The June Bug Variation

Fair warning: I know this sounds like a disgusting sandwich, but I assure you it isn’t. There is a restaurant in my town that makes a sandwich called a June Bug – a hoagie loaded with raw onions, butter, salt, pepper & mayo. It’s ok. I maybe go to the place once a year (and usually against my will because the service is always horrible), and when I go, I usually get one of the infinitely better menu options. I ate the June Bug once because of a New Year’s Resolution and a lack of vegetarian menu options. Anyway, you now know the back story for how the June Bug entered my life. Let’s move on to the new, improved version – the June Bug Grilled Cheese.

June Bug Grilled Cheese from Relish the Feast


  • 2 slices of bread (I used a lovely 5-grain which added some nice texture.)
  • Sliced raw sweet onions
  • Provolone
  • Parmesan
  • Mayo
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Butter


  • Melt a pad of butter in a pan on medium heat. (You might need to add a little butter to the pan midway through cooking. Use your judgement based on how buttery you like it.)
  • Spread mayo on one side of each slice of bread.
  • Lay the slices side by side (mayo side up) in the pan.
  • Sprinkle some parm, salt & pepper on each slice of bread. Use a heavy hand with the salt & pepper.
  • Add a layer of sliced raw sweet onions to each slice of bread.
  • Allow to cook for a couple of minutes then add a slice of provolone on top of the onions.
  • Cook until the cheese melts.
  • Very carefully, sandwich the two slices together. Cook a little longer if needed.

June Bug from Relish the Feast

As you can see from my picture, you can vary the way you do the layers. Enjoy!


Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

caramel popcorn from relish the feast

I made chocolate caramel popcorn. Sounds delish, right? Pinterest had me all geeked up for this sweet, buttery snack. The couch was prepped; the movie was selected. I hit the kitchen to prepare the evening’s centerpiece.

It started off pretty good. The popcorn popped in the microwave and didn’t burn. Orville has his shit together. #win

I emptied the popcorn onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and gave it a little shake to even it all out.

On the stove, I put a handful of caramels into a pot and turned the heat on medium-low. The caramels melted easily into a glossy, molasses-like liquid (despite my screw up of adding a little peanut oil). It drizzled beautifully onto the popped popcorn. #win

drizzle from relish the feast

The chocolate landed in the pot to begin its journey to mouth via popcorny goodness. Within 30 seconds, it revolted and began to half melt, half burn. I tried hard to save it – adding a little peanut oil (this was the moment for it) and pulling it off the stove as soon as it was melted.

chocolate fail from relish the feast

Despite being “melted,” it refused to drizzle. It glopped onto the popcorn like cow paddies in a yellow field. Once incorporated via some quasi-stirring, quasi-folding, it also refused to re-solidify. I attempted to eat my Chocolate Caramel Popcorn, but finally, I just threw in the chocolate covered towel. It sucked, plain and simple. Don’t let the picture fool you. #failblog

Choc Caramel Popcorn from Relish the Feast

Back to the drawing board for movie snacks.


Tropical Lemon Drop

Tropical Lemon Drop from Relish the Feast

This drink was totally made by accident. I had about 2 ounces of pineapple juice in a small jar. It was leftover from a can of crushed pineapple that was incorporated into a tropical salsa, so you know, really high quality stuff here. While cooking, I also ended up with a wedge of lemon that was only partially squeezed. I threw that in the cup, too, and put it all in the fridge.

At the end of the day, those 2 ounces were staring at me sadly from the bottom shelf of the fridge.  If I left it there, it would linger for a week, get gross and end up down the sink. I had to use it.

I added a few ice cubes and about 1 ounce of vodka. I topped it off with tonic water, not a lot, somewhere in the 1-2 ounce range. It tasted like a lemon drop, but it had a fun tropical twist that cut the tartness. It tasted like sunshine.



January Report

I set 4 easy resolutions for 2014. How am I doing? So kind of you to ask.

January Book

  1. Create 50 blog post:. In January, I published 5 blog posts. 45 to go!
  2. Read 10 books: I started and finished “This Is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz in January. I have made progress on #2, “Super Freakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. I also began “Super Sad True Love Story” by Gary Shteyngart on audio, but I fear that’s the one that won’t make it to the end. All told, 1 officially down, 9 to go.
  3. 1 new place: I didn’t go anywhere new yet.
  4. 1 new thing: I got to pet to real, live wolves, which I had never done before. One of them even licked my hand. I took it as a sign of affection, not hunger. As I live in close proximity with the wolf’s close cousin, my view could be skewed. I wish I had a picture to share, but photography isn’t allowed at the sanctuary.

If January is any indication of how 2014 will progress, I’m pretty excited to see what else is in store.