We were psyching ourselves up to suit up, grab our shovels, and get going; unfortunately, twenty inches of snow is just not going to move itself (bone-chilling winds or no winds)! But before heading out (and maybe a good procrastination ploy) – how about a quick hot lunch to give us some energy? Yeah, good idea.
We’ve been keeping a fire going all morning and it’s been so toasty and comforting to be parked in front of the cooking hearth. Maybe I’m channeling the 18th century lady of the house, so anything I can think of cooking in the fireplace this weekend seems to be a natural.
I’m thinking grilled cheese would be the easiest. But little did we realize that it would be the most unbelievably delicious!
I grabbed a good-sized cast iron skillet, placed it on a hearth spider that I nestled into the burning logs and coals. When the skillet got really sizzling hot, I placed buttered (only on the outside) Portuguese bread sandwiches, filled with thick shavings of seriously sharp Vermont cheddar. Using a cast iron patty press helped the melting and browning process by flipping them only once. And voila – an 18th century inspired panini! Just the simple grilled goodness of a summer’s campfire -but in our fireplace. Ah, summer…a girl can dream.
Wishing you a warm and cozy weekend!