Whenever we drive to my parents house in Maryland, Michael and I have the same conversation (usually while eating the sandwiches I packed for the ride.): Am I capable of making a winning sandwich. The answer is almost always no. I don't get it. I don't have the knowledge, passion, instinct for making a perfect sandwich -- aka one of Michaels favorite things to eat.
This year as we discussed the sandwich, I noted some lessons I have learned:
1. never put mustard and cheese on same sandwich, use mayo instead
2. hard thick bread is best but Rye is also good
3. Salami stands alone-no other meats or cheeses. add mustard.
4. hot peppers and other toppings are welcome if they don't sog the bread
The thing is I like softer soggy mustardy sandwiches. I like when the bread mushes into the filling. I don't like stacks of salami. We are clearly on opposite sides of this issue--Michael would say he's on the right side but maybe we just have to agree to disagree -- at least until the next five hour car trip.