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Smoked Sausage, Fig and Manchego Skewers plus Win a $100 Visa Gift Card from Johnsonville Sausage

September 29, 2014

To me, appetizers are the ultimate comfort food. They’re a treat – party food, or something to share when my husband and I are out at a restaurant. With just a few bites through which to deliver something delicious and memorable – the flavors and textures of appetizers can be bolder, more intense, maybe even […]

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Cajun Breakfast Panini + $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

February 19, 2014

“How about Andouille and eggs?” my mother-in-law Susan suggested, without a moment’s hesitation. After several days of mulling over Mardi Gras-themed panini ideas – and multiple trips to the grocery store for all kinds of ingredients – I struggled to come up with a concept that really spoke to me. I hadn’t considered going the […]

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Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Smoked Cheddar Panini…and My Trip to Tillamook!

November 13, 2013
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It’s taken me all week to pull together this post – I’ve got lots of great stuff to share! First, there’s the incredible two-day blogger excursion through Oregon I went on last month, hosted by Tillamook. I’ve been eager to show you what I got to see and do in Portland, at the Tillamook factory, along […]

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Chicken Soup and Mini Panini

October 2, 2013
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There is something incredibly satisfying about setting a whole chicken into a big pot, filling it with water, rice and aromatics, and turning on the flame. Slowly but surely something wonderful and comforting will emerge from these simple ingredients. It will truly be just what the doctor ordered. I was drawn to the Chicken Soup […]

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Grilled Zucchini, Crispy Prosciutto and Red Pepper Panini

July 31, 2013
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{Today’s post is sponsored by Mezzetta – a brand whose products I have been using for years. I thank them for their support of Panini Happy.} Around this time of year is when the gardens of green-thumbed people (that would not be me) become a bit overrun with zucchini. If this predicament sounds familiar to […]

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Grilled Asparagus & Prosciutto Panini

June 3, 2013
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{I first posted these Grilled Asparagus, Prosciutto and Mozzarella Panini in March 2009, now updated with a new-and-improved photo!} Before I started making panini on a regular basis it never would have occurred to me to insert something long, skinny and roly-poly like asparagus into a sandwich. But some of the folks I Twitter with […]

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Antipasto Stromboli Panini…and a visit to the King’s Hawaiian Bakery!

August 28, 2012
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I was up in Los Angeles last week for a tour of the King’s Hawaiian Bakery when Courtney Taira – a member of the Taira family, who founded and owns the company – mentioned a ham and cheese sandwich they like to make on a whole loaf of their bread. “It can feed the whole […]

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Chips and Guacamole Grilled Cheese + Q & A with Laura Werlin

April 23, 2012
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  When you ask a cheese expert like Laura Werlin – a grilled cheese expert, no less – to share one of her favorite grilled cheese recipes, you gotta be ready for something pretty unbelievable. The James Beard award-winning author immediately suggested her Chips and Guacamole Grilled Cheese: smooth-melting Colby and Jack cheeses, dotted with tangy […]

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Brie, Basil, Bacon & Blue Panini…and a Breville Panini Press Giveaway!

April 16, 2012
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Brie, basil, bacon and blue…can you tell I’ve been reading more than my fair share of Dr. Seuss lately? Well, it’s just a happy coincidence that all of these great ingredients start with “B” (as does Breville, which is sponsoring a fantastic panini press giveaway today!). They happen to combine into a pretty amazing grilled […]

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Panettone Panini with Prosciutto and Mozzarella

December 19, 2011
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  Fruitcake isn’t typically high on my holiday wishlist, but after trying out today’s Panettone Panini with Prosciutto and Mozzarella I think that may have to change. I was first introduced to panettone, the Italian fruitcake, around this time last year when I interviewed Martha Stewart’s executive director of food and entertaining, Lucinda Scala Quinn on […]

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