This grilled cheese sandwich combines white cheddar cheese and slices of fresh tomato. The slightly cooked tomatoes give the sandwich an almost pizza-like flavor.

Sometimes the best things are the simple things. I’ve made so many grilled cheese sandwiches this year, but this one is one of my favorites. The idea actually came about because one day we came home after a weekend away with no groceries in the fridge. Mr. K was hungry and so I surveyed the contents of our kitchen and realized we had enough to make grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, using the cheese from my cheese stash, tomatoes from the garden, and leftover bread on the counter that was starting to get stale.

Now we’ve made it several more times as I try to savor the rest of my garden tomato season. Unfortunately, it’s been really hard to do so lately because something has gotten into my garden. I actually don’t know what it is, but the sneaky creatures have been eating my tomatoes. And they seem to have an eye for the pretty ones. I’m not even kidding. They keep stealing the prettiest looking ones that I’m most excited about.

This single serving chocolate chip mug cake starts with a fluffy brown sugar cake base which is studded with chocolate chips. It tastes like a chocolate chip cookie that got turned into a cake.

Do you ever have one of those days where it just isn’t your day? And you just want to hide in bed or sit in a dark corner and wait for the day to be over so nothing else goes wrong? I had one of those days yesterday.

San Diego Restaurant Week is just a few days away (September 20-27). I’m so glad they started including weekends as it gives me a lot more time to take advantage of restaurant week and explore new places. I already spent quite a lot of time checking out all the menus and have my places picked out and reserved, but if you’re looking for ideas, I was invited to visit Nobu last week to preview their restaurant week menu.

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp, Nobu is a place we can always count on for a hip atmosphere and quality sushi. For restaurant week, they are offering two menu options, which are served family style to the entire table. We chose Option 1.

Tuna Tataki with Valdivia Farm Green Tomato

This was a light and refreshing start to our meal. I especially enjoyed the crisp green tomato slices underneath the tuna and the ginger soy dressing.

Soft-Shell Crab with Pickled Watermelon

The crispy fried soft shell crab was paired with cubes of pickled watermelon and finished with a sweet ponzu sauce. It was one of my favorites of the night.