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This good old classic still tickles my taste buds

It’s gooey, warm and when you pull it apart it’s slightly mesmerizing. When you have the right ingredients, it’s even a little squeaky. It’s an ultimate comfort food and one of my personal favorites.

You can dunk it in tomato soup, or add bacon, peppers or ham to it. There are even restaurants and food bloggers that are trying to put a modern spin on a good classic by making it rainbow colored.

I’m talking about a delicious grilled cheese sandwich.

According to my Associated Milk Producers Calendar, Thursday, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day.

And I will be indulging, I mean celebrating.

If you search for the origins of grilled cheese, there isn’t a definitive answer.

However, it’s documented that the Ancient Romans were the first civilization to make a cooked bread and cheese sandwich, but many cultures have invented their own take on this ancient dish.

In France, people enjoy Croque Monsieur (a grilled ham and cheese sandwich) while in Switzerland it is customary to melt the cheese and toast the bread separately before combining them.

The classic American grilled cheese sandwich emerged in the 1920s when cheap cheese and affordable sliced bread became available.

Grilled cheese sandwiches gained popularity during the Great Depression as an inexpensive meal.

It was documented that Navy cooks even served up grilled cheese during World War II.

The popular sandwich is now a staple in cafés, diners, and school cafeterias across the country.

While grilled cheese is a classic, it’s not the most commonly consumed sandwich, according to marketing research from Datassential.

Turkey and ham lead the way, followed by chicken, subs, deli salads and peanut butter and jelly.

Grilled cheese, which ranks No. 8 on a Top 10 consumed sandwich list, is more predominantly eaten at home rather than in restaurants, according to the research.

That makes sense considering how relatively easy a grilled cheese is to make.

If you open up a cook book or search grilled cheese recipes online, you would think that’s a silly waste of time.

There are people who have no idea how to make a good sandwich so cut them some slack. However, there are hundreds of different variations for a grilled cheese.

Just on the Food Network’s website, there are 2,195 different takes on the classic sandwich.

Have you ever tried a grilled cheese using Brioche bread, Gouda cheese and a honeycrisp apple?

It definitely raises the bar.

In fact, on my AMPI calendar, they feature recipes every month. Last month they featured, “the ultimate farm girl grilled cheese,” which included honeycrisp apples and farmhouse cheese.

For me, I think a good grilled cheese depends on what type of grill you use, the bread, the butter, the cheese and other ingredients.

I’ve found when in a hurry, a waffle maker is an easy way to whip up a cheesy meal.

I prefer using a griddle if I have time. I really like to mix it up and use different types of cheese.

My favorite cheeses are Mozzarella and Muenster and using Brioche bread or Texas toast for the bread.

Mmmm! While most consider American cheese the standard for a good grilled cheese, it’s not my favorite.

We all need a break from this awful “spring”, so even if Rainbow Grilled Cheese isn’t your thing, get your cheese on and celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day!

Brittany Moorse

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