When a Sandwich Isn't Just a Sandwich

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Chris likes to tease me because I just can't put meat and cheese in bread in any combination and call it a sandwich.  I make sandwiches like others cook, with thought into what flavors, textures and presentation all work best.

Turkey sandwiches are typically turkey bacon club sandwiches.  Steak sandwiches are served with particular cheeses and dressings for the lettuce.  Even sloppy Joes and salami sandwiches have a spec.

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But the king of all sandwiches in the house, the one Chris for which he respects my obsessive compulsiveness, is the French dip (Karenna's half-sandwich is pictured).

No, I can't just eat a regular roast beef sandwich; and yes, Chris, could and would make a regular one if left to his own devices, but in our house a French dip and side salad is the one sandwich that is up there with some of our favorite dinner items.  But, don't take my word for it, take Jude's:

Jude (upon getting to the table and realizing what's for dinner): Ooh! It's the sandwich with the dipping thing!  It's my favorite.  It's better than fish (pronounced "pish") or chicken or meatloaf (pronounced "meatwoap") or eggplant (pronounced "eggpwant") or lamb (pronounced "wamb") or...

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