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Butcher’s block - Feb. 12, 2014

You read the stories of how a child calls 911 saving a parent from near death, and it makes you a little proud as a parent thinking my child would do that. Today I learned that wouldn’t be the case in my house. After an exhausting weekend, I apparently dozed off watching TV. I was awakened by the pitter patter of little feet. My 2-year-old, runs into the living room and announces to my 5-year-old, “Daddy’s dead.” I wait to hear my 5-year-old jump up and come charging into the room but instead I hear, “Ok, wanna watch a movie?” I get up and walk into the room and my 5-year-old announces, “Daddy’s not dead! What’s for lunch?” Needless to say, I’ve never felt more love, but did feed them their favorite lunch, grilled cheese! So here is a little spin for a simple and tasty grown up grilled cheese!

Grilled cheese sandwich

2 tablespoons butter, divided

4 slices whole wheat bread

2 slices white American cheese

4 thin slices tomato

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 pinch garlic salt

4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

2 slices provolone

Preheat skillet on medium heat. Spread 1/2 tablespoon of butter onto one side of each slice of bread. With buttered slices of bread facing out layer one slice of American cheese and two slices of tomato onto each of the two bread slices. Sprinkle about half the salt, basil, garlic salt, and red pepper flakes atop the tomato later. Finish by topping each with half the mozzarella and one slice of provolone. Top each with one of the buttered bread slices, butter side facing out. Cook in hot skillet until golden brown for 3-4 minutes.