April 2011

Judging LA’s Grilled Cheese Invitational

April 25, 2011

What better way to conclude our celebration of Grilled Cheese Month on Panini Happy than with an inside look at a one-of-a-kind event that draws 300 amateur and professional competitors and thousands of grilled cheese fans annually: The Grilled Cheese Invitational. The event, founded eight years ago by Tim Walker, started out as a friendly […]

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Cheese…On the Grill!

April 20, 2011
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I couldn’t resist the chance to fire up my parents’ grill while we were visiting in Arizona over spring break last week. The weather was in the 80s, which is just balmy for the desert. Since we’re continuing to celebrate Grilled Cheese Month here on Panini Happy, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity […]

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Squash Blossom Grilled Cheese

April 12, 2011
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The delicate, bright yellow flowers that squash produce before developing into the full vegetable are not only gorgeous to look at, but also edibly fabulous when filled with cheese. I procured some fresh squash blossoms this weekend from the renowned Chino Farm, filled them with goat cheese, herbs, shallots and garlic, tempura-fried them and nestled […]

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Fabulous Handmade Grilled Cheese Crafts I Found on Etsy

April 11, 2011

Judging from these fabulous creations I found on Etsy the celebration of National Grilled Cheese Month extends beyond just sandwiches. If you’ve never visited Etsy, it’s a treasure trove of handmade items sold directly by the artists, craftspeople and hobbyists who made them. Take a look at some of the incredibly creative grilled cheese finds I […]

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Grilled Wine & Cheese

April 7, 2011
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Just when I think I’ve tried every possible technique for making sandwiches on this blog I find a new concept that begs me to try it. Have you ever brushed wine inside a grilled cheese sandwich? I was browsing the recipe section of the Panera Bread website when I saw a recipe for Grilled Gruyère on Asiago […]

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Grilled Mac & Cheese with BBQ Pulled Pork

April 5, 2011
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You saw this one coming. After my visit to the Grilled Cheese Truck I felt compelled to try my hand at recreating that Cheesy Mac & Rib sandwich on the panini grill. The task was made a whole lot easier once I found out the recipe was published in Food Network magazine this month as […]

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A Visit to LA’s Grilled Cheese Truck

April 3, 2011
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Welcome to Grilled Cheese Month on Panini Happy! Throughout April we’ll be celebrating the much beloved grilled cheese sandwich in all kinds of ways – a grilled cheese food truck (that’s today!), a national grilled cheese competition, grilled cheese gadgets and, of course, a bunch of melty sandwich recipes. It’s my favorite month on this […]

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