Bacon & Provolone Grilled Cheese

We are all kids at heart. My love of cooking started as a kid. One Sunday afternoon we came in the door from church, hungrier than usual. I grew up in Michigan and it was a winter day. Maybe 12 degrees outside. My dad said I could make lunch that day. I spun with the excitement of that task. Grilled cheese and soup was something I could pull off at the age of 8 and I was ready to kick it into high gear to pump out some excellent grilled cheeses for my family of six. That morning I wore a flowing dress with flowers all over it and a large bow on the front center. Well, about 3 grilled cheese sandwiches in, I looked down and to my horror my dress, that bow, was on fire. I leaned a little too far over near the gas burner and poof-bow up in flames! I didn’t panic oddly enough but spun around toward my dad. We locked eyes and his widened. He then took the most monstrous breath in and blew out as hard as he could. My dress was still smoking and he then rushed me over to the sink to submerge the remaining embers under water. Wow! I felt so confident in the kitchen and had a bit of a wake up call. We laugh about it now. And now I’m making a more grown up grilled cheese for my family on Sunday afternoons and smile at happy memories of kitchen adventures so many years ago.

12 slices bread ( Texas toast would be superb here)
1/2 stick butter
12 pieces provolone cheese
1 lb bacon cooked, drained and chopped

Butter bread liberally stack with provolone, bacon in the middle then another piece of provolone. Place another piece of buttered bread on top and cook in skillet on medium high about 3 min on each side. What temperature of your stove top. Try turning it down as the first side gets done to allow cheese time to melt well. Serves 6.

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We also had this Homemade Italian Wedding soup this week. Grilled cheese and soup is a comfort combo worth making every time. Warms the soul, I think.

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