Grown Up Grilled Cheese + Asparagus Fries

Happy Hump Day chickadees!

Wow...I am so giddy for Friday to be here.  I think my giddiness, however, is making the week going by at a snail's pace!

Anyways...I had a totally different post planned for today, BUT, life got in the way.

I've said it time and time again on this blog--I don't live to blog, rather I blog about my life.  Last night life had bigger things to offer than writing my planned post.

Let me explain...my friend Caroline and I have started a bit of a "wine night in" tradition.  About every month or so, she'll come over for a girls' night in.  Yoga pants are welcome and we alternate who provides the wine and food...one of us will get takeout and the other will get a bottle of wine.  It was my turn for food and rather than going the takeout route, I opted to make grown up grilled cheeses. The reason being that we recently got this baby.  I was dying to make a grilled cheese on our new skinny grill!

Don't you just love the panini-like stripes!?

I first saw the Le Creuset Skinny Grill  in the Sur La Table catalogue a month or so back and have been wanting one ever since.  On a recent trip to the store, they had the Skinny Grills marked down to $80 from an original $145.  It was a no brainer...we had to have it! Not to mention friends, you're in luck--it's still currently on sale for $79.95 on the Sur La Table site here.

That being said, I decided on one of my favorite grown up grilled cheeses:  whole grain bread (in my eyes, there is no other option than grainy bread for a grilled cheese), baby swiss cheese, honey maple ham, and arugula.

I also had about half a bunch of asparagus in the fridge and decided to make these asparagus fries. They are my fave, by the way...

Dinner was of course accompanied by lots of girl talk...and some cab sav. 

Caroline brought this Cellar No. 8 Cabernet Sauvignon and I loved it!  Not to mention, the bottle is under $15! Win, win in my book!

What have you been eating lately?

Any other recommendations of good, low cost wine?

Have a great day!