The Times They Are a-Changin’

May 26, 2016

The Times They Are a-Changin’


 Is 29 my age (again)? :o)
Actually, 29 is my order number.
I happily wait for my favorite sandwich to be delivered at the Nordstrom Cafe
in July 2015.

How does the old saying go? “The one thing that you can count on is change.”
Or, as Bob Dylan would say,  The Times They Are a-Changin’.
On May 19th, our family underwent a profoundly happy change! My son and
daughter-in-law had precious triplet girls!!! Insert enormous Gammy  grins here. :o)(Gammy is the name my grand daughter calls me.) I am happy to report that Mom and babies are all doing well!

Image used thanks to

I smile when I think it all started with our May 28, 1978 wedding! :o) Speaking of change, the fresh faced kids in the photo below may have changed a little bit over the past 38 years. :o)
I am so happy that I picked this guy!  Happy Anniversary, Dale!


Dale and I married six months after this photo was taken on May 28, 1978.
To read more about our wedding, click here.
To read more about grandparent fun, click here. and here.

To hear Bob Dylan perform The Times They Are a-Changin’  in 1964, click here.
To read more about Bob Dylan and his Minnesota connection, click here.

Changing Menus

Another change, minor in nature, is the recent menu at our local
Nordstrom’s Market Street Cafe.  This cafe has long been a favorite of mine, for a quick bite at our nearby mall. Over the years I have become a big fan of the
Chicken Mozzarella Chibatta Sandwich,  a menu standard at the Cafe.

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I photographed my delicious Chicken Mozzarella Chibatta Sandwich at Nordstrom’s 
in December 2011.

I am hoping that this tasty sandwich will soon find its way back on the menu, but in the meantime, I have a recipe for my version of the sandwich below. In 2009, Nordstrom’s Customer Service kindly gave me the recipe to make this at home. Over the years, I have made a few alterations to speed up this sandwich’s assembly. Also, take a peak at some photos taken of my family dining at Nordstrom’s Market Street Cafe over the years.

A Nordstrom Market Street Cafe Montage


My mother and daughter sit in a Nordstrom booth in December 2011.

Martese in faux eyeglasses and Mickey tee shirt in July 2012.


My two youngest joining me for lunch in July 2015.

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Martese is happy to get her yummy Crab Pizza in July 2015.

The Recipe

Annette’s Version of the
Chicken Mozzarella Ciabatta Sandwich




Fresh Rotisserie Chicken
Baby Spinach, cleaned and dried/drained 
Sliced Tomatoes
Sliced Fresh Mozzarella
Freshly Ground Pepper
Balsamic (reduction) Glaze (Usually found in the Pasta Section)-see photo below

Italian Ciabatta Roll/Bread
(Usually found in grocery store, made in own bakery )

Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Pesto Aioli 

1/3 cup Pesto (Usually found in the Pasta Section)
2 cups Mayonnaise (I use Hellman’s Light)
Fresh Ground Pepper 

Reduced Fat Cape Cod Potato Chips, or another kettle/crunchy variety, if desired


Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Slice Ciabatta rolls in half.
Place roll cut-side down onto cookie sheet. (I  prepare mine with parchment paper).
Brush roll tops with water and sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese on top.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until roll is crunchy.
Remove from oven and cool slightly.

While roll is baking…
Prepare aioli by mixing together pesto, mayonnaise, and ground pepper.  
Refrigerate until assembling sandwiches.

Remove and slice chicken breast from rotisserie chicken.
Refrigerate until assembling sandwiches.

Assemble Sandwich as follows…
Spread both sides of roll with pesto aioli.
(Nordstrom uses a generous amount, but
my waistline prefers a thinner layer of pesto aioli.)

On bottom half of roll place- 
baby spinach
sliced tomato
sliced fresh mozzarella
black pepper to taste
drizzle balsamic reduction glaze
chicken slices
sliced mozzarella
top half of roll

Serve with potato chips.

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An example of two different brands of Balsamic Glaze

Thanks for reading!

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), many of the photos from past blog posts were accidently  deleted several months ago.  I have been working to replace them, and most are now back in place.  If you wish to view my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to

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Dale and I pose with the Red Sea as our background.
July 2013

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4 Responses to The Times They Are a-Changin’

  1. Liz says:

    Congratulations on the safe arrival of your three little granddaughters. Enjoyed this blog, the sandwich sounds amazing…. Have a wonderful Anniversary Saturday.


  2. Kari Schumm says:

    Congratulations on the new granddaughters – how exciting!


  3. Michelle says:

    So happy for you and your growing family!
    Thanks for the link to your wedding story!! Great!
    And Happy Anniversary!!


  4. Jennifer Sharpe says:

    Wonderful Annette.


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