Fried Green Tomato BLT

Today while driving home, the Newsies soundtrack came on my satellite radio. I will be completely honest, I belted out the entire thing. I probably looked like a fool. I’m certain I looked like a fool. Not that I cared. I was listening to the melodious voice of one Mr. Christian Bale.

Hottest man on the planet. Yes, folks. I have a serious love for him. Since I saw Newsies when I was 8. Even during his weird American Psycho days. I stood by him when he won the supporting Oscar for The Fighter. I think the Batman suit fits him to a T.  And his cockney, curse-laden rant is even acceptable in my book.

Because really, everyone needs some Christian Bale in their lives.

And everyone also needs this sandwich. Crispy, fried green tomatoes. Sweet and tangy basil mayo. Crunchy bacon. All the makings of the world’s greatest sandwich. You really can’t do without this one. Promise.

Recipe from Kelsey’s Essentials

For fried green tomato recipe, click here. For sweet basil mayo, look here.

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Fried Green Tomato BLTs
Recipe type: sandwich, easy, summer
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Serves: 2

  • 4 slices thick sandwich bread (I used Italian bread)
  • 4 fried green tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • 8 to 12 slices crispy bacon
  • sweet basil mayo

  1. Toast your bread well.
  2. Slather one side with sweet basil mayo and be sure to be generous.
  3. Layer on two fried green tomatoes.
  4. Next, add 4 slices bacon.
  5. Top with lettuce and the other slice of bread.

This sandwich is subjective. So layer on as little or as much as you like. But don’t skimp on the basil mayo.


Sweet Basil Mayo

Well, I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! We were still in somewhat recovery mode. I didn’t have time to whip up much for the holiday this year due to the fact that my fridge is still 3/4 of the way empty. We’re without some pretty important basics. But slowly, we’re recouping!

One thing I’ve enjoyed so far this summer is basil. I don’t think I’ve ever realized how great it is but basil is now my favorite herb. (ERB or HERB?) I saw this sweet basil mayo on Kelsey’sEssentials a few weeks ago and haven’t been able to get it out of my head (same goes with the Billy Ocean song “Get Out of My Dreams”…). It is a perfectly sweet yet tangy sandwich spread, essential for the summer season. I now keep a jar of it on hand in the fridge at all times. Well, not this week but you get my point, right?

Stay tuned to see what I used it on!

Recipe from Kelsey’s Essentials

Sweet Basil Mayo
Recipe type: spread, sandwich, summer
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Serves: 4

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

  1. In a food processor, combine basil, mayo, lemon juice and mustard. Pulse a few times until combined.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Keep some of this on hand for summer picnics and parties.


Pizza Panini

This past week, we have been having paninis a plenty. And by that, I mean we have taken everything, placed it between two slices of bread and smooshed it in the panini press. It’s been awesome. I really can’t get enough paninis.

Thus far, my favorite is definitely the pizza panini. It’s like a giant slice of pizza on toast. Does it really get any better? I think not.


Pizza Panini
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Serves: 1

A slice of pizza smooshed and toasted.
  • 2 slices bread of your choice (I used wheat, any crusty bread will do)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. pizza sauce
  • 2-3 Tbsp. mozzarella cheese
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

  1. Preheat your panini press.
  2. Lay your two slices of bread on a flat surface. Spread 2-3 Tbsp. of pizza sauce onto one slice.
  3. On the other slice, spread your mozzarella.
  4. Put a pinch of red pepper flakes on top of the sauce.
  5. Put the two slices together and place them on the panini press.
  6. Let sit for about 5 to 7 minutes until cheese is melted and bread is toasted.

Harvest Chicken Salad

When I was a kid, I always loved chicken salad. And by chicken salad, I mean chunks of chicken slathered with mayonnaise and maybe some celery tossed in there for good measure. To me, in my young age, it was a delicacy. The best of the best.

Then I grew up and realized that it was barely even considered chicken salad. I learned that there was more to it. Chicken salad can be so much more than just mayonnaise. You can dress it up any which way you want. My new favorite? Harvest-style chicken salad. Some grapes, apple cider vinegar, celery. Some people put raisins or craisins. It completely transforms chicken salad. The tanginess of the vinegar and the sweet-sour taste of the grapes really make the flavors come alive.

Serve this at your next party. I promise, there will be no leftovers.

Harvest Chicken Salad

serves 6


– 3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

– ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

– ½ cup mayonnaise

– 1 tsp. dill

– 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

– 2 stalks celery, diced

– 10 to 12 grapes, halved

– salt and pepper to taste

 In a large bowl, combine chicken, yogurt, mayonnaise, celery and grapes. Pour in apple cider vinegar and stir well to combine. Sprinkle dill on top and fold in. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve cold for best taste.