Grilled Ratatouille Panini + Pesto Giveaway!

by on July 12, 2011

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It’s not usually my style to wrap up my food in little bows, but today I’m making an exception for a few practical reasons. Not only do these Grilled Ratatouille Panini taste even better once the flavors of the grilled summer vegetables, fresh mozzarella and pesto have had the chance to mix and mingle a bit, but they’re also a little on the tall side and can benefit from some harnessing. All right, they do look a little cuter with the bows too (just this once).

Read on for my Grilled Ratatouille Panini recipe and for a fantastic PESTO GIVEAWAY (seven flavors!) from Bear Pond Farm.

Beyond the fancy wrapping, you might have also noticed that there are grill marks on the inside of these sandwiches. That’s because I put the baguettes on the grill along with the eggplant, zucchini and onions to could get a toasty crunch on the bread without heating up the entire sandwich. The vegetables in a traditional ratatouille are sautéed and baked as a casserole, but for these sandwiches I opted to grill them. Since the panini aren’t served hot, they’d be great to bring for lunch at work or even a picnic.

By the way, the basil pesto I used came from Bear Pond Farm in Glastonbury, Connecticut. The company sent me all seven of their nut-free pesto flavors to try (I happened to already have the basil one in my fridge, from my last trip to Whole Foods). We’ve been having a pesto bonanza for the past week, spreading pesto on sandwiches, wraps, salmon (keep an eye out for the salmon recipe later this week – packet grilling on the panini maker!) and even just dipping it with tortilla chips (specifically, the jalapeño artichoke one).

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Bear Pond Farm pestosPesto Giveaway!  [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]

The folks at Bear Pond Farm were kind enough to offer one lucky Panini Happy reader their own set of seven pesto flavors:

  • Premium basil
  • Pepperoni
  • Tomato-basil
  • Fresh lemony
  • Spicy vegan
  • Vibrant cilantro
  • Jalapeño artichoke

Here are four ways to enter, you can do any or all of them (please leave separate comments for each entry):

  • Leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite way to cook with pesto (e.g., toss in pasta, as a base for pizza, in scrambled eggs, etc.).
  • “Like” Panini Happy on Facebook
  • Subscribe to free updates from Panini Happy via e-mail or RSS
  • Follow me @paninikathy on Twitter

The giveaway will close on Monday, July 18, 2011 at noon PDT. [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED] I will use random.org to select one winner to receive the Bear Pond Farm pestos and announce the winner in this post. Due to shipping costs, the prize can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

**UPDATED 7/18/11: Congratulations to our winner, entry #33 – Jacqui!

Thanks to Bear Pond Farm for providing the pestos for this giveaway.

Grilled Ratatouille Panini

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1 sara July 12, 2011 at 11:10 pm

My favorite way to cook with pesto is on a grilled cheese sandwich (especially using goat cheese for the cheese part!)

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2 tami July 13, 2011 at 6:10 am

pesto is a vegetarians saving grace, i truly believe. such an easy way to add flavor to sandwiches, quick pastas, whisk it into a dressing, whiz it together with some cream cheese or goat cheese for a spread, into some hummus or white bean dips. i use it so often and i love the variety of flavors here!

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3 tami July 13, 2011 at 6:10 am

also..i’m following you now on Twitter. how have i not been following you on twitter all this time!!?! :)

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4 Jen July 13, 2011 at 6:21 am

I LOVE pesto!!! It’s my altime favorite sauce. I would have to say I would either use it on sandwiches, or in pasta. Yummy!

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5 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 13, 2011 at 6:25 am

Fantastic! This looks like lunch today.

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6 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 13, 2011 at 6:48 am

I love using pesto on sandwiches and yours look amazing!

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7 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 13, 2011 at 6:50 am

I follow you on twitter:-)

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8 Marla July 13, 2011 at 6:54 am

Wow, such a great panini and I adore pesto. Love it on top of salmon.

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9 Marla July 13, 2011 at 6:55 am

I am a FB fan

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10 Marla July 13, 2011 at 6:55 am

I follow your tweets & have forever :)

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11 M Lebaron July 13, 2011 at 7:17 am

I love pesto is sandwiches! So much flavor punch for a small space!!

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12 Cookie and Kate July 13, 2011 at 7:34 am

I’m a huge fan of pesto on everything, but my favorite way to eat it might be on grilled cheese sandwiches with mozzarella. Yum!

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13 jordan July 13, 2011 at 7:39 am

i love pesto on pizza!

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14 Stephanie S July 13, 2011 at 7:58 am

I mostly use pesto on my sandwiches. Especially on a grilled chicken panini with chipolte mayo and spinach leaves.

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15 HeatherChristo July 13, 2011 at 8:02 am

Kathy- these are gorgeous! Like being in the south of France- but on a sandwich :)

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16 Lisa H July 13, 2011 at 8:39 am

I love pesto on pasta and pizza. I’m also a facebook fan and get emails.

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17 Rae July 13, 2011 at 8:44 am

My daughter often makes dishes for me and is a creative and innovative cook. She often will put pesto in different salads or sandwiches for that extra ping!

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18 Laura July 13, 2011 at 9:37 am

I love to add pesto to pasta for my husband!!

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19 Cindy B. July 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

My favorite way to cook with pesto is putting it in pizzas! YUM!

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20 Cindy B. July 13, 2011 at 9:55 am

I like Panini Happy on Facebook.

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21 Angela July 13, 2011 at 9:55 am

I love pesto on my pizza, especially on a whole wheat crust. Yum!

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22 Angela July 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

I get your emails!

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23 Cindy B. July 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

I subscribe to Panini Happy via e-mail.

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24 Angela July 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

And follow you on twitter!

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25 Cindy B. July 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

I follow @paninikathy on Twitter.

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26 Angela July 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

I’m also a FB fan!

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27 Dani Johnson July 13, 2011 at 9:59 am

My favorite way to use pesto is on puff pastry with ham and swiss cheese. Roll it up, slice it and bake. YUM!

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28 kayduh July 13, 2011 at 10:26 am

I like using pesto on pasta. So easy and yummy!

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29 Erin R. July 13, 2011 at 10:48 am

I love pesto all by itself on plain pasta. Simple and uncluttered. This sandwich looks smashing, by the way, and I’m up to my eyeballs in summer veg at the moment. I’ll definitely be giving it a try. Thanks!

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30 Babs July 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

I am really new to including pesto in my recipes, but really love it in chicken and pasta.

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31 CaitSchaffer July 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

I use pesto to make a very quick Italian “hummus” – I drain and rinse a can of cannellini or other white beans, then add 1 TBSP. pesto, 2-3 cloves of minced fresh garlic (depending on how garlick-y the pesto is), a couple glugs of good extra virgin olive oil and a little salt (again, to taste). I puree this all together, then top with thin strips of roasted red peppers and serve with crackers, toasted baguette, or crudites.

This recipe works not only with basil pesto but also with tomato, garlic scape, cilantro and other herb pestos. I have also successfully used it in wraps/paninis/sandwiches and as tie-together for the center of an antipasto platter (an antipesto platter?). Thanks for posting!

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32 Colleen July 13, 2011 at 11:03 am

Seriously they have vegan, nut-free pesto? I’ll have to look into that! We don’t really eat pesto cuz of the nuts and cheese, but I sure do like it.

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33 Kathy July 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

They’ve got it at Whole Foods!

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34 kim j. July 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

Oh Gooooooood!!! I am on the lookout then! Thank you :)

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35 Jacqui July 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

I love pesto on everything… it is amazing! But my favorite has to be either pizza or pasta!

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36 Jacqui July 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

I already like Panini Happy on FB!

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37 Jacqui July 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

I am also already subscribed to the Panini Happy RSS feed

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38 Jacqui July 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

And I already follow you on Twitter!

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39 From Cristin To Mommy July 13, 2011 at 11:32 am

i have never had pesto but im sure id love it and hope to win so i can try it out!

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40 From Cristin To Mommy July 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

i like u on fb

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41 From Cristin To Mommy July 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

i subscribe via email

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42 From Cristin To Mommy July 13, 2011 at 11:36 am

following u on twitter- @GiadasMama

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43 kim j. July 13, 2011 at 11:48 am

OMG>>>>I actually NEED these Bear Pond Pestos!!!! I live in Western Mass and have missed out on this company up until now. I will, BELIEVE ME, try them on anything :D

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44 Holly H. July 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Sundried Tomato Pesto on a panini! My absolute favorite!

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45 Holly H. July 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I subscribe by email :)

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46 Holly H. July 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I like you on FB!

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47 Erika @ The Teenage Taste July 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Wow! Those panini sandwiches look fabulous! Grilled veggies are the best this time of year.

My favorite way to use pesto is to give sandwiches a pop of flavor!

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48 Swarna July 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

wow wonderful sandwich and so many flavors of pesto…yum

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49 Cheryl July 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I love pesto on a grilled cheese sandwich sooo good!

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50 Cheryl July 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Like you on facebook

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51 Laura O July 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm

those all look delicious – I liked you on Facebook since I already receive your emails – by the way, your garlic chicken panini is my absolute favorite and we make it weekly! Love it!

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52 Kathy July 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Love that you love the garlic chicken, Laura!

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53 Cheryl July 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

follow you on twitter @cherylcasperson

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54 Lija July 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

EAT IT WITH A SPOON!!! or on anything. mmm, pesto….

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55 katie July 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I love pesto with chicken and pasta.. in a casserole with cheese.. yummy!

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56 Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie July 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I love grilled veggie sandwhiches! I’d say my favorite way to eat pesto is in pasta.

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57 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm

That sandwich looks delicious! And what a great giveaway, I love using pesto as a base for pizza. So yummy!

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58 Jeanette July 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I’ve used pesto on pizza, and in salad dressings; my kids love it with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella sandwiches.

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59 rebecca July 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm

the other night, we made grilled cheese with pesto (and artichokes & roasted red pepper)… and it was delicious!

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60 Becky July 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I love having pesto on pizza. It’s the best!

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61 Duane Middlebrook July 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I like to add pesto to minestrone soup.

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62 lydia July 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm

i like it drizzled on cheese pizza!! or tossed in pasta…

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63 lydia July 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm

i “liked” you on facebook!

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64 Mary Kate July 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I use mix it with pasta when hot. Then chill in the fridge and eat it as pasta salad the next day for lunch with green peppers and olives. yum.

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65 Kate July 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Pesto is one of my favorites. I like it as a sauce for pizza, on pasta (esp. with cream) and, of course, on panini.

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66 Julien July 14, 2011 at 12:19 am

I can think of no better use than to spread a delicious layer of pesto on a nice, simple sandwich before I throw it in my panini press. Now, if only I could afford such luxuries more often (since I am a college student with minimal cooking skill and tastes which stretch my budget)…

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67 Jen July 14, 2011 at 4:28 am

I love pesto on pasta and as a base for pizza.

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68 Jackie July 14, 2011 at 5:18 am

I love using pesto with pasta and chicken sausage with grilled veggies!!

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69 Lori @ RecipeGirl July 14, 2011 at 7:00 am

Oh my gosh- what on earth did you do with all of that pesto??

I love to toss pesto into pasta… and use it as a spread for grilled cheese sandwiches.

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70 Kathy July 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

Still working through it! Last night I tossed tortellini with the pepperoni pesto and added some scallions, red peppers and green beans (basically cleaned out the crisper) for an impromptu pasta salad.

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71 Lauren W July 14, 2011 at 9:23 am

I love pesto with chicken thighs and homemade pasta.

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72 Jen C. July 14, 2011 at 10:49 am

On chicken or turkey sandwiches, anything that would be bland all by itself but delicious with pesto!

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73 Jill H. July 14, 2011 at 10:56 am

I love to use pesto on a Turkey and Mozarella panini….and I also love it on pasta!

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74 Jill H. July 14, 2011 at 10:57 am

I like you on Facebook.

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75 Jill H. July 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

I’m an RSS subscriber via Goggle Reader/NetNewsWire.

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76 Jill H. July 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

I’m now following you on Twitter.

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77 Carmen July 14, 2011 at 11:20 am

I once had a pesto pizza that was phenomenal! I’d love to try and duplicate it.

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78 Carmen July 14, 2011 at 11:20 am

I now follow you on twitter (cmouse01)

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79 emilie VEE July 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

My favorite way to “cook” with pesto is to use it in a sandwich with buffalo mozzarella and artichoke hearts!

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80 jacky brown July 14, 2011 at 11:57 am

what a beautiful sandwich!!! I like to use pesto on my
homemade focaccia :-) and thank you for the give away.

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81 Elodie Jane Amora July 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm

what a great way to enjoy vegetables! :)

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82 Feast on the Cheap July 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Love this! Such a hearty lunch

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83 Ciabatta Bing July 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

My new favorite pesto is made with arugula from my garden and I just made a panini using Ciabatta bread with arugula pesto, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, left over salmon from yesterdays lunch at Whole Foods and topped with roasted red pepper and garlic mayo. Yeah Baby!!!

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84 Jenn July 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I love it with fresh pasta and nothing else…maybe a parm. Yum!

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85 Nate @ House of Annie July 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Definitely toss it with fresh pasta.

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86 Paola July 15, 2011 at 1:48 am

I’m actually a fan of spreading pesto onto my scrambled eggs!

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87 sharon July 15, 2011 at 5:18 am

I can’t think of any way that I *don’t* like to use pesto sauce…..
on hot pasta…as a spread for paninis on chicken or shrimp….

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88 Shannon J. July 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

I like pesto in scrambled eggs and with plain noodles. I’m not a very adventuresome cook, although I’d like to be.

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89 Shannon J. July 15, 2011 at 10:05 am

I subscribe to your blog via email.

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90 Shannon J. July 15, 2011 at 10:06 am

I like you on Facebook.

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91 Shannon J. July 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

I now follow you on Twitter as well.

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92 Tom S. July 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I love pesto pizza and on sandwiches, as well as tossed with spaghetti.

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93 Amanda Thompson July 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I love to make paninis with sliced chicken breast, pesto, mozzarella cheese, and tomato.

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94 Amanda Thompson July 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I subscribe to Panini Happy via email.

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95 Stacy (Little Blue Hen) July 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm

I loooove pesto as a sandwich spread!

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96 Stacy (Little Blue Hen) July 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I follow you on Twitter!

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97 grace July 17, 2011 at 1:26 am

i like to use it as a sauce for pizza topped with lots of mozzarella and some fresh tomatoes. caprese pizza? yes, yes indeed. :)

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98 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living July 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I love to make bruschetta with pesto – it’s a summertime favorite of mine!

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99 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living July 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I “like” you on Facebook :).

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100 Adam from GrubGrade July 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Mmmm pesto. Gotta be a panini!

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101 Adam from GrubGrade July 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Liked you on facebook!

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102 Adam from GrubGrade July 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Following on twitter!

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103 Adam from GrubGrade July 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Also signed up for email. Can you tell that I really like pesto :)

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