Imagine you’re at a party. A guy offers you a drink. You say no. He says ‘Come on, one drink!’ You say ‘no thanks.’ Later, he brings you a soda. ‘I know you said you didn’t want a drink, but I was getting one for myself and you looked thirsty.’ For you to refuse at this point makes you the asshole. He’s just being nice, right? Predators use the social contract and our own good hearts and fear of being rude against us. If you drink the drink, you’re teaching him that it just takes a little persistence on his part to overcome your ‘no.’ If you say ‘Really, I appreciate it, but no thanks’ and put the drink down and walk away from it, you’re the one who looks rude in that moment. But the fact is, you didn’t ask for the drink and you don’t want the drink and you don’t have to drink it just to make some guy feel validated.
Not knowing if her son will be monster or human, vampire Mavis’ favorite snack for little Dennis is avocado slices. It’s “good fat” and it’s safe and normal, unlike most of the things in the monster hotel they call home.
I wanted to monster-fy avocado slices and immediately thought of grilled cheese—with muenster cheese, of course. ;)
Directions: 1. Melt the butter and brush it onto one side of both slices of sourdough bread. Mix the mustard with the honey and spread that on the other side of the bread slices.
2. Heat a large pan on medium high and lay the bread mustard/honey side down and fry ‘til golden. Remove one slice from the pan and set aside, and flip the other slice over so its butter side is down.
3. To the slice in the pan, lay on two slices of muenster side-by-side, avocado slices (enough to cover the cheese), and two more slices of muenster. Lay the other piece of bread on top of the cheese, mustard/honey side down, and cook until the bottom bread is golden brown.
4. Flip the sandwich over and lower the heat to medium low. Put a lid over the pan, and heat until the cheese is all soft and a little melty, and the bottom bread is golden brown.
5. Remove the sandwich from pan and cut in half. Slice a pimento-stuffed olive in half and skewer the halves onto the sandwich with toothpicks.
6. Lay two slices of muenster together and cut a zig-zag strip, and then gently separate them and stick them onto the cut end of the sandwich (use a little smear of honey for glue if needed).
You can decorate both halves of the sandwich if you like, but for this picture I only did one and stacked it. This ghouled cheese would go great with a roasted red pepper tomato bisque or something—you know, something red ;). Haha, you could even cut a roasted red pepper to look like a tongue and hang it out of the sandwich’s mouth!