In Monday's Daily Mail, "Country Living" columnist Suzanne McMinn waxed poetic about the glorious fried bologna sandwich, a staple of many a diet around these parts.
She'll get no argument here.
I prefer mine with a slather of spicy mustard and a cold, hoppy beer, but I also dig the "hot" versions you see in the South, where the bologna is bathed in spicy barbecue sauce.
Just like a hot-off-the-press panini or a good grilled cheese, a warm fried bologna sandwich is one of life's simple pleasures. And I'm here to introduce you to another ...
The fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
I know what you're thinking, and it probably involves a loss in my credibility as a serious food dude. But that's only if you've never tried one. Once you do, you'll be hooked, too.
You make it just like a grilled cheese sandwich (buttered bread and all) but instead spread one slice with peanut butter and the other with your favorite jelly. Once you put the two together in a hot skillet, you get that same buttery, toasty goodness on the outside and warm jelly blending with melty peanut butter on the inside.
The resulting sandwich is a bit messy, but worth every drippy bite!
If you're hankering for an evening of international cuisine, two upcoming dinner events can satisfy that craving without the need for a pricey plane ticket.
This Friday night, Huntington's Pullman Plaza Hotel presents "Paris at the Pullman," a multi-course meal featuring specially selected wines served with each dish.
Executive chef Thomas Hickey's Parisian-inspired menu includes prosciutto-wrapped figs with fried green olives, a traditional bouillabaisse, a cheese and bread board with charcuterie (sausage and dried meats), flounder with creamy dill sauce, roasted boneless duck topped with crab and Hollandaise, bittersweet field greens with peppered goat cheese and assorted pastries by Joe Mays.
The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $75 per person. For more information or reservations, call 304-691-5414.
Two weeks later, on Feb. 2, Lewis County's Stonewall Resort is offering "A Taste of the Spanish Coast" with an evening of tapas paired with selected wines.