Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Wheat/Rye Bread

CheeseSandwich-1thumbCheese sandwiches don’t always have to be made with white bread. This recipe uses a wheat & rye bread with all kind of seeds worked into it.

  • cut bread in thin slices
  • butter one side
  • smear mayonnaise on the other side
  • add shredded cheese mix on the buttered side
  • add second slice of bread (buttered side down)
  • heat up skillet with butter or sunflower oil
  • fry sandwiches on each side until brown


Hint: I like to add a lid to the frying pan. This increases the heat and “bakes” the sandwiches nicely. The mayonnaise will make the sandwich extremely crunchy.


Tomato Basil Salad


Tomato Basil Salad

This salad is always a favorite. An easy to make colorful addition to your meals or as stand alone lunch on a hot day.

  • Cut down roma and cherry tomatoes
  • Chop fresh basil, parsley, chives, and onions; add to tomatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil and white wine vinegar
  • season with fresh ground pepper, garlic salt, and sea salt
  • let it sit for a few minutes giving the oil, vinegar, and spices to cure the tomatoes

A little hint: Easy on the parsley, chives, and onions. They dominate in taste and will cover the fresh basil’s rather fine aroma.




Summer Evening

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sun setting

Dog days,
cool breeze
barley pushing
day’s heat

Familiar sound
getting closer.

Not the melody
of ice cream

A child’s dream
transformed to

Coming down
the street,
speakers blaring
old blue eyes,
a truck filled
with wine
and booze.

Stopping at my
People spilling
from front yards.

Cold drinks,
iced margaritas,
mojitos smelling minty,
aged whisky on the rocks
or neat.

A summer dream,
coming down the street,
memories of ice cream
turned adulthood.

Image courtesy of surasakiStock at

An Evening at the Bowl

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The smell of tasty food.

Cousin John on the escalator,
waving in excitement.

BBQ chicken on white square plate.

Selfie taken in the seat in front.

Smell of charcoal.

Is this wine? No, I got us champagne.

BBQ onions and garlic.

Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl,
not only an event of music,
more so of all senses.

Sun settles over
Los Angeles,
rhythms rock the bowl,
people eating,
relishing the moment.

An evening at the
Hollywood Bowl;
Los Angeles
coming together.


photo a|hirsch