Broccoli Cheddar Panini …plus Win SIGNED Pioneer Woman Holiday Cookbooks!

November 20, 2013
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I have about a handful of “kitchen kindred spirits” and my friend Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman) is one of them. Virtually every time she shares a recipe on her blog (or Food Network show, or cookbooks!) it’s a dish I not only want to eat (like, right away), but I also want to […]

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Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Smoked Cheddar Panini…and My Trip to Tillamook!

November 13, 2013
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It’s taken me all week to pull together this post – I’ve got lots of great stuff to share! First, there’s the incredible two-day blogger excursion through Oregon I went on last month, hosted by Tillamook. I’ve been eager to show you what I got to see and do in Portland, at the Tillamook factory, along […]

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Spatchcocked Game Hen

October 30, 2013
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{Originally posted February 1, 2009 – now updated with a new photo and an improved recipe!} “You’re gonna WHAT??!” I got more than a few shocked looks and snickers when I told family and friends I was going to spatchcock a game hen this weekend on the panini grill.  There’s no escaping the chuckles – […]

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Kimchi Grilled Cheese + Judging the Great Midwest Grilled Cheese Contest

October 23, 2013
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Earlier this month, at a test kitchen in a quiet office park on the outskirts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I sat at a table and tasted of upwards of 30 different grilled cheese sandwiches over the course of four hours. I was one of four judges for the Great Midwest “I Love Grilled Cheese” Recipe Contest […]

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Chat With Me LIVE! Next Monday, October 21

October 14, 2013
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Come  chat with me in a LIVE online video event next Monday, October 21 (Noon Pacific / 1 PM Mountain / 2 PM Central / 3 PM Eastern) – reserve your space! One of my very good friends, Angela Chee (TV host, media coach and founder of TheZenMom.com) will host the 30-minute Q & A. […]

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Chicken Soup and Mini Panini

October 2, 2013
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There is something incredibly satisfying about setting a whole chicken into a big pot, filling it with water, rice and aromatics, and turning on the flame. Slowly but surely something wonderful and comforting will emerge from these simple ingredients. It will truly be just what the doctor ordered. I was drawn to the Chicken Soup […]

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Cheddar, Fig Jam and Rosemary Candied Pecan Panini

September 17, 2013
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Well, that was quite a week! The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook debuted as the #1 grilling cookbook on Amazon (all right, after Labor Day maybe that’s not all that hard to do, but still – #1!) thanks in large part to all of you, so THANK YOU for your incredible support. Today’s Cheddar, Fig Jam […]

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The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook is Here…and a BIG Breville Panini Press Giveaway!

September 10, 2013
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MY COOKBOOK IS FINALLY OUT!!! Two years, four months and 20 days after my first email exchange with my publisher, The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook is officially for sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!!! (And we’ve got a BIG panini press giveaway to celebrate, at the end of this post!) [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW […]

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Panini With Friends

August 28, 2013
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{Today’s post is sponsored by Mezzetta – a brand whose products I have been using for years. I thank them for their support of Panini Happy.} Who’s up for a panini party? My friends and I were! On a recent Saturday afternoon a group of my close friends joined me for a casual panini party […]

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Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini

August 26, 2013
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When a friend welcomes her first baby, we regale her with cute little outfits and diaper cakes. With the second baby comes more practical items – lots of burp cloths, socks (you can never have enough socks) and monogrammed items (to distinguish from the gifts for the first child). By the time she gets to […]

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