I’m pretty sure I’m a pessimist by nature. I automatically think the worst possible thing first.
Ex: After work, I think I might go for a run. I could get hit by a car, caught in a windstorm, or perhaps attacked and bitten by a rabid raccoon… or it could just feel good to get a little exercise in.
However, there is a bit of a disconnect within me. Somewhere between the fuses that connect my mind, brain, heart, and soul, things go awry. (and yes, there is an anatomical connection between those 4 systems — I think it’s a nerve or a tendon or a lymph channel – check your anatomy book)
I try to suppress my ‘glass half empty’ thoughts most days and spit out something more like ‘the glass appears to be more full than I had first thought.’
In conclusion, I am a pessimistic optimist… or an optimistic pessimist? My mind believes in negativity, but my heart longs for the positive. My mouth spews some sort of half-truth in between this and that.
What does this mean?
It means that I sometimes say “This is the best grilled cheese I have ever tasted,” when in fact, the grilled cheese sandwich is just okay.
I never saw my blog having not one but two grilled cheese recipes at this point, but it has happened. Despite its humble roots and simplistic ingredients, I think a classic grilled cheese done well is a great, great sandwich. Adding apples, a smear of dijon, and a layer of spinach? Well, now you have really outdone yourself, my friend.
As a pessimistic optimist (or an optimistic pessimist), I officially declare, “This is a oh-me-oh-my, more than fine, pretty-darn-good, a-ok grilled cheese sandwich.”
1 apple, sliced very thin (6-10 slices)
1/2C sharp cheddar cheese- grated
6-10 leaves of baby spinach
1/2 – 1T dijon mustard
2 slices bread (whole wheat or other)
Lay bread on work surface. Smear butter on one side (the side you intend to touch the pan). Add a thin layer of mustard to one slice of bread. Layer the thinly sliced apples next. Add a layer of cheese. Next add a layer of spinach leaves. Top with remaining cheese. Place the other piece of bread on top. Butter the side that isn’t touching the spinach. Duh.
Heat up a pan or griddle over medium heat. Carefully place sandwich onto preheated griddle. Cook until bread is golden. Carefully turn. Cook the other side until bread is golden and cheese is ooey-gooey. Yes, that is a very technical chef term.