Can't Take The Heat? Get Out Of The Kitchen

IN THE KITCHEN

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School has resumed in the Rim country, but summer is still in full swing. While our monsoon weather cools things off some, the temperatures outside are still on the high side and simple tasks like preparing meals feel as monumental as climbing Mount Everest. A warm kitchen, with a hot stove, is the last place anyone wants to be.

That's why summer is the season for swimming pools, cool drinks and big deli sandwiches.

The summer sandwich is easy enough for even the youngest family members to prepare, it tastes great and no one even needs to touch the stove.

By purchasing meat at the deli counter you can choose an assortment of freshly-cut meat and cheese in any amount you'd like. The selection of containers and packages of pre-cooked sandwich fillings on the meat aisle provides even greater variety.

Sandwiches have long been an American favorite, and as food trends have changed to bolder flavors, the sandwich has had to change with the times. Traditional sandwich ingredients like tomatoes, lettuce and cheese have had to make room for apples, coleslaw and avocado. Just remember -- new flavors and combinations are easy ways to liven up your sandwiches.

Everyone Loves a Sandwich

Great taste and ease of preparation have helped make the sandwich a cornerstone of the American diet. Here are some fun facts that confirm our love for sandwiches:

  • Americans eat more than 45 billion sandwiches in a single year.
  • The average American eats 193 sandwiches in a year.
  • The average American eats a sandwich every three days.
  • Sandwiches are the No. 1 usage for deli meat.
  • About two-thirds of households eat a deli sandwich one or more times a week.
  • Sandwiches are the No. 1 home lunch meal.
  • Over half of all home lunches contain deli meat sandwiches.
  • Sandwiches are in the Top 10 most-frequently eaten foods.

Here are some delicious deli sandwich recipes for a quick, no-cook meal ... for a personal touch, add your favorite ingredient or condiment.

Sweet and Crunchy Turkey Sandwich

1 slice American cheese

3 slices honey roasted turkey

1 tablespoon honey mustard

1 deli roll

Lettuce leaves

6 apple slices

Spread mustard on deli roll. Add lettuce, cheese, apple and turkey.

Southern BBQ Chicken Sandwich

3 slices American or Monterey Jack cheese

6 slices BBQ-basted chicken breast

2 slices country potato bread

Red onion slices

Red pepper slices

1/8 cup deli coleslaw, optional

2 tablespoons prepared BBQ sauce, optional

Place cheese on bread slices. Add onion, chicken and peppers. Cole slaw and BBQ sauce are optional additions.

Not-Your-Everyday Ham Sandwich

3 slices brown sugar ham

2 tablespoons coarse ground mustard

2 slices sourdough bread

Lettuce leaves

Yellow tomato slices

Spread mustard on bread slices. Add lettuce, ham and tomatoes.

Roast Beef & Cheddar Sandwich

1 slice cheddar cheese

3 slices deli roast beef

1 tablespoons horseradish

2 slices honey wheat bread

Lettuce leaves

Red onion slices

Tomato slices, optional

Spread horseradish on bread slices. Add lettuce, cheese, onion and roast beef. Tomato slices are an optional addition.

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