roasted strawberry, brie, and balsamic grilled cheese.

i love when students pop in and out of my office just to say hi.

the first thing they say is,”hi, how are you?” and look at me waiting for a real answer. when i don’t give a real answer, they look at me more intently with a i’mwaitingforalegitanswerbeforeileavesopayattention look.

they keep me on my toes.

they remind me to stop what i’m doing and have an interaction with something other than a computer and someone other than the ones that have to see me for some reason or another. i get so absorbed into email, marketing, scheduling appointments, word documents, and bopping around from meeting to meeting that the only non-scheduled interaction i have most of the time is with my pots, pans, and food in the kitchen after a long day.

i’ve gotta get better at this whole making room for unscheduled fun in my life.

so, shoutout to k and a today for saying that no matter what, you’ll always pop in just to say hi. y’all keep me in check.

roasted strawberry, brie, and balsamic grilled cheese
printable recipe – adapted from how sweet it is

yield 2 sandwiches

8-10 strawberries, quartered
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon veggie oil
2 tablespoons butter
4 slices of good bread, your choice
2-3 ounces brie cheese, sliced
2 tablespoons reduced balsamic sauce (recipe below)

preheat oven to 375. toss strawberries with a pinch of salt and veggie oil and place on baking sheet. roast for about 20 minutes.

preheat large pan over medium high heat. to assemble sandwich, butter one side of 2 pieces of bread. butter side down, top with slices of cheese, drizzle with a tablespoon of balsamic sauce, and finish off with strawberries. top with second slice of bread, butter side up.

cook in pan until both sides are golden brown, and the cheese is melted. nom!

balsamic sauce
printable recipe – from lidia’s italy

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 whole cloves
1 bay leaf

pour all ingredients into a small saucepan on high heat. once mixture boils, reduce heat to still maintain a steady boil. mixture will reduce by about half. this will take about 10-15 minutes. once mixture has thickened and looks syrupy, remove from heat. pour through mesh sieve into a small bowl. use for above recipe!


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