BLT-Inpired Campbell’s Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

BLT Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Some nights, when Violet and I are rocking in her nursery, singing and reading as she gets sleepy, I whisper in her ear, wondering if she is a Buddha. “Yeah” she replies absently, and I think she is telling the truth. Mostly silent, with eyes full of sparkling knowing, her habits and behaviors are mysterious and… 

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Seared Scallop BLT with Candied Maple Bacon

Seared Scallop BLT

I don’t have an anecdote about bacon-wrapped scallops. I do have a bacon-wrapped shrimp anecdote, so I am going to tell that and then shoehorn scallops in at the end. Have you ever tried to shoehorn a scallop? Not as easy as one might think. I did recently enjoy some fried scallops at Bill’s Seafood… 

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BLT-Flavored Lay’s Potato Chips vs. Actual Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato

BLT Lays Potato Chips

Introduction: Doesn’t it seem like junk food has gone particularly crazy lately? We’ve got bags of Bugles that taste just like caramel corn, fast-food tacos that use a giant nacho cheese Dorito as a shell, cheeseburgers that use grilled cheese sandwiches in place of buns, and vanilla ice cream sundaes studded with bacon. And now… 

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Today’s Sandwich: Turkey BLT Panini (Little Dog Coffee Shop)

Turkey BLT Panini

Today’s sandwich is the “Turkey BLT Panini” It combines smoked turkey, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese with basil mayonnaise on focaccia. Location: 87 Maine Street, Brunswick Price: $7.95 Notes: Could the great state of Maine be the last remaining stronghold for the lowly wrap sandwich? I thought that, as a nation, we had agreed that… 

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Today’s Sandwich: Turkey BLT (Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe)

Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe

Today’s sandwich is the “Turkey BLT” from the Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe in Brunswick. It combines smoked turkey, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayonnaise on fresh-baked potato bread. Location: 149 Maine Street, Brunswick Price: $6.95 Notes: Located in the picturesque Tontine Mall in Brunswick, next to a shop that seems to exclusively sell… 

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Today’s Sandwich: Tomato Confit BLT (Homemade)

Tomato Confit BLT

Today’s sandwich is the “Tomato Confit BLT.” It combines crisp bacon, Boston bibb lettuce, tomato confit, and mayonnaise on fresh-baked bread. Notes: Is there a better sandwich on planet Earth than the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich? Variations on the sandwich’s classic structure are almost always completely unnecessary, and often take away from what… 

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Today’s Sandwich: Fried Green Tomato BLT (Homemade)


An admission of influence: today’s sandwich was inspired by the very first meal I had at Hot Suppa last summer. I was instantly smitten with the south-of-the-north homestyle aesthetic which includes sumptuous sides like macaroni & cheese, apple sauce, and dill pickle-y Bloody Marys with string beans and okra. Then it was winter and I… 

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Today’s Sandwich: Thomas Keller’s “Late Night BLT with Fried Egg and Cheese” (Homemade)


I have the extraordinary ability to watch the film “Spanglish,” James L. Brooks’ 2004 tale of a Mexican immigrant mother and daughter who must cope with assimilation into a new culture, set in a wealthy family vacation home in Malibu, inhabited by a neurotic wife, her laid-back, award-winning chef husband, and their precocious children, over… 

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