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Brrrr, Winter and Grilled Cheese on Raisin Toast

Good morning!! I’m huddled under a quilt, a red candle burning brightly as I write to you. It’s been wicked cold this weekend, and I’ve been happy to stay home, warm and safe while the snow falls, temperatures drop, and wind howls.

This weekend was one where I needed to slow down, hibernate a little. I felt like I was in my own winter cabin somewhere, tucked up under warm blankets, reading good books, baking cookies, sleeping in, puttering about working on this and that. It was wonderful!

I even braved the oh-so-frigid weather for a walk Sunday afternoon, and within a minute had to wrap my scarf around my face to protect myself from the icy wind gusting through the valley. It was gorgeous but I was SO glad to get back home and wrap my fingers around a hot cup of vanilla caramel tea.

I watched a beautiful documentary called “Hiding and Seeking” about a Jewish American father attempting to help his family work through the pain and fear of the Holocaust by showing them there are good Gentiles in this world. His quest takes them to Poland to track down the family who saved their relatives during WWII by hiding them in a hole under a pile of hay in their barn. It’s a touching story, inspiring and convicting, and I’m so glad I watched it.

It was a weekend of comfort food: pot roast, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, and scrumptious grilled cheese sandwiches on raisin toast. Mmm. Thick slices of buttered raisin bread filled with sharp cheddar cheese grilled until they were toasty and melty. Fantastic. ๐Ÿ™‚

What is your favorite memory from this weekend?

This is my contribution to Chaya’s Meatless Mondays.

Grilled Cheese on Raisin Toast
(Serves 1)

Ingredients:

2 slices raisin bread
3 slices sharp cheddar cheese
butter

Directions:

  1. Butter two slices of bread. Place one piece, buttered side down, in frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Layer with cheese and top with second slice bread, buttered side facing up.
  3. Cook 1-2 minutes then flip. Repeat until bread is nicely toasted and cheese is soft and melting.



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Sharon Secor - Happy Winter (well, almost?) to you, Krista. Love the cold and comfort foods and good movies…

l - Looks like a great cozy day. I love grilled cheese sandwiches too. Perfect for nasty weather!

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Jerusha Lofland - I remember watching a film of that sort years ago. It was called “Weapons of the Spirit” and focused on the kindness of one French town (descendants of the Huguenots) that saved thousands of Jews.

Grilled cheese on raisin bread, huh? Must try!

RamblingTart - Thank you, Sharon!! ๐Ÿ™‚ It sure feels like winter. It’s in the low 20’s today and I’m SO cold. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - It really was, El. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just love being home during stormy weather. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - Oh, that sounds really good, Jerusha! I will have to try to track that movie down. I’ve been so fascinated by the history of the Huguenots.

It’s SOOOO good on raisin bread! Yum!! ๐Ÿ™‚

angie - great snow day pictures I had never thought of fixing grilled cheese on raisin bread before but may be good for a change

Barbara - Yikes! Snow! Brrrrr. This special grilled cheese looks like perfect comfort food. Love the raisin bread.

RamblingTart - I know, Barbara!!! I’m FREEZING!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the raisin bread too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuula M - Oh, how beautiful the snow Krista, what a change for us here in the South (miss it)! And I have to admit that my main focus was on the grilled cheese with raisin toast – sounds like such a great combo (a little sweet & a little salty, just the way I like it, lol).
Sending you lots of Monday cheer my dear ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

Andi - OMG, I want to make grilled cheese for dinner tonight now haha!!! Your post made me a little cold though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Glad you had a lovely weekend, can’t believe it’s over already.

Anna Knight - Yum–I love grilled cheese on raisin bread!

Here’s the ginger shortbread recipe I promised (I usually put it in an oblong pan and cut rectangles)–enjoy!

Ginger Shortbread

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 Tablespoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 Tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely chopped (optional–but not really optional!!)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

In a large bowl, toss together the flour, sugar, ginger, soda, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingers or a pastry blender until mixture forms fine crumbs. If desired, add crystallized ginger.

Press mixture into the prepared pans to form a smooth, even layer. Prick surface all over lightly with a fork.

Bake in a preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then cut into narrow wedges and cool on racks. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 32 wedges.

GrilledShane - There is just something about this post that I really like, besides of course the awesome grilled cheese sandwich. Your photos are awesome. The sandwich is simple but looks really delicious. Very well done!

Desiree Maerz - I love to cook like you do, but there’s something so homey and soul soothing to grilled cheese sandwich!

Anna Johnston - Oh the beginning of your winter looks fabulous Krista. I’m a real summer bunny so I’m lovin’ the summer that’s just started to crank up this side of the world. Last weekend Mr. HG & I went off to the country for a little R&R ๐Ÿ˜‰

Corinne @ Gourmantic - Love the photo of the ice on the bench. But not missing winter at all! ๐Ÿ™‚

lana - Hi Krista! Thanks for the twitter #FF! I love your these photos, it really does look super chilly! Funny, I also had a toasted cheese on Saturday, which is something I hardly ever have. It was raining, I guess it really is comfort food!x

LindyLouMac - You have had cold we have had damp and dismal, it never stops raining and it feels cold.
I like raisin bread but have never thought to try it with cheese, must do so now ๐Ÿ™‚

bellini - Comfort food at its finest. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving. There is so much to be thankful for.

Nicolette - What a lovely day! I love a good winter picnic.

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