What is it about the simple perfection of melted cheesy goodness between two pieces of toasted bread? Yesterday I sat with my morning coffee and stared at the blank word document before me. “What should I blog about?” I repeated over and over to myself while resisting the urge to procrastinate on Facebook. Finally, my Facebook addiction got the best of me and I was happily scrolling through pictures of dogs and inspirational quotes while attempting to ignore the task at hand.
Suddenly, I came across a post by my favorite sandwich spot Cafe 532 and Deli that really got my attention. Grilled Cheese Wednesday $5 it proudly displayed and as I continued to read I became more and more convinced I should blog about grilled cheese. Not just any grilled cheese but grilled cheeses with sun dried tomato and spinach, pesto, caramelized onions, bacon and smoked Gouda, hotdog & spicy relish or ham, and egg and grilled cheese. My writer’s block soon turned to dreams of cheesy goodness and a sunny day adventure.
Café 532 and Deli is located in Jaffrey atop a picturesque hillside just off of Route 202. The café is co-owned by Peter and Lori Constant and offers lunch, take out and catering services. Diners can choose to sit inside the cozy sunny light café with rustic country charm or on the patio. Peter is also an active member of his community and a fellow member of the Jaffrey-Rindge Lions Club.
When grabbing lunch at Café 532, I can never make up my mind on what to order, there are so many amazing things to choose from. Sandwiches are made using bread from The Bread Shed and fresh produce and meats. This visit to the café was no different and I found myself struggling to decide between grilled cheese options. After much deliberation I decided to order two different types and save the leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. Oh the life of a food critic. In the upcoming summer months there will be a Roadhouse BBQ lunch on Fridays and hopes for a BYOB BBQ dinner on Saturday evenings.
If you visit Café 532 you must also check out New England Everyday Goods which is conveniently located in the same building. New England Everyday Goods is owned by forth generation New Englanders Jim and Susan Therriault. They are always there to greet you and offer great suggestions on gift ideas and information on the New England farms and companies they work with. This amazing and unique shop is filled with a variety of New England made goods & gifts along with local produce, breads and baked goods. Spending time in this hidden treasure is a delight for the senses providing color, texture and smells throughout the store. This is another favorite spot of mine and a go to for all my gift giving and produce needs. With the changing seasons you will always find something new to discover.
So I pose a question to you. What ingredients make for the perfect grilled sandwich?