Friday, October 19, 2012

The Starving Artist

Just the right lunch for fall weather.
I use a cast iron skillet over medium heat with a tab of butter (olive oil should work as well), lightly buttered multi-grain bread, white cheese—usually jack, though Gouda is good, and when in the mood I’ve used sharp cheddar—with thinly sliced onions browning alongside the sandwich. Once the cheese has melted and the bread has grilled, I add the onions and—here’s the expressive part—slices of avocado and a coil of mustard.
Ah, avocados. I grew up in a home with an avocado tree outside my second-story window, which provided an instant exit when I didn’t care to use the stairs. One summer I left the window open for the tree to branch out inside. It played with the idea, but must have felt claustrophobic, and declined. We had avocados throughout the year. If you're unfamiliar with choosing and using them, keep in mind that ridges running beneath the skin are signs there are undesirable strings in the flesh. The fruit should give slightly under pressure when ripe—anything softer, or hollow places, and it's probably overripe. An avocado will ripen sooner if the stem remainder is removed. Always store at room temperature; don't refrigerate before it is ripe. Use a butter knife to cut the avocado lengthwise in half, then stab the seed to remove it.

To complete the meal, I serve tomato soup (Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper, to be specific) with a slice or two of avocado afloat, and a liberal sprinkling of freshly ground pepper. The buttery avocado complements the tangy tomato, and the color combination is pleasing. 
artwork is acrylic on rag board


  1. Try goat cheese sometime. Yum.

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  3. Glad to see you removed my comment. I have had 650 'hits' on my blog since posting the Oct. 22, post about 'The Dragon of Cripple Creek' and I will leave it up for another week. Congratulations on the second printing of your book!