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Celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day with The Naptime Chef #HavartiParty @thenaptimechef @ArlaDofino @freshmadenyc


Manhattan, NY

As a busy Mom and wife, there are lot’s of days that I don’t have the energy to get fancy in the kitchen. I cook what’s easy, quick and filling for my family. It’s either a home cooked meal or takeout which is not always a healthy option. I was thrilled to meet Author of The Naptime Chef Kelsey Banfield, after my confession that I’m not always a healthy cook at dinner time and I normally go the simple route,  she shared amazing recipes that are so easy, your little ones can actually help too.


When you think of Grilled cheese, we think of the plain boring way right? This is why you must try Kelsey’s recipes. This is not just for children. Believe me when I say my next Mommy’s Night In will include Havarti Cheese and wine!


Which grilled cheese couldn’t this mama stop devouring at the Freshmade NYC kitchen? the Havarti Tomato and Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Want to create your own?


Pesto Ingredients

1 cup packed arugula leaves, stems removed¼ cup walnut halves2 garlic cloves, peeled, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup olive oil.

Sandwich Ingredients

2 slices country bread, 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, 1 tablespoon arugula, 2 thick slices, fresh tomato, 1 Arla Dofino Havarti cheese slice.




In a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, combine the arugula, walnuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Pulse twice to combine. Pulse a few more times while pouring the olive oil down the feed tube. This makes about half a cup. Whatever is not used for the sandwich can be stored in the refrigerator for future use.


Place the two slices of bread side-by-side and spread the top of one with ½ tablespoon of butter. On the second slice, spread arugula pesto and top it with two tomato slices and 1 slice of Arla Dofino Havarti cheese. Close sandwich with the buttered bread slice, butter side up.

 Add the remaining butter in a nonstick skillet and place over medium heat. Swirl butter so it coats the bottom of the pan. Place sandwich in skillet, with non-­buttered bread side down and cook until the bread is toasted and golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the sandwich and cook the other side for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the skillet, slice and serve. 

Thank you to Havarti Cheese, The Naptime Chef and Freshmade NYC for an evening of great food, wine and a deeper passion of cheese.

For more information on Arla Dofino and recipes please visit:

For more information on the Naptime Chef Kelsey Banfield, please visit:

For more information on Freshmade NYC, please visit:

Disclosure: I was invited as Media to attend. Havarti products were given for review purposes.  All opinions and review are of my own.

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