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Grilled Cheese for Adults and Kids too!!

Updated on August 20, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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5 stars from 3 ratings of Grilled Cheese Adults and Children too!!

A sophisticated version of a simple childhood classic makes this one not just for kids, but adults too. It is so tasty and even though it has cheese, which many adults believe to be so unhealthy it is so very yummy that guess what even my 3 year old loves it. Granted she has never been a picky eater, but still this one can be made and enjoyed by both my husband and myself (the adults), as well as my 3 year old too, which makes this truly an enjoyable meal to make.

I literally found this one in my Sunday paper and it was first created by Ellie Krieger, but added a few of my own touches (Only modified it ever so slightly, because it was so good already) like making the onions ahead of time and using monterey jack cheese, because that truly is the longest and hardest part of this recipe, as well as my favorite cheese. Many of my recipes have come from family members, as well as from my favorite Food Network stars (I am a junkie for this channel). And this one is truly delicious whether eaten in the summer with a smoothie or in the winter with a nice bowl of soup too!!

So I hope you get to try this one soon and enjoy!!!

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Who is Ellie Krieger?

Before I go any further, I would like to give a bit of background information on the chef that originated this recipe. Ellie Krieger, according to her website, is the host of the The Food Network’s hit show “Healthy Appetite,” which airs on The Cooking Channel. I have watched her show as time permits and have been completely taken with her warmth and how much she truly cares about making healthy and nutritious meals. It would appear that her success has occurred because of how she offers real life advice without using gimmicks or fad diets. Her message is quite simple that we must be educated on how to balance our lives with a healthy and nutritious diet. Ellie has quite an extensive education and is a registered dietitian after having attended Teacher’s College, Columbia University. I truly admire what she is educated in, because my very good friend, Natalie is also a registered dietitian and know first hand from her what this entails as far as the course work and certification.

Ellie has also worked alongside the First Lady Michelle Obama on the "Let's Move" campaign, where she headed a nutrition education initiative at the "Healthy Kids Fair" in 2010 in the White House kitchen, where she prepared an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables. She actually called upon the kids to as she called it "eat the rainbow" (fruits and vegetables) everyday. Yet again she used her knowledge base to challenge and engage kids to eat healthier. In New York City, she also worked with SchoolFood to create healthy and delicious meals for all the city's students, because her daughter is also a product of NYC schools. So she was giving back at a grass roots level so to speak. She is a true inspiration and can honestly say that I am very honored to get to watch and try any of her recipes. To find even more out about Ellie Krieger you can follow her on Facebook and/or Twitter too!

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 7 min
Ready in: 12 min
Yields: Serves 4.
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Ingredients

  • 2 Tsps. Canola Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1/2 Tsp. Curry Powder
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 8 Thin Slices Monterey Jack Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 Slices Whole Wheat Bread
  • 1 Large or 2 Medium Ripe Beefsteak Tomatoes
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4 Servings
Calories 350
Calories from Fat162
% Daily Value *
Fat 18 g28%
Saturated fat 10 g50%
Unsaturated fat 8 g
Carbohydrates 29 g10%
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 19 g38%
Cholesterol 45 mg15%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
  1. Heat the oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the onion. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the lid and cook uncovered for an additional 10-12 minutes or until the onions are golden brown and the edges are too.
  3. Stir in the curry powder and cayenne pepper. These onions can actually be made up to 3 days in advance.
  4. Place one slice of cheddar cheese on each of 4 slices of bread. Spread a quarter of the caramelized onions on top, then place one large or 2 medium slice tomato. Place another slice of cheese on top of that, then the other slice of bread.
  5. Wipe out the skillet (if onions were just cooked), then coat with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Place one of the sandwiches in the skillet and weigh down with a small heavy skillet.
  6. Lower the heat to medium-low heat and grill until the underside is a deep brown and the cheese is partially melted, about 3-4 minutes. Flip the sandwich and grill the other side, another 3 minutes.
  7. Slice in half and serve hot!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I wanna eat at your house....can I? huh? can I? Please Janine!!!

      Next to cheeseburgers, this is my favorite meal or snack. This, my dear friend, is a winner. Sign me up; send me some in a care package! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I would so love to send you a care package, but I fear it would get ruined in transit by the post office, lol!! Seriously, thank you so much for your kind words here and have to tell you I truly love cooking and baking. I am totally all for trying new recipes whenever I get my hands on them. I confess as I said earlier I love watching the Food Network and this feeds into my food addiction further!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      MMMM! :) I enjoyed how you gave a biography of Ellie Krieger. It seems like she an outstanding resume'. I like your addition of Monterey jack Cheddar Cheese as well! Good choice! I will definitely be making this sandwich very soon. I have to say that it comes close to beating my PB & J recipe! LOL Only kidding, thanks for sharing Janine!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Yummy. Grilled cheese is such comfort food. This recipe sounds delicious. Great job! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      This is a winner! I love cheese and I love Monterey Jack cheese. I'll bookmark this.

      I used to watch Food Network, but since I divorced my cable company (I wrote a Hub about that!), I don't get it. I do miss it, too.

      I voted this UP, etc. and will share, too.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Josh, I was hoping to totally beat your recipe with this one, lol!!! No seriously, nothing could even come close to that recipe and you knocked that one clear out of the park my friend!! Glad you enjoyed this recipe though and was very happy to included the mini biography of Ellie Krieger, because I truly feel she is an inspiration. Thank you again and I do hope you can try and enjoy this one too!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Julie, totally agree with you on grilled cheese being a comfort food. Thank you my friend for all your help (including the photo you let me borrow), very much appreciate it!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, thank you too. I know all too well about issues with the local cable company. We switched last year from Cablevision to Verizon Fios and have never been happier. That said I really do quite enjoy the Food Network and would miss it if I didn't have that channel. Thanks again for the comment, the share and votes too!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Almost everyone loves grilled cheese...Actually I don't trust people who don't. Just kidding..This all sounds delish.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Janine, these look screen licking good! I can't wait to try these! Great recipe!!!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This sounds so good. I am so bored with grilled cheese and after the fact you always think "why didn't I think of that!" but I am glad you did and I will be having some yummy grilled cheeses. That onion is really going to set it off! Thank you.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Janine, this looks sooo good. I was never a fan of pepper-jack cheese until I got older, now I love it. Tomatoes have always been my favorite, especially home grown.

      Where do you live? You are becoming a close friend fast, and like Bill I want to come over for lunch? This looks better than Panera.

      I can't even make hard boiled eggs, really, ask Julie.

      Voted Up, shared, 5 stared.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Carol. I totally do agree that just about everyone that I know does love grilled cheese. Loved your comment about not trusting people who don't lol!! Seriously, thank you so much for your comment and for your kindness here :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Terrye, thanks for the chuckle (screen licking good!). Really loved that description and have to remember that one. Seriously, thank you for your comment and continued support too!!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      yummy in my tummy, janine!

      I just saw a recipe for cookies and now this grilled cheese sandwich. this is my all time fav and thanks for sharing your recipe with us!

      voted up as useful

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Jackie, glad to be able to give you a recipe to try. I u derstanding about not always thinking of something until it is pointed out to me. Believe me that is why I am constantly on the lookout for new recipes, because you never know what you may find that you indeed want to try. That said, I hope you do get to try and enjoy this one too. Thank you so much for the comment, it very much appreciated!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Carly, thank you so much the compliment and kind words. I live on Long Island in NY and if you are ever up this way, you are more than welcome to stop in and will try to make you something tasty! Seriously, I can cook. But you are so talented my friend and am constantly in awe of your artist ability. I am not kindling when I say, I can't even draw a stick figure for Pictionary, lol! Thank you again for all your kindness, for the comment, the votes and share too!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Ruchira, I hope you get to try both the cookies and the grilled cheese to create one hell of a meal, lol! Seriously, thank you so much for stopping by, commenting and voting up too! Very much appreciated!!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      I would to try this one Janine and it would be included in my collections of hub recipes. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Ignugent17, thanks for including this in your hub recipes and do hope you get to try and enjoy. I totally appreciate the comment and for your continued support on here!!

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      Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England

      Love the idea of curry powder and pepper in this. I will be trying this very soon.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I had not thought to add in onions. Great ideas here!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Cherry Red, thank you so much and do hope you get to try this on too :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      You know Christy I wouldn't have thought of adding onions myself, but got to tell you I do usually love onions and love grilled cheese too. Together they are w winning combo and amazing. Thanks again Christy :)

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      This looks delicious, I love grilled cheese sandwiches!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much nanderson500 and hope you get to try this soon!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Grilled cheese sandwiches are in my top 10 favorite meals. I sometimes add tomato slices, but like just cheese the bestest! Yummy!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks Linda. I too love the cheese, especially when it is melted and gooey, so yummy. It is 10:30 at night andb now wishing it was earlier to make these! But seriously, thank again for everything :)

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      This sounds wonderful! I will be pinning it on to my recipe board. Thanks for sharing!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Deborah, thank you for your comment and for the pin too (hope you get to make it soon and enjoy!). Very much appreciate it :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      What a great combination Janine! Whether you thought it up or modified it, its still great. There'll be a lot of folks trying this grilled cheese for sure..next to hamburgers, grill cheese is an all American favorite. Adding the mini bio on Ellie Krieger was just the icing on the cake. I can't wait to get out the frying pan!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, thank you for saying that about this recipe. I try when sharing a recipe to seriously give credit to where it originated from, because most times I have gotten a recipe from someone else and modified for myself and/or family, but still want to give credit to where I found it. Glad you also enjoyed the mini-bio on Ellie Krieger. She truly is a wonderful person and was glad to put that out there for the reader to see. Thanks again for the comment and votes too!!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Yummy! Feel like going back to school and have Ms. Huldie as our first grade teacher. This grilled cheese rocks!! Thanks for giving your soul and heart in your hubs dear friend!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks Joseph. If I could teach first grade, I probably would have, but alas my training is for 5th grade through 12th grade (always more enjoyed the younger of those grades though to be honest). Seriously though, I do appreciate your continued kindness and support :)

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Janine, one of my favourite things - mouth wateringly good, great hub :o)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Julie. Grilled cheese has always been a favorite to me too. Appreciate your kind words here :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Mmmmm. Just the other day, my grandmother made me a delicious thick sliced ham and grilled cheese. This recipe seems great, too! Thanks for putting this hub together.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Natashalh, your grandmother's sandwich sounded delicious too. Seriously, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my recipe :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Grilled cheese rocks and so does Ellie Krieger. Great hub about her and a great sandwich. Thanks.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Glimmer Twin Fan, thank you for stopping by and commenting. I too can't help, but love grilled cheese and the icing on the cake for me was that Ellie Krieger came up with the original recipe. Seriously thank you so much!!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I never thought of adding curry powder and cayenne to a grilled cheese sandwich. I'm sure it's delicious! I look forward to trying it, also learning more about Ellie Krieger. BTW, I love your spatula dividers. : ) Voted up!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Vespawoolf, thank you for you kind comments about my the recipe and the dividers too. Ellie Krieger is very kind and lovely lady and I too enjoy learning more about her all the time. Thank you for the votes too!!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Grilled cheese is food for the Gods!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Breakfastpop, love that comment really, because I think I have to agree!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I catch Krieger on Sat. mornings, she is such a great cook and her recipes are so healthy. On the grilled cheese, who wouldn't like this recipe? I love it best with chili. Thanks for the visual desire -- gotta follow through on this one!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, glad you enjoy Ellie Krieger too and agree that her recipes are so tasty, yet healthy too. I also agree witht the chili on the side and now I am reminded of Sundays in the autumn time. Hope you do try and enjoy too!! Thanks again!!

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      Peter V 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      I'm a big fan of grilled cheese and this sounds like one step up from that! Will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing this!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Internpete, thank you for saying it sounds like a step up from regular good old-fashioned grilled cheese. Hope you do get to try and enjoy and thanks for the share too!!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I love this!!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Myz, thank you for stopping by and commenting too!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Love this grilled cheese recipe!! Came by your profile in search of another recipe to pin!! Glad I have found this one!! Thanks Janine, voted, pinned and shared!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Michelle, seriously thank you so much for reading my recipe articles pinning, sharing and voting too! It is truly appreciated so much :)

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      This is so good for a Sunday Morning! Had to be janine's who always wants to keep us fed at HP. Still smelling that cheese melting in my mouth!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Joseph, hope you get to enjoy this one on your Sunday morning and so very glad to feed the Hubpages community whenever possible. Thank you for stopping by, commenting and supporting me too!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I love grilled sandwiches and this looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

      Voting it up and useful, Janine.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Rajan Jolly, I am glad you love grilled sandwiches too and hope you get tpo try this one soon. Thank you for your comment, votes and share too!!

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      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love grilled cheese. I can't wait to try the recipe out. Voted up and shared!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Jenbeach21, thank you so much for your comment and agree about loving grilled cheese. Hope you do get to try and definitely enjoy. Thank you too for the votes and share too!!

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      Aditya Soni 4 years ago from India

      A very yummyyyyy meal. I wanna have it Janine Huldie . Can i come to your place :P ? If you will not allow me to come at your place then i have to make it myself only. Thanks for sharing this recipe . I want you to add some more delicious recipes. God bless.......

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much Writerscentro for your comment and share, too. Would invite you, but my house is crazy with a husband and two zany toddlers, lol!! Thant said hope you do get to try and enjoy!!!

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      I am so hungry now! Love this recipe of yours too! I also love the spatula borders!!! Curry Powder and Cayenne Pepper...sounds like a great grilled cheese!!! Great hub!!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks so much Audra. I do hope you get to try this one and enjoy as much as we do!!

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Janine, ooooh! This sounds just delicious, and I think it will be on my menu tonight! Just so perfect when you don't need a big meal. I think I will also try to get my male participants in the bereavement group to put it on their simple recipes list! Great and super Hub

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you so much Vicki and do hope you and your male participants in the bereavement group you work with try this and enjoy!!

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