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"A mind lively and at ease" is a blog by a first-generation Russian-Ukrainian immigrant Maria K. (Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova). An engineer by education, an analyst by trade, as well as a writer, photographer, artist and amateur model, Maria brings her talent for weaving an engaging narrative to stories of life, fashion and style advice, book and movie reviews, and common-sense and to-the-point essays on politics and economy.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Mama Masha's kitchen - quick hits - hot sandwiches

Winter seems to be reluctant to leave this year. We've all had a few spring "teaser" days, but then it was back to freezing rain and snow. I don't know about you, but weather definitely impacts my culinary choices. In my world, cold weather is not conducive to eating cold foods. Maybe a little pasta salad or potato salad on the side. Maybe some sliced beets with onion salt and sour cream. But definitely not as the main meal. Here are a few sizzling substitutes for the lunch sandwich. You can pre-make them at home and then nuke them at work.

Smoked Sausage Sandwich

- Use a length of smoked sausage big enough to go across a bread slice. Cut it lengthwise and fry on medium heat.

- Layer with cheddar cheese and relish on your favorite bread. (I used my home-made zucchini relish, but Mt. Olive relish is great too.) Enjoy!

Barbecue Sandwich

This one is for those times when you have two opened packages of lunch meat with a couple of slices left in each one. Let's say, you have sliced turkey and smoked ham.

- Saute the lunch meat in a pan with coarsely chopped onions.

- Just as the onions become translucent, add barbecue sauce to the pan, reduce heat to medium low and keep stirring, until all the lunch meat is covered with barbecue sauce.

- Sandwich with cheddar or Monterey Jack.

Baked Sandwich

You'll need a hot dog bun or a hoagie bun for this.

- Scoop out the middle of each half of the bun.

- Mix the crumbs with chopped onions and ham and saute until the onions are translucent.

- Get the mix out of the pan and mix with chopped cheese, dill, parsley and mayo.

- Scoop the mix into the bun halves.

- Bake on 350 deg F for 15 minutes.

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