Monday, March 2, 2009

Snow Day Sandwich

Overall snowstorms get mixed reviews; they are either welcomed or bitterly chastised. There are certainly cons to big snowstorms what with public transportation complications and difficulty walking down the icy streets. Another major downside to the snow is that it heralds low temperatures and generally nasty conditions. Coming from California, this is often enough an unwelcome aspect of living on the East coast. However, there are numerous pros to blustery winter conditions as well like sledding, time off from school, and an excuse to hang around indoors. To the sentimentalists and novices for whom the snow is still a novelty, there is also the beauty of a descending palette of whites and grays marring the urban landscape. I think snowstorms are ideal for taking a long walk, well bundled of course, through Central Park. There are usually tons of families sledding every little bunny hill and black diamond to be found among the park’s natural avenues. Snowstorms also grant the opportunity, or excuse depending on how you look at it, to lounge around indoors. What a perfect time to read a book, watch a movie, file your taxes, and just chill. It is also a good time to have a warm bowl of soup or a sandwich to laze around and eat.

BLTs, grilled cheese, and tomato soup are my usual go to rainy or snowy day classics but this afternoon I decided to mix it up a little and get fancy. I threw together a Bresaola (air-dried salted beef aged about 2-3 months), arugula, and cave-aged Gruyere sandwich. I had a wheat dinner roll leftover from the night before which I cut in half, toasted, and smeared with mustard and Jerez vinaigrette. I piled on four paper-thin slices of Bresaola, some arugula leaves, and a few slices of Gruyere to make a gorgeous looking sandwich. The nuttiness of the cheese, peppery bite of the salad, and sweet musty taste of the meat mingled excellently on the warm roll. I ate the sandwich with a side salad of arugula tossed with the leftover vinaigrette and a tall glass of orange juice. Now its time to kick it by the window with the cat and a good pulp mystery novel, I’m thinking Chandler. As always, I encourage you to enjoy and share delicious food and home cooked meals with yourself and others!

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