Casa de Powell MacKenzie

When Dan and I were planning our wedding the conversation often went back to what to do about our last names when we got married.  I was really conflicted about it.  On one hand I wanted our family to match, but on the other hand I have always been “Powell” and I was attached to the name.  In the end we decided to compromise: I would take Dan’s last name and he would add Powell as a middle name. Then we’d match!


Fast forward two years and Dan still hadn’t changed his name.  We talked about it on occasion but it had definitely taken a back seat to our day to day life.  Then one night Dan surprised me with the news.  He went down to Social Security and changed his name! 


His Social Security card came in the mail this weekend and to celebrate I bought Dan his favorite ice cream and made our favorite sandwich: tomato, basil, garlic and mozzarella.  I won’t lie, I was craving the Cosi Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella sandwich, so that was my inspiration.  The Cosi TBM is my favorite sandwich in the world, so I plan out my trips back east to include at least one visit to Cosi.  Dan might not be as obsessed with that one sandwich as I am, but he still loves the flavors.  So what if it was a gift to both of us.



Powell MacKenzie style TBM


2 tomatoes

12 slices mozzarella cheese

one loaf of ciabatta bread

a bunch of basil


Making the sandwich was the easy part, but duplicating the buttery and salty flat bread was another.  Dan picked up a ciabatta loaf (our kitchen had issues last weekend so no baking for me) but it was at least twice as thick as the cosi bread.  I got started by rubbing some garlic infused olive oil on each side of the bread and popped it into a 350 degree oven.   After about ten minutes I added the sliced mozzarella on one side and let it melt for another ten minutes.  When the cheese was melted I added the tomatoes for an additional two minutes. 


Once the tomatoes were slightly warmed I removed the sandwiches, topped each sandwich with basil and served them hot (melted cheese dishes are best when they are right out of the oven).


We were lucky to be celebrating during a 60 degree day and were able to eat the sandwiches outside.  Next time I am going to find some thinner bread so that there is more cheese than bread.