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5.01.2013

Asparagus Muenster Melts with a Basil Spread and Coffee Talk with Very Culinary


How many blogs do you have in your feed that you follow? I think I'm nearing 100. Everyday I discover a new to me blog that I just fall in love with. A few months ago a blogging group formed on Facebook and I was introduced to so many new faces. One of those being Amy from Very Culinary.

Amy is funny..... so funny. After seeing her parody videos on her youtube chanel  I instantly liked her. When she volunteered to do Coffee Talk with me I was excited to browse her blog more. Her recipes are all budget friendly, creative, and so many healthy choices for your family. The first recipe that caught my eye was this Dill Pickle Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese I am obsessed with dill pickles. I eat them every day as a snack and I also top all my food with them. It's actually an issue. My latest obsession is avocado toast.... with dill pickle slices on top. Am I pregnant? I was so tempted to try her grilled cheese but I would be the only one who ate it now that hubs is a leaf eater. Then there was this Strawberry Cake which I came SO close to making. However I am really trying to cut back on the sweets now that bathing suit season is upon us.


Then I saw this.... and I knew I did not need to look any further. My husband and I do a similar type sandwich and love it. Amy's was different because she uses a pesto mayonnaise as well. It was so fresh, summery, and exactly what I needed for a healthy easy fix dinner.

I made a couple changes to her recipe, nothing huge... just using what I had on hand. Amy uses a ciabatta bread then layers it with her pesto spread, prosciutto, asparagus, tomatoes and cheese. I did not have ciabatta, but a loaf of crusty french bread, I also nixed the prosciutto though it pained me to do so. I also did not have pesto but some fresh basil and garlic... so I just mixed that into the mayo with a bit of salt. All and all the it was still scrumptious without the pork! My husband ate 3 1/2! He has a thing for sandwiches.

Be sure to make these Asparagus Muenster Melts this spring/summer to use up that seasonal asparagus and fix yourself something light and easy for dinner or lunch!

I sat down with Amy recently and asked her some questions about her life and blogging. Check it out and then go say hit to her on her blog, twitter, or Facebook!







Hi Amy! Thanks so much for joining me today. I had so much fun going through your blog... and I'm not joking when I say I sat here for about an hour watching your youtube videos!


What made you want to start a food blog?
I was a stay-at-home mom and my daughter had turned one. I was starving for adult interaction, so I joined some mommy groups. To ease the tension, I always baked something and brought it along (food is always such great ice breaker, no?) Everyone was always asking for the recipes, so my husband encouraged me to start an online recipe diary, which quickly turned into a blog. And took over my life!

Where do you find the inspiration for your recipes?
Definitely other food bloggers and cooking magazines. I have an unhealthy addiction for buying magazines. You're welcome Barnes and Noble.

What kitchen tool or appliance can you not live with out?
My two-sided measuring spoons. One end is fat, the other narrow. And they're magnetic. They are seriously genius and I've talked about them so much, I should start making a commission off of their sales!

We all have a soft spot for trashy foods, what is the one food you are embarrassed to admit you love?
I feel guilty about nothing! Ha. Buuut…I love a bologna sandwich with a KRAFT American cheese slice, on Wonder Bread. With mayo. I mean, OMG. Tell me that's not the most non nutritious lunch you can think of. And I have a slight obsession with Oreo cookies. They're my kryptonite.
 ~I knew I liked you..... but now I love you. Bologna is my fave! So gross but sooo good! 

There is so many great blogs out there, what are your top three must reads?
Oh boy. I plead the 5th, for fear I might make someone cry. Seriously. I just cannot answer this. So instead, how about a silly joke?

"Why did the tomato turn red?"…"Because it saw the salad dressing."

*snort* Ok, don't worry. I won't give up my day job!

Thanks Carrie!!
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21 comments:

  1. Wheee! So many things to say, where do I start?! We are a dill pickle household and those dill pickle sloppy joes are frequently requested. You will love love love them. Also? You must check out my dill pickle dip - that dip has never missed a get together since the first time I made it. The bomb. But I LOVE your choice here. There was a time when I was making this sandwich every. single. day. Your pictures are gorgeous!

    I hadn't watched our Inception parody in a while! That was a fun one to make. I am so happy that you checked out our video catalog. Watch The Mango Splitter if you get a chance - we have no shame!

    Every time I think I can't possibly follow one more blog, another fabulous one is introduced to me. Adore you. Thank you for having me over!

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    1. Thank you so much Amy for this awesome lunch/dinner idea and for the interview! I am checking out the mango video now haha. Love that your husband participates... my husband would run and hide!

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    2. My Paul used to be a video producer so he's the one that makes ME do it! He longs for a professional video camera and studio lighting. I told him my blog doesn't make enough money for that!

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  2. Amy, I have those same measuring spoons! I loooooove magnetic measuring devices - helps keep them all together in the Drawer of Terror. :-)

    Gosh, those melts look incredible. I love the look of both versions!

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  3. Totally mouthwatering looking sandwich, and gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing, ladies!

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  4. What a tasty sandwich, love the basil spread!

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  5. I love everything about this post! The video of Amy, the interview and the melt with pesto! Thanks for sharing, Carrie!!!

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  6. This recipe looks sooo yummy!!!! How do you make the pesto mayo? Or is it something you buy? I cannot wait to try it!!

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    1. Hi, if you click the link I shared above it will bring you directly to original recipe from Very Culinary. :)

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  7. This sandwich looks amazing!

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  8. LOVE everything about this recipe!!pinned

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  9. Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering! This looks amazing :) I love asparagus, I love pesto!

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