This contest is now closed! Thanks for entering. The winners are:

#747: Katie P.
#83: Linda P.
#608: Kelly P.
{Does anyone else think it’s odd and slightly freaky that out of over 1,000 entries all the random winners have last names that start with P? Crazy!}

I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate my huge website makeover, the fact that sometimes I can’t believe I’ve really been at this blogging thing for over 5 years now, your patience while I work through some of the bugs of the redesign and the fact that my FB page surpassed 15,000 likes last week by giving away something very near and dear to my heart.

Do you love paninis? Grilled cheese? French toast (because, yes, I make french toast in this all the time)? Then, your life will not be complete until you have this panini press/griddler thingy that has been a part of my life for a year now and that I use all.the.time. Isn’t she pretty? (Not as pretty as my website, of course…)
panini press

Because we eat panini sandwiches at least twice a week (have you seen this Make-a-Panini spreadsheet? It’s nerdy and awesome) and because they make a perfect quick, don’t-heat-up-the-kitchen dinner in the warm months ahead (far ahead if you are me and still have snow on the ground) and because I want you to be able to do the same (jeez, get to the details already!), I’m giving away THREE panini presses (Cuisinart Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press, if you want to get technical). That means you have three chances to win. Got it?

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me anything you want (well, you know, within reason). Good luck! Winners will be announced, like, Wednesday or Thursday so get going and enter!

**Contest sponsored by me.**

1,076 Responses to Panini Griddler and Sandwich Press Giveaway!

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  4. Mathias says:

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  5. pam says:

    Thank you for your recipes and your time. You eat like we do and we love creating your dishes and then watching our family of 37 relish every bite.

  6. Carrie says:

    Honestly, at this point – I’d love having a maid service for like, 2 days – which they could dedicate solely to the laundry that has taken over my house!

  7. JoEllen says:

    I really want to catch up on sleep! =)

  8. Jeanene says:

    I don’t know how you keep up this pace! AWESOME recipes always, wonderful new website AND taking care of your kids & hubby. You must be wonderwoman!!! Thank you so much

  9. shatha says:

    hi πŸ™‚ My cat says meow :)) that’s pretty much it, i’ll go finish my Korean drama now ..

  10. Judy Morano says:

    A Kitchern Aid mixer is on my list. Love your blog!

  11. Gianna says:

    I LOVE sandwiches.

  12. Serena Cutchen says:

    I have two dreams – take my family to Hawaii for a week, and to be able to make a nice (not stubby) loaf of bread!

  13. DD says:

    A job! haha. And all the fun recipes I could make with this!

  14. Amanda a says:

    After reading your biscuit post-biscuits and gravy for dinner, that’s what I want. You are great! Hugs!

  15. AMY says:

    Great new design.

  16. Laurel says:

    I had a dream about you last night. I kid you not!

  17. Anne says:

    This panini press would be perfect way to take me back to our beach days is Tel Aviv with pita bread pressed with lovely cheese and grilled veggies. Yum. Other than that, I would love a Moen pullout faucet for my sad little kitchen sink. Your website looks marvelous and runs great on my iPad.

  18. NalaS says:

    A Panini Press would be a great gift! I love panini’s

  19. Kathryn says:

    Congrats! =] I want to create my own blog for 20-somethings like me who are learning to cook amazing [& healthy] food (which I have greatly improved at with a little assistance from you, Mel!), figuring out how to be a “real” adult and live well on an entry-level salary.

  20. Carolyn C. says:

    Love your wonderful recipes.

  21. Lindsey says:

    Yummy sandwiches coming my way πŸ˜‰

  22. Milena says:

    Love your blog! Love your recipes! Congratulations!!!

  23. Chelsea says:

    I love your new website design but most of all I’m always excited to search it for some recipe and find just what I’m looking for. What I want at this minute (short term) is one of those Eskimo Bars but more long term is a trip with my family.

  24. Trisha G. says:

    Right now? Just because you mentioned it, French Toast!! It is the simple things in life! Love the new site!

  25. Cherryl says:

    Mel, you are my hero! Your encouraging comments and easy to follow recipes have inspired me to not be afraid of yeast. I have successfully made homemade pizza, homemade bread and homemade pretzels! I am OBSESSED with your site! THANK YOU for sharing all these wonderful recipes with us!

  26. kendra says:

    I am addicted to your website! Thanks for your hard work in sharing these awesome recipes with us! I want my family and I to always be happy and healthy.

  27. Brenda says:

    Love the redesign! My favorite part of the emails is the links to past recipes. Pretty please never ever get rid of that.
    What do I want? A couple extra hours in the day and a kid that is a bit less stubborn about what she will eat. A girl can dream, right?

  28. Kristine Hipps says:

    Your recipes have made my daughter’s & me better cooks! We’ve loved this website from close to the beginning of your career. Thanks so much (we talked about putting together a family cookbook, but realized it would be easier & more honest to simply pass out your web address, since most of our favorites came from you!).

  29. Mary says:

    Love your site!!

  30. Laura says:

    I would love a cover for my Kitchenaid mixer. I hate that my flour shoots out everywhere! πŸ˜€

  31. Jackie says:

    Really, a panini press? How fun!

  32. Faith B. says:

    I would love to have a beach vacation….with good food served of course. πŸ˜‰

  33. Emilee says:

    Oh, how I’m excited for warmer weather & meals that can be quick, healthy, and not heat up my house. I’m SO crossing my fingers that I win. BTW . . . love the new site, but I mostly love your recipes and your consistent blogging efforts. Thank you from the bottom of my heart . . . and stomach!

  34. Lacee says:

    I totally bawled through my entire R.S. lesson on Sunday because I was so nervous (give me a break, I had to teach in Spanish!). It was so bad that one of the ladies came up to me in the middle of my lesson and gave me a hug. Not helpful.

  35. Dawn says:

    Luv the new website. Every weekend when its time to make my meal plan and grocery list for the week, your blog is the one I turn to. There are so so many great tasting recipes. I love to bake the most but have been wanting to try making paninis. If I was a winner I would be so excited. It would be a great addition to my kitchen. Thank you for all the hard work to put your recipes out there to share with us.

  36. Natalie Hedman says:

    “That would be harsher punishments for parole violators Stan . . . and . . . world peace!”

    Just kidding, I want the panini press.

  37. Susan says:

    Love your recipes. They always turn out wonderful.

  38. Jeanette Chernich says:

    i LOVE paninis…and I’ve wanted a press for a loooong time. I press the old-fashioned way with a griddle pan and another smaller pan pushed down on top (why do i still do this??). also, i love your recipes. seriously life-changing. i was stuck in a major cooking rut and you restored my passion for cooking with your beautiful pictures and scrumptious food. i’ve tried probably 30 things…all fabulous! thank you so much! (my family thanks you too, by the way!)

  39. Lyndsi says:

    I love the new look! Your website is my go to dinner site! We love Mel’s kitchen cafe at our house! I would love this panini grill, it would be so fun to have!

  40. Michelle T. says:

    I love the new look and can’t wait to try the biscuits! I just want the construction that has been going on in my basement for over a month to be finished already!! I hot sandwich would make me feel soooo much better. πŸ™‚

  41. Sarah Forbush says:

    Your website was referred to my by a friend and I check it almost daily now. I have made so many great meals during the past five weeks. My family thanks you!

    Sarah

  42. Catherine says:

    I would love to use this to make my favorite Gouda, Strawberry, Prosciutto panini!

  43. Melanie says:

    I want you to be my neighbor so I can come and eat your left overs!

  44. Jessica M says:

    Congrats on 5 years!! And 15,000 FB peeps! That is a huge accomplishment!!

  45. Heather says:

    Love your site, you are amazing. Amen. πŸ™‚

  46. Dorie says:

    Congratulations on 5 years! I would love a food processor and of course, a panini press. Thanks for all the great recipes.

  47. Crystal says:

    So many things are running through my head! I just don’t know what to put!

  48. Marlee says:

    I use your blog all the time! It was so fun to see my cousin, Chris, and her gluten-free blog featured here. My favorite panini would be turkey bacon avocado.

  49. Hailey F. says:

    I want… the kitchen to clean its self after I cook!

  50. Angie says:

    I want recipes my kids and/or kitchen-challenged husband can make. I’m pregnant and although I eat constantly, actually preparing food makes me ill.

  51. Nicole says:

    I really enjoy your recipes! I’m glad I found this blog!

  52. Jolene says:

    You’re my go-to place for new ideas & recipes. Everything turns out wonderful!

  53. Lisa says:

    Love the new site! Love panini’s! I’m crossing my fingers πŸ™‚

  54. Barbi J says:

    I think your makeover looks great! While we order panini sandwiches at Zupas all the time, I never thought about making them at home. This would be fun to have for the summer. I think it would be a big hit with the fam. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  55. Emy Porter says:

    Love, love your blog- old and new (although the new is so pretty!) I feel like we are good friends- I always refer to my meals with “I got this from Mel”.

  56. Rachael K says:

    I love paninis and so do my kids. I have one in particular that makes my family drool when they see it on the menu.

  57. Maurina says:

    Mel, I LOVE your website! This is where I always come and tell everyone else to come! I would love to be able to get my white bread to stay moist longer when I make it.

  58. Amie Heckermann says:

    I would love to meet you! I would give you a big hug! Thanks for inspiring me and for your dedication to this fabulous webiste! πŸ™‚

  59. Amanda says:

    So thankful to have found your site last year. I know I can go to you to find recipes to please my 4 picky boys. Thanks for all your hard work and congrats on the new look!

  60. Carrie says:

    I could throw all my cookbooks away and just use your site. Thank you for all the time you put in selecting such great recipes to put together in one place. πŸ™‚

  61. Stephanie rich says:

    I want that!!! I love an easy lunch!

  62. Katrina says:

    Hi Mel. Your site looks great! Congratulations! As always, I love your recipes! I would love a panini press and if we are wishing here, I would also like my 7 month old son to start sleeping through the night!!

  63. Whitney says:

    Ooh I always wanted one of these!!

  64. Liss V says:

    You have filled me home with delicious tastes and smells. Thank you so much!

  65. Marilee Packer says:

    I want a double oven! And the panini press you are giving away! πŸ™‚

  66. Shanna says:

    I want a new kitchen to put my appliances in!

  67. Becca says:

    I want a Chemex coffee maker.

  68. Elizabeth says:

    Your blog rocks!!! It is seriously my new kitchen bible. I trust it as much as America’s Test Kitchen!!!

  69. Crystal says:

    I was just telling my sister last night that I wanted a grill to make panini sandwiches. Coincindence? I don’t think so.

  70. Jodie miles says:

    Please do a cookbook! Thanks for all the yummy recipes

  71. Talia says:

    Don’t know if this giveaway is still open, but I want to say that I’m glad I’ve found this site. I’ve made several recipes off of it, all of them delicious! Thank you, Mel!

  72. Nikie says:

    I just started making your crusty artisan bread this winter so a panini maker would be a great addition to using the bread for sandwiches! Yum!

  73. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful recipes! I love your blog!

  74. Tracy Slater says:

    Love your new site! Would love a panni maker! I made your San Francisco pork chops again this week, delicious!

  75. Judith Rabinsky says:

    My husband and I love to try new recipes and I get so many of them from your site! We celebrate 50 years of marriage this year!

  76. SusanK says:

    Just found your website the other day from gluten free on a shoestring. I love your site!

  77. Julie C. says:

    I love the new Website Mel! You’re recipes suit my family perfectly…real, down home food. Keep up the great work!

  78. Bonnie says:

    Great job on your NEW web page!! I want an America that I can be proud of again with values and jobs!!! We are really enjoying your recipes, keep up the good work!

  79. Ellen Bacon says:

    I would love a kitchen island and more time to cook

  80. The Panini press would be great., Or a MASSIVE waffle maker, it is a pain in the butt to make waffles for a family of 5 with a little one at a time waffle maker.

  81. Jessica Bahr says:

    Love your new site and all you recipes πŸ˜‰

  82. Cheryl says:

    I found your blog about 6 months ago. Since then not only have I become obsessed (by obsessive I mean that there are days when I will check your page repeatedly to see if you have posted anything new, and when I say repeatedly I mean about once an hour), but I have also gotten my friend attached. We love your website! Keep it coming!

  83. lemlibby says:

    Love your new website! Hmmmm, French toast in a panini press. Maybe I’ll make French toast more often.

  84. teri says:

    I just added one more like to your FB page πŸ™‚ … Congrats on all the wonderful things going for you and may it always be!!! πŸ™‚

  85. Dezi A says:

    It would be amazing to win one of these. I love your website and LOVE all your recipes I’ve tried – which would be a lot. Just made your Mediteranean Pork this week and my boys that it was delicious. Yay!

  86. CoUrTnEy says:

    I LOVE your website!! I am constantly on here, my husband knows exactly what I’m doing when I’m staring at the computer smiling (and maybe drooling a bit). Thank you for all the work you put into this site!

  87. Sarah says:

    I love your site so much, the new design is fantastic

  88. Krista says:

    Oooo…pick me, pick me! I’m a busy mother to 3 wonderful kids, ages 5, 4 and 2. We would love a panini press to make yummy creations. I’ve been following your blog for a few years now and have successfully recreated many of your recipes! Thank you for sharing.

  89. Ashlee says:

    A Bosch. I would love it with all my heart plus some.
    Also, to be able to make dessert every day and still feel like I’m healthy. (too much?)

  90. Jamie says:

    I would really like a healthy family. We have had a lot of sickness lately. It is getting old. Oh and I have always wanted a panini press:).

  91. Melissa says:

    I want to know how you do all this with 5 kids! You are seriously the first blog I look at everyday. Thanks for helping me create great meals and memories for my family (2 kids). Seriously I don’t know how you do it. πŸ™‚

  92. Denise says:

    with Mothers day just around the corner I would love nothing more than to turn back father time and have all my 4 children sitting around the table one more time ~~that will not happen this side of heaven as i have now lost a daughter at sea and a son from PTSD after serving his country ~~but it is what I want most in this life ~~HAPPY MOTHERS DAY YA’LL ~~HOLD THOSE CHILDREN CLOSE ~~MEMORIZE THE MOMENTS THAT COUNT AND LET THE REST BLOW TO THE FOUR WINDS

  93. Cathy says:

    Love your recipes and would love a panini press!

  94. kandi v says:

    It’s 1:48 am and I should be asleep, but instead I am meal planning while watching a whole season of Clean House on Netflix. We cancelled our cable last week, and it has been harder than I thought. And my children cheer every time I tell them that we are having Brown Sugar Spiced Pork Loin for dinner.

  95. I don’t know what took me so incredibly long to find your blog. I have recently discovered it (as in, the last couple of days) and have gone crazy pinning stuff! You are amazing! I think of all the food blogs I have visited over the last few years, and there have been a lot, yours fits my lifestyle and cooking style so very, very well. In some ways it is a little uncanny. Needless to say, I will be coming back again and again as I have a lot to catch up on in the last five years I have missed! Thanks for what you do. It definitely adds great spice to my life. πŸ™‚

  96. Rebecca LeSueur says:

    Love your blog. Thanks for the inspiration that motivates me to create in the kitchen for my family, to create an environment of fun and love, and to create super yummy food. Love your blog!!!!!

  97. Angela Hirschi says:

    I want someday to go to the bathroom without someone knocking.

  98. Mike says:

    Love the blog. I find myself reading recipes sometimes, just to pass the time (which can be torture if I happen to be hungry and low on ingredients) but I sure do enjoy reading your descriptions of how everything smelled and tasted (also the great pics). So many recipe sites have lots of recipes but it is your descriptions of the food that I enjoy the most . Keep up the great work!

  99. Tiffany says:

    A panini press is something I’ve wanted for along time, but just won’t buy for myself. I would love to win!

  100. Julie says:

    Just want to say thank you for your blog. I made your granola yesterday and my six year old was urging his friend to try it by telling him, “It’s the jackpot, baby!” Love your blog!

  101. Janna says:

    LOVE love LOVE your site! New fun design and a search – YAY! Oh, and I’m really tired, time for bed. πŸ™‚

  102. Linda says:

    Congrats on 5 years!!! I really enjoy your blog and all the great recipes! Would love to win a panini griddler!

  103. Emily says:

    We love your site!! My family has many limitations with food (including gluten, dairy, soy, and nuts) but we are still able to use many of your recipes with our needed substitutions. We’ve fooled many a crowd into believing we are “perfectly normal”. Thank you for your inspiration and help!! We really love you!

  104. Pam Beistline says:

    To learn me some photography skills! πŸ™‚ LOVE. YOUR. SITE! THE.END.

  105. Debbie Bray says:

    a vacaion!!

  106. Sunni says:

    Your website is amazing. Pretty much everything on here is a no fail.

  107. Lisa says:

    You do amazing work lady, thank you. I’m thinkin a food processor- I know it sounds lame and they are not THAT expensive- I just always talk myself out of it when I go to get one- more important things to spend money on I guess.

  108. Amy says:

    Your website was the first food blog I started following and, 3 years later, I’m still a loyal reader! Love your site!

  109. Jennifer says:

    I want a new kitchen… and someone else to design it for me.

  110. Jennifer says:

    Congrats on the new layout! It looks awesome πŸ™‚

    My want is to be able to eat anything I please without putting weight on! Oh wait it has to be within reason…Ill take a week of sleeping in!

  111. SharonF says:

    Would like to have my health improve.

  112. Janeen says:

    I want to say thank you for saving dinner at our house so many times. We probably would have eaten Kraft macaroni and cheese way more often than I would like to think about had I not found you.

  113. Mikelle says:

    I have been reading your blog for over 3 years now but this is the first time that I have ever posted a comment! Thanks for all of your yumminess and for always making my stomach feel cozy and satisfied. Love your blog and love your recipes. Something I want…..I want summer to be here so I can have a break from my 1st graders and enjoy my family, and…..I have always wanted a panini grill because I LOVE hot gourmet sandwiches. This would be a great addition to my kitchen! I’ll cross my fingers. πŸ™‚ Thanks for all that you do!

  114. Rita says:

    Your website is now my go-to site when I’m looking for dinner inspiration. Thank you!

  115. Susan L says:

    I like your site. Your recipes are awesome! The panini maker would be great. My husband has never had one and he doesn’t know what he’s missing. πŸ™‚

  116. Tiffany says:

    Love it.

  117. LB says:

    I absolutely LOVE the pictures that go along with your recipe index!!!! I’ve discovered “new” recipes that I’ve never made (or even considered making) because I’ve never clicked on the links. Thanks SOOOO much!!!

  118. Heidi G says:

    Once in a while when I am cooking or doing some special technique, my husband will ask me WHY I am doing that. My response 95 percent of the time is “Because Mel said so!” True story.

  119. Val Agustin says:

    I want a world where everyone can live together in peace.

  120. Marcia says:

    I love the new site and happy anniversary too! When I am looking for inspiration for dinner or dessert, this is my first stop. I would love a panni press!

  121. Jen T says:

    french toast is my favorite for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

  122. breanne says:

    Love your recipes. We make a mel’s meal at least weekly.

  123. Emily says:

    Love to win anything new for my kitchen!

  124. Bri says:

    I would love this! Not as much as I would love you to live in a house connected to mine and trade off making dinners for each others families! OK, YOU would make dinner, and I would clean up!

  125. Meg says:

    I’ve been a lurker for almost three years now… crazy. I have made so many of your recipes and only ever had one that we didn’t completely love and adore… don’t worry, it was user error. You’re awesome!

  126. Meghan M says:

    Love your new site! And my family loves all of your recipes. I think I have been following you for the last 4 years! Thank you!!!

  127. Erin says:

    A vacation sans kids!! πŸ™‚

  128. Lisa Lokenvitz says:

    Love your site! Really love your recipes! You are my go to spot for dinner ideas!

  129. Amanda says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  130. Kathryn says:

    I could use a new bed.

  131. Julie Gonsalves says:

    I love your new look and I love your recipes! Your site is a go-to for me!

  132. Alyssa says:

    A new wardrobe. Including shoes. Pathetic but it’s true.

  133. Jaymi says:

    Love your site and make one of your recipes at least once per week!

  134. Rachel says:

    Hi Mel. I love your recipes and have been following your blog for about 6 months now. My favorite recipes are those that include Cancer Fighter foods, like your broccoli quinoia bites. Perhaps you could highlight the cancer fighters in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My mother died from the disease two years ago and since I have educated myself about the importance of diet to both general and breast health. Just an idea. Thanks.

  135. Jessica h says:

    I adore all of your recipes…my current favorite is your bandana bars….those things are amazing!

  136. David says:

    I want my garden to be tilled so I can plant it. I would also love some free labor putting in the drip system for the blueberries!

  137. Ann says:

    Your new site is beautiful.

  138. Kami says:

    Love and share your website and recipes ALL the time!!! Thanks for so many great meals!

  139. Lachelle says:

    I would love a bosch to mix big batches of bread easier!

  140. Elise says:

    I’m so grateful for your wiliness to share your talent of cooking to help impact our family. You website is my go to for food and I even go a tip to buy perplexus!! Thanks!

  141. SJ says:

    I want a snow cone maker. And a panini press!

  142. Rebecca says:

    Ooh, I have a lot of kitchen appliances, but I don’t have a panini press (yet)…

  143. Kris says:

    Love the redesigned site!

  144. Amy S says:

    I would love a new car!

  145. Rachel Bradley says:

    I love the new look! I so have to get one of these, one way or the other!

  146. Lindsay says:

    Mel, I want this pannini press and I really want one of those fun colored ceramic dutch ovens. πŸ™‚

  147. Juanita Albright says:

    I love this blog. I cook a lot for an urban ministry my church is involved in, and we have used recipes from your blog. I would like to have more time to make all the recipes that I am just itching to try. I would also like to inspire those around me to cook and eat healthy.

  148. Claire says:

    I have been wanting a panini press for a looong time……

  149. Marlena Porter says:

    You always have the best giveaways!

  150. callie says:

    I really would live to have a blendtec blender.

  151. Michelle D says:

    A new KitchenAid mixer!

  152. Valerie says:

    Congrats on the new site! Can’t wait to get to know it a little better!

  153. Emily Archibald says:

    I hope someday our paths cross and we can make bread together and I can absorb some of your goodness. I love your blog, your recipes, your whit, and your down-to-earthiness. Three cheers to you and paninis!

  154. Natalie says:

    I really really want those pretty stickers for my kitchen aid mixer. Sigh. It’s the little things in life πŸ™‚

  155. Rumina says:

    I didn’t think your website could get any better, but this beautiful! You are at the very top of my Bookmarks List. The link to your Pinterest is second πŸ˜‰

  156. Melissa says:

    Just got home from an awesome vacation, but having jet lag. Think I’ll go to bed at 8:00 tonight and dream about shaved ice…yummy!

  157. Katie says:

    Your brownie recipe is my FAVORITE!!

  158. sofaia says:

    Love the new website Mel, love your recipes even more! Your website is my one stop shop for new recipes. I love to cook and you make it even more excitingly yummy. You rock girfriend!

  159. Jenn W. says:

    After my day today, I need chocolate.

  160. Elisabeth says:

    Lovely giveaway! Lovely blog as well. Thanks for all of the deliciousness!!

  161. Jim Kottke says:

    What I like about your site is that you give everything a personal touch that a lot of cookbooks don’t give

  162. Phyllis says:

    Hello Mel,
    I have been following your blog for a while and made a lot of your recipes and they were good, but Girlfriend my mommy could not have helped me make a better buttermilk biscuit. I never made a panini but I bet with this machine and your help I could made some great ones.

  163. Shelly says:

    I love your site- old and new I’ve been her for years! What I would love (within reason) is the time to make all of the wonderful recipes on your site I haven’t been able to try yet. Thanks for all your work!

  164. Kelly D says:

    I would love to make Panini’s for my family. Thanks.

  165. Yvonne says:

    A fabulous grain grinder…. (you have inspired me!). Or…… a panini press. πŸ™‚

  166. Jessica says:

    Whenever I try a new recipe, my husband says “is this from Mel?” If I answer yes, he knows it will be good!

  167. Jaci says:

    From a fellow Minnesotan waiting for spring….our fam would would this panini maker! I can’t wait to check out the spreadsheet!

  168. Christy says:

    I was telling someone just yesterday about your site and delicious recipes as I was sharing your Thai- Style Chicken and Quinoa with people at work! I’m intolerant to gluten so I have converted many of your recipes and love them!! I also get rave reviews and tell everybody that I got the recipes from you!! Thanks for making my life yummier!! I appreciate all you do!!

  169. Mel, I love your website! You inspire me! There are so many recipes I want to try, I literally stay awake at night, trying to decide what to make/bake next. :))) No kidding.

  170. Barbara says:

    I want to see my 3 sons and 2 grandsons, and that panini press, and I want an Excalibur dehydrator! I’m old. I don’t have time to wait a long time between those things, LOL!

  171. Amy Pellitteri says:

    Well , I hope I win one of these because you’ve convinced me I need one πŸ™‚

  172. Joanna says:

    I want maternity pants that fit and look good!

  173. Brittany says:

    I made your Cowboy Spaghetti recipe for the first time tonight. Uh, hello!!!!! How did it take me so long to do it?! I’m pretty sure I’m making it again tomorrow. Oh, and btw, I served it over spaghetti squash…ahhhh!! Top 10, I think.

  174. Elisha Petersen says:

    I just found your website and I love all the great recipes!!!

  175. Julia L says:

    Mel, you are just awesome! Truly, thank you for all that you do. Funny, my fifth baby just turned one last week! He makes the fourth boy, and I have one girl. Also, my husband was a missionary in Brazil (although I have yet to attempt the feijoada). πŸ™‚ Ain’t life grand?!

  176. Julia L says:

    Mel, you are just awesome! Thank you for all that you do. Funny, my fifth baby just turned one last week! He makes the fourth boy, and I have one girl. Also, my husband was a missionary in Brazil (although I have yet to attempt the feijoada). πŸ™‚ Ain’t life grand?!

  177. Laura says:

    I have really enjoyed making your messages. I had been searching for a fabulous blog that has tried and true recipes. Everything I make from this blog makes me feel like a cooking rockstar.

    Thank you so much!

  178. Emily says:

    Love Paninis! Ironically my auto correct wants to change “panini” to panic which is usually what dinner is 3 times a week. I have 4 kids and they all play soccer right now. My husband coaches two and I coach two, which is a disaster since all I know about soccer I learner in 7th grade gym class…and I’ve worked really to block all of middle school out. I need “on the go” meals so we don’t fall into the nasty fast food trap. Love your site, thanks for all the work you do!

  179. Emily O says:

    This is awesome! Congratulations on all of you (well deserved) success! :o)

  180. Melinda says:

    You are a superhero to me Mel!

  181. Melinda says:

    Was just thinking about french toast shortly before reading this…

  182. Melissa says:

    Whenever I need a delicious dessert (which is often) I come here!! πŸ™‚

  183. Diona says:

    I love the redesign — Congratulations!! A few small growing pains are to be expected with such growth and change. As long as we continue to get to have to benefit of your creative recipes and advice, it’s all good!

  184. Cathy Stone says:

    I discovered your blog only this past Easter when I was hunting for some good ideas for Easter dinner. I loved your mix-and-match approach and made every course from your suggestions. The Berry Trifle went over with everyone!

  185. Cassie says:

    Im saving for my first house! But if your “within reason” comment meant from you… Then I dont think I could ask for anything more awesome than the Samoa bars recipe, but I have tried to make lemon poppyseed muffins a few times and have no success! Please help!

  186. Traci says:

    I am tired of cold weather here in Ohio and a panini press would make it more bearable! πŸ™‚

  187. Julia C. says:

    Your blog has changed my life, I now cook daily for my family. Thank you for inspiring me to cook for my family!

  188. Kendra says:

    I really enjoy your site and the new design is fabulous. I use many of your recipes often, like the rustic bread. thanks!

  189. Andrea says:

    Congratulations! Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and hard work! πŸ™‚

  190. Sarah says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you. I recently told you on Facebook (and how could you not have noticed my one little comment?!- it’s not like you have 15,000 followers or anything! πŸ™‚ that we use your recipes ALL the time. My husband comes home from work, sniffs the air, and says, “Something new? I hope it’s Mel’s!” You are a household name in our house! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for all the awesome recipes!

  191. Michaela says:

    I love the makeover on your site. It looks fantastic! I also love your recipes! I’m always thinking to myself “what would I ever do for dinner without Mel?!” You’re my favorite go-to site for any recipe!!!

  192. Heather says:

    I use your recipes all the time and love them all! Thank you for that and keep em coming!

  193. Christina says:

    I love your recipes and stories, Mel. And your redesigned website is so pretty!

  194. Emily Wells says:

    I’d love to have a new electric griddle, lol My old one bit the dust, so I bought one of the stove top ones that you stretch over two burners. I HATE it! I want my electric one back!! πŸ™

  195. Stacy says:

    After at least 3 years of following I look forward to each new recipe you post, everything I have tried, new or old, has been great! I have been cooking for longer than I want to admit to and am a cookbook and recipe hoarder, and I absolutely love love love your site!!!! I recommend melskitchencafe to all of my children, nieces, and anyone I know looking for good food to make at home!

  196. Rachel M says:

    Time off of work to just RELAX! And cook of course!

  197. DEE says:

    I would love to win a Panini Press….and given that there are 3 to win this time….the odds are slightly in my favor! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I came up with something for PANINI.Cheesy I know…..but hey….had to have some fun with this!

    Please
    Award
    Nutty
    Indian
    New
    Implement

    πŸ™‚

    Ahhhh…now that felt good…and silly all at the same time! (Ha!)
    Pick me please!!!

  198. Patty says:

    Love your blog and love paninis!!

  199. Amber B. says:

    I am sick and it sucks. My nose is all red from all the wiping and blowing. Oh well, maybe a panini press will magically make me feel better!

  200. Jesica says:

    What I ‘want’ most is to have a clean house that will last for more than an hour! And even better than that would be to have someone else clean it for me!! Love your new site, Mel! I’ve always loved your blog and the recipes on it; it’s definitely my ‘go to’ spot for the best recipes on the web! Thanks for all you do!

  201. Brittany says:

    A free week, a beach, my hubby and no internet/cell access!

  202. karen says:

    I want to go to Hawaii! A Panini press would be fun too. πŸ™‚

  203. Ann Winsness says:

    I love your website! i make something from it at least once a week.

  204. Whitney says:

    Mel – I love your blog and love the recipes that you share! I also love to see your beautiful family grow up right in front of our eyes! I would love win!

  205. ashley t says:

    love the new look! and of course i love the recipes!!!

  206. Nicole says:

    I love your site, especially all of your drool-worthy photos! I want to keep practicing my food photography so I can get my food to look as delicious as yours. Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

  207. Dena says:

    I’m so very happy for you Mel on the success of your website. I recommend it to everyone whoever asks me where I get these amazing recipes I’ve been cooking. I’m so grateful for your website – you’ve given me a new love for cooking. I have a Kitchenaid that was given to me, but I surely wish I had one of the Bosch machines you use to make all your bread doughs. The new website looks fantastic! Congrats!

  208. Mallory S. says:

    I’d love to win this! If I could get anything, I’d want a blendtec or vitamix. I’m a smoothie junkie!

  209. Andrea says:

    I adore your website, Mel! Thanks for your great recipes, funny anecdotes and inspiration!

  210. Rachael says:

    I would love to have a live in chef. Healthy food is delicious but hard to prepare with so many little ones.

  211. EmJay says:

    I have NEVER eaten a Panini! Can you believe it? I’m sure I’ll be eating them quite frequently very soon (wink, wink). Absolutely love your website — I check it out almost everyday. Congratulations on 5 years and your redesign!

  212. Jen says:

    I just want to learn to make a decent roast in the crockpot. I cannot make a moist one to save my life! Even with a fantastic recipe that everyone else swears by I somehow manage to dry it out…Maybe it’s the crockpot? πŸ™‚ Thanks for all the fantastic recipes!

  213. Suzanne says:

    Congratulations on your 5 year blog-aversary! Your blog is one of my top 5 favorite food blogs!

  214. Lindsey says:

    As a newlywed and recent college grad with no experience in the kitchen, your recipes are the first I found that made me excited about cooking for my family. 2 years later, I truly enjoy cooking and baking and I credit YOU!

  215. Sara L says:

    I am totally digging your redesigned website!

  216. Kathy says:

    Love the new website Nd the thumbnail pictures in the index.

  217. Amy T says:

    I have to say I love everything from your site. When I meal plan about 80% of my recipes come from here. So when people ask me what the recipe is I just say “it’s from mel’s”. haha Love it!! πŸ™‚

  218. Deandra says:

    I like your realness. Congrats on five years and all those likes!

  219. Rachel says:

    The new site looks beautiful! Great giveaway!!

  220. Brandie says:

    I love to cook, you have great, fun recipes.

  221. Monice says:

    Your new site and recipes are awesome. I’d love to win.

  222. Celia says:

    No whammies, no whammies … STOP! (Did I win?)

  223. Tricia says:

    I am pregnant and have been craving a chicken pesto panini sandwich I saw on Pinterest. If only I had a panini maker!. PS love your site!

  224. Dana says:

    I have been following your blog for several years. Love your recipes.

  225. Gina White says:

    your blog is my go to! Thanks for your fun personality! Also thanks for the great giveaway!

  226. Jana says:

    Hard to choose just one thing! I would love to have a larger food budget so I could make any recipe I want, and try any restaurant I want; that would be fun.

  227. Dana says:

    I have been following your blog for several years. Love your recipes!

  228. Jill F. says:

    Congrats Mel! I have to say your site has provided me with many recipes over the years – my husband’s stomach thanks you! πŸ™‚

  229. Amy says:

    I am so happy for you and your site’s new look! Congrats on the milestone with FB. I am a devoted fan!

  230. Sam says:

    Love the new look!

  231. KassyG says:

    I love your new site design! I live in the same state as you. I am so glad spring is FINALLY here! πŸ™‚

  232. Ilene says:

    A new automatic espresso maker.

  233. Kristi A. says:

    I’ve been longing to try a panini press, since my family loves grilled cheese and that would be a great way to kick it up a few notches! I love your new format.

  234. Tiffany says:

    Love your site and recipes! Thanks πŸ™‚ Oh yeah and a giveaway for a stand mixer would be awesome….just a thought!

  235. Leslie says:

    Your blog is so Awesome! I mean, your recipes AND your blog Rock this WORLD! I am constantly on your site. It has saved my tail, many a late nights! Thank You for ALL you do here. May it continue for years to come!

  236. Alisha says:

    A big, bright kitchen with lots of counter space.

  237. barbara byram says:

    i want to keep trying your great recipes!

  238. Stacy says:

    I really enjoy your website. Thanks for all the recipes.

  239. Susan says:

    Congrats on the new redesign, it looks great!
    Throw my name in the hat and I’m crossing my fingers that I get picked to win a panini press!

  240. Jessica W says:

    Confession: I’ve never had a Panini!! Can you believe that?!

  241. Lindy says:

    I want my kids to grow up happy, healthy, and safe! and I want the teen years to go smoothly!

  242. Tracy J says:

    I want…..a panini! I’m starving!

  243. Megan S says:

    Congrats on the big achievements!!! πŸ™‚

    Anything I want? Realistic? Hmm, so not a personal chef? Darn… How about a vitamix? I know they are totally worth the $ but still can’t give in yet…Some day!

  244. Cami Smith says:

    β™« β™ͺ Yummy, yummy, yummy I’ve got food in my tummy….. β™«β™ͺ

  245. Mary A says:

    Would love to win one.

  246. Stephanie Wynder says:

    I already have made lots of recipes on your site that have become some of my family’s favorites – but I still have a long list of recipes I want to try!!

  247. kristen humpherys says:

    I tried your broccoli beef this week and LOVED it!!! It’s probably the third broccoli beef recipe I’ve tried and I finally have a winner. Thanks!

  248. Sallie Sullivan says:

    I would love a day to just relax by the pool with a great book. Congrats on your 5 yeras. That’s awesome

  249. Beth L says:

    My mother-in-law is in Hospice and I’d like for her last days to be peaceful and pain free.

  250. Esther says:

    Love the new website! Just tried your Chocolate and coconut cream pie bars today, can’t wait to taste them! What I would like is a juicer πŸ™‚

  251. Katherine M says:

    I would be more enthusiastic about cooking if I didn’t have to clean up after.

  252. Teri Larsen says:

    I want an entire week to refinish furniture…without distraction.

    Or, this Griddler thing sounds fantastic – my husband will be home all summer, and I’m sure would put it to delicious use.. πŸ™‚

  253. Caroline says:

    How do I get my 6 year old boy to stop throwing fits?

  254. KatieK says:

    A friend introduced me to your website a year ago and it has changed my life! I used to enjoy cooking long long ago, but as life got busier and my kids got pickier,I learned to resent the whole process. But as a mother of 4, I had no choice. I refused to try new recipes because I didn’t want to put in the effort just to have it fail, so I rotated between the same 5 menus. Your website kicked my tushie out of that rut in a hurry. Every recipe I tried turned out to be a new family favorite! My family and I are healthier, happier and trying new things all the time. Thank you for spending time to share your love of delicious meals. I will forever be grateful to you for rekindling my desire to provide for my family.

  255. Amy says:

    I would really like my own house/apartment/SPACE!! We’ve been living with parents for months while relocating/job searching. I make meals from your site almost daily – my dad keeps complaining about all the fancy food. Hahaha – gotta love close quarters.

  256. Melissa Heading says:

    it’s bizarre but I really want the cuisinart griddler. I got my
    mom one for Christmas and wanted one for myself…..

  257. Barbara D says:

    Love your new site … thanks for the giveaway!

  258. Heather M. says:

    Your little comment that you can freeze buttermilk changed my life. Seriously! I just might be hoarding it in my freezer now:) And thank you so much for all of your hard work, I truly enjoy your site, your posts, and your writing.

  259. Allison says:

    what I want today is a nap! Thanks for helping me figure out what’s for dinner.

  260. Amy f. says:

    Been with you since the old days. Pretty soon we’ll have to say we knew you when! Congratulations on the continued success!

  261. Kelly says:

    Mel, you are my go-to website for awesome recipes. You rock my socks! (Oh, and I would also love a panini maker since my hubby would eat sandwiches every meal of every day!)

  262. Jenn says:

    Mel, I just recently found your blog and I love it! I think my favorite thing I’ve made from here was the San Francisco Chops–so simple and easy, yet so delicious!

    I’ve never thought of buying a panini press myself but now that I’m thinking about it, I’m sure I could use it a ton. Great idea for a giveaway! Thanks!

  263. Lisa Garrett says:

    Cuisinart 5 in 1 grill

  264. Charlene says:

    awesome giveaway! πŸ™‚ I’ve never had a pannini, but we eat sandwhiches all the time, including grilled cheese and french toast. I’m amazed you can make french toast in that btw…I’ve been dying to try grilled cheese with guacamole, sour cream, and salsa! Oh my holy fudge!! Sounds heavenly, a little bit of bacon would be the perfect touch! Let me think, I would love to have…a juicer, I think that would be really fun to create your own creations and the kids I think would have a blast making them too πŸ™‚

  265. Amanda Yoder says:

    Well, i’d love a trip to an all inclusive in the caribbean! But, the panini press would be awesome, because I’ve been diagnosed with celiac and gluten free bread is unique, I would love to try a panini with gf bread! I miss paninis!

  266. Crystal says:

    I have to say your blog is a favorite of mine and has been for years. You are my go-to for any dinner/ food ideas (and I can’t tell you how much my husband appreciates it!) Thanks for sharing all of your delish recipes. I don’t think I have tried one thing that I haven’t LOVED!

  267. Kris says:

    I make menus every week depending on what you post here. Keep up the good work. I particularly enjoy the healthy salad recipes.

  268. Brooke P. says:

    I have been following you for almost the entire five years, love your blog, and don’t have a Panini maker and would love one!! Thanks!!

  269. Riley Howard says:

    Good job on your popularity! Glad I could be a part of it!

  270. Jennifer says:

    I love your food…I definitely feel like we have kindred palates…specifically regarding all things chocolate!

  271. Suzanne says:

    I made your burger recipe this morning and four patties are in the freezer waiting to be grilled. It’s cold out in Michigan still, but we’ve waited too long to turn our barbecue on. NOW IS THE TIME! Great design, btdubs.

  272. Mandy says:

    I really want a new kitchen. Mine is so tiny and such a strange shape that even a remodel won’t do! πŸ™‚

  273. jordan says:

    Thank you for all the recipes. I especially think the new dessert one looks fabulous!

  274. Camille says:

    I’d really like a vitamix blender…but I’d love a pannini press!

  275. Martha says:

    Just to have your website to feed my family good food, thanks Mel!

  276. Andrea says:

    I adore you, Mel.

  277. Lisa says:

    I think you should publish a cookbook Mel…..along with everything else you do! Like the new site design!!!

  278. Jena says:

    Love your new site!!!

  279. Stephanie says:

    Love your website and would love this panini sandwich press. Thanks for the recipes and giveaway!

  280. Kim brooks says:

    Love your website and recipes. Wish I had your talent:)

  281. Jana Becker says:

    The best panini I’ve ever had was in a little deli in the back alleys of Venice, Italy. On the last trip I took with my mom before she died, we spent a day exploring the non-touristy side of Venice and found a lunch spot full of the locals. It was a yummy vegetable panini but I’m not sure if it was the panini, the locale or the company that makes it the best panini ever.

  282. gina says:

    tell anything OK I am so pleased I had a visit from my mentor and realized my childcare business is doing very well. I have wonderful children and involved parents. Yippee and we would like to make lots of sandwich’s this summer

  283. Kirsten Smith says:

    I’d love my husband to want to eat healthy…. πŸ˜‰

  284. Jo says:

    I agree with someone above–you should publish a cookbook πŸ™‚

  285. Marian says:

    Love your site. It’s one of my favorite.
    Thank you!

  286. Jodi says:

    You have changed the way I cook, and shop for food. My family is so much healthier because of your great website! Congratulations on the new look!

  287. Katie says:

    The new design looks great! I’m planning to make the cheesecake stuffed chocolate chip cookie bars tonight – and maybe eat them all myself:)

  288. Samantha S says:

    Mel I love your site! and I want the panini maker!

  289. Tommie Bennett says:

    Hi Mel! Your site looks amazing! But I’ll be honest, I’d love your site no matter how it looked because the recipes have been life savers for me! Since August I’ve been making all of our bread items, and since January I’ve been trying to get my family to eat more healthy. I’ve been cooking most of our meals, and trying to stay away from more processed items. Your website has really helped me do that, and I would have to guess that 2-3 meals every week are from you! My kids and my husband both love your food! Thanks for everything you do!

  290. cheryl gentry says:

    Love you blog. Discovered it from my daughter, she would always says its Mel’s Kitchen CafΓ©. I kept looking for a restaurant. Ha ha

  291. Christa says:

    The new site is terrific!

  292. Bethany says:

    How exciting to have so many followers! I do love your website re-design! Right now, I would love to have a vacation with just my husband and myself. Time to get away from everything and re-connect! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  293. Sanetta says:

    Only 30 days left until summer break, wahoo, but who’s counting! A new panini press-now that would be a double wahoo!!

  294. Valerie says:

    Thanks for keeping your site so updated! Your recipes are awesome!

  295. Rochelle says:

    Your cooking blog is my favorite! And I’d love to have a Bosch mixer. πŸ™‚

  296. TrishInFL says:

    Panini’s and French toast are two of my favorite meals πŸ™‚

  297. Catherine says:

    I would love it if we lived in the same neck of the woods. I just know we would be friends!

  298. Alex says:

    What I would really love is a full range stove and an apartment or house bigger than 600 square feet. Being the wife of a full time graduate student and mother of 2 makes a VERY small apartment and kitchen less to be desired. But, I could settle on a panini press for now.

    By the way, I enjoy your blog and love the new look. Thank you for your culinary inspiration!

  299. chi chi says:

    Congratulations!

  300. Lynn says:

    Love your recipes and tweaked recipes! Your new website is great and your giveaway a fun intro to this next step in your web-presence. Happy cooking!

    Lynn

  301. Julie says:

    I want to be able to log in to YOUR website, no matter what it looks like for another 25 years to get great recipes I can count on. After that, someone better be cooking for me! Thanks for your time in sharing and creating!

  302. Emily d. says:

    Love your site–thanks for all the great recipes. My favorite is your best recipe section. I go to it all the time when I have a craving–your recipes always work and are delicious!

  303. Bonnie says:

    I wish for my health to improve so I can once again get back into the kitchen and try so many of the wonderful recipes on your site. Oh, and I’d love a self-contained ice cream maker.

  304. Emily D. says:

    Love your new site!

  305. Brandee Hubbard says:

    i have loved every recipe i have done off your blog!

  306. Tara F says:

    Your daughter is so cute…..I have 2. We are hoping for a boy sooner rather than later.

  307. Melanie says:

    Love the new look of your blog! Thank-you for all the recipes. When your site was down this weekend, I actually had to pull out my old recipe books….I usually just cook from your blog!

  308. Noreen says:

    I love your web redesign!!

  309. I love your blog and would love a paninii pan and a blend tec!

  310. Priscilla says:

    I would use the press for french toast, mostly.

  311. Katie J. says:

    I want you to live in my basement and be my personal chef. I’ll watch your kids and you can make me delicious food. Done? Done.

  312. MiekaB says:

    I want to start cooking more for my family!! Thanks for all the great recipes.

  313. Claire says:

    Love your website! Check if every day!

  314. Brittany says:

    I want a night to myself. It’s been over three-years since that has happened.

  315. Naomi says:

    I think you’re awesome and I love your recipes. Thank you!

  316. Cindi says:

    I have been using your site since the month after I got married. I realized that I was seriously lacking in the recipe department, and, well, your site had tons of amazing recipes. Seriously, some of our most favorite meals come from this blog! Thanks for all of the work you put in, so people like me can find their way in the kitchen!!

  317. Emily says:

    I love your website! I wish I could make bread from scratch like you…

  318. Emma says:

    Your site has become a dinner-time staple at my house. I almost don’t make anything without first consulting you. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  319. Janice says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! Love the new website!

  320. Sage says:

    Anything??? Um…. a vacation would be fantastic! πŸ˜‰

  321. Andrea says:

    So happy for you Mel! I don’t know what I would do without you!

  322. Rosie says:

    Hi Mel, I love your blog and your yummy recipes. I would love to win a panini press!

  323. Traci says:

    A really good date night.

  324. A bigger kitchen! lol
    Actually, I’ll settle for the shelves my husband is out buying right now… πŸ™‚

  325. Nikki says:

    A new Cuisinart food processor. Mine broke and I used it all the time.

  326. Brett and Katie says:

    The only thing I have to say is that I’m still planning on making those brownie and ice cream dipped chocolate caramel wads of deliciousness. I can’t get ’em out of my mind since I saw them…

  327. Tiff says:

    I would love a panini press. They’re just not the same without those tasty-looking lines!

  328. Mary Karlee says:

    I am a fan. And I would love to get all nerdy with your spreadsheet.

  329. Beth says:

    I love little baby girls. I just had my little girl seven weeks ago. We’re having a blast!

  330. JeriP says:

    You made me a cool mother-in-law. I sent my daughter-in-law one of your recipes and she said it was from her most favorite website. I want to win your giveaway.

  331. Melissa says:

    I have been trying to eat better and only eat treats on Sunday, so I sometimes plan on Monday what I am making on Sunday so I can get through the week. 95% of the time I get the recipes from your website.

  332. Amy S. says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary and the new design. Keep up the great work!

  333. Alycia says:

    I would love the newer BOSCH with the suction feet since mine took a tumble off the counter last week while kneading bread. I almost cried! Love the new look and all your fab recipes!!

  334. Molly says:

    I want a lazy vacation!

  335. marty says:

    I was diagnosed in Dec with cancer and would love one of these to make sandwiches. This would be nice with the hot summer here in Texas to have one of these presses.

  336. Kimberley says:

    Anything?!?!? I would say a week without any school worries! Ahhh…the life of a teacher! Congrats on the great new website!

  337. Amanda says:

    I love your recipes! I make them all the time! Thanks for doing what you do!!

  338. mandy says:

    I am having a boy in August and would love for it to be here now:) Praying for a healthy boy and would love to blink and the nursery be done!!!

  339. Theresa says:

    Just thought you ought to know that my family is on a first-name basis with you, as in, “Is this one of Mel’s recipes?”. Your site has been a great help with finding new recipes to get us out of our same-old-dinner rut! We’ve loved almost everything we’ve made.

  340. Heather says:

    So happy for you and your new site!! It looks great. I was going to get my mom one of these for Mother’s day!!! That would be great to win this for her.

  341. Veronica says:

    I love your new site and all of the fantastic recipes that you post all of the time. They are all easy to follow, quick and of course yummy…even my kids love them!!!

  342. Mary Arntson says:

    Love your recipes!!! They are so down to earth for those
    of us who have been married for 50 years and are really
    sick of cooking. Thank you…

  343. Trish says:

    Wheat grinder!

  344. Emily B. says:

    Your recipes look yummy!

  345. Heather says:

    Love! Love! Love! your new website and your recipes are divine. Everything I’ve tried is delicious. Keep them coming.

  346. Susan from WA says:

    A big thanks, Mel, for your willingness to share your talent. You’ve transformed my cooking experience from blah to wow. With six kids, I get asked a lot, “What are we having for dinner?” When I respond, “Something from Mel’s,” there’s never any groans or concerns. πŸ™‚ We gobble up your desserts, too. Your tutorials and step-by-steps turn ‘sounds nice, but it’ll never happen’ to ‘why not?’ THANK YOU!

  347. Mysty says:

    I am going to try your chocolate pudding recipe tonight. So ecxited!! Kids are too, as I have looked at that post a dozen times. Literally. πŸ™‚ For dinner I will be making french bread pizza using your pizza sauce recipe. Yes, I love your blog this much! My recipes to pass onto our children will be comprised in a large way from recipes that came from you! Thanks Mel!!

  348. Barbara Ostergaard says:

    I would love to use a panini press … I would Love to own a panini press. Thanks!! And by the way, the birthday picture of you with your boys makes me think “love is spoken here.” Love that.

  349. Jennifer J says:

    Thanks for your awesome website!!!

  350. Jamie says:

    Yay!! I shouldnt admit this because it might affect my winning one, but I own this exact same panini press and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Whenever I use it I think to myself “Now why does anyone waste money ordering a panini from a restaurant?!” No matter what you put inside one, it tastes professional/gourmet. πŸ™‚ I would love one to give as a gift! By the way, thank you for mentioning your panini spreadsheet. I’ve never seen it before and now I have so many more combos to try. You are awesome!

  351. I am really hungry right now. And the raisins, beef jerky and popcorn I just ate have done nothing. I want to leave work and eat dinner.

  352. Liz says:

    So fun! Thanks for all the great recipes. My husband is always so excited when I make something “new” from your site!

  353. ang says:

    I discovered your website while I was trying to come up with something to eat for dinner a couple of weeks ago. I finally settled on making the Chipotle Chicken Tacos, because we love Mexican food. They were absolutely amazing!! My boyfriend was even impressed with my new culinary skills! Thank you for the recipes! I can’t wait to try more of them. I would really LOVE a new stove, but a panini press would be awesome too!

  354. Julie says:

    I’d like a bigger yard with no snakes or fire ants in it.

  355. Brittany Steward says:

    I was kind of a little biased to my mom recipes and would ONLY use hers… that is, until I found your blog!!! πŸ˜‰ Your food rocks and so do you! Thanks for being awesome and sharing it with the world!

  356. karen says:

    I would love a new kitchen, but any new gadget would be more feasable and fantastic!!!

  357. Michelle says:

    Hi Mel,
    I just love your site and the new redesign is beautiful. Thank you for your wonderful service to all of us needing inspiration and know-how in the kitchen. (I own my beloved Blendtec because of you!)

  358. Melanie says:

    Your recipes have never failed me. Thanks.

  359. Andrea D. says:

    You have a wonderful blog. Thank you for having such wonderful recipes.

  360. Kim says:

    Love your site! Such good recipes

  361. Amber says:

    Thank you so much for helping me feed my family healthier! It only took me 37 years to finally make my own bread and now because of you I make it every week for my family of 5. We love your recipes! We are huge fans of yours here in Wyoming!

  362. Jessica McDonald says:

    Your recipes are always a hit around here! Thanks for sharing this part of yourself with the rest of the world.

  363. Susana I. says:

    A pasta attachment for my stand mixer and canning basic equipment πŸ™‚

  364. Jen says:

    I would love to be a stay at home Mom!

  365. Angie says:

    The other day, I was totally going to make the Candy Apple Pie. And your site was down! Oh well. We survived. The updates look great! And I can’t wait until I get another excuse to make Candy Apple Pie. πŸ™‚

  366. Kaitlin Sickle says:

    Paninis!! I love them!

  367. Heidi F. says:

    I just want my husband to finish his PhD!

  368. Rebecca Bell says:

    Just thought you’d like to know that you’re my go-to blog whenever I need a fool-proof, yummy recipe for anything. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us!

  369. Kara says:

    Love the new redesign. Love the food. Drooling over the pictures!

  370. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for the great ideas for days when my brain can’t think of anything interesting to fix for supper. Your desserts are regularly tested at our house. Thumbs up!

  371. Natasha says:

    I use a recipe from your site, like, four times a week. You are amazing!

  372. nothing funny to say, not sure why I feel it must be funny, but here’s my comment to enter the giveaway. thanks!

  373. Shelley W. says:

    congrats on 5 years. thanks again for all the recipes and hard work you put in to it!!

  374. Marla says:

    I’ve actually had my eye on the griddler for awhile now but I’ve never pulled the trigger on getting it! My sister-in-law has one and loves it!

  375. Erin G says:

    Love your site! It’s all I cook from and you’ve made me love cooking! Thank you so much!

  376. Traci says:

    Love your website, and regiously check your blog for new posts every week πŸ™‚ What do I want….new kitchen countertops. Anything would be better than the lovely 1980s salmon-colored countertops I currently have!!

  377. libby says:

    A new refrigerator would be nice!!

  378. Betty says:

    One of the new Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Makers OR your great Panini Griddler.

  379. Sondra Rutkowski says:

    I absolutely LOVE your blog! My daughter in-law, Natasha, actually turned me on to your food blog and recipes and I passed your site info along to my daughter, Amanda.

    I have made many, many of your recipes and they are ALWAYS a hit! Thanks for sharing great food ideas! Three Rutkowski women love your recipes…thank you!

    Sondra Rutkowski

  380. Caroline says:

    Absolutely love your site. I’ve made (and love) so many of your recipes. Keep up the good work:) I don’t have a panini maker so I’d love to win one!

  381. Debbie says:

    I love all of your recipes I have tried. When I make something new my husband asks did you get this recipe from Mel? Most the time the answer is yes!

  382. Johanna Clowney says:

    Your website has made my busy life so much easier!

  383. Cameron says:

    Mel, I love your web site! Something I want? Your motivation to create awesome food. πŸ™‚ I guess I’ll settle for your awesome recipes. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  384. Chari says:

    I have made your sugar cookie bars twice now–once with blue icing and once with yellow. The website looks fantastic as well. Happy Spring!

  385. Heather says:

    Love the new website design!

  386. Mara says:

    I’d love a panini press! I can’t think of much else I actually need kitchen wise… A maid?? But, that’s not realistic!

  387. Courtney Fj says:

    I love me some paninis!

  388. Rachel says:

    I love the new look and my family loves your delicious recipes! Over half our dinners come from you and we would love a panini press to make more of your yummy food! πŸ™‚

  389. Catherine Owens says:

    I love your new site. Thank you for all the great recipes. I would love a panini maker! πŸ™‚

  390. Barbara says:

    Love your new look!

  391. Lacey says:

    I would love to get moved into our new house and not be homeless for a month. I would also love this panini maker.

  392. Amy G. says:

    I want the panini press/griddler! And to meet you, celebrate world peace, and keep up with the Kardashians… but for now, I’ll take the panini press. πŸ™‚

  393. Karen F says:

    Love your website!

  394. queenann says:

    Hi mel!
    French toast!?! Sign me up!

  395. Natalie says:

    Thanks for the precious time you spend sharing your tried and true recipes! You’ve definitely helped me out of many culinary ruts where I felt I was making the same meals over and over and over again!

  396. Tiffani Hacken says:

    Love all the great recipes on your blog! Thanks for taking the time to share them! We’d love a panini maker! My husband packs a lunch for school and it would be a great addition and add some fun variety to his pb&j life!

  397. Tiffany says:

    Your new design is pretty! I love paninis, but never make them myself. If I win, I could make my own paninis..and french toast you say? πŸ™‚

  398. Skye says:

    I’m a regular on your blog now and have loved every recipe I’ve attempted. Thanks for sharing & making crazy dinner time easier! congrats on five years! I want to purchase the pans you use to make bread. they seem fabulous!

  399. Matt says:

    I love the new look and design of your blog. Keep up the great work! Thank you!

  400. Melissa says:

    I want my husband and I to start eating healthier. A panini press would make that process fun! πŸ™‚

  401. Megan says:

    I love every recipe on your blog. Seriously. Every single one. Thanks!

  402. Sandee says:

    paninis have been in my pregnant food-loving dreams lately. hope to win!

  403. Michelle says:

    Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes! I love the new design of your website!

  404. Jennifer says:

    I want a good night’s sleep!

    P.S. Love the new site

  405. Kasumi says:

    I’d like to go on a trip (and not have to pay for it).

  406. Laurie says:

    This is great, I would love a panini press! Thanks for all your hard work on your website – you have made my life easier with all your delicious and totally doable recipes!

  407. Meri says:

    I have really enjoyed your blog and have enjoyed getting to know you and your family!!!

    Have a happy happy day!

  408. Ronalee says:

    You’re my go-to and I tell everyone about your site! πŸ™‚

  409. Lisa says:

    Thanks so much for all of your great recipes. You are my go-to for tasty food! πŸ™‚ Also, I’ve shared the slow cooker Italian beef recipe about 20 times now. It’s seriously the yummiest thing out there (is yummiest a word?).

  410. Ted says:

    A Blendtech Blender

  411. Jennie says:

    Love the new design! πŸ™‚

  412. Melanie says:

    Your little girl is so darling! Congrats on the blog redesign!

  413. Alicia says:

    Congrats on 5 years! I would love someone with an eye for design to come help me decorate my kitchen and family room. They were recently remodeled, and I have no clue how to decorate them. I would also love more Indian-inspired recipes (hint, hint). We love the ones you’ve already posted.

    We also LOVE paninis, but I don’t have a panini press. I live in AZ, and in the summer when it’s seriously 115 degrees, all the money in the world could not bring me to turn on my oven. It’s paninis, salads, and BBQ on the grill for 5 months straight.

  414. Meika Gerst says:

    We love your recipes! Thanks for all the work you put into your website!

  415. Jennifer says:

    I love your site. It is my go-to cookbook!

  416. Meranda says:

    I just mastered your Rustic Crusty Bread, now I need a Panini Press so I can make awesome Panini’s with that rustic crusty bread lol. P.S. I LOVE the new design.

  417. Patricia says:

    Your site is so wonderful! I love it. I am pleased to see you have a buttermilk biscuit recipe today. Just yesterday I got up at 4:30 AM to make buttermilk biscuits for teenagers who come to our house every morning at 6. I had to look through a number of websites to find a “good” recipe. Since I am trying not to eat bread-like things for a while, I don’t know how they turned out except that of 17 biscuits I made, four were left over! I look forward to trying your recipe. Best wishes…and thanks for the contest.

  418. Victoria says:

    Your website looks beautiful! Congrats on 5 years.

  419. Brianne says:

    I will tell you that you’ve saved breakfast at this house with your oatmeal pancake mix! We’ve been having them every day for a week and my boys love them, so thank you!!

  420. Maury says:

    I kind of freaking love you and your website. I make something from here at least once a day. No joke. Just ask my thighs.

  421. Stephanie says:

    Right now I’m wishing I had a big pizza stone for the bottom of my oven.

  422. Lucy says:

    Thanks for all the recipes over the years. I’m always excited to see what you post!

  423. Amy says:

    Your new sight looks great!! I use at least two or three of your recipes a week. I make your chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies way to much!! Thanks for all the great recipes.

  424. Tara Rogers says:

    Give said the little stream as it hurried down the hill. I would love to be one of three to be given that Panini griddller. I love your site and have passed it on to may friends. I not only enjoy the recipes you share with us, but love to read what you have to say and love your photography. Thank you for your hard work!

  425. Lyndy says:

    Yum, that reminds me of a sandwich that would be so good made in a panini press!! It had provolone, banana peppers I think, dijon mustard, a bunch of goodness yum!

  426. Katie says:

    I really enjoy the recipes you share, so many have become favorites at our house. The redesign looks great!

  427. Leslie says:

    I honestly was just looking at this yesterday from your favorite things list. One of the 5 things I wanted!!! What I really want and need now is a dining table/chairs! Our dining room is totally empty.

  428. Natalie S says:

    I LOVE your blog and recipes! This panini griddler looks great!

  429. Katie P says:

    Mel! The new site is amazing! Makes me happy! I’ve got some of your deliciousness queued up in our meal plan and can’t wait to try them! I’ve been running around like a crazy lady today to find rock salt (you would think it would be THAT difficult in western PA) to make your Rock Salt Roast chicken tonight. My amazing husband stopped at the mom and pop hardware store and brought it home over lunch. SCORE! Torn between the candy apple pie and Eskimo bars for dessert tomorrow with friends. Might have to do both. Thanks for being a breath of fresh air and bring new life to my kitchen. Love you!

  430. I just want to tell you that I’m pretty sure Wisconsin isn’t as good without you here.

  431. Jaka says:

    Love the new website! You are the reason I can now make bread at home πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  432. Elaine says:

    Panini press would be so fun!

  433. Anne says:

    I just added glass storage containers to my birthday list. That’s probably boring to most people but since we’re buying our first home, I’ll finally have a kitchen big enough to store them!

  434. Amayesing Mom says:

    Love the website and recipes, keep doing what you do best!!!!!

  435. Janel says:

    A updated kitchen – complete with cabinets that don’t have stickers peeling off, floor that is not laminate and an oven with features (interior light would be nice)!

  436. Rebecca says:

    I LOVE your blog! I want you to publish a cookbook, and I also desperately want an espresso machine!!!!

  437. Shelley says:

    There are those who eat to live. Personally, I’m a live to eat girl. Thanks for sharing your talents and, of course, your wonderful food ideas so I can continue to live to eat. We should enjoy our food! Congrats on the new look. It’s great!!

  438. Katie S. says:

    You’re my go-to site for meal planning. Whenever I make one of your recipes for a family/friends gathering they always ask for the recipe and I sent them straight to your site. And then they get hooked, too. It’s a vicious cycle, really (in the best way, of course). Oh, and I’d love this griddle/grill/press thing, pretty please!

  439. Bliss Wise says:

    A new kitchen! (Hey, that’s within reason, right?) But seriosuly, I would LOVE one of these little guys because my griddle is almost done for!

  440. Joyce says:

    Congratulations on your new site…..it looks great!

  441. Meagan says:

    Happy Thursday! Love the new look!

  442. Jnl2211 says:

    Hi Mel! Thank you for putting together my favorite food blog! I trust all your recipes and love that you take the time to take pictures and test these wonderful recipes out before posting! I also want to thank you for keeping things so real and never letting this blog change the unique, endearing person you are.

  443. Kim says:

    Love your recipes!!

  444. Jen Demlein says:

    I would love a Food Processor!!!!! I finally got a KitchenAid mixer 3 years ago, and a food processor is next on my list. The Panini maker is on that list also. So winning this would be great, hopefully my dh will get me the Processor for Mother’s day!!

  445. Anne Marie says:

    I really want a panini press – it has been on my wish list for quite sometime.

  446. Larissa says:

    Tell you anything I want to tell you or tell you what I want? I want…a vacation somewhere tropical and all-inclusive. I want to tell you that I really enjoy your website and it looks fabulous!
    Thanks!!

  447. Orghlaith says:

    I like your website redesign. It looks very fresh, clean and inviting. And I really like the recipes you post. As do my grateful family.

  448. Oooh nice! Nice giveaway, nice new look! πŸ˜€ I’d love another 500 square feet to live in (we live in 550 now). That’s not too much to ask, is it? LOL! But I’m totally willing to sacrifice some precious storage space for this panini press if I win. Been wanting one for a long time!

  449. Kara says:

    Love your blog! I have enjoyed so many recipes, i think more recently the shredded ham at Easter! Great giveaway! ( fingers crossed!)
    Take care,
    Kara

  450. Kathy Downs says:

    Thanks for all your recipes–they are lifesavers.

  451. Amanda says:

    First of all, I love your site and recipes. I love how things are realistic for larger families. Recently, I’ve been re-learning how to feed my body in the proper portions and proportions (of fats, carbs, and proteins). I eat a lot of lean meats, but have had a hard time transitioning to cooking that way. I’m now making it my personal goal to combine the two things.

  452. Allison says:

    I’d love a panini maker!

  453. Erin says:

    Love the new site, Mel! And, even though you warned us, I tried to get on last weekend to find something to have for dinner. I was lost without you!

  454. Traci W says:

    I would love a vitamix! I hear great great things about them and since my died (well over a year ago) I’ve been using my immersion blender/food processor for everything! I’m kind of getting sick of it πŸ™‚

  455. Nicole M says:

    Love the new look of your website..and as always, lovin’ the recipes you share. I just had surgery late last week, but hoping to be back in the kitchen soon:)

  456. Roni says:

    I would love to have a Bosch mixer or a Wheat grinder!

  457. Holly Thompson says:

    Your recipes get me through the “dinner blues” and I love to share your blog with my friends who struggle with it, too! Thank you!

  458. Jennifer Hubbs says:

    I just wanted to say that I’ve been visiting your site since its very early days and I can’t thank you enough for all the recipes and tips I’ve learned from you!! I had to start keeping my recipes in a boot sized shoe box because they were all printed out from your site! (I really will get around to organizing them in a binder….someday). I’ve sent countless people to your site after recipe requests…they all think I’m a fabulous cook- but really, I’m just good at following your directions!! πŸ™‚ Congrats on your anniversary and thank you for all you do!!!

  459. Patricialynn says:

    I have to echo the people who said they want a KitchenAid stand mixer, because I have been lusting after one of those for four years. But I also really want this panini press. My husband is a paramedic who works 24 hour shifts, and I pack his lunches. He has complained that the bread gets soggy/stale during his shifts and the sandwiches become useless. I think pressing and toasting them will solve that little problem, and a cold panini is almost as tasty as a warm fresh one!

  460. Rayna says:

    I grew up on fast food and take out; because of you, my kids don’t have to! My husband and I went from never eating at home to having home cooked meals every night. Now that we have a toddler and a baby, our decisions and lifestyle are something we think about everyday. We’re happier, healthier, and thankful. The time you spend doing this makes a difference – at least to our family.

  461. Heather says:

    Mel, can I tell you how excited I am about this. Kitchenware gets me SO EXCITED. Buying a new spatula is like Christmas morning. I just want to tell you thank you for all the time and energy and work you put into providing us with trustworthy recipes to feed our families. There are so many recipe websites out there that it’s almost too much, so as soon as I came across yours I forgot about all the rest and made yours my homepage! And even if I don’t win this panini, I’ll still keep melskitchencafe.com my homepage! πŸ™‚

  462. Aurelia says:

    I have wanted a panini press, but haven’t gotten one yet.

  463. heather says:

    I just want a second bathroom.=)

  464. Liz says:

    I like the new layout!!

  465. Val says:

    Love your site….great stuff on it πŸ™‚

  466. Kellie Christensen says:

    I’ve been doing a health challenge since Saturday called Feel Great in 8 (weeks). It has been great but I realize I need more healthy snack options and sweet fix options. Gotta have something to soothe that sweet tooth, but hopefully healthy! Super excited to find some great recipes on your blog!

  467. Alison says:

    I really love your website. I get pretty much all of my recipes from here. Love it! Yay for giveaways!

  468. ankerah05 says:

    I would love warmer weather!

  469. Carli says:

    Love the website and would love to win!!! Couldn’t do dinner time without you! Congrats on 5 years!

  470. erika says:

    When I get into a cooking rut, I always go to your website for a new family friendly dinner idea. And I have never been disappointed.
    I think you are swell.

  471. Dina says:

    never made a panini

  472. Tara says:

    I want to tell you that I own every appliance known to man, except a panini press. So please pick my comment so I have one!! πŸ˜‰

  473. Claudia says:

    Love your site! And paninis!

  474. Shari Lemno says:

    I would love the Panini press – actually had one on my Xmas list this year & no dice. I just wanna say though I live in Canada so if you don’t ship to here..totally understandable. I love the new website & keep the receipes coming!

  475. Angela says:

    Love the new look. I’m thinking I need to get one of these. Great Harvest is getting expensive.

  476. Deanna says:

    I want the school year to be over! I am so ready to have my kids to myself and to not have to share them with school. Bring on summer vacay baby!

  477. Sharon H. says:

    Your recipes have been a hit with my family! They think I’m such a good cook! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your blog! I look forward to it seeing it in my “mailbox”!

  478. cori says:

    To be able to afford a plane ticket to my best friend’s wedding!

  479. Sarah says:

    Giveaway! I’m glad the blog is back up and running. I didn’t realize how much I relied on it until I was planning meals Sunday night and couldn’t check it! It looks great!

  480. Kristin says:

    I would love warmer weather!

  481. Jeni Otterson says:

    I would actually have room to store this when my new kitchen remodel is finished! So great. Thanks, love all your recipes.

  482. Tara Rigg says:

    I really want those biscuits… New site looks great!

  483. Michelle T. says:

    Love this blog, keep up the great work and amazing recipes!

  484. Thesha says:

    Congratulations on the new blog design and thank you for all of your wonderful recipes. This is an awesome giveaway, we love Panini sandwiches at our house too.

  485. Amy Reed says:

    Congratulations on 5 years and on your new, fabulous blog redesign! I would love to have a new designer handbag or a new KitchenAid stand mixer… I would certainly love to have the sandwich press also! πŸ™‚

  486. Melissa G says:

    Great new website – thanks for making down to earth homemade food using down to earth ingredients. I am VERY land locked and have limited resources, living in Western ND – so appreciate everything you are doing πŸ™‚

  487. Kim says:

    I would love a cookbook with all your recipes in it…your site is an automatic go to when I don’t know what to make for supper, etc. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  488. Shannon says:

    Mel, you are awesome!!! You are my #1 go to site for figuring out what to make for dinner (or dessert, or breakfast, or because I’m bored or because I haven’t been here for a couple of days, or to see if you have posted anything new, or because I like to stalk you). Thanks for being such a great inspiration for the past three+ years.

  489. Lorraine Ferguson says:

    Love the new design. I visit your site everyday and always find something to try!

  490. Zoe says:

    Your new site design is beautiful! Congrats on your blog-iversary!

  491. Melanie Maughan says:

    I love the new site and I would also love a panini press!

  492. Karen says:

    What a great new look! Congrats on your success…I love all your posts. This giveaway is awesome…I’ve always wanted one!

  493. AnnCP says:

    Love Panini’s! I have been using a brick covered with tin foil to make mine – so a panini grill would be fabulous!!!

  494. Love your site and your recipes!! Use them all the time and congrats on all your milestones πŸ™‚

  495. Kristi says:

    I love the new website. I come here daily and use your recipes ALL the time. This is my go-to site for all things food. Thanks for keeping it going and sharing all of your food love.
    You go girl!

  496. Natalie says:

    I want a healthy baby

  497. Shanna says:

    Hey, how’s it going? Love your website! Keep it up!

  498. Susan says:

    Love the blog, and I also love panini. Sadly, I don’t eat panini often, because I don’t own a panini maker.

  499. Candice says:

    I really want a panini press! (No, really, I think about it all the time… lol) Well… and a vacation, but that’s even more of a need than a want. πŸ˜‰

  500. Jone says:

    Thanks for all you do for all of us, your followers! My want? Sunshine, to boost our spirits!

  501. Anna says:

    I could use a makeover. I’ve lost about 55 pounds and need some new clothes. I could also do with a pedicure and a massage.

  502. Alisha says:

    WOW!!!! The redesign looks great!!!!! I would love to learn how to make paninis!!!!! :o)

  503. Margie says:

    I’m really enjoying your posts and have found some new things there. Good job on the hard work!

  504. Jennifer Watkins says:

    Oh, how I dream of the day I can redo my kitchen. Plan were put on hold when my husband went back to school full time. Just one more year, and I’m ON IT!

  505. Stacey Roberts says:

    I love your website. Every recipe I’ve made from your site has been AMAZING! Thanks for being you and for loving food as much as we do!

  506. Devrie Guymon says:

    Love you site!

  507. Emily Dalton says:

    I want my baby to go to sleep! πŸ™‚

  508. Katie says:

    I have made three of your recipes in the last two days (best baked manicotti, island grilled chicken, and confetti rice and bean salad) and all three were so, so, so good. This is nothing unusual however, since it happens basically every week πŸ™‚ I think I have half your recipe index bookmarked haha! Thanks for the fun givaway!

  509. Tayla E says:

    A dehydrator (Excalibur to be exact)… oh, and a Panini Griddler! πŸ™‚

  510. Ina Rodino says:

    Favorite recipe ever – easy chicken tacos with all that cilantro!

  511. Anna H says:

    I love your new site design, its so cute. I wish I had something witty to say…alas I do not

  512. Michelle S says:

    I love the idea of using it to make french toast and grilled cheese! How fun!

  513. Stephanie says:

    Love the new site!! I really want to get better. Thanks!!

  514. Sandy W says:

    I like your new website to go along with your great recipes. Thanks for the contest.

  515. Jeanette says:

    LOVE your new makeover! I am crazy about your recipes.

  516. Nicole says:

    Well, my latest Mel’s kitchen cafe news is that I just ordered 3 bread pans. I have 2 already, so now I can make 5 loaves (as you have suggested works for you) and hope to make my family’s bread from here on out. Hurray for your post and encouragement through your blog in this effort. Thanks!! Also, just made the quinoa and ham bites and the result was an ecstatic husband. Thanks, love the new design and congrats on 5 years!! You have been a huge help to me, I think I have been following for at least 4 years.

  517. Sherri L-M says:

    Your website is my go to when I can’t think of what to make for dinner. I find you inspirational since you cook all your meals and have your hands full with kids. Keep bring the great recipes and I will be here!!

  518. Megan shaw says:

    This! I have wanted a panini press and now I know about French toast on there I want it more…I also want what every mom wants…happy kids and a clean house!

  519. Melanie says:

    Hi Mel! I’ve been using your website for a few months only but am completely dependent on it for meal plans! I made a resolution of trying one new recipe a week in 2013 and so far have kept it using mainly your blog! It’s awesome!

    The one thing I would love most after the panini grill is a Le Creuset Dutch oven, I dream about them at night I want one so bad!!!

    Keep up the great work!

  520. Sherri says:

    I want my family to be HAPPY and CLOSE!

  521. Angenette says:

    What I want is to figure out how to get my kids excited, or even willing, to try new foods! It is my goal to have them graduate from high school willing to eat something besides pizza and chicken nuggets!

  522. Kim Rosenlof says:

    I love your new site. It looks clean and well organized.

  523. Robin says:

    I want my daughter to be healthy again. And I want her to hurry up and get here for her summer break so that I can make delicious meals for her (many recipes culled from this, my favorite foodie site). Panini maker or no, we’ve already gotten so much from you, Mel!

  524. Shelley C says:

    Your’s is the first site I check when looking for recipes…they all seem to be winners! The new web design is fast and stream lined…very nice to navigate.

  525. Melody says:

    I love your blog. Your recipes are fantastic and I find myself relying on them quite often. My hubby loves all of your recipes that I have made.
    Thank you so much!!

  526. Julie says:

    A Panini maker:) or a maid/cook/housekeeper

  527. sara says:

    Love the new site…and the panini press! πŸ™‚

  528. Annette B. says:

    My husband makes a panino every day for lunch. I would love to have a panini maker to give to one of our daughters — might be hard to decide which one out of the three to give it to! Love your website. I made your Heath Bar cake to take with a bereavement meal and the family loved it. Thanks!

  529. Cheree Daley says:

    Can I just say how much I L.O.V.E the redesign of your site ;-). It’s simple, clean and beautiful…just like you ;-). Thanks for your blog…you should win an award really…for saving all of us other mom’s who don’t know what in the world to cook (truth be told we don’t feel like it AT ALL)….then something magical happens, we look at your blog and we’re transformed into a super mom…a mom who WANTS to cook…now that, my dear friend is a true MIRACLE!!! Thank you from the bottom of all those who I feed hearts and stomachs, including my own. πŸ™‚

  530. Shawna K. says:

    Oops I forgot to include something that I want! I want to travel to Paris, eat all the yummy french food I want, and never gain a single pound for all the eating! I guess the panini press will suffice.

  531. Michelle Rocha says:

    I love paninis! I have some new soup recipes that would be perfect with a warm sandwich!!

  532. Chelsie says:

    Yay! I am such a picky eater (usually just meat and cheese on a sandwich) that I really could add a little something extra with the press πŸ™‚

  533. Amelia says:

    Love your website! Don’t know how you have the best recipes for everything, but you do.

  534. Shawna K. says:

    I love your recipes and so do my kiddos!

  535. Annie says:

    I think that 90% of my recipes come from your website. Whenever I make anything new (which is at least once a week) I turn to your site first! …And I almost never go anywhere else because I find exactly what I need! Thank you for being amazing, finding amazing recipes, and sharing with the rest of us!

  536. Jenny says:

    I love your recipes and your website Mel! Thanks so much for all your great food! I would love the panini maker!! πŸ™‚

  537. crystal says:

    Love the website. Id love to win one of the prizes. Thanks for the chance and website.

  538. brobbins says:

    Hi Mel- I would like to have a family reunion this summer for the 4th of July- an all- American day with grilling, lemonade, red white and blue tableware and decorations,
    red geraniums with little flags stuck in, and my wonderful family all in the same place at the same time, which is a very rare occurence.

  539. Wendy says:

    LOVE the new website! Your site is by far my favorite food blog out there. Keep it up!

  540. Kim says:

    Love the new website!! It’s super cute – oh and your recipes make me wish I didn’t have a 80% traveling job so I could cook more often instead of just on the weekends. Congrats on making it over 5 years with the blog πŸ™‚ you’ve made lots of tummies happy over the last 5 years!

  541. Sophia says:

    Love the site and I would love a holiday in Italy!

  542. Megan says:

    Thanks for the great recipes!

  543. Laura O says:

    This is a great giveaway! Hope Canadians are eligible!

  544. Aimee says:

    I love diet coke and paninis. Oh and your recipes! πŸ™‚

  545. Michelle says:

    Love your new website (although I loved your prior website as well)!!
    Anything that I would want…. Well, this may sound like a “Miss America” answer but World Peace. But more importantly here in the USA, a severe decrease to gun violence.
    OK, boring, I know, … Oh and also for a mild summer.
    Thanks so much for doing what you do!!

  546. Michelle says:

    I love your site. Such great go to meals! I make the chocolate mousse torte every year for my husband’s birthday!

  547. Kelsey says:

    LOVE the new design!! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes; anytime my husband and I are looking for a new recipe to try your website is our first stop! Thanks again!

  548. Julie` says:

    I want happy, healthy, loving kids. And dinner figured out by 2:00 every day. And a trip to England.

  549. Amy V says:

    Oh Mel, what a great giveaway! I have been drooling over one of these Griddlers for years now. But there’s always something else that needs bought or bills that need paid. I would really loved to win one of these!

  550. jessica w says:

    Umm, a kitchenaid mixer would be awesome

  551. summer gibby says:

    Woohoo!! The 3 boys are at school and i’m down to just the twins!! I LOVE Thursdays!!

  552. Michelle says:

    I really want/need an upright freezer. I just don’t have enough room to make all of the stuff I need to have on hand for my family! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the chance!

  553. Whitney says:

    First of all – I love all of your recipes – thanks for sharing! If I could have anything right now it would be a new apartment with a good sized kitchen so I can keep cooking! This griddler would definitely be a great addition!

  554. Sarah C. says:

    I love seeing your picture come up on your page now. You seem so approachable somehow and that makes me want to try your recipes that much more! If that makes sense. Stalker I’m not…….I swear!

  555. Jeanette says:

    I love your blog! love, love, love it! Thanks for keeping the recipes coming and for this great giveaway!

  556. Lisa says:

    I love your site! I frequently make your recipes for my family. I can’t wait to try even more! Congrats and thanks for all of the love you pour into your blog!!

  557. Clare says:

    I want someone to give me plane tickets to Florida so I don’t have to drive the 24 hours with my 3 kids in the van. It’ll be a long drive, but nothing we don’t do every year anyway.

  558. Heidi says:

    Thank you so much for all the great recipes and especially the photos you include with each recipe. I love your site!

  559. Karen says:

    Thank you for a wonderful recipe blog, Mel!! I make recipes from here at least a few times a week. Keep up the good work,

  560. Andrea says:

    I love your redesign. So pretty! And I’m crossing my fingers on the panini press.

    Have a great day!

  561. Heidi says:

    I can’t believe it’s been 5 years!! Congrats on an oober successful site. Here’s to all the happy families (mine) that have a bajillion of beautiful meals to choose from thanks to you, Mel!

  562. Heather says:

    I want some more energy. Pregnancy #4 is wearing me out. Don’t know how you did #5. You’re amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

  563. Mary A. says:

    I’d love to have my basement finished. Just got the estimate and it made gasp. But I’d also love a Kitchen Aid stand mixer.

    Cheers!

  564. Sam says:

    Love your site! I want a food processor. Much easier to use than a blender…

  565. Kim R says:

    Thank you – to you and your fun site! I am overcoming the fear of homemade bread and pretzel making! You are my “go-to” for everything. After sharing your site with some friends, we’ve noticed lots of other sites say they got, or adapted their featured recipe from you!

  566. kelly p says:

    Paninis rock! . . but not as much as your recipes. I would be a mediocre cook if it were not for your lovely website. So thanks!

  567. Great giveaway! I really want a new panini press πŸ™‚

  568. Tracie Tanner says:

    About a year ago my sister introduced me to your website. I find myself opening up my computer every other day hoping to see a new recipe to try! Thanks for all the great recipes!
    And the new design of your site is great! Very pretty. πŸ˜‰

  569. Danielle says:

    Oh how fun. I thought my kitchen was complete after we got a grill…but I guess not. πŸ™‚ So this just made my wish list. (Besides wishing and hoping for my 11 mo old to sleep through the night.)

  570. CariO says:

    Just made your sugar cookie bars. My daughter literally wrestled my son for the honor to eat the last one πŸ™‚ .

  571. Brittany says:

    Love the newly designed website!! Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes!!

  572. Jennifer G says:

    Love the new design! I started following your blog after finding and loving so many recipes for my family. I get more recipes off of your site than any other. Just made the Broccoli Cheese Soup last night, the swiss gives it a perfect balance. Thanks for sharing all the great food ideas!

  573. Jan says:

    Love the recipes here. I have used several and look forward to what is new every day.

  574. Lisa says:

    A full day to myself to cook all day!

  575. Lacey says:

    I love the new site, it’so pretty! I would love a cleaning fairy… seems I spend way to much time playing with my baby. My house is a hot mess sometimes because of that! Worth it in my book. πŸ™‚

  576. Karen Durfee says:

    A trip to the beach!

  577. Evonne says:

    Love the redesign! You are my go-to source for good food. Thanks to you and your family for 5 years of wonderful recipes!

  578. Dora says:

    We love your site at our house. We always turn to it if we need a recipe for something. Thanks for all you do and for the great giveaway! Your site redesign looks fantastic!

  579. Joanne says:

    Love the new redesign! Keep up the good work, I love your blog!
    Joanne

  580. Padnerual says:

    Can I just say thank you for having a good ol’ fashioned, traditional leave a comment giveaway? Yet another reason to adore you, besides your cute blog and delightful recipes, but you aren’t making us jump through the social media hoops for “extra” entries (though you’ve already been liked on FB and I’ve pinned many a recipe, but still!!!!). The simplicity has made my highly hormonal pregnant person very very happy today. Thank you again.

  581. Brenda De says:

    anything I want?…. I would love a new counter top in my kitchen – one that isn’t white and construction grade…

  582. brooke says:

    for you to be my chef!

  583. Krista says:

    Anything I want? Let’s see. I just discovered yesterday that I actually like kimchi, if it’s been pan fried, which takes the edge off it a bit. That was exciting.

  584. Lisa says:

    I want my husband to come home from work EARLY tonight. Maybe with a dozen tulips to top it off? πŸ™‚

  585. Marie says:

    Love your recipes!

  586. Alissa says:

    LOVE your recipes, all my tried and true are from your site. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  587. Danielle says:

    I love, love, love the new site! It looks amazing. Thank you so much for all of your amazing recipes. Your food has made my fiance and I very happy!

  588. Sarah says:

    I want to bottle up the toothy excited grins and squeels my baby gives! I want to squeeze those chubby legs and tickle those padded little feet FOREVER! I want to enjoy the excited faces of older kids who can’t resist his smile. I want to record that funny growl that reminds me of a litle gremlin (Gizmo and not spike!) I want to remember how he makes me feel remarkable EVERYDAY!

  589. Brenna says:

    I love your classic lasagna so much I’ve made it three times in the last two months…and I don’t even own a dishwasher.

  590. Lisa Solheim says:

    Mel-
    You have always been a go getter! Can’t believe you have five kids and do what you do. I miss you contagious smile and your uplifting personality. Kudos to you girl! Love you and miss ya! What a fabulous website!

  591. Mickie says:

    I would like to meet you, my fantastic food blogging friend that changed the way I bake and cook every.single.day, so I can give you a HUGE hug. (P.S. Don’t be surprised if my husband and children crush you with the the weight of their hugs too)

    Oh, and could you show up to my house with a big platter full of the Eskimo Bars that I haven’t had a chance to make yet? Please and Thank You πŸ™‚

  592. Dionne says:

    We love your recipes!

  593. Deb says:

    Congratulations on your new web design! Thanks for sharing all the great recipes.

  594. Debbie J says:

    Love your recipes….and new look. I appreciate coming to your site and finding a no fail easy to make recipe that my family loves!!!

  595. KC says:

    Love the new website!

  596. Amy says:

    All I’m wanting is to have this baby out and to have a safe delivery!

  597. Sandle says:

    I just love your site and probably try out one of your recipes twice a week! Love the new design too! What I really want is for my children to be happy, healthy, confident and compassionate.

  598. vaishali says:

    love your redesign and all the recipes. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

  599. Katie b says:

    Love the new blog design and a good giveaway to celebrate! Thank you!

  600. Jodi says:

    i would love a professional mixer!

  601. Heather says:

    I really want a Kitchen Aid stand Mixer and I would like my basement finished!

  602. Kali Merkley says:

    Is it weird to trust somebody so much that you have never met before? Not if that person is Mel. πŸ™‚ Thanks for all your wonderful recipes. I am on your site at least twice a day. I am now making bread twice a week thanks to your tutorial. I feel like I have made almost half of your recipes (although, I know that is not true. You have a lot :)) But I have loved every single one of them. Thanks so much.

  603. Katie says:

    Love your website and your way with words!

  604. Mary says:

    I love your site. I use it weekly to prepare meals (and desserts!) for my family. It’s my go-to cookbook!

  605. Cate says:

    Love your recipes – easy to follow and always so good! The new website looks great!

  606. MaryB says:

    Love the new design of your site. This is my first stop when looking for inspiration for a meal, whether a meal for a special event or just a cozy one for my husband and myself. Thanks for offering the giveaway to celebrate your makeover!

  607. Dale S says:

    I would like to win a give-away contest sometime (especially this one), but would settle for a more conservative/rational government that limits it’s give-aways! Congratulations on 5 years!

  608. Maria says:

    Love your blog. I check it regularly and use lots of your recipes.

  609. Alicia says:

    I would love a real pizza stone, so I could stop using the underside of my baking sheet!!!

  610. Chelsea says:

    I love your recipes. They never let me down. Congrats on the redesign, it looks great!!

  611. Stephanie says:

    I like the new website, but more than that, I love your recipes and would keep coming back no matter what! Thanks a ton!

  612. Liz B. says:

    I feel like a cheater because I rarely comment…and look at me commenting now on a giveaway. I really do love your site tho. Some of our family’s favorite recipes have come from this here blog (cute makeover by the way!). Some of our favorites off the top of my head: Honey Lime Enchiladas with cilantro lime rice, Baked Ziti, Chicken Fajitas, Hawaiian Haystacks, Buttermilk Banana Bread…and I know there is more. My sister and I refer to you as Mel, like we know you or something πŸ™‚ Your homemade caramel sauce is divine. And I feel like we’re friends because you may love dark chocolate just as much as me. Congrats on so many followers, you deserve it!

  613. Julie R says:

    LOVE the new website design!!! I’ve always wanted a panini press so I would be so thrilled to win this!!

  614. Nicole Myers says:

    I really like the new website. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes

  615. Annie B says:

    Woah I guess I’ve been following you for 3 years now, which is kind of crazy. And my husband totally loves anything I ever make from you, so thank you for helping us to eat well and eat happy!

  616. Tiffany says:

    I love the new look of the website! I always go straight to your site when I don’t know what to make for dinner or potlucks. Keep up the good work!

  617. Debra Carter says:

    Love the look of the new website — I am in awe of you – that you have the time for this and all you do! Love your recipes!!

  618. Kara says:

    I think I would use this panini press everyday if I had one. I had a cheap-o grilled cheese sandwich maker when I was in college and I regret giving it away during one of my moves.

  619. Heather says:

    Love the new website! Thanks for sharing all your recipes!

  620. Mary Jo says:

    My daughter introduced me to your website and I am truly a fan! It’s been fun to know that I can go straight to your website and find something yummy to make for any occasion. I have printed out so many recipes it’s kind of ridiculous. I have made recipes for the first time and served them without having made them before and always feel cofident that they will be a hit! When asked where I got the recipe I tell them right away that I got it from Mel’s! I also love the notes to each of the recipes. Thank you so much!

  621. kat young says:

    i want every lego kit ever made – except for sponge bob. who needs that?
    and to finish my basement, but i think the lego wish is more likely to happen. πŸ˜‰

    your recipes and writing are delightful!

  622. Rachel R says:

    I want a stress free day at the park to spend with my family and then a few hours all to myself to get a pedicure:)

  623. Anneka says:

    Love the new site, it’s the first one I go to for recipes!

  624. Carol says:

    I made your chocolate cake and best frosting ever again last night for my gfs birthday. It’s a fave with the girls!

  625. Maureen Fitzgerald says:

    LOVE your blog! The best recipe section is my favorite. Thanks!

  626. Mary Beth says:

    I love your new site Mel! It’s so pretty – and user-friendly. πŸ™‚

  627. Kristen Buchanan says:

    You are my favorite food blogger ever. I think 80% of my homemade cookbook pages are your recipes. I tell everyone I know about you and am always trying new things you post. Thank you for existing.

  628. Joanna H. says:

    Happy for you on the new website. Just as long as the recipes remain, I don’t care what it looks like! Probably my most made recipe of yours…….Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. My daughter LOVES them!!

  629. Eileen Lewis says:

    Amazing website with so many yummy recipes. Thanks!

  630. Andrea S says:

    We love paninis here. And French toast…why didn’t I think of that? Your Sugar Cookie Bars were a hit and I’m dying to try the Eskimo Bars! My other “can’t wait to try” is the Sweet Baked Ham. I had already purchased my spiral ham for Easter, but it will be soon.

  631. Tara says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love paninis.

  632. Shivani says:

    love the new site! both your recipes, stories, and website continue to inspire me each day.

    if i could have anything, i would love a day where all my closest friends can come over (without them worrying about other things to take care of!) and we can cook up lots of tasty treats and enjoy them in the backyard. a moment to enjoy food and be present!

  633. Erin Dutton says:

    Hmm, hmm loved grilles panini on some focaccia bread!

  634. Dawna says:

    I want my daughter and her family to move back home where they belong! Next door to me would be a bonus.

  635. Christine says:

    I love your blog. Have tried many of the recipes, but my favorite Must be the soft pretzel bites!

  636. Nicole c says:

    In love your site! At least 75%of my cooking comes from you. Thank you!! And love all the new pics on the new design. You have truly helped me feed my family better!!!

  637. Sarah McEwen says:

    Seriously, one thing I would really love to have is a panini press!!

  638. JamieN says:

    Love your blog! I refer people to it whenever I have the chance. Keep up the good work!

  639. April H says:

    I love making desserts on a panini press – shortbread slices slathered in Nutella, topped with strawberries all smooshed into loveliness! I need one of these in order to do this!

  640. Wendy Lawrence says:

    Love the new site almost as much as I love your recipes!!

  641. Lori Hoff says:

    Your blog is my “go-to” for awesome recipes. I’ve tried many of your recipes and they’ve all been hits with the family. Thank you!!!!

  642. Rebecca B says:

    Thanks for the contest, here’s my entry πŸ™‚ Love your website and love all the recipes I’ve tried. You are awesome!

  643. Jane says:

    Mel,
    I love all the pictures in the index! It does distract me, however, but not in a bad way – I just want to make everything instead of one thing. I want…a commercial kitchen.
    Thanks!

  644. Michele says:

    I love your blog. Yours is the only one that I MUST check to see what is new. And my boys (big and small) love the new cookie recipes added to my repertoire. I’m looking forward to the ongoing wheat grinding series. Is it really that much better to grind it yourself? Thanks again.

  645. Lauren says:

    Congrats on your new site! Love your blog! Love Paninis, too!

  646. Heather says:

    Congrats on your beautiful redesign! And thanks for the delicious recipes!

  647. Lee Ann L. says:

    Wonderful changes to your site. Love the Buttermilk Biscuit recipe. πŸ™‚

  648. Ann says:

    Great prize! Love your recipes and the new look.

  649. Ang says:

    Wish we had some warm weather for crying out loud. Love the new site!

  650. TINA says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for about 3 years…Congrats !!

  651. Sally says:

    The weather is finally getting nice and can’t wait to be outside in my garden. Love being outdoors!!!

  652. Erica says:

    Well I am ready for some nice weather to grill and let the kids play in the backyard!

  653. Sarah says:

    I heard about Mel’s Kitchen Cafe at BYU Women’s Conference in 2012. Since then I have been loving everything about your site, most especially the best recipe bit. Those sugar cookies and that coconut cream pie have the ability to soften hearts, open doors and speak peace to our stomachs. Thank you for such an amazing, dynamic site–I have never commented before but check at least once a day for new posts and recipes.

  654. Melanee says:

    Proud to be your cousin and brag about your awesome blog. It’s all I cook from, I love it!

  655. Tara C says:

    Congratulations! Love all your recipes.

  656. Shonna says:

    I want to have all my laundry magically take care of itself.

  657. Emily says:

    I want anything that will make dinner ideas easier! I love love LOVE your blog. I check it daily. I love that all of your recipies are basic, easy, and delicious. I continue to give out your website to anyone who asks about food. It’s awesome. Way to go!

  658. Jennifer says:

    I’ve never made one of your recipes and had complaints in this household! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing all your tips. LOVE paninis and have wanted to try making them at home for quite awhile!

  659. Jennifer Fung says:

    I would really love a wheat grinder and a bucket of wheat!

  660. Julie says:

    Love your blog, I’ve tried lots of your recipes and they’ve always turned out great! Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us!!

  661. Laura says:

    Cute new site! Love all of the great photos…..and your no-bake lemon cheesecake! Paninis woul due fun to make this summer for lunches! Here’s hoping!

  662. I want a wheat grinder at some point in my life :)……Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all of your amazing recipes and tips. Love your new site!

  663. Cindy Kahn says:

    I’ve only recently found you, and I love your recipes already. I enjoy trying new things and now that my children are grown I have the time for it. I try to make something new at least once a week (usually more) and at family gatherings (yeah I experiment on them lol). I would love a Panini Sandwich maker. I looked at the spreadsheet and the unlimited possibilities. Thanks for all the great recipes…

  664. Kristi V says:

    First off, love your site! As for what I want…. a new light fixture in my kitchen to make cooking easier! =)

  665. Roxanne says:

    This giveaway is great, love the new design of the blog!

  666. BarbaraO says:

    I have coveted one of these ever since you posted your “nerdy” panini spreadsheet. Thanks for …all of this!

  667. Maureen says:

    Your taste is very similar to mine. So makes me very happy to see recipes I know I would like. Beautiful new site and love coming here to visit.

  668. Amanda_AB says:

    Love the redesign. My family has loved every recipes that I’ve tried from your site, and I’ve tried a lot. I’ve done many, many weeks of meal plans solely based on your site.

  669. Katie says:

    I love your blog. All the recipes of foolproof and reliable. Thanks so much for all you do!

  670. Megan says:

    Love your blog!! Everything I have tried is a huge success. Site looks great πŸ™‚

  671. Heather says:

    I eat your blog up, just like your recipes! Thanks for sharing with us! I just got a food processor for my birthday (biscuits here we come!) but now I just HAVE to have a panini press! ☺

  672. Anne says:

    Anything? One of those Bosch Mixers you keep raving about. We have a Bosch dishwasher (which I love) however, it doesn’t help me so much in the bread making department!!

  673. rychelle says:

    what i really want is a Cuisinart Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press. duh.

    (but, seriously, i REALLY want one!)

  674. Heather says:

    This would be perfect for my daughter going off to college. She loves to make paninis.

  675. Kathy Osth says:

    Your blog is my “go to” for recipes. Thank you! Honestly, both of our children and my husband love anything I have made from this blog.

    My son, Parker, who is nine wants to win the panini press. I have made them a few times recently by pressing two pans together. He is hooked!

  676. Kristin Lock says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a year now, and my family is SO thankful that I found it! Every time they say “You can make this again, Mom,” I quietly say a little thank you to Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for helping me create such wonderful meals. Keep the delicious recipes coming!

  677. Dee West says:

    You have a great site! Enjoy all the recipes, keep sharing!!! πŸ™‚

  678. Tara says:

    I would want a vacation with my husband!

    PS I LOVE your site.. you are seriously my idol! We have a baby the same age and I can’t believe how you make the time to make such yummy food. My husband has never been happier since I found your blog! You have inspired me to enjoy cooking again! THANK YOU!

  679. Jules says:

    I would love more cast iron cookware!!! Love the new site and just love the excellent recipes!!!! Am a big fan of biscuits….will have to make sure this recipe gets put in my camping file also…..do a big breakfast on the morning of our poker walk at the campgrounds and I make biscuits and gravy for everyone…yummm yummm!!! Reading this I realized that today is the last day at work with our butter priced so low!!! Darn now I have to go back to work!!!

  680. Anne says:

    Anything I want? One of those fancy Bosch Mixers you keep raving about- we have a Bosch Dishwasher (that I love) but it doesn’t help me so much in the bread making department!!

  681. Nancy Kessler says:

    A vacation!

  682. Jennifer H says:

    Le Creuset French Oven!! Please! Any color will be fine πŸ˜‰

  683. Robin says:

    I love your site, you have great recipes. I would love a VitaMix!

  684. Becca says:

    A Cuisinart stand mixer. I’m tired of my broken kitchenaid. πŸ™

  685. Heidie says:

    I’m a mom of four kids that are four years and younger (set of six mths twins)! I love your recipes and the diversity it brings to my cooking. Thanks for doing the hard work for me! Sometimes it just to hard to think at this stage. πŸ™‚

  686. Maria D. says:

    I would just love to be inspired to get back into cooking in general. Lately I just don’t feel any inspiration in regards to cooking or baking which is really sad.

  687. Annette G says:

    Love your website! Every recipe I’ve used so far has been a big hit. Thanks!

  688. Jesse Pang says:

    I really want to understand food processing and the chemical engineering behind all aspects of it (:

    …I also want to bake more in my spare time. Awesome new site redesign too!!

  689. samW says:

    a blendtech blender

  690. Deb says:

    You’re the best Mel, this is my favorite blog in the whole world πŸ™‚

  691. Tanya Phillips says:

    Love the site have been reading for 2 years now, love the new look! A panini press would be so cool, thanks for the chance πŸ™‚

  692. nancy says:

    ooo, i love paninis. and your new website design is looking good!

  693. Aly says:

    Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! You’re my go-to recipe blog for all things delicious. πŸ™‚

  694. [email protected] says:

    Some time off this summer to be with my husband. (PS, love this new design, your recipes and humor!)

  695. Cindy Hobson says:

    ove your sight but miss old format.

  696. Tristan Kehle says:

    Reaching for the stars here- A family vacation. Just me and the Huzzband and the kiddos. Thanks Mel!

  697. Kathleen says:

    Oh gosh. . . I want to be a well-rounded good cook, wife, and mother. And I’d like a panini griddler, of course. πŸ˜‰

  698. Cindy Hobson says:

    Love Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, but miss the old familiar.

  699. Cassie A. says:

    I love your site! I have made lots of yummy things from it!!

  700. Rachel K says:

    A nugget ice maker πŸ™‚ Our closest Sonic is 90 miles away. That’s a long ways to drive for crunchy ice!!

  701. Beth Bilous says:

    Love and Adore Panini’s.

  702. Karen says:

    I want to retire! Oops–that will happen in 6 weeks and 1 day but who’s counting. Then I plan to get my grandkids in the kitchen and teach them just like I;ve been teaching my students at school for many, many years.

  703. Sarah P. says:

    Today I want it to be warm so my crazy kids can be outside playing!!! It is supposed to be spring already, right?!?!

  704. becky says:

    I have seen so many panini recipes that would be fun to try!!

  705. Nancy says:

    Haven’t made a single recipe from your site that we didn’t like! You save me on a daily basis. Thank you!!

  706. Andrea S says:

    I’m done with school next week and will finally be a 4th year pharmacy student. The end is in sight!!!

  707. Stefanie Banner says:

    Love love love your site, AND your recipes! Keep ’em coming!

  708. Robyn says:

    Your new blog design looks so nice!! And I’d love to win this, my husband loves grilled sandwiches and my Foreman is dying!

  709. Tauna says:

    Thank you for all the great recipes. If we are trying something new the family asks if this is Mel’s. It always is. Thanks for feeding my family and always being my go to blog.

  710. Nicole says:

    I would love to have my own successful food blog!

  711. JennB says:

    Love all your wonderful recipes – I wish I had more time to get a chance to make more of them!

  712. Molly says:

    I want to make it through all of your fantastic recipes! Thanks for such a great site. Love it!!!

  713. Vicky says:

    I love your site. And I wish we were friends in real life. πŸ™‚

  714. i love your new site and i would love an ipad!!! i think it would make my life so much easier. of course, winning a panini would be awesome also!!!

  715. heidigoseek says:

    i love the new site design!! and i love giveaways (:

  716. Aubrey says:

    Warmer weather to play outside!

  717. tiffany says:

    I usually read your blog in my reader, but I clicked through for the giveaway. I love the fresh clean design of your blog.

  718. Janelle says:

    I’d love a panini press! I usually use our george foreman (that’s pretty much all I use it for), but I’d love the real deal!

  719. kat says:

    I love paninis!!!!

  720. Kim in RI says:

    Love the redesign! So happy it is up and running – I was in withdrawal over the weekend! πŸ™‚

  721. Auntiepatch says:

    I’m with Kelli: A new stove, 5 burner, double oven!

  722. Jessica says:

    Love the redesign! My family loves your recipes. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  723. Donna says:

    I like the new site everything looks so good , i would love to win the panini maker my husband loves a good panini !!!

  724. Lisa says:

    I think I have checked your blog everyday forever! So many of your recipes have become family favorites! Thank you Mel! As far as cooking wishes go, I would love a woodfired pizza oven, but until that happens… I would love to win the panini maker!!

  725. Mariann says:

    My husband is about to retire. Now I’m going to have to make him lunch!!! A panini maker would ease the transition.

  726. Mary says:

    Love the new design Mel. I’ve been visiting/using your site since you started! Thanks for all the great food and food porn!

  727. Pris says:

    Grilled cheese sandwiches are a comfort food for me. Would love to share them with my grandchildren. Make your recipes as often as I can.

  728. Jolene says:

    Thought I left a comment, but not seeing it displayed…. Love your blog!

  729. Carly Pickering says:

    Hi Mel! I (and my whole family) love your site so much! πŸ™‚ We make something from your site at least twice a week. πŸ™‚ This week: crockpot tomato soup and sweet and sour meatballs. Not together of course. πŸ˜‰ Love the new site!

  730. Libby says:

    So, I just love your blog and I can’t tell you how often I search it to find a recipe when company is coming over, or to bring to something, or because dinnetime is coming… Thank You!

  731. Becky Loyd says:

    love the new look and would love the press!

  732. Chelsie says:

    I just have to say that I use your recipes ALL of the time. It’s my go to site when I can’t figure out what to make for dinner and when I’m in search of a delicious dessert. Thanks for all your recipes!

  733. Pamela says:

    Not to be all Miss America or anything, but world peace sure would be nice πŸ™‚ As for material things, I’d love a Dyson vacuum. And if that’s too boring a want, then I’ll take a nice long vacation in the tropics πŸ™‚

  734. Cindy Hovey says:

    More Saturday Snapshots! Kids are great!

  735. Mary says:

    The ability to fly. I’ve been impressed with this “skill” since I saw a movie when I was younger called The Boy Who Could Fly. Plus there is always Superman as well.

  736. Lorianne says:

    Love your new website! Love your recipes!

  737. Annette says:

    Cast iron pans of various sizes

  738. Sarah O. says:

    I would love a screened in porch!–or a new stove

  739. Ali Jones says:

    Ooh, I’d love one of these!! We live to make homemade artisan bread and it would make a killer panini!! Pick me!!

  740. Brandy Voight says:

    Love the new site. Grilled cheese is a weekly occasion in my house!

  741. Shannon says:

    I’m glad to see so many others are realizing what a gem of a website this is and it has only gotten better with it’s redesign. Congrats on all of it! Praying for sunshine to melt your snow!!

  742. Trudy says:

    I love your site,every recipe I have tried turns out perfect,can’t wait to try them all!

  743. Jackie Gonzales says:

    Love the new site!!! You are fantastic πŸ™‚

  744. Emilee k. says:

    Love the new site and I can always depend on your recipes! Would love a pannini maker!

  745. Allison says:

    I’d like to have time to try more recipes from your blogs. I’ve made a few and all have been great, especially the sausage tortellini soup. Plus I’d love to win a panini press!

  746. Camille says:

    I want to make some of those yummy looking eskimo bars for my book club next week! I hope they turn out. They look so messy but I know everyone would love them!
    Thanks

  747. Becky says:

    I love the new design of your site! My favorite hobby is to look through your recipes (and it seems to always be when I am hungry!). I get so excited by all the yummy things I can’t wait to make (and eat!!).

  748. Elena Vo says:

    Congratulations on the five years, and many more! I am so excited to see what this blog is evolving into, to follow its journey. And btw, the Make a Panini Spreadsheet is aaaawe-some! Love it.

  749. Lily says:

    New to your blog, loving it so far.

  750. Emily says:

    I should probably go downstairs right now and make one of the breakfast recipes on your site instead of just looking at picture after picture of yummy food.

    Congrats on the new site! Exciting!

  751. Jolene says:

    LOVE your website – you’re my go-to place for trying new recipes. Keep up the awesome work!

  752. Lorna says:

    I LOVE your recipes! I use them all the time and my husband always asks if this is Mel’s! I’d love a Kitchenaid stand mixer, but a panini press would be great, too.

  753. Kate D. says:

    I would love a KitchenAid stand mixer or a new food processor.

  754. Ashli says:

    Pick me! Oh, and I miss you and your cute family!!

  755. Carlie says:

    I HATE Cream of soups

  756. Cindy says:

    would love a panini press! thanks for your website!

  757. Debbie says:

    Love the new look and your recipes! Would love a food processor

  758. Dana says:

    Congrats on the new site. Love the recipes. I want to be able to make all the recipes you post & not gain a pound from eating them & having them make me lose 70 lbs would be great too. πŸ™‚

  759. Lesley says:

    Love the new look!!! I have been using your recipes for years and many of them have become family favorites! Whenever I want to try something new I always look on your site first! πŸ™‚

  760. heidi says:

    today the sunshine is making me happy!

  761. Lauren Mealy says:

    I want to win so I can make favorite panini everyday: mozzarella, basalmic vinegar, pesto and apple slices on sourdough!

  762. Sarah says:

    To say I love your website is an understatement! I love cooking and especially baking for my family and I visit your website constantly! I know any of your recipes will turn out wonderfully and that my family will love them! I love baking for others as gifts and now when I hand goodies out the comment is usually…”did the recipe come from Mel’s website?!?!” Thanks for all the work you do to keep the blog going, I’m a busy mom as well and know how hard it is to keep the “extras” going πŸ™‚

  763. Lisa in Fort Worth says:

    I would like a new dual fuel stove with one small oven and one larger. That way when it’s 100 degrees in Texas I only have to heat up the small oven.

  764. Julie Backus says:

    I love the photos of your family . . . They’re your inspiration for cooking!

    I’ve only had panini a couple of times and really loved them! What a great idea for a give-away! I make all our breads and would love to get creative with hot sandwiches during our 100+ weather here in Arizona!

  765. Gina Raje says:

    I would really LOVE a good night’s sleep!!!!! I wouldn’t mind a panini press either!!! Haha

  766. Karen says:

    I like the new web site! Not a bunch of clutter….love that! I really like the “best recipes”

  767. Malena Johnson says:

    I would love. . . to have scratch and sniff (and taste??) computer program so that I could smell those biscuits (and many other yummy things– icecream bars with caramel), and a panini maker! Yah!!! Thank you!

  768. jaesi says:

    “If youre afraid of butter, use cream” ~Julia Child. My philosophy. πŸ˜‰

  769. Christine says:

    Loving the redesigned website! And I would love a panini press!!!

  770. Camille says:

    I would LOVE a Kitchen-aid mixer or a juicer. Or even a panini grill!

  771. Melissa Zupi says:

    I would love to eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound !! Since that’s not going to happen I would love to learn how to make pannis with an awesome panni maker πŸ™‚ love the website !!

  772. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the great blog! I have so many “new” recipes thanks to you. I honestly don’t know how you find the time, but God bless you. Thanks for the chance to win the press… who doesn’t love a new gadget now and again? πŸ™‚

  773. Stephanie P says:

    Mmm, mmm, good… this is my go-to website for deliciousness!! Thanks Mel!

  774. Meridith says:

    Sure looks beautiful! I finally installed outlets in my island so now I can use my appliances where my girls can help me cook rather than in the corner with no counterspace.

    I love your website!

  775. Jessica H says:

    Love your site! My husband and kids thank you. πŸ™‚

  776. Donna says:

    I just found out my son and his wife are expecting twins so I’m letting everyone know. It’s so exciting to our entire family. Love your recipes, you haven’t failed me yet. Thanks for your work and efforts put into website.

  777. Holly says:

    I would love a panini maker! It looks like so much fun :). Thank you for all your nummy recipes!! I’m never disappointed when I try them!

  778. Meg says:

    I would love, love, love a pasta machine! So many yummy pastas to make from scratch!

  779. ScottC says:

    Thanks for the great recipes. We’ve enjoyed quite a few of them. Oh, and I’m jealous of the person who had gummy bears for breakfast. πŸ˜‰

  780. Becca says:

    Love the new site! I have also always wanted a panini press!

  781. Charisse says:

    I love the new site! It is beautiful! I would love a panini maker…

  782. Melissa says:

    i would love one of these griddlers! so versatile!

  783. Alison Sutter says:

    This panini press looks like something every mama needs!!

  784. Melanie says:

    oh Mel!!! I would love, love this prize. I never win anything so this would be a great surprise! With 5 kids and a hubby (you can relate!!) we would use it often!!

  785. Elin says:

    A simple life on an old farm in the middle of nowhere.

    Congrats on five years! Love your blog!

  786. Lisa D says:

    Love the new design. This website has seriously saved my life when it comes to cooking! I owe you a million times over, thanks!

  787. Meredith says:

    Love you, Mel! Best food blog ever!

  788. Diana says:

    Love all your recipes! My 5 year old loves it when I cook the Creamy Swiss Cheese Chicken Bake, makes me feel so good! Love the new website too! Congrats!!

  789. Judy says:

    Love your recipes!

  790. Jennifer from Iowa says:

    I am fairly new to your site, and I love it! I work from home just like you do, and try to experiment with what I feed my family. Your recipes are awesome, and the updates are fantastic! Keep up the good work!

  791. Joyce says:

    I’ve been using your food blog as a go-to for a very long time now and you still do NOT disappoint. I would love to see more ground beef recipes, in case you were wondering… πŸ™‚ My family thanks you and so do I!! Thanks Mel!

  792. lisa says:

    like the new design….

  793. Abby says:

    I just want to say thank you to a mom who taught me how to cook, at first for necessity and basic skills,and now I LOVE TO cook and bake and experiment with new ingredients all the time and it is a stress reliever for me. To know that I created a delicious meal and hear people enjoy themselves makes me smile. Oh and on a random note, my two year old son is going to give me all the gray hairs on my head. Have a great day!

  794. Jamie says:

    I wish I could give you some of our hot Arizona weather. Not that I don’t want it, cuz I love it, I just want to share the warmth!

  795. somecallmeambingale says:

    I love your website and your amazing variety of recipes! (Confession: your sugar cookies have become a new staple in my home!)

  796. Awesome giveaway!! Thank you πŸ™‚

  797. Rebecca Hale says:

    I want unlimited Amazon credit to be used for Kindle books. Is that unreasonable?

    I love your recipes.

  798. Mel says:

    I don’t follow food blogs in general (or any blogs for that matter!) but I literally check yours daily. Expecting baby #5 and my name is Mel….we’re practically soul sisters. Thank you for your cooking inspiration! In honor of having 5 kids I’m actually going to start meal-planning instead of flying by the seat of my busy pants. But, a panini press would be a perfect stand-in on the tricky cooking nights!

  799. Carrie in MN says:

    I love that I stumbled upon your blog many months ago… I promise to start posting more often when I browse and make recipes I find on your website, as I know this is what gives you a little “oomph” some days and let’s you know it’s all worth it πŸ™‚ Congrats on 5 years!

  800. Emma says:

    I would love to make paninis with this grill!!

  801. Debra says:

    I want a kitchen remodel to cook all your recipes in ease and style. (And a new body.) πŸ˜‰

  802. Robin says:

    Love your recipes πŸ™‚

  803. Jennifer Russell says:

    Love your recipes! Thanks so much!!!

  804. Alyssa B says:

    I would like a bigger kitchen, and someone to come over and do my dishes. I really miss having a dishwasher.

  805. I was in the middle of making one of your recipes this weekend when the site went down. (I realized this bc I tried to search for another recipe.) Luckily I still had the tab open with the right recipe though!
    Let’s see, I’d love the Kitchen aid pasta attachments.

  806. Marnee Lemon says:

    I want summer to come quicker! And I would love to win your giveaway!

  807. Maryjane says:

    I want a lovely new kitchen

  808. Missy W. says:

    I am loving your website! My meal planning has been ten times better since discovering your site. Thank you!

  809. Mew33 says:

    I want one!

  810. Kimberly says:

    I’ve been wanting one of these for a while. Love your site and recipes. I use your recipe blog more than any other! Thanks for being so awesome!

  811. Eva D says:

    I would love a bigger kitchen…no matter where we entertain, everyone always migrates to the kitchen.

  812. Danelle says:

    Love the new look! And if I knew you could make French toast in a Panini press I would have gotten one ages ago!

  813. Mel, it has been wonderful getting to know you through your comments about you and your family plus the multitude of recipes. You really make my mouth water!! I didn’t have any problems with your old site, but will love your new one also. I would love to receive one of the panini/sandwich makers. Thank you so much for this opportunity to be a prize winner!!!

  814. Mary Jane says:

    I love your blog and every recipe I’ve tried has been a hit! Thanks so much.

  815. EMichelle says:

    Wow! 5 years!!! Congratulations! I’ve been a following your blog for quite a few years ~ in fact our families favorite cornbread recipe came from you!!! Yum! Fun new blog design! Blessings, EMichelle

  816. PAM LOLAND says:

    LOVE your recipes you so kindly share with everyone! Hope I win this because my kiddos LOVE a grilled cheese, my hubby LOVES a panini, and I LOVE french toast. This = one happy family!! πŸ™‚

  817. Krystal says:

    Yum! I can taste the panini deliciousness now.

  818. Brandie says:

    Thank you for giving me the tools and courage to be able to make all the bread my family now eats. I am saving every penny I have so I can buy a bosch stand mixer and make all five loaves at once! Thank you for everything.

  819. Haley says:

    You are awesome, Mel! My husband always laughs at me because I refer to you like I know you. πŸ™‚ We just love your food! Glad you got a fancy new website.

  820. Jody says:

    I would love a vita mix!

  821. ErinNH says:

    My daughter reread Sarah, Plain and Tall this morning and said “I want to make biscuits. Li and behold, a new biscuit recipe!

  822. Alli says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipes! I’ve made a ton of them in the last couple of weeks, and they’re delicious! πŸ™‚

  823. Janet says:

    I’m a Southern girl from Mississippi and biscuits are in my blood!

  824. Andrea L says:

    I am so glad I found your blog a couple of years ago! Great recipes but I am still scared of yeast, but planning on trying bread making soon!!

  825. Kristine says:

    So good to see your new website up! What I really want….a cheesecake recipe without eggs that tastes as delicious as I remember it!! (I’m allergic to eggs)

  826. Felicia says:

    I was just thinking the other day about that weird sandwich maker thing that we had when I was growing up. I cooked the sandwiches into little triangle pockets. Do you know what I mean? Anyway, a griddler panini press sounds much better!

  827. Kim T says:

    I want to get my house organized, I am working on it! thanks, I love your blog and have told several family members about it !!! I regularly make your recipes, and thank you for sharing your life with us. :>))

  828. Kara D says:

    I would love a panini press!

  829. I’d love to win that! I have tried so many recipes off your site and most of them are a hit at my house. Thanks for sharing!

  830. Emily H. says:

    Thank you for your time and energy in trying all the recipes for us! Your websight is my go-to for recipes!

  831. Michelle Nelson says:

    Love the new look and am loving all your recipes. I try and have new recipe day once a week and make a main meal and treat. Useually end up using stuff from you!!!!! Thanks!!!!

  832. Annie says:

    a vitamix!

  833. Janelle Belka says:

    I love the thought of making French toast in a panini grill. Genious!

  834. Because it is my standard answer whenever anyone asks me what I want…a shiny red Vespa. But I am kinda wanting a Bosch these days too

  835. Kim J says:

    You never cease to amaze me! Thank you for always making me look so good in the kitchen! Congrats on all the great things going on! xo

  836. Jodie says:

    The new site looks great! I love your recipes! You are always the first site I go to when looking for a new recipe!

  837. kate C. says:

    Love your new site!

  838. Angela says:

    So thankful for the time you spend to share your recipes with us! Seriously, love love love your blog. You are my source for 95% of all new recipes I try. Actually, probably higher than that. Love it. Thank you!

  839. Phoebe says:

    Thanks so much for all the great dinner ideas. Your hard work has paid off by making so many of our families happy eaters! And you know how hard that is with pre-schoolers!

  840. Kevin says:

    I would love a Vitamix blender, but a panini press would be awesome as well.

  841. Nita says:

    I love your new site! I found this site a few years and I’m so glad I did. I’ve made many of your recipes. I try at least 1 a week and my family always loves them. Thanks so much for the great recipes and beautiful pictures.

  842. I am so grateful for your site! Keep up the great work, it is a blessing. I would like to learn to cook meat on the grill and have it actually turn out good

  843. Cheryl S says:

    I am OVER non-stick cookware where the non-stick stuff comes off, so I want new cookware!

  844. Leanna H says:

    I love panini’s they are a great quick meal anytime of the day. You can put anything in them.

  845. Margett says:

    Today is my bday…. but I LOVE getting paninies at restaurants.

  846. Karen says:

    Love the new website! Hope I win a panini maker so I can experiment with the Panini spreadsheet!

  847. julie says:

    I love your site! It has saved me many many nights! your recipes are awesome! I would love a kitchen aid mixer! always wanted one and dont want to spend all that money!

  848. Kathy says:

    I would love a Kitchenaid mixer with all the attachments. Love your recipes.

  849. Judy says:

    I want 5 more feet of counter space in my kitchen. 1930’s house with some updates, but a wonky kitchen with a terrible work triangle.

  850. Ali says:

    Oops forgot to say I want my children to be fearless in the kitchen