I begin this entry with a riddle: Name a blue food that is not a blueberry, blue M&M or blue corn tortilla chip… …. Did I give you enough time? Need some more? Think of any? Yeah, didn’t think so. Blue foods are a rarity. […]
After pushing the envelope of what a grilled cheese can be, I decided to tone it down a bit and make a somewhat standard grilled cheese, featuring caramelized onions. The caramelizing process is an easy one, as long as you make sure not to burn the onions (especially the small pieces). This time, I used white onions. (more…)
I had two ideas for this week’s grilled cheese: Fettuccine Alfredo and deconstructed. Since the Alfredo grilled cheese did not sound healthy in the least (and I ended up making something similar down the road), I decided to go with deconstructed. (Also, my friend Jeremy […]
I had previously created a Laura Werlin original, Garlic Crusted Sourdough with Cheddar, and it was a huge success, becoming one of my more popular grilled cheese sandwiches. When I recently needed some quick inspiration, I decided to return to a known winner: Laura Werlin’s […]
On another grocery trip, I was walking through Whole Foods when I noticed that fresh mangoes were on sale. I thought to myself, “I like mangoes, I should buy one.” I had no particular use for it in mind, but went ahead and purchased it anyway. Eventually while at home, I decided to create some mango salsa for a new grilled cheese creation. Read on for all the details. (more…)
Have you visited The Grilled Cheese Academy, yet? If not, I am not really sure what you are waiting for. Included in this site are 30 unique grilled cheese sandwich recipes with stunning photography. (It doesn’t hurt that Pam from The Office does the voiceovers.) […]
I suggested that we go with a macaroni grilled cheese for this past Sunday’s sandwich but I was shot down. (The sous chef was worried that the sous chef’s husband (aka my dad) would eat too many carbohydrates and it would affect his sugar. FYI: […]
Normally, this is where I talk about this grilled cheeses cheese (Halloumi) but this week is special and I must first give an update on my life. I don’t write too much about my personal life and instead focus only on my grilled cheese sandwiches. I would like to change that with tonight’s update. Not only do I want you to know about my sandwiches, I also want you to know about me and my personal life. Sure, I have an About page, but that is pretty general. Now it is time to learn about the real GrilledShane.
Way back when I turned 16, I went out and got a job at a local chocolate shop, where I was a soda jerk. (Awesome job.) After the parlor part of the shop closed, I needed to find a new job. I ended up at the local Cafe Nordstrom. My sous chef found both of these jobs. Smart woman she is.
I worked at the Cafe until 2002 when I started interning for college. I did not return until 2006, post-graduation, when I needed a temporary position while I searched for a full-time employment in the design field. I found a webmaster position at a small publishing company but still remained at the cafe on Saturdays. The webmaster job treated me well for three years as I learned a lot, grew as a person and was able to travel to NYC twice.
As time went on, I began this blog. And I began to realize that I enjoyed my little boy job (cashier @ Cafe Nordstrom) more than my big boy job (webmaster). I began to realize I loved the food industry. I began to realize I hated sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day instead of being in the “front of the house” with people. I began to realize, over time, that I needed to leave my current big boy job.
Monday, at 9ish am, I told my boss that I would be leaving my first job out of college. Where would I be headed, you ask? Back to my home at Cafe Nordstrom, hopefully to begin my true career in the food industry. I don’t know how long I will last at the Cafe, but it will give me the beginning skills to investigate similar opportunities within the industry. Who knows if I want to be in the front of the house or back of the house, waitering or cooking. I don’t, but I am excited to find out. Please, follow me on this journey… (more…)