Right after Anya turned one, we took a family trip to Paris. It's only about a 4 hour drive from where we live, so we had a fun little road trip. The drive there wasn't bad, but I will NEVER drive in Paris again! Paris has some of the craziest drivers I have ever seen! We were even sideswiped by a taxi on our way to the hotel. Lucky for us we drive a SUV, so the taxi only hit our tire. But it was still scary!
One of my favorite things about Paris was the food. (Kind of a DUH statement, right?) I would love to go back if only for the pastries! Nathan's favorite food while we were there was the Croque Madame. It is a grilled cheese sandwich on steroids topped with a fried egg. You could also get it without the egg (Croque Monsieur).
I had forgotten all about that sandwich until I saw it on The Way the Cookie Crumbles. I bookmarked the recipe knowing that I HAD to make it for Nathan when he was home on R&R. He was so excited when I told him what I was making for breakfast and he loved it. It turned out really well and it tasted so similar to Paris. YUM!
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a 1- to 1½-quart heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, then whisk in flour and cook roux, whisking, for 1 minute. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer, whisking occasionally, for 5 minutes. Whisk in salt, pepper, nutmeg, and shredded cheese until cheese is melted. Remove from heat. Stir occasionally while preparing sandwiches to keep hard surface from forming on top of sauce. (Alternatively, place plastic wrap directly on surface of sauce.)