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 […]

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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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Give the “Ultimate” Panini Gift!

November 29, 2013
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I hope you all enjoyed a terrific Thanksgiving! Looking for an extra special gift for your mom/dad/sister-in-law/best friend? Give them an autographed copy of my cookbook, The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook! I have a limited number of books ($19.95 each) on hand that I’m happy to personalize for you or your loved ones for the […]

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10 Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Panini

November 27, 2013
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{Updated from November 2010 – now with MORE delicious way to turn your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into delicious sandwiches!} No matter how many folks we have around the Thanksgiving table, there’s always leftover turkey. What a perfect occasion to break out your panini presses and skillets and get creative. Here are 10 Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey […]

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