I don't even have it in my to write a witty post about this awesome sandwich because another 1-2' of snow is currently being dumped on my doorstep. Except, I don't have a doorstep, so I guess I'll just say... sidewalk?
The odd thing is that it doesn't actually seem to be snowing as much in Manhattan as it is in say, Long Island and New Jersey. NYC will prepare for huge storms by spreading copious amounts of salt on the already crumbling city streets in preparation for SNOWMAGGEDON or SNOWPOCALYPSE (gotta love media sensationalism), but instead the storms skirt the island of Manhattan and cover New Jersey and Long Island in a 1-2' tall blanket of white snow leaving Manhattan with, as my friend put it, "more salt than snow on the ground."
So I guess I shouldn't really be complaining. I stare angrily outside my window at snowflakes the size of plums furiously fall, but at the same time I am thrilled with the snow because Jack has a snow day and will be staying home with me today (although I won't really be able to speak to him because he will be furiously working from home, which is hard for me not to speak to him because he is so cute. I know. Gag.). But it doesn't change the fact that I hate it, and have decided not to leave my apartment until the weather is a consistent 45 degrees and sunny. I know in August, I will be sitting here at my computer, complaining of the wretched heat wishing for this day of snow, but until then, let me complain about the snow.
As I lock myself inside, I will be indulging in some leftovers. Some incredibly tasty leftovers.
The other night, I made Jack some braised short ribs with polenta. Now, I love making braised short ribs because they are incredibly simple to make. Sear the meat, toss it in a pot with some aromatics and wine and let cook for a few hours. Done. It also yields a high amount of leftovers. He thoroughly enjoyed the hearty meal, but what he enjoyed even more were the leftovers. Tender braised short ribs that melt in your mouth topped with gooey, spicy pepper jack cheese, sweet pickled caramelized onions, and fresh peppery arugula sandwiched between to pieces of buttery, crisp bread.
My mouth is watering even as I write that.
What is funny is that as I am writing this post, Jack just requested this sandwich for breakfast. See? This sandwich is good at any time of the day, any time of the year.
Side Note: Did you know that this is the first year in recorded history that it has snowed in every state in the United States? Even Hawaii.
Grilled Cheese and Braised Short Rib Sandwich with Pickled Caramelized Onions adapted from Bon Appetit