Oct. 23-Nov. 21

ScorpioTraits: Passionate, resourceful, jealous, secretive and vindictive.

There will be so much going on in your favorite place — behind the scenes — that you won’t want to come out to mingle. In June, you could be put in a position to do just that, so don’t get upset when your solitude gets disrupted. You insist on excellence in all that you see, do and eat. It doesn’t matter if it is elaborate fare or something simple — the dish needs to hit the perfect note. You also are resourceful and can whip up something creative in minutes.

Eat this: Yes, you have high standards, but it’s OK to accept foods that are daring and might not look nearly as good as they taste.

Not this: Your passionate quality should not lead to self-indulgence of fried foods and alcohol.

Spicy Swiss Cheese Melt
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Spicy, Sweet Goat Cheese Melt 

PG tested

Just like the sign, a secretive and explosive flavor hides inside the sandwich, and the creative interplay of subtly spicy peppercorns, sweet apricots and tangy goat cheese is revealed only when you bite into it.

8 ounces goat cheese at room temperature
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon milk, plus more if needed
2 teaspoons cracked black peppercorns
2 ounces dried apricots, finely chopped
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
Salt to taste
8 sandwich-slices walnut or multigrain bread
2 tablespoons olive oil

Mix together goat cheese and milk until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if mixture is too stiff. Add peppercorns, apricots, honey, thyme and salt; stir well.

Brush one side of each bread slice with oil. Place it oil side down on work surface. Divide and spread cheese mixture on the slices. Top with remaining slices, oil side up.

Heat large skillet. Place sandwiches in pan; cook for 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown.

Turn sandwiches, pressing lightly with spatula, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

Flip once more; cook for 1 more minute.

Remove from pan and let cool for 5 minutes. Cut in half and serve.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

— Adapted from “Grilled Cheese, Please” by Laura Werlin (Andrews McMeel Publishing; March 2011)