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Bringing the sandwich back.

“Too few people understand a really good sandwich.”
James Beard

I’m a lover of sandwiches – I’m absolutely unashamed to say so. During the five years it took to complete my undergrad (in my defense, music ed is a pretty intense major, but to make up for it, I completed my master’s in only three semesters, a feat I absolutely do NOT recommend to anyone), I also worked at the infamous Mirror Lake Cafe, a dining option for the on-campus population that served subs, smoothies, & pizza. It was popular, & pretty yummy, & I think I ate every combination of meat-cheese-bread that was available. It’s possible that my love affair with the sandwich was cemented during this time.

I’ll be honest – prior to my gluten-free existence, I never really did like all that supposedly healthy “multi-grain” bread. I much preferred sourdough or soft oatmeal bread – a consistency that I never thought I’d enjoy again. If I’m in the mood for a sandwich, I usually make my own multi-seed bread, or pick up a loaf of Udi’s White Sandwich Bread. It’s good, but not the fluffy stuff of my gluten-filled dreams.

Then my good friend Lauren took me to the most magical of places: Gluuteny Bakery, where I’m rather certain they must use kittens or baby bunnies or something equally sinister, simply because I never imagined I’d eat real bread ever again. This bread is absolute perfection: soft, fluffy, & full of everything I’ve missed. Quite a bit of money was spent there on everything from chocolate chip cookies to pumpkin loaf, but I have to say, I’m ready to go back & buy ten loaves of their flax bread. I don’t know what flours they use, but I don’t particularly care – it was that good. I re-created my favorite sandwich from Panera, the Turkey Bacon Bravo.

Turkey, Bacon, & Gouda Sandwich

  • Roasted turkey breast
  • Crisp bacon
  • Smoked gouda slices
  • Mayonnaise
  • Romaine
  • 2 slices soft bread


Smear mayo on both slices of bread, then place other ingredients in-between. Enjoy, then repeat. :)

It was absolutely heavenly. I’ll definitely be doing this again.

Next week I’ll be sharing my recipe for multi-seed bread with you, that, while not being quite so magical as this bread, is really quite yummy smothered in peanut butter & jelly. I can assure you that no kittens or bunnies were harmed in the making of that recipe.