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Saturday, January 21, 2012

First Quesadilla

For me, magic begins with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. I believe they should be incorporated into one's life in as many ways as possible. Omelets, as grilled cheese, on grilled bread as bruschetta, a side salad, and now a quesadilla.

My younger son has his own quesadilla maker and I am shy to admit I have never tried one. The family loves grilled chicken and cheddar, but that has never been one of my favorite combinations and so I'd just skip it. I know I could have at least tried plain cheese and yes, I understand it's very popular, I'm sorry.

Last night I watched Giada put together a cream cheese and honey spread then layered thinly sliced turkey and apple slices with cheddar into a wrap, rolled and grilled. Hmmm. A bit more creative. A bit more appealing.

As the snow fell today, gently and feathering down as if in slow motion, I was on the treadmill with my trusty companion, Food Network. Giada. A Pavlovian response, "I want a quesadilla." I asked my son to give me the details for using his quesadilla maker and he offered to instead prepare it for me. Oh joy of joys! I quickly assembled my ingredients, sliced tomato and mozzarella, sprinkled in parsley, salt, pepper and a bit of garlic powder. I am in love. And the quesadilla was delicious.