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I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Phi Beta Kappa Grilled Cheese

I decided I had to go.  Why not?  When would I ever experience that much brain power and hopefully a dab would rub off on me.  It was bound to be a rare experience for an average person.  I was invited to attend my goddaughter's induction to Phi Beta Kappa. She's not my blood kin but comes from a power house of what I'd call bainiacs.  It's in their DNA and as natural as breathing to be an exceptional student and of good character.  I, on the other hand, was more inclined to excellence in social activities and serious study of members of Greek lettered organizations.  I can still sing the Greek alphabet like a sorority pledge.  My goddaughter actually took her opportunity to learn at a great university to heart.  She's also a beauty. God blessed her with many gifts and I know she will do something really great some day.

It's time for finals and what college student isn't living on grilled cheese, pizza and popcorn?
Here's my suggestion to keep those brain cells perking during a study marathon. A bit more sophisticated than Kraft slices, Gruyere has a complex nutty flavor that pairs well with honey. Keep in mind, honey has a long association with power in religion, history and medicine.

 Study hard young people and give yourself the edge.  "Love for Knowledge be the Guide for Life."

2 slices of good bread
2 tbls soft unsalted butter
3 oz. sliced Gruyere cheese
1 tbls good honey

Spread each slice of bread with butter.  Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Lay buttered slice of bread down in heated skillet. Lay on cheese. Drizzle honey over cheese.  Place other slice of bread, buttered side up on top. Grill each side, pressing down with a spatula until golden brown.  About 3-4 mins on each side.

Simple elegance.

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