Super Sized Breakfast Panini's

Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

It was eleven years ago on this very day that I was a college freshman getting ready to attend my very first college function. I was a naïve kid that knew nothing of the world. I had been sheltered and guarded from almost everything known to man, including the ways of the world.

I remember I was running around on my dorm floor trying to figure out what my new friends were going to wear to this required event for college freshman. It was a beautiful Tuesday morning, not unlike today. And then it happened: our country was attacked with a brutal intensity; an intensity that I had not yet known as a young adult. That day, forever, will remain seared into my brain… into everybody’s brain.

Each year on this date it is like a vacuum sucks me back to the infancy of 9/11/01. I remember the moments unfolding, my new friends huddled around my small dorm room television, my friend writing quotes in her journal, my RA asking us to give blood and the college requiring all of us to remain on campus.

You see in the infancy of the attacks there was a hijacked plane over rural Pennsylvania. I was going to school in a small western Pennsylvania town. And there was a plane unaccounted for and somewhere in proximity close enough to my school that it could have become an issue. We were safe. We now know that a group of brave people retook that plane to save people in this country. That plane went down in Somerset just an hour from my school. In those moments of uncertainty all we were required to do was stay put and safe.

My life was forever altered that day. I was a naïve college student that knew nothing of the world. I was foolish. I was youthful and inexperienced. In the years since 9/11 I have traveled to Europe, Africa and Asia. I furthered my education. I lost touch with those girls that I once sat around my freshman dorm watching events unfold. I have lost 175 pounds. I have met the love of my life, a soldier. He is my hero. His buddies continue to be in the trenches of our mission to protect the USA and her allies. I fell in love with two Yorkshire Terriers. I learned how to cook and started a blog. I have started a business. I have started building a house. Many things have changed in the last 11 years, yet on this day every year I feel like my 18-year-old self, grasping for explanation, frenzied in disbelief and appalled for reasons beyond my comprehension. I see the towers hit and fall. Each year I relive {we all do} the same moments we once lived more than a decade ago.

This day will always be the same to me. It will always feel the same. I will always be a naïve college freshman listening to the banter of others better educated than myself analyze and discuss the horrors of this attack. I will forever feel like a sponge to the knowledge that exists to be better and know more.

In the years that have passed so much has changed for me. I mean, I’m sitting here writing a blog post for hundreds and thousands of potential people to read. Never could I have imagined I would have a large audience of people to communicate with. I have a very easy and delicious recipe for you today. I happen to love bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches. So I decided to take it up a notch. Be prepared, because this is a HUGE breakfast sandwich you may not be able to eat the entire thing. {Sadly, I could not}.

Nutritional Information:
Servings: 1 or 2
Calories: 483.25
Fat: 17 g
Carbohydrates: 47.6 g
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 7 g
Points+: 12


  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked crispy
  • 2 tablespoon skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 ounce cheese
  • 1 Torta Sandwich Roll


  • In a bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, hot sauce, salt and pepper until light and fluffy
  • In a medium skillet, over medium heat, cook the egg like you would cook an omelet. Remove.
  • Heat your George Foreman grill. Spray it with cooking spray.
  • Now, cut your sandwich roll in half. Add the bacon to the bottom of roll. Add the egg. Then top with the cheese of your choice {I used extra, extra, sharp aged cheddar cheese. Of course!}
  • Grill your sandwich on the George Foreman until the cheese is fully melted and the sandwich has nice little grilled marks on the bun.

Eat and enjoy! I loved this sandwich, but I was only able to eat ½ of it. I was so sad because I love bacon, egg, cheese and the ROLLS! Oh, the rolls are heavenly. If you have a huge appetite, this is the breakfast sandwich for you.

xoxo Mel