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Egg, Lettuce & Tomato (ELT) Open Face Sandwich

egg, lettuce & tomato open face sandwich | two coast kitchen
There are a few things that I could live off of for the rest of my life. Sandwiches (or according to Tom Haverford from Parks and Rec; sammies, sandoozles, or Adam Sandlers) are one of them. They have never ending possibilities when it comes to fillings, spreads, and bread vehicle of choice.
egg, lettuce, tomato sandwich | two coast kitchen
Sandwiches are good any time of day, hot or cold, in summer or winter. From dainty little tea sandwiches to saucy messy meatball subs, I haven’t met a sandwich I didn’t like.
egg, lettuce, tomato sandwich | two coast kitchen
Here is a quick and easy open face sandwich that is great for a snack or light lunch. It is also a great vegetarian option.
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Corn with Miso Butter

corn with miso butter

Before moving to New Jersey, many told us we were moving to the land of tomatoes and corn. So far, they have been right.

Here is a quick, easy dish that takes advantage of all the delicious fresh corn out there. We had corn last night for dinner and I had one ear leftover. This recipe can be made with one ear for a single serving or a big bunch of corn for a large group. The corn can be boiled, steamed, or grilled.

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Corn with Miso Butter

(measurements for 1 ear of corn)

1/2 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon miso paste (I used white)

1 tablespoon water

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground mustard

1 cooked ear of corn – kernels cut off of cob

1 tablespoon chives – chopped

salt and pepper

In a small pan over medium heat, melt butter, miso, and water. Add ginger and mustard. Once mixture begins to bubble, add corn. Toss to coat and to heat through. Add almost all of the chives, save some for garnish. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Once corn is heated through, remove from heat and pour into bowl. Top with extra chives and serve. This dish is good hot or at room temp. Enjoy! IMG_2764


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Iced Coffee Ice Cubes

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What I’m about to share with you will change your life forever. Seriously.

Well, I think it’s kind of a big deal. It is an amazing life hack that will leave you saying “why didn’t I think of that!?!”

Warm weather = iced coffee season. For all of you that make iced coffee at home to save a few precious dollars here are there, this is just the post for you.

Make a pot of coffee – either with your coffee maker, french press, cold brew, Keurig, or AeroPress. Let the coffee sit on the counter to cool (unless you did cold brew coffee). Pour into ice cube trays. Freeze. Done!
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Now you have coffee ice cubes that won’t water down your coffee! It’s amazing. I love how the small things can make me so happy.
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Trust me you guys, just make this. You will thank me later.

One note: when you pop out the ice cubes be careful they don’t pop out and hit your clothes. Remember it’s coffee and it will stain.
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I feel silly writing a recipe for this, but here ya go.

Coffee Ice Cubes

What you need:
Room temperature coffee (examples: leftover from the morning, make a pot, use your french press, do cold brew, use your AeroPress and add some cold water after it’s brewed to double the amount)
Ice cube tray(s)

Pour coffee into ice cube trays. Freeze.

Once frozen, pop out of ice cube trays and pour your fresh coffee (hot or cold) over ice cubes. Add any milk or sweetener, or keep it black. Enjoy!


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Steak Salad

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Steak salads are something I am drawn to at restaurants. It’s one of those salads that can work as a meal that fills you up, yet you don’t feel stuffed, just satisfied. However, steak salads can be on the pricey side, and for that price I never feel like I get enough steak! Give me more meat! Yeah, I said it.

This salad comes together SUPER quick. The meat doesn’t call for any extra marination time, and there is minimal chopping involved. This is a perfect weeknight meal. Since it is still freezing in Pennsylvania, I used a grill pan on the stove, but this can be done on a regular grill as well. If you don’t feel like making your own dressing (however I highly recommend it) and have a jar in the fridge, feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

When this salad comes together and you get a bite of all the components, this salad really sings. The sweetness from the grilled onion, the creaminess and tang from the blue cheese, the smokey grilled steak… I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty amazing you guys. Pair this with a glass of red wine, and you are good to go.

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Coat the steak in olive oil and Worcestershire.

onions for steak salad
Brush both sides of onion with olive oil. I love this silicone pastry brush. It is dishwasher safe so cleaning it is a breeze. You can find it at Ikea. It comes in a two pack with a larger brush.

onions for steak salad
Grill onions. Check out those grill marks. That’s where all the flavor is. Grilling red onions brings out their sweetness.

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Grill that steak! Only takes a few minutes on each side. When you first put the meat on the hot pan, it should stick. That’s okay, don’t try and move it! The meat will release from the pan after a couple minutes. When the meat is done, put it on a cutting board and cover it with foil. Letting the meat rest will let the juices redistribute throughout the meat and will reduce the amount of juices lost when cutting. This will give you enough time to prep the lettuce and tomatoes. Continue reading


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Salted Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats

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Who doesn’t love rice crispy treats?!? I mean, come on… what isn’t there to love about crispy cereal mixed with melted marshmallows and butter. NOTHING!

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This is a slightly amped up version of the classic. Melt the butter until it takes on a nutty aroma, add some flaky sea salt to the melty goodness, stir in your cereal and bam, a sweet treat in about five minutes! The cooling process is also sped up when you can stick them outside in zero degree weather (we are having another polar vortex here in Pennsylvania). Continue reading