By Kaitlynn Bayne

           People are often shocked when I tell them I have never liked sandwiches.  I just never found them very appealing.  I think the bread is my least favorite part- often thick and overwhelmingly dry.  I find the deli meat and cheese just as unappetizing, especially because of the condensation that often builds up on them in the fridge.  I would much prefer a burger, or even a simple protein bar, to a sandwich any day.  Little did I know that my Spring Break trip would make this all change…

During Spring Break, my diet consisted mostly of hot dogs and sandwiches.   Neither is a food I enjoy all that much, and neither is very healthy, but it was a cheap way to feed seven people on a not so cheap trip to Florida.  About halfway through the week, I became pretty sick of having bland turkey sandwiches and PB&Js day after day.  I wasn’t the only one—one of my friends started putting her PB&J sandwiches into the toaster oven as a change of pace!  I heard the “ding” of the toaster oven and watched as she pulled out the toasted bread oozing with peanut butter and jelly and put it on her plate.  As she took a bite, I couldn’t help but wonder if the ooey gooey peanut butter falling from the sandwich looked delicious, or completely repulsive.

           I went a few more days before deciding to try her now signature sandwich.  I have never been a huge fan of PB&J sandwiches- but man, was this one good.  It was warm, the peanut butter creamy, and was something different from the dry, old bread I had been consuming the past five days.  Unfortunately it had taken me all of Spring Break to discover this treasure, but I was happy to be going home where I could go back to hating sandwiches.

           After an 18-hour drive back home from Florida, I went to Meijer to re-stock on food that wouldn’t consist of hot dogs and PB&J.  I could buy chicken, fresh fruit, chips and salsa; I was thrilled.  Yet as I walked through the store, I was shocked to find myself being naturally attracted to the cold cuts and cheese slices! I guess I had gotten in the habit of shopping for meals for Spring Break...   

           When I got home, I decided I would make myself a good plain-old sandwich.  I finished putting turkey and Colby jack cheese on the bread and was about to take a bite when my roommate stopped me.  “You know we have a panini press, right?” ...A panini press?  I had never attempted to use one before.  I was confused; why did we have one?  It seemed like a luxurious item for a house full of college students.  She showed me how to use the foreign contraption, and about a minute later, there it was—my turkey panini.  I took a bite and the flavor of the warm, melted cheese was an excellent surprise.  I looked like a small child who had just discovered chocolate chip cookies.  For the next week, I had a turkey panini for dinner every night.  My housemates laughed at me as my eyes lit up every time I took the first bite.  I used up all of my new sandwich supplies in just a week and a half! Next time I go to the grocery store I will have to stock up on supplies so that I never again have to be without my precious turkey panini.  Between toaster ovens and panini presses, I have discovered a whole new world where sandwiches are actually delicious.