Gaines invented this delicious, tangy-sweet sandwich to use the plentiful apricots from his neighbor's tree, which hung over the property line. "He told us we could have all the fruit on our side of the fence," Gaines explains.
Karen Kadlec uses a slice of regular sharp cheddar and a slice of black pepper cheddar, but the second cheese isn't widely available. If you can find it, by all means try it, but then skip the final sprinkle of black pepper.
Grilled Eggplant and Brie Sandwiches with Olive Tapenade
Charis Janda had trouble finding a restaurant that made eggplant sandwiches, so she invented this very tasty one. If you don't have time to make the tapenade, just substitute your favorite store-bought kind.
“You can make this recipe with any kind of cheese,” says Peggy Smith of Northern California's Cowgirl Creamery. The key is to use a variety of different-textured cheeses—moist with dry, elastic with hard. The recipe is based on one in Cowgirl Creamery Cooks.
Cowgirl Creamery created this variation on their classic grilled cheese recipe in honor of their British friend Kate Arding, cofounder of the cheese magazine Culture. It features Wagon Wheel, one of the Cowgirls’ most delicious creations—a melty cow’s-milk cheese.