It’s a beautiful spring day – almost as if the sunshine knew I wanted to pretend it was summer for my big birthday brunch. As we pan down the banquet table overflowing with mimosas and bloody Marys, we catch only the most riveting tidbits of conversation…
“Full disclosure, if we’re going to keep bees in the future, I’ll need a super bee suit, ‘cause I’m allergic, but can it have a tear-away option? However attractive the originals are, they just seem so suffocating.”
“Oh yeah, you can save a gif as a photo to your phone and then text it.” (Just like your very own WhatShouldWeCallMe. Mind. Blown.)
Having fun with the photo app, Fat Booth: “Look, it’s fat Daniel!” to which Daniel responds, “Ah, Katie’s dream. Happy birthday, Katie!” (Basically my real reason for baking so much: the eternal goal to fatten up two of my best friends Daniel and Tim :)
As you can tell, the day was filled with important agreements/realizations/dreams-come-true this past weekend. It was, however, also brought to my attention that this year will be the final year of the famed Los Angeles Grilled Cheese Invitational. I’m sorry; I forgot to ask if you were sitting down for that terrible news.
This is truly an epic event for all ages. The glorious combination of beautiful Southern California with: Bread + Butter + Cheese = Victory. They give away samples of as much delicious grilled cheese as you can handle; you can compete – like I did, back in 2010; and you can enter the poetry contest, like my amazing brother did. An abridged version of his genius, award-winning craft:
There’s a fabulous feeling that’s sweeping the nation.
Now unleashed in our land is a cheese celebration.
From Burbank to Long Beach, from Carson to Venice,
Cheese is sweeping away every plague plight and menace.
Too long have we waited in anticipation
For buttered bread and cheddar salvation.
They’re gooey and grilled, they’re a melted delight
They’ve got my mouth drooling all day and all night.
There are sandwiches as fancy as a pair of Guccis
Crafted of Monterey, jack, even of bluecheese.
We’re starting a trend. We’re bringing cheese back.
It’s not just a snack; it’s a gruyere attack!
All of this is to say that I have an incredible grilled cheese for you this week! (And if you live anywhere near LA, you need to go to this event next month!)
Meg and I whipped up these bad boys for a small dinner party (of three – totally still a rockin’ party) with an infusion project happening while the onions caramelized.
If you’ll recall, I love caramelized onions. On the list of foods that are a gift from God, they’re right up there with salted caramel and And what?!…find out after the jump.