Let’s talk sage.  My new nephew has been given the middle name Sage with a hope for the character trait of wisdom.  Sage, of course, is also a wonderful herb with a robust aroma and taste which reminds my wife of Christmas.  However, let us not delegate such a lively herb to a prison of holiday stuffing.  Fresh sage is easily available and can add a delicious new dimension to recipes.  I’ve got a couple of familiar recipes to give you with a twist of sage.

The first of these recipes is a comforting grilled cheese sandwich.  We just had these tonight and they were a hit.  If you’d like a copy of the recipe without the pictures, just email me at intothewardrobe@hotmail.com.  Feel free to subscribe to get notification of future posts!


12-15 sage leaves (I’d go with the 15 to really highlight the sage)

2 tablespoons olive oil


4 slices of rustic bread (I used a nice pain au levain)

4 ounces Fontina cheese, sliced thin (slicing a soft cheese like Fontina can be tricky, but it’s soft enough to flatten out your slices with your fingers)


Roughly chop the sage and toss it into a small sauce pan.

Add the olive oil and pepper. Heat over low heat until just warm. Turn off heat and let sit while you construct the sandwiches.

Mound two of the slices with the cheese.

Top with the other two slices.

Place a large pot on top of the sandwiches, pressing them down, and letting them flatten for about 10 to 20 minutes.

Remove the pot, and brush the sandwiches with the olive oil.

Warm a large skillet or griddle to medium heat, and cook the sandwiches.  (I waited to brush the second half of the sandwich with the sage oil until the sandwiches were on the griddle.)

 Cook until the cheese has melted and the bread is nice and golden.

I served the sandwiches with some nice cantaloupe and grape tomatoes (there were also some tasty Herrs cheese balls nearby for those that chose to partake).

We’ve enjoyed some good food with some good friends this week.  That kind of fellowship is one of the great pleasures of life, given by God so we can encourage each other.  It may not be curing cancer or sending an astronaut to Mars, but it sure makes the journey of life a lot more enjoyable.

Have a wonderful week, and keep an eye out for a second sage recipe soon.