Celebrating 2 Years of Panini Happy-ness!

Two years and almost 80 panini ago I started this blog as a way to motivate myself to put my newly-received panini maker to good use. Beyond making panini I’ve also made a great number of friends among Panini Happy readers and other food bloggers. It always makes my day when I receive e-mails or tweets from you all that you’ve enjoyed my recipes or that the blog has inspired you to create new panini ideas of your own. Heading into my third year, I look forward to bringing you even more new recipes, (hopefully) an updated blog design and other features that will make Panini Happy an even more fun and engaging place to visit.

I had contemplated commemorating Panini Happy’s 2nd birthday with a giveaway, but in light of recent events I’ve decided to instead make a donation to the Red Cross to help in the Haiti earthquake relief efforts and I hope you’ll join me. My family has a personal connection to Haiti – my parents helped to found a nonprofit called the Center of Hope (Haiti), Inc a few years ago, which has been building an orphanage for 100 children and a school for 200 in Hinche, Haiti. To date, they have not had any word from people in Hinche as to their well being or the status of the buildings. UPDATE from Center of Hope (Haiti) – 1/17/10: We received great news this morning from our construction manager. He is alive and well in Port Au Prince and is in the process of helping others. Our people on the ground in Hinche are all well. Our orphanage complex is intact with no known damage. The road between hinche and Port Au Prince is open, but is heavily burdened with people going in both directions. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and expressions of support.

If you pray, please pray for the millions who have been impacted by this devastating earthquake and for the relief workers. And if you have the means to make a financial donation to the Red Cross please do so on their website (click on the big red “Donate Now” button) or by texting “HAITI” to 90999 and $10 will be sent to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill.


KathyPanini Happy, online since 2008, is more than just a sandwich blog. Here, you'll find hundreds of my original panini recipes, my guide to choosing a panini press and a whole lot of other creative uses for the panini press.
~ Kathy Strahs
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  1. This is a perfect way to celebrate. Best wishes to those your family may know in Haiti. We hope all is well.
    .-= The Duo Dishes´s last blog ..The Spice of Life =-.

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  2. Latrice wrote:

    Happy Birthday PanniHappy! Congratulations on your blog and the amazing pannis you showcase!

    Many blessings to Haiti!

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  3. Maria wrote:

    Congrats on two years. I love your blog, recipes, but I love you even more. Thanks for setting a great example for all of us. Such generosity. My prayers are with the people of Haiti.

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  4. Happy Anniversary. Its so wonderful to see Bloggers bring atention to Haiti.

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  5. Katie wrote:

    Congratulations! That’s very generous of you to make a well needed donation.

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  6. Angela wrote:

    Congrats! Glad my gift has brought such joy!!

    I, too, made a donation. Would have done it in your honor 🙂 but the anniversary snuck up on me!

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  7. Sook wrote:

    Happy two years anniversary!
    .-= Sook´s last blog ..??????: Fried Kimchi and Tuna Steak =-.

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  8. Kristen wrote:

    I am absolutely sick to my stomach about the devastation. What an incredible way to give back, Kathy!
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Cake Decorating Woes (Recipe – Millie’s White Wedding Cake) =-.

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  9. Andrea wrote:

    Happy Birthday!!!
    I think that is a fabulous way to celebrate. So generous of you.
    I too am thinking of those affected in Haiti.

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  10. Esi wrote:

    Congratulations on 2 years and I think this is a great way to celebrate. Here’s to many more years of panini!
    .-= Esi´s last blog ..Daring Cooks: Chicken Satay =-.

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  11. What a generous spirit to donate funds to the relief in Haiti for your Panini birthday!!!!

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  12. Elaine wrote:

    Congratulations! What a great way to celebrate by sharing your good fortune with others!

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  13. Robin Sue wrote:

    Happy 2 years to you Kathy! I am praying for Haiti. I am especially praying for the orphans.
    .-= Robin Sue´s last blog ..Graham’s Best Apple Martini =-.

    Posted 1.15.10 Reply
  14. Happy two years, Kathy! I hope your family has located the people they know and nurture in Haiti, and that all are safe.
    .-= Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog ..Nuts (Recipe: chocolate and hazelnut dipped strawberries) =-.

    Posted 1.15.10 Reply
  15. dani wrote:

    happy birthday to u!!!

    great idea about the donation 🙂

    Posted 1.18.10 Reply
  16. Nate wrote:

    I do hope the orphans in Hinche are ok!
    .-= Nate´s last blog ..Buah Tarap – Borneo’s Unique Tropical Fruit =-.

    Posted 1.19.10 Reply
  17. Congratulations on two wonderful years, and I hope everyone connected with Center of Hope is safe and well.

    Posted 1.19.10 Reply
  18. Happy 2nd Anniversary Kathy! You, too, have inspired me to make and eat more panini’s this last year–love them! And what a wonderful way for you to celebrate by making a much needed donation to help those in Haiti.

    Posted 1.22.10 Reply
  19. Sandy wrote:

    Congratulations on completing two wonderful years in the food and recipe field. Continue your good work. My blessing to Haiti people

    Posted 1.27.10 Reply
  20. Happy 2 year blogiversary, Kathy! You’ve done Panini Happy proud. 🙂

    I’m so glad to learn of the good news regarding the orphanage in Haiti. Such horrendous devastation there, it brings me to tears every time I see an update. I’m also proud of everyone’s response—it’s been the only thing to ease the pain of their suffering & help the healing begin.
    .-= Sandie {Inn Cuisine}´s last blog ..All Muffins Are Not Created Equal (Recipe: Strawberry Creek Inn’s Banana-Nut Muffins) =-.

    Posted 1.27.10 Reply
  21. Stephen wrote:

    Hi Kathy…I was just introduced to your blog by Alanna of A Veggie Venture…and I just signed up and downloaded your beautiful book….Congratulations on 2 years and thank you for your efforts on behalf of the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. I look forward to many future delicious panini…best, Stephen
    .-= Stephen´s last blog ..Tagliatelle with Lobster Cream Sauce and Mushrooms =-.

    Posted 1.31.10 Reply