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Tuna Melts With Tunameltsmyheart

When I first moved to LA, I began telling friends I was starting a dinner party company. Truthfully, when I moved to Los Angeles, I had little direction and not a clue of what I was going to do. But, on a 36 hour drive out from Chicago, my best friend Michelle asked me a pivotal question- if you could do anything in life and money didn’t matter, what would you do?  “Have people over for dinner,” was my instant response. So, when I ventured into this crazy and beautiful city of dreamers, that was what I started- a dinner party company.

About a month after living here, I became dear friends with Courtney. We met through mutual friends, and after our first lunch date, we were instant soul friends. You know those people you meet and your hearts just connect instantly? That was our friendship. We both loved fries and mayonnaise, late night Netflix binges, and bacon. All the bacon.

When I met Courtney and her insta-famous dog Tuna, I was just beginning to develop my dinner party company and evolve my own brand. I had free time on my hands, and one thing I love more than anything is watching people’s dreams come alive. I offered to jump in and assist Courtney with emails and some branding projects. Little did I know that in that offer, I would become a full on dog- manager, overseeing and helping strategize for over a year and a half for a little dog who I now know as nephew.

For a year and a half, Courtney and I traveled, wrote, and branded everything Tuna. It was so amazing and redemptive for me to work with a friend in such a close capacity and to feel so honored to see her dreams and hopes come alive. Tuna is a game changer…he’s this tiny little dog with unconventional features who dissolves the norm of what is endearing and beautiful. He offers a bit of lightness and laughter in your day-to-day, and really is a heart melter. I left the dog management world this April to jump full time into my love of food and dinner parties. But Tuna continues to be one of my favorite creatures and Courtney is still one of my dearest friends and cheerleaders in life.

Truth be told, I love tuna melts. So when Courtney came back to LA this fall (she has since moved over the pond to Londy town), we had to make tuna melts together. And of course make them in heart shapes. Below you’ll find one of my favorite, and very basic tuna melt recipes with the true star of the show: the little toodle head who actually did eat one of these treats.

Tuna melts with Tunameltsmyheart

2 slices of bread, we used Ezekial bread (cut into heart shapes with a cookie cutter)
1 can of white tuna, drained
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sweet relish
1 tomato, sliced
1/4 cup cheese (we used parmesan)

In a bowl, mix together your tuna, mayo, mustard, dill, salt, and relish. Evenly distribute your tuna mixture on your slices of bread. Top with tomatoes and cheese, and place in a toaster oven, or in your real oven at about 375 degrees until golden. Serve warm.

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