The perfect September Sandwich

School may be back in session, but the recent soaring temperatures have been reminding us that the calendar says it is still summer. If you want a reminder of your carefree summer days, try this perfect September Sandwich for lunch or dinner.

Start with a light flavored but full bodied bread. You will most likely want something with a thin or a soft crust. You could try anything from a lightly toasted English muffin ( for a small snack) to a slice of Tuscan loaf, a slice of fresh sourdough or even a sweet Italian.

Thinly slice a fresh red tomato and layer on the bread. Cover the tomato with fresh basil leaves, then layer that with thinly sliced fresh yellow tomato. Top off the sandwich with fresh mozzarella medallions, then very very very lightly drizzly with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. I like lots of freshly ground pepper and a light dusting of sea salt, but handle this as your tastes desire.

Be sure to grab a hand towel, this one can get messy to eat, but the taste is divine.

While you are enjoying your meal, have a quick visit with my new friend and remember.. Spore is coming. If you will be downloading and playing this game on Sunday, leave me a comment.

Fat Tuesday without the fat

I have been playing with pancake recipes lately.. and have come up with a tasty, hearty, nearly fat free recipe that can be modified in truly unique ways with outside the box thinking. Taking a breakfast treat and turning it into a meal with more protein and less fat.

Basic recipe:

1 1/4 Cups flour
1 cup egg beaters
1/2-2/3 cup skim milk (to consistency you like)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar ( your choice…can be optional)

Mix until batter is smooth. If you make a dozen medium sized pancakes with this , each pancake is aproximately 67 calories, with about 2 calories from fat.

Ways to make them more interesting:

Classic Blueberry: Add a sprinkle of frozen whole blueberries to the uncooked batter and allow them to thaw and soften just slightly as it cooks. For some extra kick, add a sprinkle of cinnamon as well.

Mushroom madness: Sprinkle chopped portabello mushrooms into the batter as it cooks. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the cooked pancakes and enjoy. For extra kick, sprinkle with cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. I have not tried garlic yet, but it is next up on the list to try.

Chili-yow: Sprinkle freshly crushed flakes of your favorite hot pepper into the batter as it cooks. For a double indulgence, add in flakes of dark dark chocolate as well.

Try them out and let me know what your favorite non-traditional add-ins are…