The first cookbook I ever received was Holly Hobbie's Cookbook. The inscription inside the front cover is "To Sarah from Mom and Dad. Happy Cooking! Christmas 1980". There are still recipes I make from this book regularly like cornbread and a small batch of brownies. This is also the book I used when I learned the difference between teaspoon and tablespoon when adding baking powder to a batch of pancakes.
This recipe is also from the book, as almost a hot grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Every week for lunch, we buy J salad, mushrooms, sliced ham, sliced cheddar and cottage cheese. He rounds out his lunches with leftovers and so on. This week, we had lots of leftovers and he didn't get to the ham and cheese. In a bid to use them up and make brunch for us, I made these sandwiches.
J can eat 2. I can't. The extra reheats pretty well. In fact, it gives the crispy top slice of bread a chance to soften a bit. So, on a Saturday morning, here's what we ate for breakfast. I present to you now the Hot Chee'sandwich from Holly Hobbie:
8 slices breadFrom Holly Hobbie's Cookbook (I looked for a link...honest. But the book was printed in 1979, it's not the easiest to find now, seeing as it's been out of print for years. But I did have a fun little walk down memory lane with some of the Holly Hobbie stuff I had as a kid. Take my word for it. The book still exists in my library. You can buy one through private sellers on Amazon if you really want to)
2 Tbsp soft butter
4 slices cheese
4 slices cooked ham
2 c milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Grease a 9" baking pan and preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Butter both sides of the bread lightly and fit 4 slices into the bottom of the baking pan. (I often use heels of loaves on the bottom. They fit well, and I only butter one side.)
3. Layer bread with cheese and ham before adding top slice of bread (You may need to trim to fit)
4. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour evenly over the sandwiches. Bake for 1 hour, or until golden. Serve hot.
The other thing I think is that slices of bread were smaller in 1979. I always have trouble fitting them in. That's why I like the crusts for the base. Things puff up with the egg while baking.