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In Celebration of Flag Day

June 14, 2009
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I don’t know how most couples settle on the date of their wedding.  I’m sure conventionality dictates weddings usually occur on a weekend (for optimal guest attendance) and customs dictate that there is some significance behind the choice of the day of matrimony.

Well, the Omnivore and I are neither conventional nor customary.  So we certainly weren’t thinking about the out-of-towners when we chose our wedding day.  It was a Wednesday after all.  And on the other side of the world.  But that story is for another post. 

We weren’t thinking about anyone, really, but ourselves.  Selfishness on our wedding day, imagine that 😉

Forgive us?

But, really, what made us choose June 14th as our wedding day was the fact that the 14th day of June is a real holiday. Just check your calendar.  I promise, in tiny little italic letters you’ll see Flag Day inscribed.

Poor Flag Day never gets the bankers a day off, never allows the kids to stay home from school, never gets the recognition it deserves.

I thought about recreating our entire wedding day to celebrate our anniversary this year.  I’m quite sure I can still fit into my gown and I am quite sure the Omnivore can squeeze himself into his tux one more time. The day would go a little like this:

Wake up next to your future-husband in a foreign country.  *squeal* because you are not supposed to see him on your wedding day.  Scramble to breakfast.  Alone.  Eat nothing because you have no appetite (that’s a first).

Mosey back to your hotel room and wait for your makeup artist and hair ladies.  Freak out because you don’t speak the same language they do.  Wonder if they’re going to make you look like Dolly Parton because they think that’s how Americans like it.IMGP3948

The pictures have nothing to do with the story.  Just some eye-candy to prove that a recipe does follow.  If I’m boring you, just skip to the end: Grilled Pear and Caramelized Onion Panini with Gorgonzola Cheese.

Peer over the balcony and get butterflies in your stomach as you witness the Omnivore eating his breakfast.  Resist the urge to toss your cookies over the balcony railing right ontop of the unsuspecting groom.

Ruin your makeup because you cry as you can’t convince the hair stylist to help tie your dress.  Call the front desk — that’s what those people are for.  Sigh in relief once dressed to your satisfaction.  Wait in hotel lobby for a large Greek man to whisk you away in a limousine.

Where is the Omnivore?

Arrive at ancient town hall and become immediately terrified of large amounts of steps to be descended by yours truly.  Don’t trip. Don’t trip. Don’t trip. Don’t trip.

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Get married.  Wonder if the officiant is speaking in English or Cypriot.  Decide it doesn’t matter.  Smile.  Cry.  Kiss.

Arrive at your reception.  Smile in utter satisfaction at the amount of people attending the reception and become overwhelmed with joy as you realize that you don’t even know these people and they’re hoopin’ and hollerin’ like it’s 1999.

Eat disgusting wedding cake.  Go on sunset cruise.  Have a glass of champagne.  Toss your cookies because you don’t drink alcohol.  Note to self: drinking alcohol on an empty stomach on a rocking boat in the Mediterranean Ocean will lead to a mess.

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Smile because the Omnivore finds it rather cute that you threw up on your wedding day.  True love.

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1/2 onion, thinly sliced and carmelized
3 slices of pear, cut 1/8″ thick, grilled
1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese
ciabatta bread

Make the sandwich with all prepared ingredients.  Press in your panini press or use your George Foreman grill.  I refrained from using that cursed thing because I’m trying to convince the Omnivore that it is useless.  And takes up space.  So I made my panini using one of these techniques.

The pears, at the peak of ripeness, with the onions offer the perfect amount of sweetness to complement the tangy cheese.  This combination is wonderful.  It was inspired by a pizza that also included toasted walnuts, so that addition would be pleasant as well.  Yum.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2009 8:26 am

    We love panini’s and the story of your wedding day is so cute!

  2. June 14, 2009 10:21 am

    Awww, happy anniversary!!

  3. June 14, 2009 7:22 pm

    That’s a great wedding story! Happy Anniversary!

  4. June 15, 2009 7:40 am

    Recipe looks great! Hope you have a Happy Anniversary!

  5. June 15, 2009 11:03 am

    happy anniversary!

  6. June 16, 2009 2:19 pm

    happy anniversary! and these sandwiches look amazing. i love cheese and pears!

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