Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese, the Gooey and the Crisp Together in One Bite

Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese |

The melted, soft center and toasted-brown exterior of a delicious Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese has all of the best qualities in a single bite; just as being both tender-hearted and open, yet discriminating, can be a good combination for a healthy and balanced life.

One of my favorite things is to discover the soft center of something that has a crisp outer layer of protection that needs some breaking through.

It’s like biting into a warm, freshly-prepared grilled cheese sandwich, with its cheesy, gooey interior loaded with grilled steak and garlicky mushrooms, held gloriously together with its golden-brown and crisply-toasted exterior of good, buttery bread.

Simply delicious and an amazing combination!

Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese |

It reminds me of the human heart, the human soul, that precious and amazing tender place of reception and potential love, that is surrounded by our physical being, our vessel that is meant to protect it, and keep it safe and intact.

And in the best scenarios, though the human heart (or soul) is protected, it is still reachable, still penetrable by one’s outer experiences, and still able to be moved and be awakened by what is happening around it; there is still an osmosis that takes place where it can easily be affected and molded by what gently filters through that protective exterior.

Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese |

But when the heart and soul of a human is too padded, protected, and insulated from anything entering into its realm and being-ness, then it can grow hardened and brittle, sad and lonely, unmovable, and the light that once emanated, sadly, grows dim.

The balancing act of life is keeping one’s inner self supple and soft, open and available, to new experiences of all sorts, while still maintaining that flexible barrier with a pliable and porous texture that is simply there only to hold things together in a sustaining way.

Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese |

Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese |

It is the beauty of life to be able to have together in one bite, in one being-ness, both a soul that is willing to be tender, loving, vulnerable, caring, merciful, yet strong; and a self-respect that offers outer support and a frame-work that keeps the wholeness wonderfully together, in a healthy way.

It’s like the perfect bite that offers just enough resistance to give texture, yet not so much that one cannot find their way to the “gold” within, that scrumptious and savory middle of melted goodness that awaits to be experienced.

Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese |

Having a gentle, open, loving, and available heart at the center of our being that is protected by a flexible yet beautifully formed layer of self-care and nurture is like experiencing that delectable bite of something both gooey and crispy.

It is experiencing the best of what it means to be a human being: to be vulnerable yet aware, loving yet self-respectful, and open yet awake.

Taste whats good and pass it on.


{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Steve October 25, 2015, 7:06 pm

    And now I know what’s for dinner tonight.

  • Roseanne November 13, 2015, 6:42 pm

    Hi, Ingrid ~
    I keep a list of yummy sandwiches and we try to have one sandwich night a week. THIS is going on our list. Can’t wait to try it.
    Be well.
    Sending warm regards ~ Roseanne

    • The Cozy Apron November 14, 2015, 7:31 am

      Hi Roseanne, I’m honored to have this recipe be on your list of “yummy” sandwiches; how fun! Great idea for a weekly sandwich night. :-) Hope you enjoy it, and that you have a blessed holiday season, and that you family is well! xoxo

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