Sandwiches: How to build a better sandwich

With walnut-raisin bread, try:
Roasted chicken, chutney, and mache, with creamy ricotta or hoop cheese
Carrots, jicama and fennel, mixed with tiny uncooked green peas and a light mayonnaise laced with yogurt
Tuna salad with cumin powder (serve with watermelon rind pickles)
Baked ham with sweet mustard sauce and bitter orange marmalade
Cream cheese with dried cherries soaked in sherry and finely chopped water chestnuts or celery
Creamy peanut butter and wild blackberry jam

With sourdough bread, try:
Thin slices of rare beef with olive oil, lemon juice and crisp watercress
Sauteed catfish fillet with New Orleans remoulade sauce, shredded lettuce and (optional) roasted pecan pieces – it’s a catfish po’boy in honor of the new president (Clinton?)
Brie, swiss cheese and toasted sliced almonds; grill
Warm, sauteed wild mushrooms, red oak leaf lettuce and ground black pepper
Port, blue cheese, cream cheese and grated cheddar
Fried fresh sage leaves, chopped walnuts, chicken breast slices, ch?vre, and ricotta

With olive bread, try:
Egg salad and a little caviar
Country pate with red radish slices and butter Boston lettuce
Chopped, crisp-cooked broccoli or rapini, lots of scallions and ranch dressing
Roasted red peppers, anchovies or sardines, a little snipped parsley and olive oil, mixed
Squid, shrimp and crab salad with capers in a light oil dressing
Mortadella, smoked mozzarella and sun-dried tomato spread

With semolina bread, try:
Chopped artichoke hearts, freshly grated parmesan, and enough mayo to hold it together; grill
Thin cucumber slices, onion sprouts and sweet butter
Paper-thin smoked salmon, dill sauce, onion slices you can see through and a bit of mesclun
Sliced turkey breast with avocado and alfalfa sprouts, and mayonnaise studded with green peppercorns and tarragon
Roast pork slices with warm apple and onion marmalade
Leftover meatloaf – and catsup, of course

With rosemary bread, try:
Stilton cheese, not-too-crisp bacon, curly endive and a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar
Smoked bluefish, bermuda onion slices and arugula, with hot sauce
Lamb, mint sauce and lots of roasted garlic
Warm sliced duck breast with kumquat sauce
Large cooked shrimps, cut in half lengthwise and soaked for a few minutes in olive oil, lime juice, and a pinch of horseradish. Try adding cilantro or Italian parsley.