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RECIPE BOX: Hawaiian sandwich combines bacon, cheese, pineapple

Staff Photo: Julie Wells. Hawaiian sandwiches have a great combination of a sweet and salty flavor.

Staff Photo: Julie Wells. Hawaiian sandwiches have a great combination of a sweet and salty flavor.

Besides a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, nothing says summer to me like a Hawaiian sandwich.

My grandmother, who would have turned 81 years old this past Sunday, introduced me to Hawaiian sandwiches as a child.

While I was thinking of Grandma's birthday, it reminded me of watching her in the kitchen. And it also reminded me that I had never made this sandwich for my husband Kevin. He loves all of the ingredients that make up this summer entree -- pineapple, bacon and cheese.

You could just about bet that if we were not eating BLTs, we were eating this sandwich -- which most people have never heard of or won't even try.

Now, let me be the first to tell you that we cheated and bought the already made bacon, but feel free to fry up some the old fashioned way.

One of the best memories from this week's featured recipe is learning how to fry bacon. Grandma showed me what to do a couple of times and then I was to take over. And I didn't like it from get-go.

I didn't like the way the grease popped all over the stove, mainly because I knew I was going to have to clean up the mess. We used those screens that covered our frying pan and I wasn't a fan of those either. Trying to clean the screens was worse than just wiping off the stove.

Nor did I like the way it popped on me and the way it made the house smell. For some reason, I never forgot that smell or how bad the popping bacon grease hurt.

Now obviously, I had the heat turned up too high, otherwise it wouldn't have popped so much, but frying bacon, well honestly, I have always dreaded doing it.

But as much as I didn't like learning how to fry bacon, it still brings back some sweet times spent with Grandma in the kitchen. She taught me a lot about kitchen basics and I've got some great recipes from her too.

If you are unsure of whether or not to try this sandwich, take grandma's advice -- "Try it you might like it."