Grilled Cheese Panzanella Salad…and More Cooking on TV!

by on July 15, 2012

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Summer is usually a time when I relax a bit but things couldn’t be busier around here! In between wrapping up my cookbook manuscript, shuttling my two little kids around to their camps and swim lessons and judging two dessert competitions at the San Diego County Fair (ok, that wasn’t so difficult) I also managed to put two TV cooking demos under my belt within the past week! I told you about my first-ever live TV cooking demo on the CW in my last post – this time around I had the opportunity to work with Tillamook on a promotional spot that aired on ABC in San Diego (see the video below).

I watch the video and I can’t stop thinking to myself, “I spent two hours at Nordstrom shopping for an outfit and I didn’t remember to wear the jacket!” Bare arms aside, it was an incredible experience. Tillamook was promoting their Picnic Photo Contest, so all four dishes I presented were picnic-worthy: Grilled Cheese Panzanella Salad (you can find the recipe at the end of this post!), Grilled Pineapple-Pepper Jack Bites (I’ve shared the recipe on Tillamook’s blog), Grilled Ratatouille Panini (that’s the one we made in the video) and Homemade Ice Cream Cones (one of my most popular posts on Panini Happy).

Lights, Camera, Action!Here’s a little behind-the-scenes look. In contrast to the San Diego Living segment, which aired live outside with a single handheld camera (and an airplane flying overhead!) this advertising piece was filmed inside the studio with two fixed cameras and was pre-recorded. I imagined that a recorded segment would be far easier than a live one, but it was actually much more challenging to get everything timed just right.
I spent 2 hours picking out an outfit, then forgot to wear the jacket!I had practiced being able to talk and assemble the sandwich at the same time, but I actually ended up guiding the segment host, Autumn, to make the sandwich. I think she especially appreciated the part at the end of the piece where she got to sample the ice cream cone. 🙂There I am, grilling! Last, but certainly not least, I want to tell you about my Grilled Cheese Panzanella Salad. As I explained in the video, it’s a fun twist on the classic Italian summer panzanella salad. In place of the traditional panzanella croutons I’ve made some mini grilled cheese croutons (just like I did with my Grilled Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons). If you want to keep things Italian you can use mozzarella cheese or, to have them look more like typical grilled cheese sandwiches, you could go with a cheddar like I did for Tillamook. You just toss them in with ripe tomatoes, red onions and basil in a light vinaigrette – a fresh and summery salad and sandwich all in one. 🙂

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1 emmycooks July 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm

This is such a good idea. It’s so efficient to combine your salad and sandwich into one! 🙂
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2 Kathy July 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Ha ha, I’m definitely one for efficiency. 🙂


3 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 16, 2012 at 7:15 am

Kathy, you are so good on TV!!
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4 Kathy July 16, 2012 at 7:19 am

Coming from someone who deftly delivered 20 fabulous cooking tips in 20 minutes via live webcast this means a lot, Sommer!! 🙂


5 Brian @ A Thought For Food July 16, 2012 at 7:40 am

Congratulations! The video is great (and it made me really hungry)!
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6 Amanda July 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

What an awesome idea. Love it!! 🙂 You did so great on your video!! 🙂
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7 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm

you go girl! You should be proud
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8 Kalyn July 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Glad you are having fun with the TV appearances. (That would be my idea of torture!)
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9 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) July 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Definitely on the same wave length: I’ve used my panini press to grill pineapple and veggies this week!
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog post ..Recipe for grilled maple-chipotle pineapple rings


10 Kevin @ Closet Cooking July 17, 2012 at 4:19 am

A grilled cheese salad is a great idea!
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11 kellypea July 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

Wow — you really have been busy! And how cool that you’ve been doing television — I may have to get your autograph next time I see you 🙂 The salad sounds great — we’re in serious salad mode around here to help recover from yet another food-based vacation. Ugh.
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12 Carolyn Jung July 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Why wear a jacket to hide such great toned arms? That’s my thinking. You look marh-velous!
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13 Kathy July 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Lol, you’re too kind, Carolyn. 🙂 Thanks!


14 Debbie July 21, 2012 at 6:00 am

Love the pineapple appetizer idea–and I just happen to have a good crop of basil going. You did great on your video, by the way!


15 Jeanette July 21, 2012 at 6:40 am

Great job Kathy – congrats! You were awesome, very natural on camera.
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16 Katie July 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

Congrats on all of your exciting endeavors. I am so glad you’re getting on screen. You are such a positive person, it is surely going to launch you further into stardom!
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17 Kathy July 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm

That’s so kind of you to say, Katie – thanks so much. I hope we get to catch up in person again soon!


18 Kristen July 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

You are such a natural (and you look happy and fabulous too!)
Congrats on all the things coming your way, friend!
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19 Eliana August 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

Love this concept of this salad. Such a great idea. And you are AWESOME on TV. Congrats!


20 Kiran @ August 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Lovely salad and you did great on TV, Kathy!! 🙂
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