My iPod makes grilled cheese

18 May

One of my favorite features on my iPod is the shuffle feature. I love hitting that button and seeing what songs come up. Today I turned on shuffle and here are the first 5 songs I got:

  1. Silent All These Years–Tori Amos
  2. Mother Earth is a Vicious Crowd–Live
  3. I Can Love You Better–Dixie Chicks
  4. Glory Days–Bruce Springsteen
  5. Survive–Rise Against

What I love most about shuffle is how 5 seemingly unrelated genres of music all blend together into a delectable auditory smoothie. Which, of course, got me thinking about my cooking.

I am not a good creator of recipes. I typically steal borrow from others and, when necessary, tweak the recipe to fit my preferences. Occasionally, however, I am able to pull together a variety of ingredients and come up with a recipe on my own that is too good not to share. In this case, it was my grilled cheese and avocado sandwich that I made with my friend Steph.

I love grilled cheese. If this lunch truck lived near me, I’d be broke and 400 pounds. I would eat a grilled cheese sandwich every day if I could. The first meal I ever ate with my husband was at a diner and guess what it was? Yup. Grilled cheese.  

Normally, I’m a grilled cheese purist. Bread, American cheese, butter. Nothing else. Maybe a tomato. To me, there’s no point in messing with perfection. Except once and a while, you gotta go bold. Which I did with this version:

The Empty Kitchen’s Fancy Grilled Cheese


  • Sourdough bread
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • White American cheese
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Butter


  1. Assemble the sandwich, leaving one slice of bread unbuttered.
  2. Place sandwich, buttered side down, in a nonstick pan (butter second slice once sandwich in is pan)
  3. Grill until golden brown on both sides

I am a little strange as I eat my grilled cheese with ketchup (if you haven’t tried it this way, go make yourself a grilled cheese sandwich and do it. It’s totally worth it), and I’ve been doing it that way since I’m about 6 years old. Which is why when I ate this version without ketchup, I was totally shocked. A grilled cheese sandwich that doesn’t need ketchup?! Impossible! But it really didn’t need it. It didn’t need anything except chips and a soda.

I think that child looks a little evil. I imagine I look the same way when near a grilled cheese sandwich.

It was the best lunch I’d had in a long time.


3 Responses to “My iPod makes grilled cheese”

  1. Robyn Berman May 19, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    One word. Bacon…no, I take it back. Bacon, bacon, bacon, ooohhh bacon!!!!

    • theemptykitchen May 20, 2011 at 5:55 am #

      i can see why you would enjoy bacon on grilled cheese. bacon is nice compliment to a lot of foods but i’m still sticking with the basics.

  2. Melissa's Meanderings May 19, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    I can so relate to your grilled cheese addiction…it is my diner dinner of choice!

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