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Hotel Cooking

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While waiting for my home furnishings to arrive from the US, I have been living in a hotel in Herzogenaurach, Germany for the last 5 weeks. I am equipped with a two burner stove top, two pots and one fry pan. This can take a bit of creativity. Here are some of my culinary creations….

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Bacon, Heirloom Tomato, and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

While at the grocery store, I zeroed in on an heirloom tomato display.  I knew I wanted to purchase one, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to make.  I thought about my favorite ingredients – bread, cheese, tomatoes – and decided to make my version of a BLT…minus the “L”.  Grabbing a loaf of artisan piccolo bread, 2 different cheeses, and bacon, I headed home to cook.  I sliced the bread into hearty slices and drizzled with olive oil.  I pan seared them and then added some fig balsamic.  Next step- cheese!  I shredded the main cheese called Ruth Kase Grand Cru (which is a cow’s milk cheese made in Wisconsin and melts wonderfully).  On top, I shredded some pecorino with truffle to add a little flavor twist.  Both cheeses topped the bread, followed by the heirloom tomato slices and bacon.  I added a little cheese in between the layers to help “glue” the sandwich together and cooked in the pan until fully heated through.  That little tomato inspired a delicious sandwich!

Ingredients:

  • Heirloom tomato
  • artisan bread
  • variety of cheeses (pick your favorites!)
  • bacon
  • olive oil
  • fig balsamic

ingredients

Gathering the ingredients

sliced bread

Hearty slices

fig balsamic

Adding the fig balsamic

cheese

Layer of cheeses

tomatoes on top

Heirloom tomato slices

bacon

Bacon!

cooking up

Grilling it up – it may look burnt, but it’s just the fig balsamic

ready to slice

Ready to slice

ready to eat

Time to dine!

Renaissance Woman? Or too distracted to commit to one hobby?

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Photography.  Mixed Media.  Sewing.  Cooking.  Drawing.  Crafting.  Jewelry.  Home Decor.  Writing.

Sometimes I find that I have so many hobbies that I can become overwhelmed and instead of doing any of it, I simply do none of it.  I have so many ideas and so many projects in work that it will take me another 20 years to complete all of them.  I know many of my creative friends who feel the same way.  That’s where the blog has come into the picture.  This actually motivates me to start working on some things.  They don’t have to be monumental, earth-shattering projects.  Something that makes me smile or feel a sense of accomplishment will do.  So I ask you – am I a modern day Renaissance Woman, or simply too distracted to commit to one hobby?

beach tree

Photography – Oregon Coast

wedding card

Mixed Media- torn paper wedding card

sitting cushion

Sewing – sitting cushion

turkey plantain salad

Cooking- turkey, onion, plantain, avocado on a bed of cabbage with cilantro lime dressing

drawing

Drawing – pencil drawing of hands

button art

Crafting- button art

black bib necklace

Jewelry – felt, beaded, sequin bib necklace

dresser

Home Decor – stripped, stained, painted, and refinished dresser

new blog

Writing – my blog