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Blueberry Scone & Jeni’s Salty Caramel Grilled Cheese

Blueberry Scone & Jeni’s Salty Caramel Grilled Cheese

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the couples out there. I hope you have a great day with your significant other. To all of the single people, I promise you, it will get better. I once felt like I would never find anyone, let alone anyone 

Cauliflower Puree & Cabot Grilled Cheese

Cauliflower Puree & Cabot Grilled Cheese

Over the past week, I had been planning to make a brand new grilled cheese featuring homemade cauliflower puree. However, there was always something that stopped me. Not enough time, too many errands, etc. It all changed on Saturday when us here in Cleveland were 

Promoting The Super Bowl Grilled Cheese

Promoting The Super Bowl Grilled Cheese

In 2011, I created the “Nachos & Cheese Super Bowl Grilled Cheese” and then just kind of forgot about it. I let it sit out there in Internet World for people to find on their own. Super Bowl 46 passed. Super Bowl 47 passed. No mention of my Nachos & Cheese Super Bowl Grilled Cheese. Not a one. However, with Super Bowl 48 less than two weeks away, I am not going to let #48 pass without any mention of my Nachos & Cheese Super Bowl Grilled Cheese. Continue reading Promoting The Super Bowl Grilled Cheese

Hummus & Red Pepper Havarti Grilled Cheese

Hummus & Red Pepper Havarti Grilled Cheese

My previous grilled cheese, Root Vegetable Fritter Grilled Cheese, definitely pushed the envelope of what a grilled cheese sandwich can and should be. (Some have even said it isn’t a grilled cheese.) For this week’s grilled cheese, I wanted to come back down to Earth 

Root Vegetable Fritter Grilled Cheese

Root Vegetable Fritter Grilled Cheese

This past week, I knew I wanted to make a new grilled cheese sandwich but had absolutely no ideas. I walked through Whole Foods and quickly become frustrated as I was not inspired in the least. Nothing piqued my interest. That was until I walked 

The New Design

The New Design

Whether your holiday has already past or you have yet to celebrate, I want to wish you a Happy Holidays from the GrilledShane family. I hope you are having a great holiday season.

As you can already see, I have introduced a brand new design to grilledshane.com, courtesy of the Vantage WordPress theme. As I was investigating new designs, the focus always needed to be on the images of my grilled cheese sandwiches. I spend as much time, if not more, taking the photos of each and every grilled cheese sandwiches. They need to be featured. And now, with this new design, come larger images and kickass image sliders at the end of each and every grilled cheese post. The focus is now squarely on the grilled cheese sandwich, as it should be.

In addition, to the photos, I have added/updated two more items that I am very proud of. I previously had both an Events page as well as a Press page and each one were truly horrible. Now, both these pages have been updated substantially, providing greater usability and better design. The Events page adds so much functionality that it just blows me away. (Thank you “The Events Calendar” plugin.) Please keep your eyes peeled to the calendar as I add more appearances and signings in the new year. The Press page has been completely redesigned and updated with so many new articles where I or my cookbook have been mentioned. I will be constantly updating that page so keep checking it.

Also, before I forget, with this new theme also comes a fully responsive mobile design. If you have an iPhone or Android or other brand phone, point your mobile browser to grilledshane.com and see how awesome even the mobile design is. This theme is amazing.

With the new design and a new year almost upon us, I am taking stock of the last few months and the upcoming new year. In 2014, even with some already planned travels, I plan to create new GrilledShane original recipes on a much more regular basis. The last sandwich I posted about was in July; that is quite simply, sad. Also, I hope to focus much more on using video, whether it is for when I make new grilled cheese sandwiches or for yet to be determined projects. Either way, you will see a lot more original content courtesy of GrilledShane. Stay tuned.

Facebook Is Broken

How you find out about all this new content is truly a great question. Currently, my go to social platform is Facebook. In my opinion, it is was the easiest and I have the biggest, engaged following. However, as is being reported, Facebook is messing with a good thing. Fewer and fewer people are seeing posts from Facebook Pages unless the page owner pays to “promote a post.” Now even though blogging and becoming a cookbook author has become a full-time job, I am not rolling in the dough. I don’t have the money to “promote a post” or “promote all my posts.” I don’t have the time to worry about every time Facebook changes their mind. It makes it harder for the general public to promote their blog via a Facebook Page.

I am not simply going to abandon Facebook altogether. Like I said, I still have a pretty good following on there. However, I am going to work much harder on building a true audience on Twitter and continue to embrace Pinterest and Instagram. Also, you are able to sign up for email notifications of new posts at the bottom of every page. This is a great way to stay in touch with grilledshane.com.

I have relied very heavily on Facebook at the expense of the the other social platforms and at this time, it has hurt me. However, I plan on working diligently on branching out and expanding my horizons. I hope you will follow me where ever I am.

Everyone, thank you very much for your support over the past few months and in the future. I appreciate it more than you realize.

Hear GrilledShane on SiriusXM

Hear GrilledShane on SiriusXM

On Tuesday, November, 19, I appeared on three different SiriusXM Radio shows to promote my grilled cheese cookbook, Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese. Since I know a lot of people do not subscribe to SiriusXM, I have been working to obtain the audio 

GrilledShane Promotional Recap Blowout + News

GrilledShane Promotional Recap Blowout + News

Hello all! If you haven’t been following GrilledShane on Facebook (and Twitter) then you have been missing out on all of my appearances promoting my cookbook, Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese. And possibly may have felt abandoned. I greatly apologize. However, I am 

GrilledShane’s Future

GrilledShane’s Future

If you follow me on Facebook, which you really should be doing, you know that I have decided to promote my cookbook full-time. I am going to travel the country to spread the grilled cheese word and speak to anyone that will listen. Grilled cheese had already been my biggest interest/hobby, but with this cookbook, it has truly become a passion.

Even while finishing up my last few days at my full-time job, I have been working on setting up my first handful of appearances. I am now proud to reveal those dates and locations for the first time. I plan on adding many more locations/appearances in the coming months and hope that everyone will be able to stop by at some point and say hello.

September

October

  • Saturday, October 12, 11 am – The Greenbrier / Signing & Demonstration

December

  • Saturday, December 7, 11 am – The Greenbrier / Signing & Demonstration
  • Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14 – Grilled Cheese Restaurant, Wisconsin / Details To Come

Also, as I have been teasing for months, a new blog design will be coming very soon; especially now that I have a lot of free time.

Tintern Cheddar & Mushroom Mayo Grilled Cheese

Tintern Cheddar & Mushroom Mayo Grilled Cheese

Yesterday, it was time to head to Earth Fare Solon and get my free ice cream sundae. And buy some cheese. I have looked through Earth Fare’s cheese department but only once bought cheese from there. It was time to truly search through their cheeses