Posts made in February 8th, 2012

chive goat cheese and roasted red pepper sandwiches


Posted on Feb 8, 2012 in Food

There is a bit of a debate in our house about what constitutes a “grilled cheese.” I’m a purist. I say that a sandwich can only be called a grilled cheese when it’s just cheese on bread (with some butter, of course). If you ask 100 people what was on a grilled cheese, I’d say 99 of them would side with me. Babyface, on the other hand, says that any sandwich that has melted cheese is a grilled cheese. In his world, a sandwich with bacon, cheese, tomatoes and onions is a grilled cheese.

I know, crazy right?

This causes issues, because El Babyfaceo is the King Supreme grilled cheese maker. It was only a few years ago that I even learned to make one without burning it and even now, his skills are much, much better than mine. Because he’s the master of our collective grilled sandwich destiny, this is usually how the exchange goes:

Me: Mmm! Do you want to have grilled cheese with dinner? That sounds good!

*I picture buttery, toasty bread with loads of gooey cheese*

Him: Sure!

*10 minutes later, he puts sandwich in front of me*

Me: Mmm! That looks delicious! But I thought we were having grilled cheese?

Him: That is a grilled cheese!

Me: It has bacon, tomatoes, yogurt, seven different kinds of cheese, soy milk, chocolate bars, jelly beans and a beer bottle on it, that’s not a grilled cheese.

Him: But it’s grilled. And has cheese on it. Grilled cheese!

Me: Thanks for the sandwich, Baby.

After being together for almost six years, I’m finally learning that if I want a real grilled cheese, I need to make it myself and leave the fancy grilled cheesin’ to the hot Canadian with the tattoos. But that’s totally fine, because Babyface does come up with some awesome ideas while he’s making his not-really grilled cheese sandwiches. And this was one of them.

He’s been on a creamy, gooey goat cheese kick and I ran with it and it turned it into this deliciousness. It’s an amazing sandwich, but it is not, and will never be, a grilled cheese.

Chive Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwiches

by Cassie Johnston

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Makes: 2 sandwiches


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thin
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and sliced thin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons thinly-chopped fresh chives
  • 4 slices thick-cut sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened


  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add in peppers, onions, salt and pepper and cook until softened and browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. While peppers and onions cook, mix goat cheese and chives together in a small bowl. Spread goat cheese mixture on one side of each of the slices of bread, distributing it evenly. Spread the other side of each bread slice with butter.
  3. Remove peppers and onions from skillet and set aside. Reheat skilled over low heat and add two slices of bread, butter side down to the skillet. Layer peppers and onions over each slice and then top with remaining bread-slices, butter-side up. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until toast is browned and goat cheese is warmed. Carefully flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
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Alright, who’s right? Me or Babyface?

what i ate wednesday: free cake! [giveaway]


Posted on Feb 8, 2012 in Food

Did you guys know that my WIAW post are usually not at all photographed on Wednesday (hence the early-in-the-day posting)? I try to photograph my eats on Monday each week, and if that fails thanks to my terrible memory, I go for Tuesday. This week, Monday was a success! Mondays are always really hectic for me, so I have to really focus on keeping my food in check. When I get overwhelmed, I tend to want to just graze on terrible foods, but photographing for you fine folks helps me stay in line. So thanks for keeping me healthy!


Whenever I’m feeling rushed, a yogurt bowl is my go-to breakfast. I can just toss together a bunch of stuff from the fridge and pantry and I get a healthy, balanced, and tasty end result. In this bowl: vanilla yogurt, raspberries, blueberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds. It was delicious, but a wee bit too sweet for my tastes. I’d prefer it with plain yogurt. It’s crazy how your tastes change. In the “olden” days, vanilla yogurt wasn’t sweet enough for me!

Once I got to work, I grabbed a decaf skinny vanilla latte (tall) from the ‘bux. I try to stay away from artificial sweeteners, but I can’t deny the appeal of a 100 calorie coffee drink. Plus, my life philosophy is “everything in moderation,” and sometimes that everything includes yucky chemicals that make my coffee taste yummy.

Morning Snack

Does anyone else have guidelines for the types of snacks they have at different times in the day? My morning snack is almost always sweet and my afternoon snack, almost always salty. I am a creature of habit. This sweet morning snack was a pear (in case you couldn’t tell, it was organic, thanks for the sticker, Kroger) and two peanut butter coconut energy balls. Which are delicious and coming to a BTHR post near you soon.


I’m not a big fan of salads, but there were so many good salad fixins hanging out in our fridge that I couldn’t resist pulling together a beast of one. Lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, red pepper, mango salsa, hummus and hemp seeds. It was pretty good—for a salad. Alongside I had a clementine and one of Chobani’s new passion fruit yogurts (thanks to them for sending me a sampler pack). The passion fruit is good, but my favorite of the new flavors is the blood orange. SO GOOD. Go out and buy some if you can find it!

And everyone give a hearty welcome back to lunch dessert. Yay! I love lunch dessert. Today we had an 80 calorie, applesauce brownie. Delicious and fudgy, but not quite ready for prime time. I think after one more test batch they’ll be ready to make it onto the BTHR stage.

Afternoon Snack

And right on cue, a salty snack. Spelt pretzels with some garlic hummus and another clementine. We have a big crate we’re trying to make it through.


I needed to take an exam and do some other homework after work (have I mentioned how much I love online classes?), so I wanted to do something quick and easy for dinner. spaghetti alla carbonara is a weeknight regular that never, ever disappoints. Delicious, filling and ready in about 10 minutes. I also had a bowl of Caesar salad on the side made with my tofu dressing, a hunk of garlic toast, and a glass of red wine.


For dessert, I broke into a sampler pack that the nice folks from Euforia sent me. They sent some samples of their thousand-layer cakes and tea. The cake is awesome! Moist, sweet and flavorful. I’d imagine it’d be awesome served to guests with coffee and tea. I really liked peeling apart the layers (I do the same thing when I eat Nutty Bars) and I loved that the products were all-natural (not at all like Nutty Bars).


My exam was hard. I haven’t been in school in a very long time, and it’s been even longer since I had to do memorization (the last two years of my first undergrad degree were almost entirely studio art classes). Trying to force my brain to remember that the AI for total fiber is based on 14 grams/1,000 kcalories or that margarine must contain at least 80% fat by weight by law is hunger-inducing! Once I finished up my test, I scrambled to the kitchen for a mini-bowl of cereal. Brown puffed rice and skim milk.

OH, hey, I promised a giveaway in the title, didn’t I? Want to win some free cake of your own from Euforia? They’ve offered to provide one winner with a sampler gift pack of your very own. Inside are eight wrapped cake slices plus a package of your choice of specialty tea or coffee.

giveaway rules, regs and how to enter:

  • This contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents age 18 or over only.
  • There will be one winner of either a Euforia Tea Cadeau or a Euforia Coffee Cadeau (winner’s choice).
  • To enter: leave a comment here telling me what’s the best thing you’ve eaten so far this week.
  • Entries close on February 10, 2012.

official rules and legalese:

To enter you must be 18 or older and a valid U.S. or Canada Resident. Winner will be chosen by random drawing from the pool of comments on this post. To be considered for the prize, you must provide a valid email address. Once a winner is notified and verified, Euforia will be provided with the contact information of the winner and they will be responsible for  prize fulfillment. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. To enter, leave a comment on this post stating the best thing you’ve eaten all week. No purchase necessary to win. Entries will close on February 10, 2012 at noon (EST). The winner will be contacted by email on or before February 13, 2012. If the winner does not claim the prize within seven days, the original winner forfeits the prize and a second random entry will be chosen from the pool. This contest is sponsored by Euforia of Arizona and is void where prohibited by law.


In exchange for this blog post, as well as posting this giveaway, I was compensated with one tea Cadeau. My review of the product was not biased or influenced in any way by this compensation.