Thursday, May 26, 2011

The (F)unemployment Special



(F)unemployment: (Noun) The state of being unemployed in New York City.  

Yeah, it's cool for about a minute until you start to drive yourself crazy.  For once I don't have work or school and I have no idea what to do with myself.  I guess I shouldn't complain, it's been great in some ways. My room is constantly clean, I've caught up on new music, and a lot of reading has been done.  But I want to work (which is a weird thing to say, i know). I need to have something to do, something to work on, something to keep my stress level higher than it is now.  It's only been a week and I'm starting to feel like a blob -  I'm not into this blasé lifestyle AT ALL. 


I did, however, have two interviews at one of my favorite food magazines this week, so please, please, please keep your fingers crossed for me!  I honestly don't know how much longer I can last.  In the mean time, I guess I'll just keep eating this sweet and savory grilled cheese sandwich to keep me happy.  It's got a delicious rosemary butter, brie, fig preserves, and POUND CAKE. omg, yes.


Here's what's keeping me (sort of) sane :



Ingredients

- 2 thin slices of pound cake
- a few slices of brie
- 1/2 tbs fig spread
- 1 small rosemary sprig - chopped
- 1 pat of butter







It's so easy. Just place a few slices of brie onto one piece of pound cake.


Smear some fig preserves on the other piece of bread.


Melt a pat of butter in your skillet on medium and throw in the chopped rosemary.  Keep heating the butter and rosemary for a few minutes until the leaves start to soften up and the rosemary flavor starts to infuse into the butter.  You'll also want the little bubbles (that you see below) to dissolve before you put your sammie in. I think it makes for a better consistency when it's soaking into the bread. 


When it's all smooth and melted, put both pieces of pound cake in your skillet (still on medium) and let'em cook.


After about three or four minutes you should start to see a nice crust developing on the bottom of the pound cake.  To look - GENTLY use your spatula to peek underneath. If you think it's good to go, gently flip one piece onto the other.  Don't worry if your brie hasn't started melting yet, when you do this step the heat from the other sandwich will instantly heat up your cheese and finish the melting process.


Then take it off the skillet and eat immediately. Real fast. Inhale it.


So to those of you out there that don't have a job, I hope this will make your life a little bit less stressful and more enjoyable.  And for those of you who do, quit your job so I can have it. Just kidding, but seriously - someone hire me before I go crazy.

Oh! How could I forget? I have A TON of Applegate coupons, and they're all for you guys!  If you leave a comment and/or email me your address (grilledcheesesocial@gmail.com), you can expect some coupons in your mailbox!

xoxo,

GCS

47 comments:

  1. This looks delicious. Was pointed in the direction of your blog via Sweet Grass Diary. I'm tempted to try this one out with the Green Hill cheese. There's also this goat's milk brie that I've been digging on that I might try with this.

    And, I'd be down for some coupons.

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  2. Seriously? No, seriously? My mouth is literally salivating right now. If your unemployment means I get more sammy ideas like these, I'm on board with you being idle. Seriously?! Holy mother.

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  3. Oh good god I'm SO HUNGRY! This looks amazing!

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  4. my god.

    I need this. IN my mouth. right now.

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  5. Oh my...a grilled cheese with pound cake...this sounds like a must-try! Good luck with the job hunt!

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  6. This looks so good. I want to try it.

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  7. This is amazing looking!!!!!
    Also, good luck on your job search! I've been looking for work for a year...and I've gotten a couple of side gigs, a bazillion interviews, and am only finally getting real prospects...tho I do adult novelty home parties on the side, so that's helped :)

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  8. HEAVEN for your tastebuds! So, would this be a dessert? or maybe breakfast item? I could wake up happy to that!! Ciao!

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  9. Oooh coupons. And I love all your sandwiches! Awesome!

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  10. Try being unemployed in rural Maine, the outlook is even bleaker. On the bright side, I have plenty of time to recreate this sandwich!

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  11. That is making my mouth water!!

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  12. that sandwich is probably all of my favorite things in one place. i just died a little. also, we have the same name. swish.

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  14. I'm funemployed too! It's FANTASTIC! I'm lucky enough to know how long my funemployment will last (my new job will start June 6), but either way, try to relax and enjoy yourself and do all the things you can't do when working! And good luck with the job search! :)

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  15. Hmm, I wish I had smell-o-vision. This looks yummy, I love grilled poundcake so you had my attention immediately!
    besos,lynn

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  16. Wow... oh wowowowowow. I'm wishing I was funemployed and enjoying this right now.
    Good luck with the job search, but promise not to leave us hanging when you are rolling in work again.

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  17. oh, i am in love with your blog.
    grilled cheese has been high on my list of essential food groups since around age 3...yum!

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  18. Wowie! Pound cake for bread?!? This is amazing and I love how your sandwiches are full of surprising ingredients I would never think to use. Good luck on the job search!

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  19. I have only recently discovered your blog and was pretty super impressed with it and your dedication to the grilled cheese lifestyle. But today I have realised that I underestimated you. Cake, cheese and figs? You're a genius. An actual genius. Hooray for you.

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  20. Did you invent this? If so, you are a food genius! Congrats on making Top 9 and I've got my fingers crossed for the food magazine job.

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  21. I saw the picture on foodbuzz top9 and thought let me check out this grilled cheese because I love grilled cheese. Then I got here and saw pound cake...brie...figs! I think it's amazing. I hope you get your favorite job out of the two you interviewed for... Best of luck to you! Thanks for sharing this ingenius idea. JUST LOVELY!!

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  22. WOW! This is one incredible grilled cheese sandwich! Congrats on the Top 9 today! Well deserved.

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  24. First, good luck with the job interviews.

    Second, I'm thinking that there might be more than a few other fruit preserves that would go well in this sandwich. You might try discovering what does go well as a means of maintaining your sanity.

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  25. Oh. My. I had to re-read it a couple of times before it sank in that that was pound cake and not bread. Wow. Perhaps some homemade raspberry jam instead of the fig spread - some serious potential, there.

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  26. Girl, your (F)unemployment Special is inspired. Huzzah on the foodbuzz Top 9. ~ Your fellow boroughs-dweller, cleo

    P.S. I happily added you to our blogroll at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen
    Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

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  27. Oh, my. It's 11:30 PM and I'm half tempted to stroll in the kitchen and make a brie grilled sandwich. Good luck on your job search! As someone who has been unemployed for an entire year (!!!!!!!!!!) and is finally starting a job soon, I've definitely felt the other side of 'funemployment';it's not REALLY a vacation after awhile... more like an endless stream of job applications and wondering if you'll ever get a call back. I feel your pain, but at least you have this sandwich to console you!

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  28. Crossing fingers for you. I really like the shots you took of the preparation.

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  29. Best wishes on the job prospects.

    Just about everything I see here is great, every time I stop in. Makes me think I could learn a thing or two just from paying attention to your blog.

    Keep on grillin'.

    @EatGamer
    www.eatgamer.com

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  30. This is classy cheese! I have some wine jelly in my fridge volunteering right now to be in this grilled cheese. Thanks for the great ideas.

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  31. stop. please stop. THIS EXISTS. yum. yum yum.

    love your blog btw. new follower here :)

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  32. what a great idea and a fun little change from the conventional slices of bread to use pound cake

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  33. Wow. Didn't know there was a way to make pound cake any tastier. This is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Miss you!!

    xx
    Ash

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  34. You are so creative, who would have thought to use pound cake!

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  35. This looks incredible. I've got some fig jam in my fridge and I'm going to have to try this out.

    Do you have any suggestions for what type of brie? I've made some other fig jam and brie sandwiches and they weren't quite as good as the first one I had in a restaurant.

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  36. This look so good. Fig jam is pretty easy to make I love the addition of rosemary to this I am sure i adds that something extra

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  37. Shut the front door!I've got to try this. And I don't cook. I do love me some brie though =)

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  38. So happy to find this recipe! We tried it out camping, if you can believe it, and served it to some VERY appreciative guests. Thank you! See our process here ... http://living.weelife.com/2011/07/pound-cake-grilled-cheese-sandwich.html

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  39. wow, this look amazing! I love melted brie with fruit.

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  40. I have recently become OBSESSED with grilled cheese. I did this one today for a brunch and used french toast instead of pound cake. It was phenomenal!! Thanks so much! You have inspired my hidden foodie!

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  41. Ohmygod! All one word! I made this today with honey wheat bread and it was AMAZING! How have I lived without this sandwich my whole life???? It was delicious! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

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  42. I'm freaking out...on the inside..right now. Dessert Grilled Cheese. My brain is still processing. THAANNKK YOOUU!

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  43. I've got to give this a try. Is there a more mild cheese that would be a good sub for brie?

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  44. This is incredible, but have you tried any other bread in place of pound cake for a lighter version? Challah maybe?

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  45. Oh yeah! The best "grown up" grilled cheese ever - I used whole wheat bread instead of pound cake and it was still delish!

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