“Make me a sandwich!” (recipe included)

Go back to the kitchen and make me a sandwich.”

Ah, the lovely words of man. It is often said that “women belong in the kitchen.” You know, maybe it’s true. Maybe only women are intelligent enough to handle kitchen utensils. Maybe only women are capable of preparing food for themselves. Maybe it is up to women to keep men alive, because men don’t know how to feed themselves.

Mmmm.

If you read any of that and thought, “Are you kidding me? Of course men can do all that,” then I ask you, why do men feel compelled to make jokes that imply otherwise? I find it interesting how some feel that jokes like this put men above women; it only depicts men as lazy sloths whose lifestyles are dependent on other people. Both genders have the responsibility of taking care of themselves, so why is it not “okay” to some for a man to make his own sandwich? As to why such a double standard exists, I will never understand.

In the meantime, here is a sandwich that you (men) can make yourself.

Grilled Turkey Sandwich w/ Basil Aioli
Serves 2

Ingredients:
4 Slices of Roasted Turkey Breasts
4 Slices of Tomatoes
2 Slices of Provolone Cheese
4 Slices of Whole Wheat Breads
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Basil Aioli (recipe listed below)

Basil Aioli
2 Cloves of Garlic, peeled
Fresh Basil Leaves (about 20 leaves)
1 Egg Yolk
Zest of 1 Lemon
5 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1. For Basil Aioli: Place the garlic, basil leaves, egg yolk, lemon zest, olive oil, a little salt, and a few grinds of pepper in a food processor and blend well.
2. When the aioli is emulsified and all the oil has been absorbed, scrape it into a bowl and adjust the seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
3. For the sandwich: Place a cast-iron skillet pan over medium to high heat. Lightly brush one side of slice of bread with olive oil.
4. Top two slices of bread with cheese, and place the breads (oiled side down) on the skillet until they are toasted and the cheese has melted.
5. Remove the toasted bread slices. Layer the turkey slices on top of the cheese and spread some basil aioli. Top with tomatoes, season lightly with salt and pepper, and cover with the other slice of bread.
6. Press the sandwich firmly, cut into half and serve immediately.

Recipe taken from here

Next time you feel compelled to crack a “women-in-the-kitchen” joke, keep in mind: that’s the only place we can prepare your cyanide-doused mustard and spread it in your sandwiches. With love, of course.

-Ashley

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