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LAUGHING THROUGH MIDDLE AGE...and Monte Cristo Sandwiches 
 
Jul. 30, 2010 1:46 pm 
Updated: Aug. 21, 2010 3:45 pm
Nothing like your girlfriends, food and laughter to get you out of your own head.  My husband is a complete introvert....so happy to be squirreled away with books, papers and his laptop and just emerge for food once in a while.....not me, I'm a people person and when I try to stay in the house for days on end...even with good intentions of getting many needed projects done...I'm the one that becomes squirrely!....I start to feel out of sorts, start to get snarly and  even Bud Wilson...my sweet but lively puppy gets on my nerves....this is my cue to seek out my women friends to chatter the afternoon away with.....so very,very  good for the soul! 
It's no easy task to round up friends in the summer.  Kids are home and need attention..college  kids returning home have constant emergency needs for your car, summer vacations..etc etc....but luckily 3 of my friends were up to pool time and lunch on the deck.  I love the way chatter begins the moment women enter the room.  We seem to always have things to say.  Today we talked about our college kids and their boyfriends/girlfriends...and how we start to become attached to these potential mates for our kids.....you try not to, but there they are...around you all summer and you find yourself feeding them, worrying about them driving home...and before long, you're attached and wondering what will happen if your son/daughter breaks up with these people who have now woven themselves into your life.  We talked about how we find it interesting to watch our kids discover what relationships are all about...how they handle conflict...how we see ourselves in them...and smile, or cringe!  We talked about what will become of our kids and their careers....would theyeven have one after we have spent the bank educating them.  We talked about politics....we talked about health care...and aging parents...we talked about gardening and decorating, new books we've read  and art festivals...........I just love my women friends, they are energizing.
I broke away from the chatter long enough to whip up some Monte Cristo Sandwiches....I guess not too popular in the Mid West since it seemed they were a new concept to my girls......Maybe just an old recipe because I haven't made them in years and can't for the life of me think of why they popped into my brain!
Anyhow, a great afternoon and just what I needed to perk me up.

Here's the recipe for Monte Cristo Sandwiches....a really quick meal idea.
4 sandwiches

Make a sandwiches using soft bread...like buttermilk bread or potato bread...light rye.
Put Honey mustard on both slices....then ham, then cheese...close the sandwiches.
Assemble...a shallow dish with 4 eggs and 1/2 cup milk
Melt butter in 1 large or 2 frying pans...enough to generously coat the botttom
Dip the whole sandwich into the egg mix...one side then the other...just like french toast and put into the hot butter..
brown on one side and flip...put a lid on to make sure all the eggs cook...brown the other side
watch the butter doesn't burn.
Remove and cut in half
I served this with watermelon slices, mini carrots and red pepper hummos.

So Good!....and takes under 20 minutes.
 
Comments
ZOPOOH 
Jul. 30, 2010 2:24 pm
Sounds delicious! Your right us ladies know how to jabber.
 
Janet 
Jul. 30, 2010 5:01 pm
I have never tried a Monte Cristo Sandwich but it does sound really good, I will have to try this....What you girls talked about is exactly what I talk about with my friends, it is the same everywhere when we have children at the same ages. I know what you mean about getting attached and worrying about them and especially feeding them. I still keep a tally of weekly food receipts from the very first blog I read that you wrote. The amount is considerably higher right now. I feel like I am always running to the grocery store for milk, I remember that when they were little too. I guess it is good to know that we are all on the same page and have these great friends to talk to....hubby doesn't worry about stuff like I do, his head is buried in his computer most of the time also....they are all the same.
 
Jul. 30, 2010 6:16 pm
The Monte Cristo is an offshoot of the French Croque-Monsieur and it can differ regionally in its preparation. Some people deep fry the whole batter dipped sandwich, while others grill it. Sometimes just the bread is dipped and fried and ingredients are piled on top. It's an old recipe and modern cooks have probably never heard of it much. Rachel Ray just did a show on the sandwich the other day, but called hers Croque Monsieur.
 
Jul. 30, 2010 8:07 pm
Ahh, frienships are food for the soul. I've known of the 'Croque Monsieur' since I was a kid. I am used to them with dijon and swiss cheese. My Mom would make them for us. I remember being served a 'Croque Madame' and it was the same sandwich with a fried egg on top. Mmmm.
 
Jul. 31, 2010 4:17 am
I'm from Ohio and there used to be a couple restaurants many years ago that served Monte Cristo's. I used to love them and it was a special treat. Haven't seen them on a menu for a very long time. I had my girlfriends over Monday night, it's hard after working all day but I used the weekend to prepare. We all had a great time and the conversations never stopped. Sitting on my deck was the perfect thing to do. I grilled chicken and made a cake and everyone brought something. It really perked me up! Think I'll have to make Monte Cristo's this week as it brought back lots of memories.
 
Mrs. C 
Jul. 31, 2010 10:33 am
The last time I had a Monte Cristo at a retaurant was at Disneyland, about seven years ago. Deep fried, it was served with powdered sugar topping and strawberry jam. Surprising combination, and delicious. Homemade on rye, sizzled in a frying pan, well, still yummy! You inspire me to see what the gfs are up to these days! It's been a while!
 
cocojo 
Jul. 31, 2010 3:58 pm
Sounds like this must have been dragged up from my memory some where..and an old recipe...Belles..thanks for that history..it makes sense that it has French routes..I'm from Canada and so it makes sense that it probably made it on to the menu years ago in restaurants. I also like the addition of a little syrup..although my friends thought that was weird.
 
Aug. 1, 2010 8:47 am
i can't seem to believe there are some people who've never heard of this sandwich! it's quite delicious, though i've never had the 'croque-madame,' which think i might try it this afternoon... i'm one of those 'college kids,' and my boyfriend and i have been to eachother's houses a couple of times for visits during our long summer... i like hearing your perspective on these vists, because i'm always wondering what his parents think of me, and it's nice to hear that bonds do grow.
 
Janet 
Aug. 1, 2010 1:02 pm
Sweetsagie: I have a son and a daughter and someday I want to still have a good relationship with both of them. Son is dating, 1 year relationship so far; daughter engaged and together 3 years now. I try to include their signficant others all the time, not just over for dinners but even vacations. I have some boundries about a few things but I try to be as supportive as I can with their relationships. I never want them to feel that I am choosing who they should be with and even though I think you can find faults with anyone it isn't going to be me living with the other person someday and I believe my children are smart enough to know who will be the right one for them. I can honestly say that I try to care for them as they were my own so that they feel comfortable in our home and with our company. So far this theory of mine is working and I can honestly say that if you are honest, helpful and caring when you are visiting that they will see if you are right for their son. They also hopefully do not have unreasonable expectations of you or only see their son's side of things. I believe that some relationships can be doomed from the start if the parents or children have built a wall. Also it is a good opportunity for you to see what the relationship is between your boyfriend and his parents and your parents. Depending on how all of you get along this is a good indication of what your relationship will be if you marry. I guess it works both ways.....sorry for rambling but it is true when I say that I can get attached.
 
cocojo 
Aug. 2, 2010 5:01 am
Good to hear from both of you....so when do you think is an appropriate time to have the parents of the boyfriend over? My daughter has been dating the same guy for almost 9 months.....
 
Janet 
Aug. 2, 2010 6:24 am
cocojo: Great question. I have always left that up to my kids to suggest it first. I think the couple must talk about it at some point and then I hear about it. I don't know about any timelines of what is right or wrong, 9 months seems like a fairly long time, has there been any discussion yet from your daughter to meet his parents?
 
cocojo 
Aug. 3, 2010 4:14 am
yes, she has mentioned it casually...maybe before they go back to school. This is the first serious relationship out of my 3 kids...so new ground!
 
cocojo 
Aug. 3, 2010 4:15 am
Off to teach my last Kids Culinary camp..done for the summer on Wed. and looking forward to it...I'm a little kidded out!
 
Janet 
Aug. 3, 2010 5:09 am
I know having to get together with boyfriend/girlfriends parents is awkward the first time....I feel for you there. It has helped me in the past to invite others as well and making it a larger gathering just to put both sets of parents at ease a little. It helps alleviate that sitting across from dinner if you are not sure what to say. I am sure that you will do just fine and most of all you will make your daughter very happy for making the effort. Hopefully you only have to go through it (3 kids?, 3 times), lol.
 
Janet 
Aug. 3, 2010 5:10 am
Yeah: your vacation begins after Wed., enjoy!!!!!
 
Aug. 3, 2010 6:36 am
Having girl friends is great. I belong to a garden group and 3 or 4 times a year we will all get together for a field trip to a nursery or to someone's garden. The talk and laughter never stops. Great fun and good food for the soul. :-) As for the "meet the parents" I always left that up to the kids. It does help to have it be very casual - maybe someone's birthday etc... Enjoy your vacation and thanks for the blog.
 
cocojo 
Aug. 3, 2010 4:51 pm
Janet...that's a great idea..invite a few others..or like Nana says make it a Birthday etc...
 
Janet 
Aug. 6, 2010 5:27 pm
Hey Cocojo: Nice new photo. I was wondering how your new eating lifestyle was going?
 
cocojo 
Aug. 6, 2010 7:39 pm
Going pretty good..I'm about to modify it again...I was having a hard time with the amount of meat on the plan ..for some reason, it starts to bother my joints when I eat too much meat...so back to the Vegan diet with modifications to include fish and egss and limit sugar and grains...my next picture will hopefully show more loss! Thanks for asking.
 
cocojo 
Aug. 6, 2010 7:41 pm
I've decided to not get weighed, so don't know what the weight loss is..people are starting to notice and my clothes fit better...so I guess that's good news!
 
Janet 
Aug. 8, 2010 9:49 am
Hi Cocojo: Good for you!!!! I have been eating lentil salads lately and load them up with cucumbers, grape tomotoes, green onions to stretch it out. I am not one to like to eat a lot of meats but get the protein from this source. When your clothes fit better and if you feel better that is all that matters; the scale isn't as important.
 
Aug. 8, 2010 4:11 pm
How I also treasure my time with my lady friends! I have one friend in particular who I spend many hours just chatting away about anything. We consider each other our "therapy". I know exactly how difficult it is to not become attached to our children's boyfriends/girlfriends. My daughter dated a boy that I considered my 2nd son, when she broke up with him, I was so angry at her! He was a wonderful young man. I vowed I would never get attached to another one. Lucky for me, the next one I got attached to she married. LOL. Our son dated a girl we became quite attached to as well. We missed her for the longest time. Sounds like you gals had a great time.
 
Aug. 9, 2010 12:32 pm
Hi Cocojo, just stopping in to say hello and I'm back home so I will be stopping by more often now that the PC is up and running. I love Monte Cristo sandwiches, I do ham and turkey with swiss and cheddar. Tastes great and is a nice evening meal for us. Yum
 
cocojo 
Aug. 9, 2010 5:10 pm
Thanks for dropping in everyone....Argentina, good to see you back.
 
PamInUtah 
Aug. 21, 2010 3:45 pm
Hi Cocojo, I am desperate for a recipe. I was looking for a Cinnamon roll recipe yrs ago and called my sister who is a wonderful cook. She has a Bosh mixer and in the cookbook that came with the mixer was a recipe for Carmel Pecan Twists and she suggested it as a good one to use. Well it was a hit with my family, co-workers, church ladies etc. I lent it to someone and never got it back, baaaaa, is there someone out there with this recipe? Please help me.
 
 
 
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Loving life at 50ish. Kids are gone and I'm focusing on my career! I enjoyed running a chocolate truffle business for 3 years and now teach adults and children about chocolate. I also teach hands on cooking classes at a local cooking school and am writing my first cookbook! Please visit me at my blog www.allrecipes.com/cook/givethemfood
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when I was teaching myself to cook way back in college, I made these wonderful oatmeal raisin cookies for my roomies....only problem was I forgot the flour! The cookies became one big mass that overflowed the cookie sheet and made a huge mess in the oven!
 
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