"Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it." ~Unknown

Sunday, February 12, 2012


     This weekend was the District Swim Meet, we had preliminaries on Friday, and finals on Saturday.  Even though I only swam 600 yards over the past three days, it was tiring, and I can feel it now.  I'd hoped to make sushi for dinner tonight, but that means a trek to get ingredients, and I just didn't have it in me today.  Instead, I sifted through Mom's file of recipes that she has torn out of magazines.  I found a few I liked, and noticed one that we've done in the past, chicken under a brick, on that ripped out sheet, I spotted something I really liked: pressed reuben sandwiches.  We decided to add coleslaw, and a bag of chips we bought at the grocery store while we were picking up everything else.  Should be good, should be easy.
     The Thousand Island Dressing took only a second to make, and then it was on the the assembling the sandwiches and giving them to Dad to cook.  I've got a plate, with the Thousand Island and sriracha, corned beef, swiss cheese, rye bread and sauerkraut.  Dad is at the stove, cooking asparagus and the sandwiches.  The sandwiches are going on two burners, and to press them, Dad has taken saucers, laid them atop the sandwiches and then added weight atop the saucers.  One of the saucers has a tea kettle perched on top of it, the other has cast iron skillet.  Since we can only do the sandwiches two at a time, Dad is using the warming drawer in our oven to keep them warm until it is time to eat.

     Those were some good sandwiches.  They were still warm and buttery, and even though there was only a little splash of sriracha, you could taste it's bite.  The sauerkraut came through too, and the cheese was warm and only slightly melty, just enough to be stringy.  The sandwiches were awesome, we set them off with Kettle chips, and Dad's asparagus.  The recipe for the reubens came from the the May '11 issue of More magazine.  I'm going to say it again, those were some good sandwiches.

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