Last call for celebrating National Grilled Cheese Month! I call this an Italian grilled cheese only because it calls for things like pesto, basil, and mozzarella. Really, it’s just a delicious sandwich to eat anytime you can get fresh basil and the ripest tomatoes.
Italian Grilled Cheese
1-2 ripe tomatoes
Real Italian mozzarella cheese
1 loaf of bread (something like a salted ciabatta tastes amazing)
You can make this one of two ways, depending on the bread you use.
Warm a skillet on your stove to medium heat. Meanwhile cut traditional sandwich bread into thin slices. Butter the outside of each slice. Spread pesto on the inside of each slice. Fill the sandwich with tomato and mozzarella slices. Put the sandwich together and “grill” each buttered side in a skillet.
Oven method (recommended)
Preheat the oven (I usually go for the standard 350-degrees). Starting with a small loaf of bread that already has a nice crust on the outside, slice it lengthwise. Continue as above: Spread pesto on the inside of each slice. Fill the sandwich with tomato and mozzarella slices. Put the sandwich together and place it in the oven to warm, just until the cheese melts.
Enjoy with a side salad and a refreshing glass of wine.
Nora is one of the sweet faces in our Customer Service Center. I’ve worked with her during one of our warehouse sales and can definitely say she is super nice and calm, two attributes I’d think would be very important in place like the Customer Service Center. She’s worked at Wisteria for 4 years.
What are your favorite things about working at Wisteria?
Definitely it’s my co-workers. The girls in my department keep the atmosphere upbeat and fun.
What is your favorite place to visit?
That would have to be anywhere with my kids and family. Since moving to Texas four years ago, I miss them all dearly.
What is the one place in the world you’ve never been but would love to go?
I would love to go to Ireland. I’d like to see the history behind my family background.
How would you describe your personal style?
What is your favorite Wisteria item?
Hands down, it’s The Moorish Chest!
My one indulgence is:
Reality T.V.! Go Housewives!
What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I’m deathly afraid of roller coasters, and I don’t really know why!
Favorite spot in my house:
That’s easy: Floating in the pool!
I love all seafood. The one exception is Catfish.
Favorite place to watch the sun set:
Anywhere over water. The reflection can be just beautiful.
Our May catalog with a new summer look will be in mailboxes starting next week, but we wanted to give you a chance to preview the collection early. Here are some of the new items that you will find. Shop and see them all here!
In 2006, Brittany Merrill founded the Ugandan American Partnership Organization (The UAPO) after traveling to the border of Congo and Uganda to teach at a boarding school. During her stay she met Sarah, a local woman who was caring for twenty-four children. Moved by Sarah’s faith and dedication, Brittany partnered with Sarah to build an orphanage home for her growing ministry. Since that time, the UAPO has initiated five development projects across Uganda including the building of two orphanage homes with the capacity to house over 200 needy children and drilled over 20 clean water wells.
In 2007, UAPO partnered with another strong woman of faith, Alice Dramundru. Alice lost her husband to AIDS and pledged to dedicate her life to helping women and children in need. She started to train woman on how to make a variety of crafts, including the paper necklaces of the Akola project to sell in the US and local Ugandan markets. Since 2007, over 200 Ugandan women have been empowered by the Akola Project and have generated over $250,000 to provide for their families and communities.
We are proud to partner with UAPO and the Akola Project to sell their unique handmade jewelry at our Dallas store, where we recently hosted a trunk show, and in our May 2012 catalog. Thank you to all who have been a part of this partnership and have taught me that we can all make a difference!
Boozehound wanted to make a stop at the Little Czech Bakery in West, Texas, on his way to Austin a few weeks ago. He loves their kolaches. His favorite is the jalapeno cheddar sausage kolache. Who knows where we will find him next.