Weekly Food for Thought with a weekly food tip, how to revamp the classic grilled cheese, "The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making" by Alana Chernila and more.

A classic grilled cheese sandwich is one of the iconic foods of childhood. But there are plenty of ways to take your favorite sandwich from the kiddie table to the grownup table.


Of course, your choice of cheese is the key to the perfect sandwich. Different types of cheese will provide unique flavors and textures. Flavored cheese slices lay a tasty foundation for a wide variety of sandwich toppings. And certain cheeses are made specifically for their creamy consistency when melted.


Experimenting with new ingredients can also dress up everybody's favorite sandwich. Create your own signature sandwich with additions such as:


* Fresh or sun dried tomatoes


* Bacon or prosciutto


* Avocado


* Fresh herbs


* Jalapeno


* Pickles


* Roasted red peppers


* Caramelized onions


* Flavored cheese slices


* Apple or pear slices


* Dijon or honey mustard


* Smoked or mesquite turkey


You can also change things up with different breads. Try pumpernickel, rye, seven-grain, sourdough or English muffin bread.


-- Family Features


Tip of the Week: Try some new whole grains


If you find that pasta and potatoes are a staple side dish at your family's dinner table, it may be time to explore some whole grains that could serve as alternatives. Try using bulgur in pilafs or a tabbouleh salad. A good source of protein and fiber, quinoa is a great replacement for rice. And barley is known for appearing in soups, but try it in risotto.


-- CookingLight.com


Easy recipe: Super Apple Ham-n-Cheese


2 slices whole grain bread


1 tablespoon butter, softened


1/2 tablespoon honey mustard


1 slice Borden Extra Sharp Cheddar Singles Sensations


2 large slices deli ham


1/2 apple, peeled and cut in thin slices


Spread one side of each slice of bread with butter. Then spread opposite side of bread with honey mustard. Place one slice of bread butter side down in skillet over medium heat. Layer one slice of cheese, ham and apple. Spread second piece of bread with honey mustard and place honey mustard side down on top of sandwich. Cook 6 to 7 minutes, flipping to ensure each side is golden brown and cheese is melted.


-- Borden Cheese


Did You Know?


When entertaining, keep foods cold and safe by nesting dishes in beds of ice, or swap out smaller serving trays more often. -- FoodSafety.gov


Food Quiz


What do the French call a hollow puff pastry case used as a container for creamed dishes or savory fillings?


A. Poussin


B. Vol-au-vent


C. Papillote


D. Velouté


-- funtrivia.com


Answer is at bottom of column


Wise to the Word: café filtré


[ka-fay FEEL-tr , ay] French term meaning "filtered coffee" and referring to coffee made by pouring very hot water through a filter holding ground coffee. It's traditionally served black, in demitasse cups.


-- epicurious.com


Number to Know


250: One Baked Hot Apple Pie from McDonald’s is 250 calories.


 -- calorieking.com


The Dish On …


"The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making" by Alana Chernila


In her debut cookbook, Alana Chernila inspires you to step inside your kitchen, take a look around and change the way you relate to food. A result from working on a tight budget, Alana is on a mission to kick people's packaged-food habit. She learned that with a little determination, anything she could buy at the store could be made in her kitchen, and her homemade versions were more satisfying, easier to make than she expected and tastier. 


-- Crown Publishing Group


Food Quiz Answer


B. Vol-au-vent


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