What We’re Loving: Grilled Cheese

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Did you know that the nation just celebrated a major holiday? Did you participate? Perhaps with some cheddar, or gruyere, for the more exotic? For those who have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, it was National Grilled Cheese Day yesterday! It may seem a little silly that such a simple thing has its own holiday, but there is often perfection in simplicity. And nothing says “comfort” like two slices of crunchy bread flanking oozy, salty cheese.

In light of this holiday, and what I am about to tell you, brace yourself… I’ve never made a legitimate grilled cheese sandwich. Not even once.

In my illegitimate version, I put two slices of bread in the toaster, and when they are golden brown, put them in the microwave with some sliced cheese as a topper. I zap them until the cheese is melted, slap them together, and voila – a sandwich! “Blasphemy!” you cry, and rightly so.

I know I can’t go on like this forever; I’m a mom now and every mom knows how to make a grilled cheese sandwich! Fall is here and school is starting again, so I have a place reserved in Grilled Cheese 101. I have to master the basics as quickly as I can, because these sandwiches are the kind you’ll find in the advanced classes and I’m dying to try each and every one. Eat your hearts (or your grilled cheeses) out, starting with this earthy Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions {from She Wears Many Hats}

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Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese is practically a salad, right? {from Slender Kitchen}

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This Roasted Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese really takes advantage of late summer tomato season. {from A Couple Cooks}

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Pesto Chicken and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich is and oldie but a goodie. {from Not from Concentrate}

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Need a little of La France in your life? Combine the best of France’s summer flavors with Brie & Bacon Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam {from Sweet Sugar Bean}
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Caramel Strawberry, Brie, Butter/Sugar Toasts. Yes, these exist. {from Lady and Pups}

Photos courtesy of: Kristen; Amy; Sonja and Alex; Hannah and Pasan; Renee; and Mandy.

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