30 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

30 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

April is National Grilled Cheese Month and I have 30 amazing grilled cheese sandwich recipes for you, one for every day of the month! Grilled cheese sandwiches are so easy to make and always good, especially when you add tasty extras to them like bacon, avocados, BBQ pulled pork, etc. As easy as they are to make there is a huge difference between a poorly made grilled cheese sandwich and a well made one so check out my tips on how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich! I am a huge fan of grilled cheese sandwiches and I have over 60 recipes for them on my site so it was difficult for me to choose just 30 of them but all of these sandwiches are truly amazing! Get your grilling gear ready and celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month the proper way, by having at least one grilled cheese sandwich every day in April! :)

Lemon Almond Cake

Lemon Almond Cake
Easter is this weekend; I was looking for a nice light spring dessert and this lemon almond cake is perfect! Lemons really scream spring to me and combining them with almonds in a cake like this is just beautiful. This is an almond based cake where half of the flour is replaced with almond flour/meal which helps keep the cake nice and light. Butter keeps this cake moist, plenty of lemon zest and juice adds a ton of flavour and the cake is finished off with a topping of almond slices which adds a hit of crunchiness. This lemon almond cake is amazing just like this but I like to make it even better by drizzling it with lemon syrup to add even more lemon flavour and make the cake so nice and moist! I enjoy this cake best when it's still warm from the oven but it's also good at room temperature. If you are looking for a nice light dessert option this spring, this lemon almond cake is a stunning option!

Lemony Lentil Soup

Lemony Lentil Soup
With Spring officially here I have been thinking lighter meals and this lemony lentil soup is a great way to do light, healthy and hearty all in one! The idea behind this soup is lentils and quinoa along with vegetables in a bright lemon broth with spices. Onions, carrot and celery start the soup off with garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander and turmeric rounding out the aromatics and flavours. Broth, lentils and quinoa are added and everything is simmered until they are tender and the soup is finished with a hit of lemon-y freshness along with salt, pepper and cayenne and some fresh cilantro. It's really that simple! And oh so good! This lemony lentil soup is an amazing meal all by itself and it's also a great appetizer or starter.

Parmesan Roasted Carrot Fries

Parmesan Roasted Carrot Fries
Easter is coming up and that has got me thinking about carrots and these parmesan roasted carrot fries are a great way to enjoy carrots! Potato 'french' fries are a staple pretty much everywhere, and with good reason, with that crispy outside and silky smooth inside, they are simply irresistible! Sweet potato fries are becoming more popular these days and carrot fries are just as good! Carrots are pretty easy to turn into fries, you just need to get some large ones, peel them and slice them into sticks before frying them! Of course you can deep fry them, and they are amazing deep fried, but you can also roast them, which keeps them a little lighter. When I roast carrot fries I like to season them with salt and pepper and hit of parmesan cheese adds a huge amount of flavour! In addition to just tasting amazing, the parmesan also melts onto the carrot fries and caramelizes getting all nice and crispy and good making the fries even crispier! Carrots are sweet so I like to serve them with a spicy dipping sauce like chipotle mayo or a gochujang ketchup and they are the perfect side for pretty much any meal, especially an Easter dinner!

80 Easter Recipes

80 Easter Recipes

Easter is next weekend and that means that it is time to start thinking about your menu! The Easter long weekend provides plenty of opportunities for feasting whether it be a special long weekend breakfast or brunch or appetizers for an Easter get-together and the big family Easter Sunday dinner. Most of the focus on Easter weekend will go to the Easter Sunday dinner which will most likely be a big meal with the centre piece likely being a roast and it can be a ham, a turkey, beef or even lamb! Of course you will need some tasty sides to go with your main and lets not forget about dessert! Although I really enjoy a nice big roast for Easter dinner I sometimes like to change things up a bit and salmon or lamb tagine is a great way to go. With the extra time on the long weekend I like to do at least one special breakfast or brunch and there are plenty of great ways to go! No matter what your plans are for your Easter weekend dining, you cannot go wrong with one or more of these tasty dishes!

Tonkotsu Ramen

Tonkotsu Ramen
Ramen seems to be pretty popular in restaurants these days, which is good since I always enjoy a nice bowl of ramen! The other day while I was happily slurping up a bowl of pork ramen I realized that it was about time to share my favourite ramen recipe! Tonkotsu ramen takes a bit of work to make but it's well worth it! It all starts out with tonkotsu ramen broth, chashu pork belly, and ajitsuke tamago (ramen eggs) which can all be made ahead of time so that you can throw the finished bowl of ramen together in almost no time. You simply need to heat the broth, cook the noodles and add your favourite ramen toppings an you are in ramen heaven in less than 20 minutes. I like simple toppings for my ramen adding mushrooms and green onions to the broth, noodles, sliced pork and egg and of course some spicy shichi-mi tōgarashi (chili pepper spice blend) finishes it off perfectly! The next time you have a ramen craving think about making your own!

Tonkotsu Ramen Broth

Tonkotsu Ramen Broth
Any good bowl of ramen starts off with a tasty broth and homemade is the best! Home made broth takes a bit of time but it's pretty easy. You start out with bones and the combination of pork and chicken bones is good for flavour. The bones are boiled once, the initial water is discarded and the bones are then rinsed and scrubbed to remove the blood and bits which makes for a broth that is lighter, less cloudy, and has a cleaner taste. Onions, garlic and ginger are another common addition and charring them first adds an extra depth of flavour to the broth. You could leave things there and make a tasty broth but I like to add mushrooms, seaweed and bacon for even more layers of flavour and that umami kick. Everything needs to simmer for a long time, about 10-16 hours, to extract all of the flavour that you can before the solids are strained from the broth. Because the broth takes so long to simmer it can be done overnight and it's a good idea to make it a day or two ahead of time. Once the broth has been strained you can skim the fat off the top and use it right away or you can chill it in the fridge where the fat will form a solid layer on top of the broth that you can more easily remove. A good broth will be gelatinous after chilling in the fridge and it will melt easily back into a tasty liquid when reheated on the stove. This broth is perfect for tonkotsu (pork) ramen and many other soups!

Ajitsuke Tamago (Ramen Eggs)

Ajitsuke Tamago (Ramen Eggs)
An important component of a good bowl of ramen is the ramen egg, aka ajitsuke tamago, which is a marinated boiled egg. The eggs are boiled until somewhere between a soft boil and a hard boil where the whites are set and the yolks are partially set, custard like, rather than runny or hard. To get this amazing custard like textured yolk you boil the eggs for 6-7 minutes and then plunge them into a cold water bath to stop the cooking process. The eggs are peeled after cooling and then they are marinated in a salty and sweet mixture of soy sauce, sake, mirin and sugar until they have absorbed the flavour and turned a light to dark brown colour. Once ready these ajitsuke tamago are perfect in a steaming bowl of ramen or for breakfast, lunch, a snack, in a salad, etc. Given how easy it is to make these eggs, you'll want to have a few on hand in the fridge all the time!

Chashu Pork (Marinated Braised Pork Belly)

Chashu Pork (Marinated Braised Pork Belly)
Ramen is my current obsession, with pork ramen being my favourite, and the most important topping for a good pork ramen is melt in your mouth chashu, aka Japanese marinated braised pork belly. Chashu is pretty easy to make, though it does take some time, and it's well worth it! You simply roll a pork belly and tie it up before slowly braising it in a sweet and salty marinade until the pork get so nice and tender and good! The marinade typically consists of soy sauce, sake, mirin and sugar along with garlic, ginger and onions for seasoning. The best, and easiest, way to cook the pork belly is to slowly braise it at a low temperature in the oven for several hours. Because the pork will be so moist and tender after braising it's a good idea to let it cool completely so that you can more easily slice it for serving in your bowl of ramen! Whenever you make chashu make sure to keep the marinade with all of the pork juices in it for other things like marinating ramen eggs!

6 Ingredient Recipes

6 Ingredient Recipes

One request that I keep getting is for a list of 5 or 6 ingredient recipes and I think that's a great idea! I went through my main course recipes and collected all of the ones with 6 ingredients or less and I labeled/tagged them all as 6 ingredient recipes! As it turns out, I have a fair number of them, and these easy 6 ingredient recipes are are far from boring! In fact many of them are among my favourite recipes! I mean who doesn't like a recipe with only a handful of ingredients? Once I had identified all of the 6 ingredient recipes I had to roundup the top 50 recipes and share them with you here today and here the are!

Corned Beef and Cabbage Pizza

Corned Beef and Cabbage Pizza
Do you have leftover corned beef? This corned beef and cabbage pizza is a fabulous way to enjoy it! If not, it's well worth making some corned beef with cabbage and colcannon just so that you can make this pizza! This pizza starts out with your favourite pizza dough which is brushed with olive oil before sprinkling on the corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and cheese and baking it in the oven. Normally just one cheese is enough for a pizza but for this one I go with three kinds, mozzarella, white cheddar and parmesan! This is just like an entire corned beef dinner all rolled up into one tasty pizza!

Bacon and Cheddar Soda Bread

Bacon and Cheddar Soda Bread
St Patrick's Day is this weekend and I can't help but thinking of a fresh loaf of Irish style soda bread, all nice and warm from the oven and slathered in butter, yum! Soda bread is so easy to make! You simply mix flour, baking soda, salt and milk, form a dough, shape it and bake it. For this bread I threw in plenty of cheddar and bacon making it absolutely irresistible. I have a loaf of this bacon and cheddar soda bread on my menu for St Patrick's Day this year!

Mexican Vegetable Soup

Mexican Vegetable Soup
Vegetable soup is a classic, and with good reason; it's simple, tasty, satisfying, healthy and jam packed with vegetables! You can eat it as a appetizer of make a meal of it. The base of a good vegetable soup is a tomato broth and Pomì tomatoes make are a great fit! This vegetable soup has Mexican style flavours and ingredients which I can't get enough of!

Check out my Mexican Vegetable Soup recipe on Pomì!

St Patrick's Day Recipes

St Patrick's Day Recipes

St Patrick's Day is coming and that means that it is time to start planning your menu! Corned beef is a classic recipe for St Patrick's Day, one of my favourites, and it is so easy to make! You simply throw it in the slow cooker in the morning and then optionally glaze it and toss it in the oven for a few minutes at night and you are in corned beef heaven! I always plan to make plenty of extra corned beef because there are just so many tasty recipes to use the leftovers in! Some great sides for your corned beef are colcannon, sauteed cabbage and soda bread. Of course corned beef is not your only option, lets not forget the tasty Irish stews, pies, fish n chips and dishes made with Irish stouts like Guinness. Of course no St Patrick's Day meal is complete without dessert and Guinness just happens to work fabulously well with chocolate so you have plenty of options! With these St Patrick's Day recipes your St Patrick's Day meal is sure to be one to remember!

White BBQ Chicken Sandwich

White BBQ Chicken Sandwich
Although it's still a little chilly out for outdoor grilling I was craving some BBQ and white BBQ chicken sandwiches sounded like the perfect fit! Especially with some slow cooker shredded chicken for absolutely minimal effort! These sandwiches don't really need a recipe, I mean it's just moist and tender pulled chicken dressed with a homemade white BBQ sauce along with some of my favourite extras, but they are oh so good! I like the pungency of onions and pickles to complement the creamy mayo based BBQ sauce which really makes these sandwiches shine! Another good option for these sandwiches is melted cheese along with some spicy pickled jalapenos or candied jalapenos. No matter how you fix these white BBQ chicken sandwiches, they are sure to hit the spot!

White BBQ Sauce

White BBQ Sauce
Normally when I think about BBQ sauce I think of a sweet and spicy tomato based, red, sauce but there are other kinds of BBQ sauce like this white BBQ sauce. This sauce has a base of mayonnaise along with vinegar for tang, mustard and horseradish for bite, garlic and Worcestershire sauce for flavour, paprika for a bit of smokiness, salt, cayenne and plenty of fresh cracked black pepper! It only takes a few minutes to whip up your own white BBQ sauce and it tastes great slathered on chicken, as a dipping sauce for chicken bites or fingers or mixed in with pulled/shredded meat for sandwiches or salads!

Crispy Chorizo and Potato Tortilla Skillet Pizza

Crispy Chorizo and Potato Tortilla Skillet Pizza
Pizza is always a welcome treat and skillet style tortilla pizzas are so easy to make that you can pretty much make them whenever you want! Skillet tortilla pizzas are pretty much as easy as heating a skillet, adding the tortilla, a sauce, cheese and toppings before broiling in the oven! My go-to version is the pepperoni tortilla skillet pizza but given that tortillas are Mexican I can't help but gravitate towards Mexican style toppings like in this crispy chorizo and potato tortilla skillet pizza. Crispy fried chorizo and potatoes with homemade chorizo sausage is a favourite quick and easy meal, either all by itself or used in something like tacos, or in this case a pizza! Using salsa for the 'sauce' is a no-brainer and including the cheese, you don't really need a lot of extras, but some sliced jalapenos are nice! If you are using leftover chorizo and potato these crispy chorizo and potato tortilla skillet pizzas take less than 15 minutes to prepare and if you are making them from scratch they only take about 30 minutes making them pretty convenient. I like to top these pizzas off with fresh sliced avocado and you can add any of your choice of taco style topping if you desire.

35 Quinoa Recipes

35 Quinoa Recipes

I have been a fan of quinoa ever since I first came across it! Quinoa is a grain crop that is grown for it's seeds and in addition to having good nutritional properties it makes for a nice, lighter alternative to things like rice, pasta, potatoes and many other whole grains. One of the nice things about quinoa is how versatile it can be as can be seen by this collection of recipes. Of course the easiest way to enjoy it is to throw it into a salad along with some vegetables and maybe some beans but it can also be used in everything from soups to side dishes, pancakes, flatbreads, porridge, quiche crusts, a crispy coating for chicken, fritters, stir-fry, parfaits and even desserts!

Skillet Sweet Chili Chicken

Skillet Sweet Chili Chicken
This skillet sweet chili chicken recipe is such a quick and easy dish that is perfect for busy weeknight dinners and it's just packed with flavour! After sauteing the chicken in a skillet until cooked you simply add the sweet chili sauce, season it a bit with fish sauce and lime juice before adding the cilantro and toasted sesame seeds. It takes less time to cook the chicken than it does to cook the rice, pasta, or quinoa and a vegetable to make it a complete meal in less than 20 minutes! In addition to serving it over something this skillet sweet chili chicken is perfect in salads, sandwiches, quesadillas, enchiladas, etc!

Sweet Chilli Sauce

Sweet Chilli Sauce
Sweet chili sauce is one of my all time favourite condiments and I make my own all the time! It's sweet, it's spicy and it's amazing on pretty much anything! (Or by the spoonful!) The primary ingredients are of course the chilies and sugar with garlic, vinegar and salt for seasoning and cornstarch to thicken. After chopping the chilies and garlic you simply simmer everything on the stove for a few minutes and the sauce is done! This sweet chili sauce is so quick and easy to make that you'll be making it all the time! Check out some of the recipes that I use this sauce in below.