Let's be honest, nothing can take the sting out of the summer ending. As parents, we can’t make waking up early and going to school sound more appealing than rolling out of bed around lunch time and leisurely making your way to the pool.
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I used to think that brunch was only a food fad that my grandparents participated in, during the 50's and 60's. However, as I have gotten older, and the trend has grown exponentially in popularity, I am slightly disappointed I didn't pay more attention to it when I was younger.
Honestly, there's not much left that can be said about the grilled cheese (or cheese toasty, if you're from Indiana). It's basically the world's most perfect food. The perfection comes from its extreme simplicity. Literally, if you follow the blueprint, you will always end up with something delicious. Butter any type of bread + add any cheese + make melty/toasty. American on white bread, or cave-aged cheddar on fresh sourdough; the blueprint works every time! There are few things on Earth that are this easy, with results so sublime.
As far as portable foods go, falafel often ranks at the top of most lists and for good reason. It is healthy, full of amazing spices, and surprisingly easy to prepare. Not to mention, it is somehow simultaneously both light and satisfyingly filling. What's not to love?
There are few things in life more comforting than a good bowl of soup. This is especially true when we are rapidly approaching full on hibernation season. This dish is even more comforting when the soup is topped with melty cheese, and chocked full of savory onions and rich herb soaked stock.
Call them "hacks," "secret weapons," or just plain ol' good ideas; I think we'd all agree that saving time without sacrificing quality is something we can get on board with. This is especially true when it comes to feeding a party. We've all been there; you've been planning for weeks, then somehow it's three hours before guests arrive, and it looks like a bomb went off in the living room. Not to mention, the only food you have to share is a couple slices of cold pizza, and some day old donuts. While this may not deter some guests, it's really not something we recommend falling back on.
Despite having so many activities of obvious precedence, we still have to eat. This is when having a few, foolproof, ready-to-go meals become a necessity. However, as any seasoned veteran of summer time unpredictability knows, you have to be able to adapt. You never know who will be sitting at the table