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How did it happen? April has come and gone. May is underway. Several weeks ago I posted eleven easy, elegant ways to enjoy toasted cheesy goodness in sandwich form. Since then, so many more variations have come to my attention that I wanted to share some of them them with you.

Reader, I give you…

First up, an elegant offering from my colleague and friend Regan Miller Jones, known online as The Professional Palate. Regan is not only a Cabot Registered Dietitian, she is also an an amazing cook and food photographer. Here is her take on Rosemary Apple Grilled Cheese.

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Rosemary Apple Grilled Cheese

Next is an offering from my newest foodie friend, Emily Malloy. Emily is a blogger for Shoprite. In fact, she is one of 12 bloggers on the Shoprite’s Potluck blog site. Emily’s grilled cheese offering – Grilled Cheese with Asparagus, Caramelized Onions and Pear -  is a sophisticated take that I can hardly wait to try.

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Grilled Cheese with Asparagus, Caramelized Onion & Pear

Blogger Bruce Tretter has a website – Gotta Eat, Can’t Cook, that teaches basic cooking skills, step-by-step, online. He recently created a kid-friendly grilled cheese that is sure to please even the youngest member of your family and shows them how to do it themselves.

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Kid-Friendly Grilled Cheese

Barbara Kiebel has one of the most gorgeous food blogs that I follow. On Vino Luci Style, she writes lovingly and intelligently about food and takes the most amazing photographs to boot. This recipe for Grilled Cheese and Short Rib Sandwich may not be for the faint of heart, but oh my goodness, does it look worth the effort!

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Grilled Cheese/Short Rib Sandwich

From rock star, and Vermont legend, Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, comes a a family grilled cheese recipe inspired by the colors of autumn, but yummy any time of the year. You can watch Grace make her Grilled Cheddar, Apple, Onion, and Red Pepper Jelly sandwich here on YouTube.

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Grilled Cheddar, Apple, Onion, and Red Pepper Jelly

When my family lived in Miami, we loved stopping at the tiny corner store for Cuban sandwiches, a heady combination of ham, roast pork, pickles, cheese and mustard, pressed together to create a heavenly lunch that, after we moved, I could only dream about. Then I found this recipe for a Cuban-style grilled cheese on the Cabot website that is a healthier, lighter version of my old favorite. Huzzah!

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Cuban-Style Grilled Cheese

I have a weakness for avocados. If you add avocados to grilled cheese, well shut my mouth and call me happy. I came across this blog post on Bread + Butter for a Grilled Cheese and Avocado sandwich. It’s creamy, colorful and completely yummy!

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Grilled Cheese & Avocado

And now I ask you, who doesn’t love broccoli and cheese? This inspired combination led Food Renegade blogger Kristen Michaelis to create this simple – and simply delicious – Broccoli and Grilled Cheese Sandwich, destined to be a hit for cheese lovers of all ages.

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Broccoli & Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Let’s not forget that a grilled cheese by any other name is still…yummy. I am a huge fan of Mexico’s version of the American Classic and this Cheddar and Bean Quesadilla from Cabot is, in a word, ¡delicioso!

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Cabot Cheddar & Bean Quesadilla

  • http://gotta-eat.com Bruce Tretter

    Love the variety of flavor ideas and fantastic photos! Thanks, Candace.

  • http://www.theprofessionalpalate.com Regan

    Hard to think that even more inspiration could be derived from the topic of the humble grilled cheese, but you, my friend, have done so. Yum!