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Meatballs Again and the Start of 'Sandwich Week'

My sister Sara and her family have been back home from a year in Senegal for about three months and I hadn't had them over for dinner yet so we decided today, a cold gloomy Sunday, would be a good time to cook a nice meal.  Melt in Your Mouth Meatballs and Super Silky Marinara is what was on the menu, along with Caesar salad, garlic bread and strawberry shortcake for dessert.  When Jeye came into the house he kept saying, "Something smells gooooood!"  He's a sweety.  And Alex was the first one to finish his whole plate.  It must be the Italian in them from their Mama!

Oh, and P.S, the Anabolic Gourmet and I will be doing a Meatball 'Throwdown' in the near future.  Bring it on, AG!  AG's 'Best Ever' Spaghetti and Meatballs

Ndiaga, Jeye, Sara, Ron, Rachel, Alex, Will

Mange!


Part 2:  Sandwich Week

This is the start of Sandwich Week on FoodieMama.net!  A celebration of the most perfect and versatile food type (in Foodie Mama's humble opinion).  My inspiration, I must say, came from my April Issue of Saveur magazine, the 'Sandwich Issue'

Tonight after a heavy mid-day meal, I made Rachel and Will something my mom had made for me for as long as I can remember.  A Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich cooked in the oven.  Well worth the 30 minutes wait.  Oooey gooey super simple comfort food for a cold Sunday night (by the way, isn't it May?)


Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich

French Bread or Kaiser Roll, sliced
Ham, thinly sliced, about 4-5 slices
Cheddar or Swiss Cheese, 2 slices or 2 oz shredded
1 tsp Butter

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter both sides of bread and assemble the sandwich with the ham and cheese.  Wrap sandwich in aluminum foil and place in over for 30 minutes.

That's all there is to it.  You can obviously make with any meat and any cheese, but for some reason, ham and cheddar is the original and the best.  There is something about it being cooked in the oven too - more satisfying than in a toaster oven or microwave.  The bread is so toasty.

Prepping

I've seen a prettier sandwich, but not many more tasty.  ahhhh, Simple Pleasures.......


Foodie Mama's Sandwich Fact #1:  Otto Frederick Rohwedder, the inventor of the first bread-slicing machine, was forced to sell his valuable patent during the Depression.  But his progressive creation, loved by bakers, grocers and housewives around the world, is still the benchmark against which all inventions are compared:  "It's the greatest thing, " of course, "since sliced bread."  :-)


Pass the Mayo,
Foodie Mama

Have a good week!

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