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The Longest Route to a Delicious Reuben Sandwich… But You Can Call Her Ruby

A Reuben sandwich can be very simple. When made traditionally, it is a lovely stack of dark rye bread, corned beef, thousand island dressing, mustard and sauerkraut.

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As you can see, I have broken a few rules and quite possibly have taken one of the longest possible routes to get to a delicious Reuben – short of curing my own corned beef and baking my own bread, that is

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Sauerkraut: 7-9 days (or you can buy canned at the grocery store)

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Corned Beef: 5-6 hours (or you can buy pre-cooked at the deli)

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Celery Preserves: 2 hours (or you can wish you had some and use thousand island salad dressing instead)

Dark Rye Bread: The length of time it takes you to take a trip to your local grocery store + 5 minutes to toast and butter. Best of extra bread is stored in the fridge – it’ll last longer.

Stack accordingly. Or, you know, the sauerkraut can go on the side. The road was long. The tastes, well, these simply could not come out of a can or be rushed. Homemade wins every time. And for taking the longest route, you may call her Ruby for short.

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Deanna’s love for baking and cooking first began when she sat upon a baker’s stool as a little girl. Her love for people grew in the midst of church potlucks. Today, she expresses these loves creatively through speaking engagements and food writing. Deanna hosted guests, including celebrities, at her award-winning B&B in the Snoqualmie Valley. Deanna has been seen on both local and national television with her Saucy Balsamic Burgers which knocked 'N Sync's Joey Fatone to his knees. Besides her children, Deanna’s mud pie is one of the most beautiful things she has ever created.

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