Broccoli Cheddar Panini …plus Win SIGNED Pioneer Woman Holiday Cookbooks!

by on November 20, 2013

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I have about a handful of “kitchen kindred spirits” and my friend Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman) is one of them. Virtually every time she shares a recipe on her blog (or Food Network show, or cookbooks!) it’s a dish I not only want to eat (like, right away), but I also want to enjoy it with people I love (ideally, in a picturesque ranch setting).

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays

Suffice it to say Ree’s newest cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, is full of comforting recipes I’m anxious to share around the table. In her signature step-by-step photo style, Ree celebrates her favorite occasions throughout the year, from Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day to every dish you need for an incredible down-home Thanksgiving. It’s going to be a popular holiday gift this year, for sure!

THREE lucky Panini Happy readers will WIN SIGNED COPIES of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays! Read on for the giveaway, Ree’s recipe for Broccoli-Cheese Soup, and my Broccoli Cheddar Panini recipe (inspired by the soup!). [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.]


Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe in The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
Since this is a panini press blog, I thought I’d put my own panini spin on one of the mouthwatering dishes in this cookbook. Ogling the Broccoli-Cheese Soup in a bread bowl, I began to ponder how those same ingredients might taste as a sandwich. The broccoli, cheddar and sourdough were a given – to give it more of a “soup” feel I added in some sautéed onions. Oh my goodness – yes! You’ll find the recipes for the both the soup and the panini at the end of this post.

**Win an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays (THREE WINNERS)!! [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.]

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The giveaway will close on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM PST. I will use random.org to select three winners and announce the winners in this post. I will contact the winners via e-mail – if I don’t receive a response within 5 days I will draw another name. My apologies to my international readers, the prize can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

**UPDATE 12/2/13: Congratulations to our winners – #56 Ritika, #88 Karen Sue and #20 MaryBeth!
Broccoli Cheese Soup from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays

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{ 126 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather November 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I love to eat/ serve Lasagna at celebrations. I love that you can make this dish ahead of time and cook before dinner. I can’t decide which to make first your lovely panini or the soup?!! They both sound delicious!

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2 Heather November 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I already subscribe by email to Panini Happy!!

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3 Sara November 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Hands down, pumpkin pie!

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4 Carla November 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

It may sound simple but mashed potatoes are my favorite dish to make for a celebration. I actually have been chastised for not bringing them to gatherings. Mine are so good because they are as far away from healthy as it’s possible to get with mashed potatoes. And since no one knows what’s in them, they can enjoy them guilt free. 🙂

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5 Jodi S November 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I tend to make lasagna when I’m entertaining

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6 Anu November 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

This broccoli cheese panini sounds quite delicious and calls for a celebration 🙂

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7 Patricia November 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I love to make home made apple pie- have really gotten the crust and spices down so that is probably my favorite- I always make enough to ensure I can have it for breakfast with coffee the day after thanksgiving

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8 Anu November 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

And I already follow you through facebook

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9 Sarah November 20, 2013 at 4:56 pm

My parents always put out awesome relish trays – my favorite is their homemade smoked salmon, homemade pickled garlic, and homemade pepper jelly. Yum!

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10 Jackie November 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I love making flatbread pizza for celebrations! I like offering a sort of “toppings bar” of different meats, cheeses, and veggies so everyone can make and bake their favorite! I like that you can prep everything before hand and just have everyone assemble their own!

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11 Jackie November 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm

I just subscribed to your emails too!

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12 maureen November 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Favorite item to eat for a celebration would be hot artichoke dip. I could practically make a meal out of it.

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13 maureen November 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I will now be receiving your email.

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14 D SCHMIDT November 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I love to make buffalo chicken dip for special occasions!

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15 Sandy Chisholm November 21, 2013 at 12:02 am

I really don’t have a favorite dish to prepare. I like to change it up in hopes that people will be impressed that I can cook a lot of different things. 🙂 But I do try to keep it either relatively simple or something that can be at least partially prepared in advance.

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16 Tara November 21, 2013 at 4:39 am

I make penne with my friend’s lasagna meat sauce. A bit less work but all the flavor. Yum!

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17 MaryBeth November 21, 2013 at 4:41 am

I love anything Italian for a celebration. If I had to pick one thing, it would be lasagna.

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18 Tara November 21, 2013 at 4:41 am

I am already subscribed to your emails (which I love because it helps figure out what we’re having for dinner at least one night that week)!

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19 Kathy Strahs November 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

That’s terrific, Tara – so glad to hear it. 🙂

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20 MaryBeth November 21, 2013 at 4:41 am

I’m already an email subscriber. Thanks!

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21 Michele November 21, 2013 at 4:57 am

Appetizers or snacky foods. We make a meal of our favorites for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve and eat them picnic style in the living room. The idea came from our kids and the tradition has stuck.

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22 Michele November 21, 2013 at 4:58 am

I get your emails!

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23 sara November 21, 2013 at 5:26 am

I usually make chicken of some sort
sara´s last blog post ..Pumpkin Walnut Muffins with Swerve

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24 sara November 21, 2013 at 5:27 am

I am already an email subscriber!
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25 Carol November 21, 2013 at 6:02 am

We are Italian Americans so every holiday begins with a big
Wonderful Antipasta tray that I make up.
I am already signed up to your post and loving it.
Happy Holidays to you and your family

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26 Hildi Valenzano November 21, 2013 at 6:06 am

Oh my goodness, how do I choose just one? I have a number of family favorites that I make by request each holiday, I get a great deal of pleasure out of feeding my family and friends. Every Thanksgiving, I make a sweet potato soufflé that everyone just devours! It hits the mark with the perfect combination of sweet and savory.

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27 Angela November 21, 2013 at 6:10 am

I always look forward to making cornbread dressing 🙂

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28 Angela November 21, 2013 at 6:10 am

I get your emails!

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29 Hildi Valenzano November 21, 2013 at 6:11 am

I am already on the list…I look forward to it each and every week. And…it inspired me to organize “Panini Thursday” in my office. Each Monday I send out an office-wide email letting everyone know what the Panini of the Week is, and if they like it, they chip in $5 each. I then shop (and prep) the ingredients and we meet in the kitchen and all construct our own Panini..it has been a huge hit! A recent favorite was my spin on the Arby’s Smokehouse sandwich. Thanks so much for providing me with great ideas!

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30 Kathy Strahs November 21, 2013 at 7:26 am

That’s so awesome, Hildi! A weekly office panini party sounds like so much fun. 🙂

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31 Shelly November 21, 2013 at 6:12 am

I always love to make the dessert!

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32 Amy :o) November 21, 2013 at 6:13 am

I also make mashed potatoes using LOTS of butter and warm milk. Then whip them up where they practically melt in your mouth. My whole family goes crazy for them and always asks for them (even for the not so special occasions ;o) ).

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33 Shelly November 21, 2013 at 6:13 am

I’m an email subscriber.

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34 Amy :o) November 21, 2013 at 6:14 am

I’m a subscriber to your email list.

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35 Michelle November 21, 2013 at 6:17 am

I like to make chicken parm!

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36 Cindy B. November 21, 2013 at 6:21 am

I love making deviled eggs and cheese balls for celebration.
Cindy B.´s last blog post ..Raspberry Sauce

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37 Cindy B. November 21, 2013 at 6:22 am

I’m already on your email list.
Cindy B.´s last blog post ..Raspberry Sauce

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38 LSOUTH November 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

I love to make dessert for any occasion – pies for Thanksgiving, cookies for Christmas and Baklava if we have Greek night (trust me Greek night is a celebration!).

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39 Robyn A November 21, 2013 at 6:53 am

Buffalo Chicken Dip or pinwheels…those are usually my go to potlucks!

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40 Teresa November 21, 2013 at 6:57 am

I love all the recipes I’ve tried in The Ultimate Panini Press Cook Book and I’d love to try Ree’s food!
Keep up the good work in your kitchen, Kathy! I always love seeing your newsletter in my email box!

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41 Kathy Strahs November 21, 2013 at 7:22 am

Thank you so much, Teresa!!

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42 Daphne November 21, 2013 at 7:07 am

My go-to dish for a celebration is a blueberry pound cake bundt. It’s buttery, summery, and delicious. Eat cake first!

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43 Dani Johnson November 21, 2013 at 7:17 am

I love to make pecan pie during the holidays and Christmas morning we usually do an egg bake and a butter braid. Yum!

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44 Dani Johnson November 21, 2013 at 7:17 am

I subscribe via email also.

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45 Sheri November 21, 2013 at 7:27 am

I love making and sharing homemade scones. Raspberry white chocolate are a favorite

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46 Sheri November 21, 2013 at 7:28 am

I also subscribe to the email list 🙂

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47 Mary November 21, 2013 at 7:36 am

For Christmas celebrations, I can’t wait to pull out all the old family cookie recipes and make small batches of all our favorities. Lots of variety and happy memories!

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48 Mary November 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

I already subscribe to your email list. Can’t wait to try the broccoli cheese panini…maybe tonight!

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49 Ann November 21, 2013 at 7:42 am

I love to make cornbread dressing.

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50 Ann November 21, 2013 at 7:44 am

I’ve been a subscriber for several years .

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51 Wilda November 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

I love to cook rump roast with deep rich brown gravy.

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52 Wilda November 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

I’m already a subscriber.

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53 Susanne Tewes November 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

Love all your recipes keep up the good work

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54 Susanne Tewes November 21, 2013 at 8:24 am

Great recipes am happy with all of them

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55 Ritika November 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

I love to make/eat Caramel Apple pie.

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56 Ritika November 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

I’m already a subscriber.

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57 deb November 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

I’m a ham woman!

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58 Kathy Strahs November 21, 2013 at 10:36 am

Lol, Deb. 🙂

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59 jan November 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

It’s been so cold around here so currently I’d have to say my favorite thing to cook is soups! White bean chili is my favorite!

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60 jan November 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

I subscribe by email

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61 TrishInFL November 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

Peach Cobbler, hands down!

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62 TrishInFL November 21, 2013 at 10:45 am

I already subscribe to your newsletter, happily!!

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63 Roxana November 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

I love Pioneer Woman’s recipes and also love Kathy’s Panini cookbook.
One of our favorite recipes is Broccoli-Cheddar Soup and a Grilled Fontina panini. It’s a Cheese Lover’s Delight! It’s so much fun trying to be creative on the Panini Grill. And I’m glad I’ve been successful due to great recipes. Another fun recipe is my Southwestern Breakfast Pizza. Thanks Kathy and Pioneer Woman, you have brought life to food again!

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64 Kathy Strahs November 21, 2013 at 11:30 am

Thanks so much, Roxana!

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65 Sharon November 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

hi, I like to make pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting for celebrations this time of year! thanks

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66 Elizabeth November 21, 2013 at 11:47 am

I love baking Chocolate Bavarian Torte for the holidays and family celebrations.

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67 Sarah November 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

I love to make and serve fondue for celebrations!
Sarah´s last blog post ..And now you are Three…

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68 Jason November 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I make a pretty rocking Chicken & Wild Rice Soup that I like to break out whenever there is a party. It is pretty time consuming to make so I keep it for special occasions

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69 Jason November 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Subscriber!

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70 Sarah S. November 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm

My Mom makes this hot fruit dish that is my absolute favorite for a holiday celebration.

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71 Jacqui November 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I love making oreo truffles for occasions! Everyone loves them and they are easy to modify for holidays and seasons!

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72 Jacqui November 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I am already subscribed to the Panini Happy email list

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73 Amy S. November 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I like to make fancy layer cakes for celebrations!

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74 Amy S. November 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I’m an email subscriber too…

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75 Lori November 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Chocolate cake! Isn’t cake the ultimate celebration!

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76 Lori November 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I am already on your email list!

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77 Beverly Ray November 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

My favorite thing to make for a celebration (and if I don’t make it, I’m not allowed to come) is corn bake. It is so simple and you can mix it up in one pan. I usually make 2 so there are leftovers.

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78 Beverly Ray November 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I am already subscribed to your newsletter.

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79 Erin R. November 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Oh, I never would have thought of a broccoli cheese sandwich. Nice!

My favorite thing to make for family dinners is some kind of bread or buns. They’re my very favorite baking thing, ever.

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80 Erin R. November 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I also have an e-mail subscription.

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81 Ann November 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Celebration food? Beef stroganoff is divine or ribeyes grilled by either of my brothers – they have ruined me for any restaurant!

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82 Ann November 21, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Yep, on your list already – thank you!

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83 Amy November 22, 2013 at 4:46 am

I love to make breadpuddings.

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84 Martha Evans November 22, 2013 at 9:21 am

I like to try new recipes for get togethers and then I just keep my fingers crossed that everything turns out.

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85 Shawna November 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

Anything Mexican…there is always Mexican at any celebration!

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86 Rust November 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Gumbo is my favorite for entertaining, especially on a cold winter day.

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87 Rust November 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I am subscribed to your email newsletter. Thank you!!

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88 Karen Sue November 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I have a delish recipe for artichoke, spinach, cheese tortillini with shrimp. Yummy

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89 Karen Sue November 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I already receive your newsletter

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90 Phyllis November 22, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I signed up for your emails.

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91 Phyllis November 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm

German Chocolate Cake is good for any celebration!

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92 Lizzie November 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Most favorite …? A crispy-tender Raspberry Pavlova — a meringue shell that I fill with homemade raspberry ice cream, topped with whipped cream, topped with fresh raspberry puree. Scatter some candied violets around for extra appeal. Definitely not for the faint of heart, the calorie-aversive or those who dislike pink.

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93 Lizzie November 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I’m subscribed to your e-mails.

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94 Shamsa Chaudhri November 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I’m a baker and everybody expects desserts from me for a celebration, I always bake cakes flavored according to the season but my fav a multi layered rich gooey chocolate cake. Yumm!

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95 Shamsa Chaudhri November 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

And I subscribed

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96 Carolsue November 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

For a celebration, I like to make a do-it-yourself sandwich bar — turkey, ham, veggies, etc. with bread, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, condiments — the works. And add a few salads for good measure.

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97 Carolsue November 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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98 Kathleen Brulc November 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm

We always make a dish we call scalloped corn. Wouldn’t be a holiday without it!

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99 Kathleen Brulc November 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Just subscribed to the list. Thanks for the extra entry and looking forward to great recipes!

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100 Marlene November 24, 2013 at 12:09 am

I do my mom’s lasagne when it’s my turn to cook for the holiday. And lately, I’ve been getting requests for my twice baked potatoes. Boy do I love all of Ree’s recipes!

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101 Marlene November 24, 2013 at 12:10 am

I am an email subscriber!

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102 Megan November 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

I love to eat peanut butter pie! 🙂 And it is so easy to make.

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103 Marie November 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

My favorite dish to cook is macaroni and cheese.

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104 BuffyN November 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm

My favorite thing to cook is butternut squash soup. Add a sandwich like grilled cheese with bacon and it makes a great meal.

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105 BuffyN November 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

This is a separate post to add me to your recipe email list. Thanks! I can’t wait to try something new.

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106 Danielle Jones November 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I like to make lasagna for our family celebrations, but i’m also known for my spinach dip. I have learned not to arrive with out it.

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107 Danielle Jones November 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

i’m an email subscriber

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108 Carmen S November 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I am a sucker for a good Green Bean casserole! Thanks for the chance!

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109 Carmen S November 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I am a email subscriber!

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110 Kim Henrichs November 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I love to do baked lobster tails!!

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111 Kim Henrichs November 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I am an email subscriber!

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112 Kim W November 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I think the best part of any holiday meal are the leftovers!

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113 Kim W November 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I subscribed. Looking forward to more great recipes.

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114 Alexis Knapp November 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I love homemade pimento cheese- yum!

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115 Toni P. November 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Stuffed Mushrooms are my favorite!

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116 Toni P. November 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I just signed up for your emails!

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117 Chasia November 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I LOVE to make crepes for my family! They love them plain with just butter or they love them smothered with jam and sour cream. When I make them I make sure to use LOTS and LOTS of BUTTER, you can never go wrong with butter 🙂

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118 Maryam November 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I love to bake cinnamon buns when we have overnight guests!

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119 Megan Reynosa November 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm

My favorite holiday dish to make is by far stuffed mushrooms! Yum!

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120 Megan Reynosa November 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Also, signed up for the Panini Happy email list 🙂

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121 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective November 26, 2013 at 6:15 am

I love Stuffed Grape Leaves at any holiday! Ree’s soup looks delicious, and your sandwich version looks fantastic! 🙂
Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective´s last blog post ..Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole

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122 laurie November 27, 2013 at 12:45 am

we love to eat pecan pies for celebrastion

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123 laurie November 27, 2013 at 12:46 am

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124 Glenda T November 27, 2013 at 7:30 am

I love those little beef smilies and meatballs at celebrations. I think the little finger foods are fun.

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125 Glenda T November 27, 2013 at 7:33 am

I typed smokies. Don’t you just love auto correct :).

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126 Sarah December 1, 2013 at 9:01 am

Pineapple casserole is my go to dish. 🙂

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