Musings: Sandwich Envy

Today’s topic is: “Today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. Share your favorite sandwich recipe.”

My favorite sandwich is one that someone else makes for me.

Last Christmas, my mom, sister, and I went to High Tea at the Arizona Biltmore and enjoyed the most spectacular finger sandwiches. My tastebuds rejoiced with every bite! Check out their sample menu.


I’m a reluctant chef, and I’ve never been a frequent sandwich maker myself. However, back in my mountain-climbing days, I developed a love for bagels with peanut butter and cream cheese. I know that sounds odd, but it sure hits the spot when you need some quick carbs and long-term protein. It isn’t sticky like jam or honey, and it doesn’t require refrigeration.

Bagel from

Nowadays, I rarely make sandwiches at home, but when I do, my go-to is a simple grilled cheese. I usually use my homemade bread with sharp cheddar cheese, but if I’m out of bread, tortillas (i.e. quesadillas) are one of my favorites. Of course, the geniuses at Cooks Illustrated have developed a grown-up grilled cheese recipe with cheddar and shallots which I’m sure tastes incredible, but I haven’t had a chance to make it yet. (As I said, I’m not much of a sandwich maker.)

My all-time favorite store-bought sandwich is a warm Schlotzsky’s Original (with no tomato or onion). “Lean smoked ham, Genoa and Cotto salamis, and melted cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses layered with black olives, lettuce, mustard, and dressing on a toasted Sourdough bun.” Unfortunately, there are no Schlotzsky’s in southern Minnesota so I can only indulge in this delicious culinary combination when I’m traveling. (I highly recommend these, but don’t ruin the experience by looking at the nutritional facts.)

Schlotzsky's Original sandwich


WORD TO THE WISE: Don’t search “sandwich recipe” on Pinterest when you’re hungry. There are so many unbelievably tempting photos. For example, I would love someone to serve me this amazing veggie sandwich. When I saw this picture, I had the strangest sense of déjà vécu (a feeling of “been there, done that” recollection, rather than déjà vu’s simple familiarity). I wish I could remember where/when it was because I’d like to go back and eat this again right now.

Veggie Sandwich


Share your ultimate sandwich in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook


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