Since finding a job, I am now counting down the days until I can no longer label myself as “unemployed”, as well as go to sleep at 2am, wake up past 9am, and wear pajamas for 75% of the day. Yes, that’s right, in just five short days I’ll be joining the rest of the working world – feuling myself on coffee, dressing in my “business-casual” best, and shlepping myself from my cozy bed in Brooklyn to the dirty yet glamorous streets of Manhattan.

I don’t know how much into detail I can/should go about the job I’ll be doing, but I will say it’s with an important New York Department and I’ll be making a decent salary (in college-student terms) answering phones, filing, doing data entry, and basically (simple?) clerical duties. Let’s hope it works out well and I don’t screw up at my job a fraction as bad as Elliot Spitzer did his. (I think I’m safe seeing as high-priced call girls are not really my thing).

Anyways, on to the most important aspect of today: lunch. On Monday, I went to lunch with my mom at the Oak Wine Bar and Cafe, an extremely small but amazing little restaurant located a block away from my house. I ordered a Goat Cheese and Summer Vegetables Panini. It came on the most heavenly toasted baguette that I’m pretty sure Jesus himself delivered to Williamsburg. Anyway,  since then I have been CRAVING warm, crunchy, soft, toasted bread and I decided I would create my own panini today.

Bring in the ingredients! 1/5 of a thin baguette, salt, pepper, and EVOO.

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First I “seasoned” the bread with the above mentioned ingredients…

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Then I toasted it in the oven on approximately 400* for about 3-4 minutes.

jun17 004I got antsy during those 3-4 minutes (as I usually do no matter what I am in the process of doing) and gave the end of the baguette that the cashier at the supermarket put all over the germ-filled counter so generously to Shea.

She proceeded to eat it like a proper lady.

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After it was nice and toasty (and I had to struggle with myself not to take a huge bite into it), I spread about 2tbsp of Friendship’s 1% Milkfat Cottage Cheese. (This imitated the delectable goat cheese from Monday’s panini at the Oak).

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I then layered on two slices of Boar’s Head Thinly Sliced Ham.

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And topped it all off with a small slice of Reduced Fat Alpine Lace Swiss Cheese.

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It all went back into the oven, almost accompanied by Shea as well, as she attempted to steal this heavenly creation – and heaven is right where she would be headed (actually, that is questionable) if she had succeeded.

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How scrumptious does that look? Probably more scrumptious that Taylor Lautner in the upcoming Twilight sequel, New Moon.

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Don’t worry Mark – wolfy boy ain’t got nothin’ on you. Except money and fame. But I’d choose you any day 😉

And in addition to my delightful panini – what else – a yummy mixed green salad with fresh red peppers, sliced strawberry, a sprinkle of craisins, and EVOO + BALS.

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Everything all together…

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This probably the BEST sandwich I’ve ever created – no joke. I enjoyed it immensely and plan on making a few more paninis this week/weekend as long as the baguette holds up!

To be completely honest – I needed something to include in this title that rhymed with Proper Lady – so I completely fabricated the following picture in order to do so.

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After lunch,  (and after completely demolishing the poor piece of baguette) Shea was feeling very humid and decided to go onto the porch in search of somewhere shady.

Have a nice night 🙂

– Casey

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