August is National Sandwich Month! So I thought it would be nice to share a few of my favorite side dishes and sandwich pairings!

  • Fun Fact: In 1952, the Wheat Flour Institute established August as National Sandwich Month! Newspapers across the country filled their pages with recipes fit for the Earl of Sandwich and picnics alike.
  • John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, created the sandwich when he wanted to eat his meat with one hand and continue gambling with the other.
  • One of our favorite sandwiches, the cheesesteak, was invented by Pat Olivieri in the 1930s.
  • The most expensive sandwich ever sold was a grilled toast sandwich that seemed to have an image of the Virgin Mary on it. It sold for $28,000 in 2004 on eBay to an online casino called
  • Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches every day (University of Washington)


Classic Barney Butter Sandwich

  • 2 slices bread any kind
  • 1 tbsp butter softened
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp Nutella
  • ½ a banana, peeled and sliced
  • Honey, if desired
  1. Spread each piece of bread with a bit of butter on one side (like you would a regular grilled cheese).
  2. On the opposite side of one piece spread the regular almond butter. Place that piece of bread butter side down onto a frying pan.
  3. On the other piece of bread spread Nutella on the opposite side of the butter side and place butter side up on the frying pan. Grill for 2 minutes, then flip over and grill for 1 minute. Remove from grill.
  4. Add sliced bananas to the nutella or almond butter side. Drizzle with honey, if desired.
  5. Assemble the pieces of bread butter-side together.


Avocado, Tomato & Corn Salad

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 avocados, cubed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced into half moons
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • 1 jalapeño, minced (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, and cumin. Season dressing with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large serving bowl, combine avocados, tomatoes, cucumber, corn, jalapeño, and cilantro. Gently toss with dressing and serve immediately.



Shanisty Ireland is a former award-winning Television News Anchor with more than 15 years of experience on-air. Today, Shanisty freelances on national and local media outlets featuring some of her favorite recipes and hot topics from her blog. Shanisty has been featured on The Today Show, Ellen, U.S. News and World Report, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and hundreds of local TV News and Radio stations.

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