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The first time I made my Avocado Bacon Grilled Cheese for my husband it was love at first bite.  Between bites he said, “Where has this been all my life?”

Several days ago as I was working on my meal plan for the week,  I told him that I would be making his favorite sandwich this weekend.  He was super excited and has been looking forward to it all week.  I’m not going to lie, I’ve been looking forward to it too! This sandwich is so scrumptiously delicious I wish I could eat it every day.

I cooked pancakes and bacon for breakfast this morning, so I cooked a few extra slices to use later for the sandwiches.  I love eating bacon, but despise actually cooking it.  That’s probably the reason we don’t eat these sandwiches more often.

When it came time to cook up the sandwiches, my little sous chef was eager to help.  Kora likes any excuse to be able to use a knife (“I’ll be carefully Mom”), so she buttered the bread for me. Then she spotted the cut up avocado and decided she needed a little snack!

I like my grilled cheese sandwiches extra cheesy, so I used two slices of cheese – one slice of cheddar and one slice of Monterrey Jack.  I top the cheese with sliced bacon and avocado and then cook it on a griddle until it’s nice and golden and melty.

And then comes the best part – sinking your teeth into that crunchy bacon, buttery avocado, and gooey cheese! The clouds part and angels sing! Such deliciousness!

Go and make yourself this yummy sandwich and you too will be asking yourself, “Where has this been all my life?”

avocado bacon

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For Father’s Day, I like to ask my husband how he wants to celebrate.  It’s his day after all, so I want us to celebrate the way he wants.  Last year we spent the weekend camping.  This year, we spent the weekend looking at boats.  Actually, he spent the weekend looking at boats (and got a mini vacation in the process).

 

He started his weekend with a quick trip to Florida.  I would have been more jealous of his trip, but this wasn’t really a sightseeing trip. He was on a mission.  He had an appointment to look at a sailboat that we are interested in buying.   He spent several hours exploring and familiarizing himself with every inch of the boat.  So much in fact that he taught the broker a thing or two about the boat.

 

Sunday morning Kora gave Thomas the Father’s Day card she picked for him.  She picked the card out herself, so she was super proud of it and excited to give it to her dad.

Later that morning we drove to a boat show to look at more boats! Kora was so excited to see all the boats.  She found one that she really wanted – it had a seat at the bow of the boat that she wanted to sit on!  I asked Kora if she brought her money to buy a boat and she sadly told me know.  She quickly turned to her dad and asked him if he “makes money.” Anytime Kora’s unhappy that her dad has to go to work we always tell her that he has to go to work to make money.  She was quick to remember that her dad makes money and and could buy us a boat! She’s a thinker!

 

After looking at boats for a while, we were famished.  We decided we’d rather head to a restaurant for a late lunch than eat concession food at the show.  Thomas has been wanting to eat at Gringo’s TexMex for a while, so that’s where we headed.  After eating there, I’m now wishing we had a Gringo’s closer to home.  There were so many yummy looking choices on the menu that I had a hard time choosing.  I ended up ordering fish tacos, and I’m glad that I did.  Delicious! While Thomas enjoyed his enchiladas, he regrets not ordering one of the signature dishes.  What he really enjoyed was the salsa and the green sauce before the meal.  In fact, he said that the chip dipped in the green sauce and then dipped in the salsa was one of the best things he’s ever eaten.

 

We then spent the evening talking about boats and watching boat videos on YouTube.  It’s not the most typical way to celebrate Father’s Day, but it was the perfect way for us to celebrate with Thomas.  Happy Father’s Day Thomas! Thank you for being an awesome Dad! We love you!


I’m currently reading the memoir of chef Marcus Samuelson, and something he wrote has really got me thinking. He wrote about chefs having a signature dish – “one you create or execute in a way that becomes forever associated with you.” Thinking about the food I regularly cook for my family, I realized that I really don’t have a dish that is uniquely mine. I want a signature dish and I’m now on a mission to find it. 
Here is the short list of dishes that I’m considering:
1. Lasagna

2. Enchiladas

3. Risotto

4. Gnocchi

5. Spaghetti carbonara 
My signature dish will probably end up being some sort of gnocchi dish. I feel like I have more ways to make gnocchi uniquely mine than either lasagna or enchiladas. There are many ways to cook risotto, but I love the way I cook it – with lots of blue cheese! The blue cheese keeps my family away from the deliciousness, but I’m okay with that. More for me!
Gnocchi can be used in soup or as a substitute for noodles in macaroni. I will do a little gnocchi research and probably search Pinterest for a little inspiration. Then I will start experimenting with some dishes in a quest to create my signature dish. I will post the recipe once I have perfected my dish and received my family’s approval. 
Do you have a signature dish? Leave a comment telling me what it is.