Well, I don’t know how it’s looking in other places, but here in Seattle it is definitely fall. The change was very sudden. Nope, no gradual cool-down here, just one day it was summer and the next it was fall. The weather went from days in the 70’s (which, I am strongly against calling summer weather, but it’s what we got this year), to the 50’s, the leaves are turning, and the rain is here. This time of year is when I do my best to get cozy. This typically means more time spent indoors, kicking the fireplace on from time to time (which the pets love), and making meals that involve the oven or the stove top and longer cook times.
I love an ooey-gooey cream-laden pasta with a nice fat piece of sirloin or fillet as much as the next person (or probably even more). Even if I come home and all that I want is to eat my weight in spaghetti carbonara, sometimes a light dinner is what the doctor ordered. I could be accused of eating emotionally (hey man, what could make a lady feel better than to indulge in her new favorite thing, the wonderfully fried Szechuan Crispy Chicken from Spicy Talk Bistro?) but what I have found is that if I do this at the end of a day where I have eaten good-for-you things like salads, lean meats, nuts, etc. it’s not so bad, but when it’s after a busy day that may have involved some not-so-healthy eating, it may just make me want to go cry in the corner. So on night like this, when I’m exhausted and just want some comfort food, I do my best to talk myself into preparing something simple but tasty, slightly rich but not heavy, and really cozy. That’s what these sandwiches are for me.
No matter how much I enjoy cooking, some nights all I want to do is come home, poor a glass of wine and put my feet up. And lord knows if I leave it up to my husband there’s a good chance we will be eating pizza for dinner, so I need something easy that I can whip up in less than 30 minutes otherwise I won’t be able to find the motivation to even pull a knife out.