Grilled Banana Bread…and our Hawaiian Vacation!

March 1, 2014

Under the shade of an umbrella, reclined in a beach chair with my sandy legs outstretched, in view of coconut trees, paddle surfers and my little kids who are splashing at the edge of the lagoon…this is my paradise. And paradise was reality last week when my family traveled to Hawaii! I’ve got a slew […]

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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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Chocolate Spread Smackdown

February 13, 2014
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What do you do when you discover five different types of chocolate hazelnut spread in your pantry? Well, if you’re me, you conduct a little Chocolate Spread Smackdown — a non-scientific, yet indulgently fun, taste test to understand the pros and cons, similarities and difference between the various spreads on the market. It was not […]

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Seriously, The Best Homemade Quesadillas

January 29, 2014
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Over the years I’ve noticed there’s kind of a “difference”, shall we say, between the quesadillas I get at a Mexican restaurant or taquería and the ones I make at home. The restaurant flour tortillas taste a whole lot better than my store-bought ones (or have flavor at all!) — they’re very savory, with soft […]

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Grilled Potatoes Anna…and San Diego’s Brooklyn Girl!

January 17, 2014
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Potatoes, butter, salt and pepper — that’s all it apparently takes to get me very excited about a side dish! I was inspired to make today’s Grilled Potatoes Anna on the panini press after tasting the Pommes Anna (the Frenchier name for it) at Brooklyn Girl, a popular new(ish) restaurant in the Mission Hills neighborhood […]

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The Best Bread for Panini

January 8, 2014
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Happy New Year! We’ve got a lot of new friends joining the Panini Happy community after the holidays — let’s start out 2014 going back to the basics. Over the next month or so we’ll take a closer look at the ingredients and techniques to make excellent panini (you can also find more of my […]

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My Best Panini Press Recipes of 2013

December 26, 2013
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Merry Christmas to all! This is always one of my favorite posts  — the one where I get to reflect back on My Best Panini Press Recipes of the Year. Whether you’ve been keeping up with me for years or you’re just finding me for the first time today I hope you’ll enjoy this little […]

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Double Chocolate Panini

December 10, 2013
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If Double Chocolate Panini are wrong, I don’t think I want to be right. My little kids came home from the park yesterday just as I was finishing up with these photos, and their jaws kind of dropped when they saw the mischief I had gotten into in the kitchen. A chorus of “Can I […]

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Foodie Gifts (and Deals!) for All

December 7, 2013

If you’re like me and you still have a bit of holiday shopping to do, allow me to give you a few of my best foodie gift ideas! Most of these are items I personally own and love, so I hope that your family and friends (or perhaps you!) will love them too. Where possible, […]

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Lemon-Basil Grilled Cheese Panini

December 2, 2013
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We’ve eaten too much, we’ve shopped too much…it’s time to lighten things up a little, don’t you think? I’ve got just the thing: Lemon-Basil Grilled Cheese Panini. Lemon zest and fresh basil make these about the most fresh-tasting grilled cheese sandwiches you’re going to find. As grilled cheese sandwiches go, these are actually a little […]

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