scientists and, as you can imagine, avid gardeners.  The garden of my childhood home spans three properties in our tiny Manitoba town, and in addition to dozens of beds of beautiful flowers, mature fruit trees, a pond, a small but deceptively abundant raspberry patch, corn plants that positively tower over my 6″3′ husband, there is a healthy amount of yard-space dedicated  to the cultivation of fresh lettuces, spinach, peas, beans, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and more. 

Triple Decker Sandwiches |

It was always this way, and this time of year at our house always meant that there would be mounds of fresh garden produce piled on the kitchen counter awaiting inclusion into our favourite recipes.  It’s the same now that I have a home of my own:  though my garden is small in comparison, the nurturing of plants is a given, and every year my yard is resplendent with life – despite having been assigned to tasks like counting seeds as a child and promising all who would listen that any garden of my adulthood would be inanimate.

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Celebrating Grilled Cheese month with Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese

Happy Monday, readers!

If you’re a big food blog reader or a big cheese lover or a big month celebrator (?) you’ll know that April is Grilled Cheese Month.  (It’s also, for your information, salad month and salsa month).

If you’re into celebrating the latter, maybe you should try these recipes:

Pulled Pork Nachos with Goat Cheese and Apple Salsa

Superbowl Sunday Salsa

Kale Salad

With no further ado:  I chose to celebrate Grilled Cheese Month with some homemade whole wheat bread, some roasted tomatoes, and some goat cheese.  I slapped a little mayo on these babies for tanginess, and grilled ’em up.

Grilled cheese just belongs with tomato soup, yes?

Grilled cheese just belongs with tomato soup, yes?

To roast the tomatoes, you cut a whole bunch of tomatoes into 1-1.5cm thick slabs and arrange them on a baking sheet.  Pour a few glugs of olive oil and a dusting of sea salt and black pepper on them….like this:



And roast them at 200F for 4-6 hours (yeah, no kidding!) until they look like this:



FYI:  you have now effectively turned regular old tomatoes into candy.  These taste sooooo good.  The trick is to make a whole bunch and eat them all week on toast with a crumble of feta, or tossed into your pasta or your salad for an extra kick…the possibilities are unlimited!


What is YOUR favourite type of grilled cheese sandwich?  What do you eat it with?