http://www.npr.org/2013/07/24/199149179/taste-of-summer-finalist-dianes-dads-sandwich# - Marti Olesen's favorite summer recipe is plucked straight from the garden — and the faster it gets to your plate, the better. She calls it Diane's Dad's Summer Sandwich.
"I've been eating this sandwich for 27 years, and I am the epitome of health — and beauty," Olesen laughs.
Olesen is an elementary school librarian in Ponca, Ark. She first encountered the sandwich when a co-worker, Diane Dickey, told her about it decades ago.
"She was reminiscing about this wonderful sandwich that she ate every summer with her dad. I was a vegetarian at the time and I thought, 'I'm game. Tell me about it,' " Olesen says.
The ingredient list starts out pretty traditionally: Tomatoes, Vidalia or red sweet onion, and cucumbers, all fresh and sliced thinly. The veggies are placed between two slices of whole grain bread with white cheddar cheese. But the sandwich isn't complete until you slather on some crunchy peanut butter.
Olesen was skeptical as she headed to the farmers market to gather the ingredients for the first time. Once assembled she took a big bite and thought, "You know, it's OK, but I'm not loving it yet."
Realizing there might be a secret in the layering, she reordered the sandwich three of four different times but never loved the result.
"But I was very polite, and I did not say anything to Diane," she says.
A couple of weeks went by before Dickey asked about the sandwich. Olesen played it off, conceding Dickey's love of the sandwich was probably wrapped up in her childhood memories.
It turns out there was a secret order, after all: Cheese on top, then tomato, cucumber, onion and crunchy peanut butter on the bottom. Olesen is still mystified why the order matters so much.
"I did an experiment the other day. I made the sandwich in the right order, and I turned it upside down, and it was not as good," she says.
Layer the ingredients in the order given; eat with the cheese layer on top.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (624g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Serving|
|Calories from Fat: 177 (27%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 19.6g||26 %|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 9.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 5.2g|
|Cholesterol 18.7mg||6 %|
|Sodium 3027.9mg||104 %|
|Potassium 1429.1mg||38 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 68.4g||20 %|
|Dietary Fiber 8.8g||35 %|
|Sugars, other 59.5g|
|Protein 55.8g||80 %|
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Calories per serving: 644
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