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Seared Ahi and Avocado Salad…plus 8 Summertime Dinners on the Panini Press

July 17, 2013
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If there ever was a time to pull out your panini press – or Foreman grill or any other tabletop grill – it’s right now, in the middle of July, in the thick of the summer heat! Let the panini press be your secret weapon for making dinner without having to turn on the oven […]

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A Grilled Brisket Wrap…with Matzo?

March 27, 2013
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Convincing dry, flat, crisp Passover matzo crackers to bend and wrap and remain intact on a panini press isn’t quite the simplest feat I’ve ever attempted. But I went for it anyway. After much trial and error (and more trial and more error), I managed to pull off these Grilled Matzo Brisket Wraps. My friend […]

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Grilled Shrimp Tostadas

January 3, 2013
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Happy New Year!! And a big WELCOME to all of our new Panini Happy community members who received a panini press as a holiday gift – here’s to lots more fun grilling in 2013. Are you in the mood for something a little on the lighter side? Yeah, me too. I’m pretty sure you’ll love […]

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Chips and Guacamole Grilled Cheese + Q & A with Laura Werlin

April 23, 2012
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  When you ask a cheese expert like Laura Werlin – a grilled cheese expert, no less – to share one of her favorite grilled cheese recipes, you gotta be ready for something pretty unbelievable. The James Beard award-winning author immediately suggested her Chips and Guacamole Grilled Cheese: smooth-melting Colby and Jack cheeses, dotted with tangy […]

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7 Ways to Lighten Up Sandwiches (Turkey, Prosciutto & Avocado Panini)

February 13, 2012
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It’s no secret that I tend to go for the thick-cut rustic breads, creamy cheeses and big flavor meats and condiments on Panini Happy.  If only I had the robust metabolism to match! Alas, that is not the case. The truth is I do like to indulge every now and then, but I don’t eat […]

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Red, White & Blue Cheese Panini (aka Turkey Cobb)

June 28, 2011
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When I’m at the hair salon, the conversation between my incredibly cool British stylist and me quite often turns to food. Sometime around the blow dry and flat-iron stage I usually extract one or two excellent recommendations from him of places to eat downtown. The best one so far has been the Turkey Cobb sandwich […]

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Grilled Crab, Mango & Avocado

May 8, 2011
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It’s been a hot time for sandwiches lately! Two of my blogging friends have released sandwich cookbooks in the past month. By their titles, 400 Best Sandwich Recipes and The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches, you can tell right away that each covers quite a bit of sandwich territory. Today I’ll share with you the Grilled Crab, […]

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Red Chile Chicken Panini

March 2, 2009
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I conjured up a vision of the panini and the flavors before I had even decided on the ingredients. Something with a little heat, but maybe an element to cool it down. Mild cheese, nothing too grandiose. A bright-flavored herb or vegetable that complements, but doesn’t distract from, the gentle spiciness.  A good crunch on […]

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey, Avocado & Swiss Panini

November 26, 2008
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It’s Part 2 of my Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwiches series!  Grilled on ciabatta and dressed with a sundried tomato mayo, my Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey, Avocado & Swiss Panini transform your leftover turkey from “Thanksgiving traditional” to “club chic” (Get it? Club!).  Even if your turkey comes out a little on the dry side (it can happen […]

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California BLT Mini-Panini Recipe

March 24, 2008

A BLT (Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato) is a true American classic. Paying homage to my home state, this California-style BLT panini recipe draws upon the classic flavor trio, plus adds a little Golden State flair with avocado and sourdough bread. Another little twist: these round-shaped “mini-panini” are inspired by the circular shape of pancetta, tomatoes […]

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