I grew up a military brat.
For those unfamiliar with the lingo, that means one or more of my parents was in the military. In my case it was my Dad. He was a career Air Force officer eventually retiring with the rank of Colonel. Like many military brats, we moved more than anyone else I knew. In my case, I never lived overseas and never on a military base/post. I did, however, go to a large number of different schools. From pre-school through grade 7 (9 years with pre-school and kindergarten), I went to eight different schools. I was always able to spend the entire school year in one school and starting in seventh grade, I was able to be in the same middle school and high school until I graduated.
Moving around has both its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, I consider myself well-travelled (at least domestically). I have now been to 49 of the 50 states (Oregon here I come!) and have learned to be both self-sufficient and to make new friends easily. On the downside, I generally don’t have any long-term attachment to any place and while I keep in touch with a few friends from high school, I know no one from any school before then. My wife, who lived in the same house from birth to college graduation (her Dad is still there), sees people all over town that she was in grade school with.
I do, however, consider myself a native Californian. Born in southern Cal (the best half of the state), I lived there through kindergarten. My family also returned there when I was starting seventh grade and graduated high school there. California has some of the best food on the planet: fresh produce, great Mexican and Asian dishes, but very few specific dishes or ingredients really give me the feeling of “home”. There is one exception…
I know it sounds strange, but the Hawaiian bread company is headquartered in my old home town of Torrance, California. In addition to the HQ, they have both a bakery and restaurant in the city. Any time I taste the sweet taste of King’s Hawaiian, I am transported back to California.
Hawaiian Buffalo Mozzarella Grilled Cheese sandwich
It was awesome. The sweetness of the bread with the creaminess of the cheese and heat and heartiness of the buffalo tenders rocked!
Ingredients were King’s Hawaiian bread, butter, mozzarella, buffalo tenders and a slice of American cheese.
Butter one side of two slices of bread. Place one slice (butter side down) on a griddle heated over a medium heat. Add sliced buffalo tenders.
Add a generous slice of mozzarella cheese and one slice of American.
Add the other slice on top (buttered side out). Grill until golden, flip and grill until golden on the other side.
Enjoy one of the best sandwiches around.