Rantoul Press columnist

Cooking when your main audience is children is high highs and low lows. It’s like sometimes they’re scraping the plate, and sometimes they’re rejecting your dinner for literally no reason.

Prime example: I served popcorn shrimp the other day, and my 5-year-old hated it. He carried on and on and just overall won the Academy Award for Dinner Hatred category.

Fast forward four days, and my mom brings over a shrimp cocktail, and that same son is tossing back shrimp like he’s a seagull on a boardwalk. That one’s a mystery to me, but I do have a recipe that our whole family loves to share with you and bonus:  it’s just three ingredients.  

You can throw this together any time, and it’s sure to be a favorite.

Turkey & Cheese Toasty Sandwich Roll

One can of French bread dough (I used Pillsbury.)

Two cups of shredded cheddar cheese

One-half pound of sliced turkey (I highly recommend a smoked variety.)

1. Grease a cookie sheet or use a Silpat mat

2.  Open your French bread dough and carefully pick at the seam to unroll it into a flat sheet. Don’t worry if it’s shaggy around the edges; just be careful to pinch and seal any holes that come up as you’re unwrapping.

3. Spread your shredded cheddar cheese on top and then layer the turkey on top of that. Leave about 1/2 inch around the edges of the dough.

4.  Start at one end and slowly roll the dough closed. Make your final roll and tuck the bread dough ends under and make sure the seam is under the roll. Garnish with some Parmesan cheese if you’re feeling fancy.

5.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes with the rack in the middle position (Otherwise it gets too toasty on top and not done enough in the middle). Slice it up and enjoy.

Carissa Nelson of Rantoul also blogs about easy recipes, fashion and style at