Honey, Pear and Gouda Grilled Cheese

Guess what today is?!

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

Actually, I scheduled this post – I typed this up the day before my birthday. As you are reading this, I am drinking mimosas and getting a heavenly massage by the BEACH!  I know. My boyfriend is just the best!

champagne bath birthday

I think this is how I will get the oil off after my massage. 

Yes, I still get very excited to celebrate my birthday, and no I am not going to tell you my age. ;) Although if you take a look through the archives, you could probably figure it out…

So because it’s my birthday, I’ve decided to share a real treat with you!

gouda pear and honey grilled cheese

BUT before we go into that, how do you like the new look?! This past week I have been toiling away on the backside of the blog. It’s all DIY, baby! No developer for me! I’ve learned a TON about code and photoshop, although I know I am just really brushing the surface – SO much to know! I hope to keep learning and creating a better user experience. PLEASE let me know what you like, what you hate, what you think needs further improvement! I’d love your feedback!

And while you’re taking look around, check out my NEW Nutrition Counseling Page!

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No longer do you have to go to a separate site to see the services I offer. I love having everything accessible on one site. Interested in working with me? Now it’s easier than ever to click, purchase, and get started!

So enough with the housecleaning updates, let’s get to the food!

Gouda, Pear, and Honey Grilled Cheese

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Since this particular birthday of mine somehow seems much more “ adult,” let’s treat our grilled cheese the same, shall we?

First, let’s talk Gouda. Beemster Graskaas Gouda.

Beemster Graskaas Gouda

As I was perusing the cheese aisle in our NEW Whole Foods {!}, debating which gouda to go with, the friendliest customer assistant introduced me to Beemster. I was drawn in by his charming sales pitch- Beemster is made from the very first milking after cows are released unto fresh, untouched springtime pastures. Idyllic, no?

But it was Beemster’s creamy, rich flavor that really won me over.

Or maybe it was just this awesome gouda in this particular sandwich…

Pear, honey and gouda is seriously a match made in grilled cheese heaven.

grilled cheese

So for my birthday, go get some killer gouda, make this melty, gooey grilled sandwich, and tell me how much you LOVE it! That would make me really happy. :)

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Gouda, Pear & Honey Grilled Cheese
 
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The creamiest gouda makes the meltiest of grilled cheese. The sandwich is seriously the bomb.
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Entree
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 slices cracked wheat sourdough bread
  • 2 oz high quality gouda
  • 4 slices anjou pear
  • ½ Tbs local honey
  • arugula
  • cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. Spray pan generously with canola oil {or a small pat of butter.
  2. Place bread slices open face in pan, top with honey, gouda, and pears.
  3. Heat over medium/medium-low until cheese is melted and bread is crispy, golden brown.
  4. Top with arugula and cracked pepper, combine, and enjoy!

 

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