Corned Beef Hoagie with Spicy Slaw

If you’ve been following Simply Fresh Cooking since the beginning, this sandwich might look eerily familiar – but back then it was called a Reuben Style French Dip with Spicy Slaw.  That was Bill’s second post ever… awwww.  Please pay no attention to those old photos of mine, by the way.

Bill thought up the idea for that genius sandwich when we had leftover corned beef from St. Patty’s Day.  I never, ever have been able to forget how fantastic that was.  Juicy and messy, crispy and soggy at the same time from the hot beef broth, a little spicy crunch from the slaw… I couldn’t wait for a year to pass to eat it again.

But, things happen.  I wasn’t up for all of the work that Bill put into making it last year…

Soooo, I took the easy way out.  There are only a few differences between Bill’s Reuben sandwich from last year and the sandwich in this post.  He shredded the veggies for the homemade slaw, he made homemade pickles for the slaw, and the hoagie was turned inside out and grilled.  Oh, but let us not forget the fact that he made his own Corned Beef (whaaaaat?).  What I’m saying is, he didn’t buy it out of the package.  Yeah.  That’s just how he rolls.  *Cough*. Fancy pants. *Cough*.

My easy (but still just as good) sandwich uses packaged corned beef, a bag of packaged slaw mix, jarred pickles, and it’s not grilled – just broiled open-faced to melt the Swiss cheese.  Popping it under the broiler for a few minutes actually makes half of the hoagie golden brown, so you’re still getting a little bit of that crispiness from the bread  that you might be missing from Bill’s version.

Let’s talk pickles real quick.  If you want to make homemade pickles, go for it.  Fancy pants Bill also has a post for Quick Pickles.  If you’d rather not take that extra step, go for something like Nathan’s brand.  They’re so good and still have that “made from scratch” feel you’d get from a homemade pickle.

Have I mentioned the homemade mayo for the slaw?  Guess who has a post for that, too?

You guessed it.  Fancy pants.

I kid.

But seriously – this is an excellent splurge for a special occasion, and this big ol’ messy sandwich really is a treat!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Love Coffee? Here Are Some Great Tips!

Nothing jolts you back to life like a lift-me-up. There are so many ways to make sure that simply choosing a good coffee can end up becoming overwhelming. There are a wide variety of coffee in your local grocer as there is in most coffee shops. Keep reading to get several great tips for the coffee advice you need to know.

Coffee is pretty good for your health. Coffee is not the problem, it’s all the extras people add in. Use almond milk and stevia or honey in place of sugar to make your drinks healthier.

Do you want to impress your guests with freshly brewed coffee? You should consider dressing up your homemade lattes. You just need a little time to start achieving floral and heart designs that will leave your friends intrigued. Try variations of melted chocolate with various forms of milk and continue to practice each time you brew coffee.

Do not reheat coffee after it has been brewed already. It isn’t harmful, but you will not enjoy your coffee as much. This can make it taste peculiar or bitter.

Don’t keep coffee beans in their original packaging after it’s been opened.The container that shields them from light and air. This helps to preserve the beans stay fresher longer.

Coffee in the freezer for more than three months.

If your coffee machine is past its prime, brew some hot water before you brew coffee. Once you have a hot pot of water, add your grounds and pour the water back through the machine. This makes the hottest and most flavorful coffee you can get.

There are many wonderful alternatives to ordinary sugar substitutes available to sweeten your coffee. Agave nectar is a great alternative, but it doesn’t negatively affect the blood sugar control of diabetics. Splenda and Equal are also healthy alternatives to add to hot coffee.

There are many tasty options, you can add chocolate, foam or put whipped cream on it.

It is not necessary for coffee in the freezer. Coffee can absorb flavors or odors from neighboring foods. It is best to store your coffee at room temperature inside an opaque container that is airtight. If you must freeze or refrigerate it, use a freezer bag with a good seal.

Coffee can be an overwhelming topic. Coffeehouses are overwhelming with their choices, and even home brewing has a myriad of options. The information in this article should have made it easier for you to differentiate between those choices and choose something that works for you.…