A gift of the Roaring 20s: The Hot Brown
The Hot Brown was born in the Roaring 20s at a time when flappers danced all
night and wanted a hearty meal to keep them going. The Hot Brown was
just the ticket.
The Hot Brown sandwich is a open-face concoction of
bread, meats, and melted cheeses. Chef Fred K. Schmidt of Louisville,
Kentucky's Brown Hotel invented the treat to please the hotel's 2,500
Bored with routine fare, he drew from staples in his
kitchen to create a sandwich that would satisfy hungry dancers taking a
midnight break between two sets of the big band music. Often ordering
ham and eggs, the dancers soon made the transition to Fred's melted
Traditional ingredients include turkey, bacon, and
pimentos, covered with mornay sauce.
Since that time, several variations, in restaurants
and cookbooks, have shifted makings to include ham, bacon, and turkey,
covered with melted cheddar cheese sauce and often garnished with slices
Hot Brown Crowd Pleaser
To serve four, start by toasting 8 slices of rye
bread or Texas toast and set aside. In a 2-quart sauce pan, place 2 cans
of condensed cheddar cheese soup, 6 tablespoons of milk, 6 tablespoons
of butter, and 4 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Warm slowly over
a medium heat, constantly stirring until the sauce becomes warm and
Additionally, crispy-fry or micro-wave 16 slices of
bacon and set aside. At this point, the sauce may be kept warm for an
upcoming meal or the sauce and toast set aside for a later time.
Before serving, place the slices of toast under the
broiler and melt 1 slice of Swiss cheese on each.
Place 2 pieces of the cheese-covered toast on each
plate and heap with shaved ham, shaved turkey, and 4 pieces of bacon.
Warm the sauce to piping hot and pour lavishly over
the sandwich ingredients.
Serve immediately. As desired, tomatoes, pimentos, or
sliced hot peppers may be added.
February is American Heart Month
The choices you make today could boost your heart health right now. We know
what we're supposed to be writing: Exercise, eat right, don't smoke, and
check our blood pressure. There are a lot of scary statistics that prove
this advice to be correct. But you've already heard them all. Maybe the
numbers convinced you to make changes in your life. Maybe not.
In either case, thinking small about heart health
does make a difference, and it doesn't take much time or effort. You can
do it today or tomorrow.
Eat an apple or a pear instead of a donut. Fruit
tastes good. You'll be less likely to gain weight, which would make your
heart work harder.
Walk with the dog or the kids instead of watching
television. You'll enjoy it, and new studies show that the condition of
your arteries improves immediately, not just in years to come.
Do something you really want to do instead of
lighting a cigarette. Every cigarette counts. Your blood pressure
bounces up every time you light one.
Park farther away from the store instead of right in
front of it. That little walk is good for your heart.
Order broiled fish instead of batter fried. A meal
high in saturated fat causes arteries to stiffen right away.
Check your waist-to-hip ratio. Search for
waist-to-hip ratio on the Web. There are several easy sites that let you
enter your numbers. They tell you whether you need to improve.
Women, check the American Heart Association's http://www.GoRedForWomen.org
or call (888) MY-HEART for information about lowering your personal
Whether you are in your 20s, 40s, or 60s, it's
important to take care of your heart. Sometimes, just taking the small
steps makes a big difference. It's never too soon or too late to start.