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#SoCS – Grilled Cheese


I had no idea, honestly, what I was going to write for today’s prompt. Here in Canada we don’t call the thing we cook on outside “The Grill” as much as we call it just a plain old barbeque. (I spell it that way because in this household with all the sign language going on, we fingerspell it “BBQ” for Alex.) (And anyway, it’s English, damnit.) Nine times out of ten if you read the cooking instructions on Canadian food packaging, it will say “In the Frying Pan,” or “On the Barbeque” rather than “On the Grill.” Holy Hell, where am I with this post?

Oh yeah. So we do grill vegetables but we do it on the barbeque, so my idea for this prompt wasn’t to talk about cooking on “The Grill.” My idea was nothing, really, except the word “grill.”

But then my son Chris came out to the kitchen and asked me to make his grilled cheese sandwich. He has one at 11:30am every day. It’s his schedule, which can’t be deviated from. When he said it I was, like, “duh!” There’s my prompt.

When I first discovered grilled cheese sandwiches back as a teenager, I think, I was told they were made by buttering both sides of the bread. And I actually did it for a while, before I figured out I only really needed to butter the outside. What a mess! (This, by the way, is something I’ve never told anyone. You’re the first to know!) Of course grilled cheese sandwiches have nothing to do with a grill of any kind, and I have no idea why they’re called that.

I do hope my kids realize after I’m gone how much of their history (and mine) is recorded here in this blog. They stand to learn so much about their mother and where they came from before they were born. But they never read it.

I should write a memoir one day. I wish my parents had.

Happy long weekend to all my friends in the US!

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

22 thoughts on “#SoCS – Grilled Cheese

  1. I love grilled cheese! those sandwiches are so good! canadas a lot like Europe. we grill meat a lot, too!

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  2. What if you were to butter both sides and GRILL both sides? Like, you grill one side of the slices first, then put the cheese on the grilled sides and turn it into a sandwich and grill the other sides as usual. I think that might be good. Except I don’t eat bread…


  3. Grilled cheese is comfort food. Sometimes we try to pretend we’re in the Chopped Kitchen and use fancy cheeses. I’ve even added grilled onions, tomatoes and balsamic. And I wish my parents and grandparents memoirs. So much of our history is lost.

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  4. I *love* a good grilled cheese sandwich! But I pretty much only love ones like my mama made – butter the outsides of each piece of bread, two slices of cheese, with a nice cup of tomato soup for dipping.
    Hubby’s dad made me one once that had MAYO inside it. Can’t get that thing out of my head.

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  5. I suspect grilled cheese was first made in a short-order restaurant on the kind of grill used for hamburgers — that flat iron kind. Have you seen that Johnny Depp movie, Bennie and Joon? I ADORE IT! Among other things, JD’s character makes “grilled cheese” sandwiches with an iron. A clothes pressing iron. 😀

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  6. Oh, good one with the grilled cheese! I didn’t even think of that, and we have those sandwiches quite often. Thanks for the fun prompt! 🙂


  7. Love grilled cheese sandwiches, and never mastered the method of making them in a skillet. I got really good at making them in our Griddler, though. The only thing better than a grilled cheese sandwich is TWO grilled cheese sandwiches…


  8. I’ve come to treasure the handwritten notes and journals I find from my parents now that they’re gone. Of course you could start a memoir by cutting and pasting.


  9. I have a friend who says “everyone should write their autobiography.” I wish my father had.

    I’m kind of hungry for grilled cheese.

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  10. Exactly. Btw, love grilled cheese even with a ripe tomato added, delicious! I agree about the notes of life being recorded. My niece wants me to print them all out. Yikes! I would have a room full of paper!


  11. There is something to be said for routine. I say barbeque too, is there another way?


  12. I butter both sides of the bread when making grilled cheese sandwiches. First thing I do is gather all of the ingredients and cooking utensils together, before I turn on the stove top, yes I have an electric stove. You brown both slices of bread on one side which is usually done side by side. Time for flipping the bread over and adding the cheese. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on top to make sure the cheese melts while you are browning the other sides. Put them together with a sliced tomato in the middle and then you can cut it in half and you are ready to eat.


  13. So excited about this prompt! Works for me today!!!


  14. A fun post! Grilled cheese sandwhich every day? ….A creature of habit for sure!
    I can relate … I have two sons. Only one of them …reads my blog ! 💙


  15. Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


  16. Grilled cheese daily at the exact same time. Your son rocks.


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