Irony

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Growing up, I was responsible for a whole bunch of household chores – the only one that I didn’t mind was ironing. I could spend hours spraying starch on my dad’s shirts, pressing cloth napkins and tablecloths…as an adult, I hated doing it. I blame it all on this guy:

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When we lived in Astoria, there was only room for a tabletop board. And once we moved to Los Angeles, I never bought one to replace it. So Abe and I walk around all wrinkly.

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I finally bit the bullet and invested $20 in a standup version from Target. It ain’t fancy, but it’s so much better than kneeling on the floor!

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I spent over an hour going through our wardrobes, while clearing out the DVR. Bliss.

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So cool to see my friend Sascha’s brother on Jimmy Fallon

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Well, he’s more famous for being “Bela Fleck” than “Sascha’s brother.”

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He’s just about the most amazing banjo player ever, and has a new album out – if you like his stuff, you should check out Sascha’s amazing music documentary as well.

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While the iron was out, I started thinking about how people make grilled cheese sandwiches with them. I’d always been curious about this process, but feared it’d get too messy. Since I was going to get rid of the old board anyway, I thought, “Hey – let’s give it a shot!”

Don’t do this at home, kids.

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At least, not with these ingredients – I used Manna Rye Sourdough Bread, Laughing Cow Sundried Tomato Mozzarella, and dried fig compote

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Assembled…

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…wrapped in foil

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Iron on the highest setting, no steam.

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Pressed for 2.5 minutes on each side, flipping every 30 seconds

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Oops. Should’ve used butter.

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The stuck-on parts were pretty tasty, actually. Reminded me of Injera!

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Despite being hideous and mushy…

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…I kinda dug this.

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Ironic?!?

  • http://scrumptiousgruel.wordpress.com Ellen

    Sometimes hideous food is the best tasting! I totally want to try this now.
    And I saw Bela Fleck perform live once, he and the rest of his musicians are absolutely brilliant!

  • http://cinnamonbums.wordpress.com Natalie

    Hahah I love this post – very resourceful. I should try that actually – would come in handy in a college dorm room (where I have a mini iron, but no toaster/panini press) so thanks for the idea!! And actually that sandwich looks pretty delicious to me too!

  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com Lauren

    Ah, I HATE ironing. The one chore I loathe more than anything. Good thing I have a willing hubby to do this.

  • http://gravatar.com/topangagurl topangagurl

    You Ka-ra-seee gurl! I love ironing…hate folding and putting away…LOL – that was an amazing. I hope to meet you one day…I love your brain.

  • http://gravatar.com/topangagurl topangagurl

    Oops – amazing entry – uh – too much vino!

  • http://www.onannasplate.com Anna @ On Anna’s Plate

    Haha…Ryan wrote his dissertation on irony, and for the first year we were dating, my aunt thought he was writing a dissertation on “ironing.” Both topics are equally exciting, really :-)

    I’d never think to iron a sandwich!!

  • http://asdreamsbecomereality.blogspot.com Emily

    Lol! Every since I watched the Top Chef episode where one of the contestants used an iron to make grilled-cheese, I’ve been wondering if it would work. How funny! At least it tasted yummy.
    I actually enjoy ironing. It’s calming, in a weird way.

  • http://www.pure2raw.com pure2rawtwins

    haha can you come iron for me?? hate doing that, and laundry

    when i was younger, my sisters and i used to iron our hair (before flat irons came out) haha oh those were the days

  • http://earthygurl.wordpress.com earthygurl

    AAHHHH I’m cracking up while reading this! Food blogs are educational in so many ways.
    Oh and I hate ironing as well, in fact, I’ve only ironed maybe 5 times in our entire marriage of almost six years!

  • Bella

    This is actually a good idea! I don’t have a toaster and I should try this!!!

  • http://othersideoftheroad.wordpress.com Erin | The Other Side of the Road

    Aw! Thanks for Sascha’s shout-out. Wanted to tell you that my aunt used to iron her HAIR! Yep, in the 70s, she’d lay her long hair on the board and try to iron it straight.

  • http://iammai7990.blogspot.com Mai

    Hahaha. This is awesome.

  • http://living-learning-eating.blogspot.com/ Living, Learning, Eating

    I go through phases with ironing – sometimes there’s love, sometimes there’s not so much love. :P But I’ve never thought to iron-grill a sandwich! It looks like fun.

  • http://caloricandcrazy.wordpress.com caloricandcrazy

    I so want to try the ironing thing! And I absolutely love injera (ethiopian food in general) so I think I would love an ironed sandwich :)

  • http://glidingcalm.wordpress.com glidingcalm

    haha I forgot about that! (That people can make sandwiches with irons!) hilarious post.

  • http://www.everydayfoodie.ca Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Ugh, I hate ironing. I am terrible at it. The hubby does all the ironing in our house :-)