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GrilledShane.com, the perfect accompaniment to MissWineOH

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Please welcome GrilledShane as a guest blogger on MissWineOH. This post is part of the Ohio Blogging Association‘s Blog Swap this month. Many thanks to Poise in Parma for organizing and compiling the complete list of swaps.

So, here’s Shane, and all his grilled cheese glory!

Hesitant to partake in the Ohio Blogging Association Blog Swap, all my concerns vanished once it became apparent that I would be paired with a MissWineOH. A better partner, a wine blog, I could not have found to compliment my sandwiches. This has been a great experience for everyone involved and I must thank Tammy for her being such a gracious host.

Bread may be the staple of life…but with cheese it is heaven. Throw in some wine and you have a party.

Everyone remembers the traditional grilled cheese sandwich consisting of American cheese and processed white bread. However, not everyone realizes that a grilled cheese sandwich can (and should) be so much more. That is why I created GrilledShane.com…to educate the world on the amazing possibilities of the grilled cheese sandwich.

As far back as I can remember, my mother would make grilled cheese sandwiches with a special sweet butter that Nanny (my grandmother) used for the same exact sandwich. As I matured and could cook my own grilled cheese sandwiches, I still turned to my mother to make that simple, yet delicious sandwich. The mother’s touch of tradition and nostalgia simply made the gooey cheese and toasted/grilled bread taste all the better…even when still cooked with white bread and American cheese.

That emotional attachment attracted me to the grilled cheese sandwich and led me to become obsessed with a sandwich. Yes, I GrilledShane, am obsessed with the grilled cheese. Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

Even as someone who creates only vegetarian sandwiches, the grilled cheese sandwich possibilities are as endless as one’s imagination. Discover a new ingredient? Try it in a grilled cheese sandwich and you will be amazed at your new creation. Over the past three plus years, I have included such odd ingredients as mashed potatoes, edamame, nachos, grapes and tofu and each one was more enjoyable than the previous.

Recently, I created 80 new recipes in just a few weeks time, split between savory and sweet creations, for a new GrilledShane cookbook that will be released in November. Although I can’t specifically mention the ingredients I used, I don’t want to ruin the surprise, the versatility of this sandwich became more and more evident as the absurd, but delicious, ideas flowed out of my head.

Now these sandwiches from the cookbook, as well as the many original recipes on my blog, are not only sandwiches to be eaten specifically for lunch. Many could be eaten as a main course to a foodie feast or a great breakfast on a lazy weekend morning or the perfect finish to a multi-course experience.

Obviously, MissWineOH focuses on wines, of which I have very little knowledge. Sure, I know that I prefer white wines over reds, but that is as far as my experience in the wine world goes. However, I do know that wine and cheese is as classic a pairing as peanut butter and jelly. Wrapping the cheese in some unique and flavorful bread and melting it does not change the fact that wine is still the perfect drink of choice when enjoying a unique and gourmet grilled cheese sandwich.

grilledshane is devoted to all things grilled cheese: homemade recipes, news, and humorous anecdotes. Original gourmet vegetarian grilled cheese sandwiches are created with a unique twist. After reading, you will come to realize that grilled cheese sandwiches can be much more than two pieces of bread and one slice of cheese. MELT, a 100-recipe cookbook authored by GrilledShane is to be released just in time for the holiday season, November, 2012.

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