I’m supposed to talk about salad.

Well, one salad in particular, if you must know. A great salad, actually. A salad that is the perfect balance of salt and sweet, fresh yet substantial, addictive yet healthy, tart and…not so tart. It is a salad I wouldn’t mind curling up on the couch with.

And yet, today, I won’t be talking about salad.

Instead, I’m talking about sandwiches. I hope this little change in our itinerary is okay with you. I promise at the end of the tour, you’ll get a sandwich. Well, you’ll be provided guidance on how to make a sandwich, as the lawyers would have me say. It is all in the name of a revelation.

There are some foods that complete you. Not in like a significant other kind of way or the perhaps-you-should-speak-to-someone kind of way, but in a why-didn’t-I-find-you-sooner kind of way. 

It was under my nose the whole time.

After five years together, it was just yesterday that my husband brought this sandwich to my attention. I was stunned. All this time together and this is the first I’m hearing of it?! What betrayal. What questions. What other delicious sandwiches had he been hiding?

It only seemed appropriate to drown my sorrows in the aforementioned sandwich. Have I not mentioned it yet?

This is the sandwich you eat while your kids are eating peanut butter and celery. This is the sandwich you sneak out of bed to make. This is the sandwich you slap together after waddling home at 3am. And, this just might be the sandwich that will help you land your second husband.

Soft white bread, a couple pats of fresh butter and a generous drizzle of sesame oil pressed and toasted into the most indulgent hot little package one could ever snack on…unless you add dark chocolate or fleur de sel.

Peculiar? It’s practically a no brainer. Sesame oil is loaded with antioxidants and has been known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol; inhibit the growth of cancer; treat diabetes, gingivitis, migraines and hepatitis; relieve stress, fatigue and insomnia; and it even kills the bacteria that cause the common cold. It is also nutty and delicious.

I don’t know much, but I know this: this sandwich, at a minimum, will give you something to do with that almost full bottle of sesame oil that’s been hanging out in the door of your fridge since that night you decided to make stir fry.Let’s give sesame oil some much needed love.

In case you are wondering where that tomato soup that the panini is bathing in came from, it came from here.

Sesame Oil and Butter Panini Recipe

sesame oil
couple pats of butter
couple slices of bread


Add the butter to one slice of bread. Drizzle with sesame oil. Add chocolate or a nice sea salt, if you wish. Top with remaining piece of bread. Grill the sandwich on both sides until toasted and hot.

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