Cream Cheese Pickle.

No, it is not a sandwich.

But its a food thing between two identical food things and its the right shape essentially.


Well, let’s remember that my definition of sandwich is “An adjective used to differentiate foodstuffs, applied only when necessary”. IE, a taco does not need to be CALLED a sandwich whether it is one or not, because it is already fully identified as a taco, whereas a turkey sandwich requires differentiation from “a turkey”. 

By that measure, this perhaps should be a sandwich, because “cream cheese pickle” could be construed as pickled cream cheese otherwise. (Indeed, when I saw “cream cheese pickle” in the text before opening the post, I thought it would be some form of sandwich spread involving pickles and cream cheese.) It clearly is one object “sandwiched” between two others, and it would help to differentiate this foodstuff from a cream-cheese-pickle spread or “pickled” cream cheese. I don’t think you could actually pickle cream cheese, but now I’d like to find out.

So I’m going to have to disagree with @isitasandwich on this one, but I respect their work and their mission and I salute their efforts to identify, once and for all, what is and is not a sandwich. Godspeed, isitasandwich, long may you reign.


“I had a grilled cheese for lunch” unambiguously identifies what you ate and is perfectly common usage of language, and yet few people of honest means would deny that grilled cheese is a form of sandwich and that grilled cheese sandwich is also valid speech.

Citation for people saying “grilled cheese” without adding sandwich: the first sentence of this video

But that proves my point – while we CAN say Grilled Cheese Sandwich, we don’t NEED TO say “sandwich” because there is no other foodstuff to which “grilled cheese” commonly applies*. Sandwich remains an optional adjective applicable to the grilled cheese but not required.

Thus my assertion that “sandwich” is not a noun. You’re still thinking about how to classify something as “a sandwich” or “not a sandwich” when sandwich is an adjective applied only in cases of necessity; it should be “needs sandwich” or “doesn’t need sandwich”. 

Though admittedly I could have clarified that in my post; I should have said not that it IS a sandwich but that it is a foodstuff requiring the application of the WORD sandwich in order to be properly identified. I will cop to that being my bad.

* Although Haloumi is grilled or griddled cheese, it is more commonly simply referred to as Haloumi, and therefore this is an important but minor exception to the rule. 

this whole grilled cheese sandwich thing fascinates me because I was pretty much expecting just the grilled cheese and no bread because cheese and bread under a grill is welsh rarebit UNLESS I guess this is a thing with two slices of bread rather than just the one?

I want grilled cheese now (not the kind with bread)




On the first Surreal Sunday of November we brunch on slices of crystal clear pumpkin pie. Simon Davies, Chef de Cuisine at Chicago’s Alinea restaurant, worked his culinary magic to create completely transparent pumpkin pie filling for the traditional autumn pie.

Actually it wasn’t magic at all which made the pie filling clear, but the science of molecular gastronomy. Davies used a rotary evaporator machine to create a liquid distillate of the traditional pumpkin flavor.

“We by no means are trying to re-create a classic. It’s just our way of having some fun (clearly our ideas of what is fun differ). These are the ingredients: pumpkins from and organic farm 20 miles outside of Chicago, cinnamon, clove, ginger powder, those ingredients are distilled (Wikipedia is a great source to read about what distillation is if you need to), AP flour, butter, water, heavy cream, Tahitian vanilla, sugar and salt.”

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Photos by/via @ahemberger, Grant Achatz, Ashlan Strait, and @rodrigobravo77 respectively.

[via My Modern Met and Laughing Squid]

@copperbadge I feel like this is in your wheelhouse

I really wanna try making it, though I don’t have the kind of knowledge or equipment to distill the flavors. I’m surprised gelatin isn’t on the list, given it looks like distilled flavor gelatinized, but again, my science knowledge is not quite up to theirs. 

I think you could probably do a passable imitation using flavor oils and clear gelatin or agar agar.