Gosh I hate coming up with post titles sometimes! ;)

Glad you guys are pumped about the giveaway(s)! I am pumped about my daffodils – do you even recognize them as the same ones from last night?!

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They spent all day basking in the sun on the bump out window in the kitchen (jealous) and bloomed magnificently. Smile inducer! :D

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Well, so far this week we’ve been to Jamaica and Italy for dinner, and tonight I thought we’d head South again – this time to Cuba! Cuban “Cubano” Sandwiches were on tap for dinner!

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I once again consulted my trusty 1001 Foods To Die For book to get the low-down on the Cubano. :)

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“The Cubano originated in the early 1900s when vendors and cafeterias began selling them to sugar mill employees and other workers. Big enough to be eaten with two hands, a bun is split and filled with roast pork, ham, pickles, cheese and mustard. The now bulging bun is heated and pressed on a plancha (like a panini press) making it easier to handle and eat on the go, crisps the shell of the bread and warms the filling.”

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Yep, that’ pretty much sums it up! My “bun” was half a loaf of this Demi Wheat French Bread I got from Super Target.

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PS the Super Target in my area has the most amazing bakery bread section! I’m talking dozens and dozens of different types of rolls, loafs and specialty breads like focaccia and Naan. I’m hitting that section up more often!

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Like I said, I cut this loaf in half for myself (I bought Ben a regular French loaf)

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then scooped out the insides. Not only will this help make the sandwich get super flat and crispy when pressed, but it also saves calories! Well, it does if you don’t eat what you took out…which is what I ended up doing. It was too fresh, soft and squishy to resist, I tell ya!

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The first layer was some leftover Jamaican Jerk Pork.

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Followed by a few slices of low-sodium deli ham.

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Next goes some pickle slices,

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and a slice of swiss cheese.

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Top it off with a drizzle of dijon mustard, baby!

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Yum, doesn’t that look good?

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The lid goes on, 

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and my “panini press” gets put to work. Yep, my homemade contraption is back!

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I pressed down as hard as I could so the bread on the bottom, side “A”, could get really crispy.

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After side A was done, I sprayed the top with some olive oil, flipped and placed a folded up piece of foil on the bread, so the pan I was using for my press wouldn’t get dirty.

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Side Bs turn on the bottom!

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DONE! Look how crispy the outsides got! You can see what a difference taking out the middle of the bread made. This would still be pretty doughy and thick on the inside if it was still there. You can really taste the ingredients this way.

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These sandwiches are a great way to use up extra deli meat or leftover ham. They’re so inexpensive, quick and easy to make!

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I gobbled, natch. Love these!

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Oh, alongside, I made some Mashed Sweet Potatoes. They were so good the other night, that I was powerless to resist making them again!

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That’s one small sweet potato, microwaved until soft, then mashed with 1 teaspoon of butter and dash of cinnamon. Out of this world, I’m telling you! :D

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I feel as though some 3 minute chocolate mousse might be making an appearance later tonight…it GREAT stuff guys. Oh, gosh, and I’ve got to get in my 20 minutes of movement at some point tonight too. This rain is making me feel so blah and lethargic! I know exercise is the answer to kicking those feelings, but it’s those feelings that’s making it hard to exercise! What a vicious circle. I’ve just got to do it and I think Jillian will be more than willing to show me how. ;)

Don’t forget you’ve got 3 ways to win either a Nasoya tofu press + coupons or a Swanson Vitamin goodie bag by tomorrow evening. Enter now, ya’ hear?

G’night!

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Are you a “bread” person? What kinds do you like the best?

I don’t eat bread all that often, but I can totally appreciate a good piece of chewy focaccia, or warm naan. And WHO can forget about CORNBREAD! Which, I suppose is more like dessert, but still… ;)