Tuesday Morning Wake-Up Call

There was nothing I wanted more than a grilled cheese sandwich, and I ordered it with a coffee. I was so looking forward to a really cheesy one—a grilled cheese sandwich just oozing with cheese. I thought about it as I waited, then accepted from the man at the counter a white paper plate, with a sandwich wrapped in foil that was white on the outside and silvery on the inside to keep it really warm… I eagerly unwrapped the sandwich, but when I bit into it, it was soggy, and there was almost no cheese. It was not what I wanted, not what I had been picturing, but I adjusted myself to the reality of it. Better to have a good imagination than a good grilled cheese sandwich, I told myself.

~ Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be?: A Novel 


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  1. Yum! It’s a classic. And true, sometimes better to dream of than eat! 😊

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  2. Not what I wd go for…. but I‘m definitely all for the dreaming…. Dreams are mostly perfect!

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  3. and the anticipation is wonderful in itself

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  4. There’s nothing like a gooey grilled cheese sandwich…sometimes it’s even better than imagination!

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  5. A gooey grilled cheese with a bowl of tomato soup…well nigh a perfect meal! 😁

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  6. She ate the bad grilled cheese sandwich?

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  7. Lol, I’m picturing how many of us are going to have a grilled cheese sandwich sometime today!

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  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    So familiar with this … ‘. It was not what I wanted, not what I had been picturing, but I adjusted myself to the reality of it. Better to have a good imagination than a good grilled cheese sandwich, I told myself.’ ~ Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be?: A Novel

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  9. lindaa1447@aol.com says:
  10. ah-h yes, melting buttery cheese and crisp bread! Since dreams are my field, what part of the dreamer would this sandwich represent??? hmm, cheese can be a metaphor for sex…

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  11. Obviously, you didn’t provide an image of the bad grilled cheese sandwich, the one in this post looks pretty good to me! And definitely check out the raclette, it’s like an oil-less fondue, kinda sorta …

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  12. LOL; WHAT have I done….?! I thought EVERYBODY knew what raclette is!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raclette
    It’s the most delicious way of eating cheese, seriously…. But it’s not exactly a lightweight affair, this has to be said too. But hey, SO WORTH it. Have 2 tablets of bicarbonate sodium before the meal and get that crisp white or not too heavy red (optional tea) ready. It’s heaven. Get nice small spuds with it, pepper, or as we have it ‘raclette spice mixtures’, maybe small silvery onions (or onion rings), gherkins and voilà, you’re in…. Just don’t come and complain to me afterwards.
    So you see, something else the poor Swiss have invented. Although many places claim to have come up with the idea, we like to believe that it was the poor farmers with a few cows (for the cheese) and a patato field who invented it….. Being a generous person, I don’t fight over ownership – I just enjoy it.
    David, if I could, I would be delighted to invite you to a raclette right here and now. It made me really hungry and I wouldn’t know the last time that a non related post made me so mouthwatering drawn to this indulgence….. so much so that I phoned my sister and asked her if she could offer Hero Husband and me a raclette next Sunday when we visit! 🙂

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  13. 3bones & David: I’m ready to die with laughter. 3bones had a raclette at Christmas and he’s still ‘suffering’ from it – that’s priceless….. it’s not that heavy but if you say it was SO good that you still dream about it, you’re totally on track! It IS that good! You do need first class cheese though – I have had (in various places in various countries) some pretty awful ones – and some very classy ones too. Sometimes in the same country!
    The French (bizarrely) aren’t happy with ‘just’ a raclette – they serve charcuterie (cold cuts) and more greasy heavy stuff with it, which is something I really don’t get. As if they need an instant coronary! 😉

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  14. David, believe it or not, the best French fries are those at the big yellow M…. NOT in France! Or the deep-frozen FINE french fries that you cook without oil, just spread out on a sheet in the oven and voilà, after 18-20′ you are ready to get tucking in…. I wouldn’t mind French fries NOW either! But I’m not on a flight and I don’t have access to oven-frites now either so we shall both suffer in (relative) silence – WHERE has this post gone to!?!?

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  15. Tuesday Wake Up Call indeed! I just learned of raclette last year in Paris at a pop up Christmas street fair. Now I’m lusting for both the cheese…and Paris. Dreams are a good thing.

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  16. I LOVE grilled cheese (unfortunately), but I’ll make it myself so it won’t be soggy.

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  17. I love ham & cheese toasted sandwiches and buy one most Fridays it is never soggy and has plenty on filling but of course the ones I make are best

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  18. My mother was the Queen of Butter. When she made toasted cheese sandwiches she would butter both sides of the bread, she used real cheese not that imitation processed cheese! Oh, man so good…along with the bisque of tomato soup, for dipping. One day I discovered using mayo instead of butter – big game changer for me. We were probably out of butter <<hard to believe. My hubby & daughter must have there TC on Sourdough w, butter…myself being gluten free, pork, corn and grain free puts a damper on recreating a TC from yesteryear…when I could have real bread sometimes I'd add a slice of bologna to the mix or occasionally a sliced garlic dill pickle, oh yum. Ketchup is out of tomato soup!
    I still have this love of ketchup and our homemade is amazing as is the bbq ketchup at the gluten free restaurant…I am also brand loyal to one national brand of Ketchup, as there is no other 😉

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  19. for those in Dallas:

    not a toasted cheese but Raclette fondue
    waywarddallas
    Pictured: Saint David’s raclette cheese fondue – served with root veggies, apples, pears and fresh baked bread. We just call it the Fountain of Delicious. Thanks for the pic, @eatthisdallas./// Ha, ha now this French cafe which doesn’t mention TC has a classically Delicious menu and they do deliver in Dallas – I so have to laugh at first I read her name as Endora and then saw the address and then I realized it was Edith…hmm, classic TV Endora (Bewitched) the cafe is on “Mockingbird Lane” (Adams Family) and Edith (cafe’s name reminds me of “All in the Family”) and this little spot looks good: https://www.cheeseandchutneytexas.com/ looks like a wide assortment of cheese, I did see a menu though photos of their cakes and sandwiches pass my inspection.

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    • Christie, sorry to correct you (i REALLY am….) but you either have a fondue or a raclette. There is NO ‘and’ – What this looks like is a Fondue, usually (normally) all you do you dunk a piece of baguette or (preferably stale) bread in the cheese, you retreat your fondue fork with the tasty morsel and you wind the liquid cheese around the piece of bread just like spaghetti and then you drive the goodies home into your mouth. You only eat Fondue with people you like, as you are all eating from one pot!!!!!
      Raclette is, if you so want, more civil. Everybody has their own place and portion. The classic style (and the best) if the ‘cheese master’ is scraping the melted cheese directly from a half-loaf, held in a sturdy clamp, and heated under a grill (you can either buy the whole equipment or rent it, my brother went for the Full Monthy and inviting the whole family once per year to a mega feast I think he must have amortised the costs!). You pour the melted cheese over the patatos and eat it with some gherkins, onions, or just like that!
      Now I can’t wait to have my next raclette at my sister’s place!!!!

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  20. Oh my gosh I googled more and found these toasted cheese Dallas: https://dallas.eater.com/maps/dallas-best-grilled-cheese-sandwiches //
    and
    http://www.dallasgrilledcheese.co/
    https://toasted.coffee/
    near downtown

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  21. re: adding to the party line comments…my father was an executive for a phone company so we had NO party line! Barbie had mini replicas of princess and other phones (I think they were key chains that I removed the chain from) We loved going to a playmates house or my Aunt’s to pickup their phone and giggle to no end if someone was talking on the party line (of course the giggling and ease-dropping at the Aunt’s house was a no-no unless you were just checking if the line was clear) she also reminded us to eat the crust of bread of a sandwich because it was good for you…we loved gathering around her small table, sometimes her old fashioned fancy table top radio would be playing…she came from an era pre tv, so a radio was good company for her. She was a sweet, very intelligent, very beautiful lady…we miss her she’s been gone for close to 30 years. Another Aunt is still living, my deceased Mom’s only living sibling and this sweet Aunt is 102!

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  22. Our sweet pup, knows when we say cheese – he is immediately front and center…oh, how he loves chuck of hubby’s sourdough toasted cheese sandwich – the pup actually does his trademark spin move when he knows toasted cheese is grilling.

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  23. YEP Dale; you were thoroughly missed…. I’m only glad to joined the cheesy party, even if you were late! And SO SORRY to hear about the miss of sale – I know the feeling. Same thing here…. repeatedly, for no reason at all – just haven’t had the RIGHT person coming by YET!
    It WILL happen though. Don’t give up – well we can’t, can we?! 😉

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  24. I don’t know. A good grilled cheese sandwich is hard to beat!

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  25. Valerie’s sex metaphor and all the comments, like a Seinfeld episode.

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  26. Referring to this: Valerie’s sex metaphor and all the comments, like a Seinfeld episode……
    It‘s getting more and more difficult to keep this up in an orderly manner 🙂

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  27. I am thinking that you must have a criteria for Toasted Marshmallows? I think toasted Marshmallows with hot cocoa would be good to have after the toasted cheese and tomato soup? Trader Joe’s has a nice aspic box of Roasted Tomato soup w/ red pepper, i think the bag of marshmallows is two aisles over…

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  28. Perhaps a monthly post on food? The next one could be P n’ J -just guessing, your combo of P n’ J would be Almond Butter with Peach Jam on wonderful homemade white bread…

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