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Tuna Melt Recipe Recipe

Tuna Melt Recipe

01.22.13 by Jackie

Yesterday was a day filled with special events. As you may know, it was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Inauguration Day and I made sure the entire festivities were recorded on my DVR. But if you’re involved in the specialty food business, yesterday was important for another reason. It was the second day of the Winter Fancy Food Show at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

It's the second year in a row I’ve attended this event, and I've had so much fun discovering what the latest food trends are. I can't wait to share with you what I've learned! I also met the manufacturers of some of my favorite products, such as California Lavash. They are a bread company that just went through a beautiful design makeover in which I participated.

It was great to see Lilea and the California Lavash team at booth #503 (you can still see them today), and I was so proud of how the backdrop turned out. I food-styled all the dishes and the photos were my contribution to the new look of this delicious product.

It seemed only fitting to share one of the delicious sandwiches featured at the California Lavash booth. I selected the tuna melt, which is perfect choice for the season. A combination of tuna, artichoke, olives and cheese is the filling of the delicious warm sandwich. Give this a try with California Lavash Sangak bread and you won't be disappointed! Sangak bread is a sesame-studded Persian bread that is part of their new flatbread product line. You'll be able to see the new packaging design in stores in a few months.

California Lavash Picture


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Butternut Squash Pocket Sandwich Recipe Recipe

My husband's youngest sister, who just started third grade, recently told me she didn't like "Wednesday Pizza" at school and asked me to give her a boxed lunch instead. I had leftover roasted butternut squash, so in the morning, I quickly improvised a flavorful hot pocket sandwich with 2 of my little munchkin's other favorite ingredients: salami and brie cheese. 

I assembled the pocket in a sandwich grill we have. I love this sandwich maker because it browns the bread and seals the sandwich perfectly. After they were done cooking, I wrapped the sandwiches in wax paper and packed them in her Disney Princess school lunch bag. The sandwiches cooled down to room temperature by lunch time, but they were still crunchy and delicious. If you were to make these as a box lunch for work, you could put them in the toaster to re-heat before eating. No microwave though!  


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Roasted Chicken and Apple Panini Sandwich Recipe Recipe

My morning ritual of working out, listening to the French radio via podcast and reading the messages on PhamFatale.com has grown by one activity; gathering the ripe fruits and vegetables from our garden. The past few weeks we've had gorgeous, sweet apples, which my baby Aria has fully enjoyed. I usually end up with a little leftover apple sauce, which I used to make these panini sandwiches.

After this long weekend, my husband's youngest sister is heading back to school (she's entering third grade already!), so I packed her lunch and prepared a hot sandwich that can also be eaten cold. Balsamic roasted chicken breast strips, smeared with the aforementioned leftover homemade apple sauce and cheddar cheese are nestled between two slices of pizza lavash. With a little grilling and pressing, you'll have a panini that is packed with flavor and pretty healthy to boot. This is one "back to school" sandwich you may start packing for yourself as well.

I hope your Labor Day weekend was as relaxing as ours!


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Turkey and Cheese Sandwich Recipe Recipe

Since I arrived in America 5 years ago, I've been searching for the best deli-sliced turkey and I think I've found my favorite one of all. My little munchkin is home from school until next week as she will attend summer school. She only eats turkey and cheese sandwiches, so that's what we had today for lunch, with a pack of potato chips.

I think I've spoiled her a little too much, as she prefers hot turkey sandwiches so the cheese is melted. For today’s turkey sandwich, I made a Mornay sauce, which is a white sauce made of flour, butter, mustard and milk. I also add a pinch of nutmeg to enhance the flavor. I smothered the bread with the sauce, stacked many layers of greens adn the turkey slices and voilà, lunch was ready.

For the vegetarians in the family, I made the exact same version using tofurkey slices. It's the perfect meal when you're in a hurry!

Note: The sandwiches pictured on the left are made with tofurkey and the ones on the right with real turkey slices.


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Panini Sandwich Recipe (Grilled Cheese and Spinach Panini) Recipe

If not made properly, paninis can turn soggy and unappealing. The key is to choose a dense sandwich bread and apply a thin layer of butter to seal the outside and create a nice crust. The filling is up to you. In general, I like to use layers of different colors. I used a parsley-caper flavored cream cheese, roasted bell peppers, sliced mozzarella, sautéed mushrooms, spinach and sweet basil.

The girls have been wanting to have a picnic for quite some time, but the weather here in Northern California has not been very accommodating. They’ve also had a craving for paninis, and luckily the weather this Memorial Day weekend has been spectacular, so it was time to scratch their itch. It was also a great opportunity to teach the girls about the art of making sandwiches. I made a pitcher of saffron lemonade to go with the sandwiches, and we all sat out in our vegetable garden and marveled at how much the fruit trees have grown. It’s been a wet spring, and the trees look unbelievably healthy. It looks like we’re going to have a lot of mulberries and donut peaches in our future!


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