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The Buffalo – The Sandwich That Puts Most Others To Shame……….

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Yes  friends, I really believe that this is one of the best sandwiches one can hope to find in today’s landscape of often-times overwrought, senseless concoctions.
While not as spectacular to look at as, let’s say, a five inch high monster loaded with 20 different ingredients, nor as expensive as a foie gras sandwich with lobster, gold leaf, caviar and truffles,  or as wildly exotic as a stinky tofu sandwich with hairy crab claws and pickled blow fish roe, The Buffalo achieves its winner status by being incredibly delicious, with a texture both perfectly crisp on the outside and heavenly moist on the inside, with just the right amount of spicy and tart as one could hope for in a proper sandwich 🙂
And by the way, did I mention that I love this sandwich and believe it to be one of the best ? 🙂

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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !

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The Buffalo

The Buffalo

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The Buffalo

The Buffalo

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The Buffalo

The Buffalo

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Hans’ Panzanino

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The first written recipe for  Panzanella dates to the 15th century. Originally, stale bread was soaked in water, onions added, then dressed with olive oil, salt and vinegar. This eventually morphed into the modern  Panzanella , through the addition of cucumbers and, later-on, tomatoes.
Later still, lettuce, olives, mozzarella, white wine, capers, anchovies, celery, carrots, red wine, red onion, cucumber, tuna, parsley, boiled eggs, mint, bell peppers, lemon juice, and garlic were sometimes added, although traditionalist’s still prefer the simple version of soaked bread, onions, olive oil, salt, tomatoes and sometimes fresh basil.
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The dish below is NOT panzanalla !!!
However, it shares with panzanella the rustic, vinegar and olive oil soaked bread and the fresh vegetables (and a lot of other stuff) 🙂
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Here  now is my (slightly askew and liberal) take on panzanella, sandwich and salad – all three rolled into one wonderful dish.
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Today I did not feel like cooking, so I thought I’ll have a simple “Vesper” (the Swabian word for a snack involving bread, cheese, cold cuts and sometimes onions, pickles and tomatoes)
……then I thought, why not make a nice salad of it………then I thought why not make an enriched variation of panzanella…….. then ………..
Well, here you see the final result of my back and forth considerations.
And what a great result/dish it had become. I am not sure if there was such a thing as a Panzanino in Italy before today, but in my opinion, it certainly should be from now on. Even if there was, if it does not include all the stuff you see here, it certainly would not be as splendid as the great  Hans’ Panzanino  you see here.
This dish absolutely rock’s, and for lack of a better name, I officially name it :
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“””   Hans’ Panzanino   “”””
(As in Panzanella / Panino)
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And there you have it.
A wonderful “Italian” style sandwich – born on 11/17/2016 in, of all places, Miami, Florida 🙂 🙂 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Hans' Panzanino

Hans’ Panzanino

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Hans' Panzanella Panino

Hans’ Panzanino

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Hans' Panzanino

Hans’ Panzanino

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Hans' Panzanella Panino

Hans’ Panzanino

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A Pig And A Hoagie

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there you have it ........

There you have it – a pig at it’s finest……..

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This  meal started out to become a traditional Asian-style braised pork belly dish, served with steamed rice and some kind of green vegetables.
However, after starting the belly, I changed my mind and decided to go with another sandwich, because…….why not ? 🙂
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A Pig And A Hoagie

A Pig And A Hoagie

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A Pig And A Hoagie

A Pig And A Hoagie

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A Pig And A Hoagie

A Pig And A Hoagie

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A Pig And A Hoagie

A Pig And A Hoagie

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A Pig And A Hoagie

A Pig And A Hoagie

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A Pig And A Hoagie

A Pig And A Hoagie

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Swiss Melt On Sourdough Bread With Cucumber And Tomato

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While  not every cheese melt deserves its own post, this one certainly does.
It is a bit more labor intensive than the usual culprit of a couple of slices of cheese slapped between two slices of wonderbread, but the extra few minutes it takes to prepare are absolutely worth it 🙂
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Swiss Melt On Sourdough Bread With Cucumber And Tomato

Swiss Melt On Sourdough Bread With Cucumber And Tomato

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Swiss Melt On Sourdough Bread With Cucumber And Tomato

Swiss Melt On Sourdough Bread With Cucumber And Tomato

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Toast two slices of the bread on one side only.

Spread mayo on the un-toasted sides of the 2 slices bread which were toasted on one side only.

Brush garlic oil on the two toasted sides of the bread which were toasted on one side only.

Toast one slice bread on both sides.

Spread mustard on both sides of the bread with was toasted on both sides.

Slice the cucumber and tomato thinly, season with kosher salt and cayenne pepper.

To assemble, place one slice of the bread with the mayo and garlic with the mayo-side down on the work surface.

Add a generous amount of grated cheese.

Add the cucumber slices, sprinkle with grated cheese.

Add the tomato slices, sprinkle with grated cheese.

Top with the slice of bread with the mustard on both sides.

Add a generous amount of grated cheese.

Top with the second slice of the bread with the mayo and garlic, mayo side up.

Grill or griddle very slowly on one side until golden, turn, cover and cook on the other side until golden and all cheese has melted.
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“Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle”

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Gechingen, Black Forrest, Germany

Gechingen, Black Forrest, Germany

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I have  for some time pondered if and which dish I should dedicate to my hometown of Gechingen.
After the process of eliminating one candidate after another for many different reasons, I finally concocted and decided on this dish, which for me encapsulates the essence of what I remember to be some of the typical food we consumed at home when I was a child – sandwiches, pickles, schnitzel and “Weckle” (bread rolls).
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Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle

Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle

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Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle

Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle

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Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle

Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle

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Easy Does It # 25 – Griddle Ham & Cheese Sandwich

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Let’s  face it and admit to the truth – no matter how passionate we are about good food, not all meals we consume must be and can be culinary masterpieces or be completely homemade in order to make us happy.
In cooking, as with love, sometimes a loving hug will do it instead of a few hours of passionate love-making (Well, sometimes…….. 🙂
I have posted some pretty simple stuff in the past and judging by the positive responses, posts about simple food are as welcome as the more complex meals.
So, I feel confident that mixing a few very simple, basic dishes into my usual mix of international food posts will be a welcome addition to the folks who are still learning their way around the kitchen, as well as for the more seasoned cooks who will be reminded that sometimes, depending on our mood, the time and/or budget, simple means best 🙂
I believe today’s dish is a perfect example of how to lift a usually mediocre dish up to new hights by choosing top-ingredients and preparing the food with love and care.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
If you replace the mayo with the more customary butter and grill the sandwich instead, you will miss out on the best part of this sandwich – the wonderful crust which the mayo helps to provide.
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Griddled Ham & Cheese Sandwich

Griddle Ham & Cheese Sandwich

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Griddled Ham & Cheese Sandwich

Griddle Ham & Cheese Sandwich

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Griddled Ham & Cheese Sandwich

Griddle Ham & Cheese Sandwich

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Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich – Boss Level

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If  you’ll have a sandwich, you might as well make a good one ! This one certainly qualifies 🙂
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Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich - Boss Level

Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich – Boss Level

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Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich - Boss Level

Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich – Boss Level

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You might want to stop after step 3 – “gratinate until golden” and just enjoy one of the best garlic breads you’ll ever find 🙂
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The Slammer

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It  is great to have the liberty to name the dishes one creates, even using somewhat goofy but fitting names, such as “The Slammer” 🙂
This is one of the dishes which owe their creation to the fact that sometimes I think I have nothing in the fridge to prep a great meal and going to the shop is not an option. Out of this familiar dilemma, sometimes a wonderful dish finds the light of day, as happened with this mouthwatering, sexy sandwich.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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The Slammer

The Slammer

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The Slammer

The Slammer

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Bragging Alert !!! Best Turkey-Leftovers Sandwich – Ever !

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It is my firm believe that leftovers should be as good as the original dish it derived from. Yesterday I prepared this sandwich and I am convinced that not only is it the best left-over turkey sandwich, but also one of the best turkey dishes overall, period 🙂
I usually prepare other dishes from leftover turkey since most turkey sandwiches I ever came across are boring and tasteless at best and at my house during times past the only leftover turkey would be white meat, which I can live without.
So, yesterday I had a nearly insatiable graving for a good sandwich, because on the previous evening I made the mistake of buying two “Vietnamese” sandwiches at a newly opened place, “546 bánh mì café” at 6461 Stirling Road, Davie. I was looking forward to a good sandwich but was bitterly disappointed. I had 3 different sandwiches with different meat fillings, all three were completely tasteless. The clerk asked me if I wanted chillies and of course I said yes. When I got home, I found one !!!  thin slice of chili in one of the three sandwiches. The meat was mostly tasteless and their contribution to Vietnamese food was the addition of a few spritz of maggi seasoning. (Which I am fond of). But the most disappointing thing was the portion size. Although the bread was of a nice size and of great texture, the amount of filling was laughable small. Granted, the sandwiches are very reasonably priced, but I’d rather pay a bit more and have a decent sized sandwich.
Fazit: Once is enough 😦

But back to the sandwich at hand : After I ate my three sandwiches (shared with Bella), I was still hungry and started to fantasize about eating a “real” sandwich the next day. The featured sandwich is what I came up with. I loved it so much that I will add them to my favorite dishes 🙂
Of course, you can substitute the turkey with chicken, beef, shrimp or any other protein you fancy and happen to have at hand, but the turkey leg meat was just perfect. Also, I had a bottle of “salsa de aji amarillo” in my larder which added that special touch of flavor and spiciness.
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If you don’t have “salsa de aji amarilo”, make a substitute by blending mayo, yellow peppers, salt, garlic, scotch bonnet peppers and turmeric (for the bright yellow color). For hot dishes, replace the mayo with heavy cream. Few folks will be able to tell the difference from the original, especially the bottled stuff.

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Best Leftover Turkey Sandwich - Ever !

Best Turkey Sandwich – Ever !

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Best Turkey Sandwich - Ever !

Best Turkey Sandwich – Ever !

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Breakfast Of Champions # 36 – Naanwich

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A great  way to start a relaxing saturday at home with a couple of good movies, some good reading and lots of great food is to have a hearty breakfast of bubbly and a wonderful sandwich.
Here is what I fancied for a late breakfast by the lake this morning (besides a glass of veuveclicquot):

Naan with eggs, spicy chorizo, shrimp, chilies and arugula. Life is Good !

Bon Appetit & Cheers !   Have A Great Weekend !

 

Naanwitch

Naanwich

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cook until eggs have set to the texture of your liking

cook until eggs have set to the texture of your liking

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bake naan until golden, brush with butter and sprinkle with sea salt

bake naan until golden, brush with butter and sprinkle with sea salt

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saute diced chorizo in plenty of butter

saute diced chorizo in plenty of butter


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whisk whole eggs with chili sauce, sea salt and garlic paste

whisk whole eggs with chili sauce, sea salt and garlic paste

 

add to chorizo, add finely sliced chilies and butterflied cooked shrimp

add to chorizo, add finely sliced chilies and butterflied cooked shrimp

cook until eggs have set to the texture of your liking

cook until eggs have set to the texture of your liking


Naan

Naan


 

top naan with eggs, top eggs with arugula in lime vinaigrette

top naan with eggs, top eggs with arugula in lime vinaigrette

Naanwitch

Naanwich

Naanwitch

Naanwich



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