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!

  1. Judy in MI says:

    A big Kitchenaid stand mixer.

  2. gen says:

    Congratulations on the new nifty website! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes thst you have shared. Keep it up! :)

  3. Jackie S says:

    A spa weekend away with just me, myself, and I.

  4. Hilary says:

    What I really want, is a world that has restored faith in the human race, and my children to be able to grow up in a safe place.

  5. Kassidy says:

    I would love to make my bread look like yours…one day :)

  6. Deanna says:

    Oh I sooo love you! Yours is the blog I check when I need something new to try out and we love almost everything from your site. Thanks for all the hard work and time you spend to keep me in new recipes!!

  7. Christine says:

    I love your new site! Thanks so much for all your hard work and great recipes! Whenever I am looking for inspiration for dinner..or dessert..or breakfast, I always look here first. I love that your site is so well-rounded! :)

  8. Shirlene says:

    I literally went into panic mode when I went to your website over the weekend and it was down! Waiting until Monday was the longest wait ever! It was worth the wait. Love your recipes!

  9. Carla Marchand says:

    What I want is a family that knows how to work and have fun together. Cooking has been a segway to help me bring this about. For those family members who love to be in the kitchen cooking and learning along side me, or for those who come to enjoy the final product. My daughter has gone off to college now and passes that on as well. She is know to have assorted baked goods around at a moments notice, and she has been known to pull some out of her back pack randomly just to brighten someones day.

  10. MaryKate says:

    I love paninis.

  11. Susan says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful recipes, Mel! I discovered your site about 6 months ago and it’s been such fun to have new – and reliable – recipes to try. We’ve loved every single thing I’ve made from your collection.

  12. Crystal says:

    I want a pressure cooker.

  13. Kim says:

    After your biscuit recipe this morning all I can think of is I would love a food processor! (I’d settle for a panini press though)

  14. Dietrich says:

    Love the recipes. Keep it up! Oh, and great redesign

  15. Sandy says:

    I’m a recipe junky and not afraid to try new recipes! My friend told me about your website, what a great friend! I love people like you who take time to share your passion for food and cooking even with your busy and I’m sure, hectic scheduleI! have made many of your fab recipes, and can I say, I’m hooked and so is my family! Many thanks Mel!

  16. Jess in ND says:

    You have changed the lives of many women and empowered the role we play in our homes. Your impact will carry on through future generations. Great work!

  17. Tami R. says:

    Absolutely love your website!! Kudos!

  18. Heidi says:

    Love you and your site, Mel! xoxo

  19. Christiana says:

    I want a family vacation! I would also like you to make a cookbook. :)

  20. Julie says:

    Thanks for all the great recipes!

  21. Ginnie says:

    For some reason, I feel sad that you’re no longer in WI. Not that I’ve ever met you, but we know some of the same people and had a WI connection. I guess MN isn’t that far away, but still.
    I also panicked this weekend when your site was down. Even though you warned us over and over. Blame it on pregnancy brain? Yes, let’s just do that!

  22. Cait says:

    Congratulations on the snazzy new look!! I have been wanting a Griddler ever since I saw Iowa Girl Eats’ french onion soup panini recipe… http://iowagirleats.com/2011/09/13/best-of-both-worlds/

  23. Susanne Nielsen says:

    And here we have . . . just another one of your great ideas, Mel. I love your new site, all the great recipes you come up, the way you present them, and the fact that you love Panini presses, too! I’ve been longing for one, would LOVE to have one of these. I imagine there are days this is ‘just one more thing on your plate,’ (so to speak LOL), so I really appreciate you soldiering on for all the rest of us less than creative types. Your site is by far my most favorite food site, and the one I share with friends the most. THANK YOU.

  24. lisa in WV says:

    I love the new site…very nice. The panini press would also be “nice”.

  25. Sue says:

    Always enjoy your recipes and your genuine personality shines through. As to what I want – how about people everywhere just try to get along.

  26. Alicia says:

    Love your blog. Congratulations on 5 years. Would love to win a panini press. I used to use my George Foreman until I wore is slap out (cord caught on fire).

  27. Randee Donovan says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary and new design! So much to celebrate! A visit to see what you’ve got cooking is a bright spot for me every day!

  28. JD says:

    Really like the changes to your site. I would like a new set of cookware, mine are a bit old…make that ancient.

  29. Katerina says:

    Congratulations on the fresh new website Mel! I absolutely adore your website and find it a daily blessing to my growing family. I host a bible study in my home every Friday to a lovely group of mama’s and their children (we have anywhere from 10+ little blessings running around) and your website has been my go to for simple yet delish recipes!! Thank you so much :)

  30. Michelle M. says:

    We have 5 kids as well and I use your site a lot. I came across it about 6 months ago and every recipe has been a hit. Thanks!

  31. Heather says:

    I have been following your blog for several years now…actually I think it was one of the first blogs I started to follow when I decided to stay home with my kids 4 1/2 years ago. Love your new site and thank you for all you do!

  32. April says:

    I love your site.. But I guess you knew that. I would love job security so we could buy a house.

  33. Melissa Long says:

    I love your new site! Thank you for the opportunity to win! :)

  34. Tanni says:

    I love your recipes and depend on you almost nightly in my meal planning :)
    I just got my vitamix blender so as far as what would i love in the way of kitchen gadgets (besides your giveaway item) I think I am pretty set….I would love more than anything for my finicky boys to LOVE fruits and veggies…with your helpful recipes this might be possible but is still a work in progress :-0!!

  35. Andrea McClelland says:

    Mel – you rock! I LOVE your site and every recipe I’ve tried of yours has been an instant hit in my house. I hope I win – I LOVE paninis!

  36. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the delicious recipes! I love it that some of them can be made allergy-free, since we have to deal with that in our house.

  37. Naomi Murray says:

    A new Kitchen Aid stand mixer! :)

  38. Carla says:

    I am dedicating the rest of my life to educating parents, friends, and communities about the warning signs of drug addiction. With me being so busy with this, I ALWAYS find time to visit your website everyday and look at the “recipe of the day.” Thank you for “feeding” my passion….I love to cook!!

  39. Sara says:

    Love the new site Mel! Keep the yummy stuff coming!

  40. KarenK says:

    Fantastic give away! I would love a panini press!

  41. Linda says:

    Love your site & your recipes! Many of them have become family favorites. Thanks so much for the fun giveaway!

  42. Amy says:

    There are three things that I have on my “wish list” at William Sonoma. The Cuisinart Griddler happens to be one of them. The other two? The fancy-schmancy All-Clad slow cooker (the insert can be used on the stovetop to brown the meat!) and a Vitamix blender (ours mysteriously disappeared on our move four years ago…thanks moving company).
    Love the redesign! Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary!

  43. Amanda says:

    I want to loose 50 pounds! I’m working hard on it and am on the way there. Love the new look, Mel!

  44. Melanie Erickson says:

    Wow! I don’t have a panini maker. I think that is just what I want!

  45. Katie says:

    Love the new design. Have wanted one of these for a while…I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

  46. Kristy says:

    I LOVE the new website!! I actually am making your spaghetti pie soon. Looks tasty :) I use your recipes all the time. This is my go to website to find recipes for ALL occasions!

    Thank you so much for all your hard work!

  47. Stacia says:

    You are definitely the go-to place for great recipes!

  48. I would love this! Ever since I first saw your make-a-panini spreadsheet awhile back, I’ve wanted to get one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. Anne Marie says:

    I would love a kitchenaid mixer – have never had one and would love own one.

  50. Katie L. says:

    Awesome new site!!! Love all of your recipes…definitely my go-to place for new ideas and perfected classics!! Please keep it up, we’d die without you! ;)

  51. Darla says:

    All I want right now is some warm weather! Congrats on the redesign and anniversary!

  52. Trish says:

    I really love your new site, but I mostly love all of the recipes on your blog! Every single one I have tried has been a hit! Keep the recipes coming!

  53. Katelyn Anderson says:

    Oh my goodness, we make paninis all the time also but don’t have one of these yet…I would absolutely LOVE one! Love all your recipes :)

  54. tricia mincy says:

    love, love, love it all! you are on a first name basis in our household…..thanks for your testimony of faith also, what an encouragement!

    Blessings!
    Tricia

  55. Stefani says:

    Well, we are moving from vermont to fort collins, colorado in 6 weeks and I would really love to find a great home for our family before drive all of our stuff out there. That’s not asking too much right?

  56. Karen says:

    I want to be able to duplicate in my own kitchen the Avocado milkshake I drank in Bali. It was amazing!

  57. Lynn BB says:

    I want a more relaxed schedule so I can enjoy cooking for my family.

  58. MaryJo says:

    I would love a laptop computer to just store recipes and tips.

  59. Margo, KS says:

    Hey Mel, really love your site. The new design is great & super user friendly. Thanks for all you do. Hope you have a wonderful day! =)

  60. Melanie says:

    I love so many of your recipes and love the new website. It looks great.

  61. Karin says:

    Love your blog. New design looks great

  62. Charlotte Moore says:

    We want lots of material things. How wonderful if we had PEACE on earth.

  63. Amanda says:

    I lOVE lOVE lOVE your recipes!!

  64. Kelli B says:

    A new stove, 5 burner, double oven!

  65. Sarah says:

    I recently bought a panini maker and it was awful. It didn’t get hot enough and just warmed up the bread. I would love to win this one to replace it! Thanks for the giveaway.

  66. Kelsey says:

    Love your site and love the new look! You are like part of our family! Thanks for all the great recipes! I can always count on them to be great!

  67. Jennifer says:

    I would love a good blender or a panini press! Love your site and new look!

  68. Sherri says:

    I would love to learn how to make yeast breads. Every time, I attempt it, they fail miserably. I keep trying, though and one day I will get it right.

  69. melanie says:

    Sadly…I never win give always :) but I love your site!

  70. Holly W says:

    Love your site! Love your recipes! Would love a panini press!

  71. Allison C says:

    Love your new site and I love paninis! French toast is cool too.

  72. Melanie Brown says:

    Great new format! I have to say I am in awe of you – having 5 kids & keeping up with the rest of life, with a great attitude & smile. Good for you!! Thanks for sharing all your recipes – my favorite post of yours is how you keep your recipes organized. I adopted some of the same practices & it has helped a TON!

  73. Deb says:

    Love your recipes and your new website. I have been following now for a year and have suggested your site to many friends and family. So far

  74. Oh I want one!!!! But if I did win (crossing fingers) I think I’d give this to my son in college. It would be great for him in his small apartment, and he loves paninis!

  75. Sheree says:

    I discovered your website a couple of months ago. I bookmarked it immediately. Your recipes are awesome. What I like is that the ingredients are all within the scope of the home cook. They are creative, flavorful and make sense. I really like your new website. It’s easy to navigate. Your writing and pictures are always spot on. I can’t believe you are offering a panini grill giveaway. I have always wanted one. Keep up the good work and the fantastic recipe ideas. I check your website everyday for your latest recipe/pics/info. Thanks for sharing all of your food knowledge!

  76. Kalyn says:

    I’ve always wanted to try one of these!

  77. Brenda says:

    Love your new website!

  78. Whitney Hawkins says:

    I would really really love a panini press.

  79. sarita says:

    I love your website, Mel! I rely on your recipes more than any other because you never let me down! Thanks for helping me feed my family delicious meals!

  80. Lisa from GB says:

    My family would starve without you! Miss you and your family so we hope our paths cross again some day. Joselyn got her mission call and is going to the Philippines. Annie puts her papers in the end of May. It will happen to you very soon too.

  81. Ioana says:

    Right now I just want to sleep. But I would like a panini press. :)

  82. Nicki Wilson says:

    I could go for a spa getaway and a really good nights rest :)

  83. Linda P. says:

    Your blog is wonderful. One of my resolutions this year was to cook more at home (as well as lose weight, which I’m happy to report that I have lost 20 pounds so far!) Your recipes are family friendly (even for a family of picky eaters) and I have refound enjoyment in cooking again. Many thanks!

  84. Denise says:

    You are amazing!

  85. Katie says:

    You are awesome! I’ve been with you for 3 1/2 years now, and hardly a day goes by without making something from your site. Thank you for everything you do!!!

  86. ihatewinter says:

    Would luv to be on the beach right now! :)

  87. Boe says:

    Thank you Mel for your amazing website that has changed the way I feel about cooking forever. And it’s so cute to boot! If I can have a panini maker, I’m pretty sure this house will never, ever run out of cheese. ;)

  88. Katie S. says:

    Congratulations on your redesigned site. It looks wonderful!

  89. Katie says:

    I’ve loved your blog for years! Congrats on the upgrade!

  90. Patty H says:

    I want to loose 20 pounds without working all the hard work. :) I would like to spend a week with my sis without either of of worrying about our families. Thanks for the giveaway, and congrats on 5 years.

  91. yasee says:

    I would LOVE a new kitchen aid mixer with all the attachments.

  92. Imane says:

    I want a copykake and this panini maker, looks so nice in my kitchen. Congrats for u redesigned website.

  93. Jessica says:

    I think I might be pregnant with my 5th…

  94. myrtlebudge says:

    I love your blog. I love your realness.

  95. Teresa R. says:

    Once again, I just want to thank you for making my life easier. My family loves your recipes, and my daughter has copied our favorites and put them into a big notebook. Thanks for helping me feed my family!

  96. I love the new site, your new picture, and I would love a Panini maker! Thanks for your blog and everything about you. :)

  97. Janessa says:

    Love your blog…Love the recipes….Love a giveaway!!

  98. Lynne Anderson says:

    You’ve changed my life in such a great way!

  99. Lynne says:

    You have the best recipes! I’ve tried so many of them, and my family loves them. Thanks so much for all of your hard work, and congratulations on the new blog design! What I really want is for my kids to grow up happy and healthy. Thanks, Mel.

  100. Danielle says:

    Anything I want huh? OK. Today’s the last day of my Story Time until June. I get to do school visits now. Which is fun, but terrifying. I’m still doing all my Teen programs and the evening Toddler Story Time though. I love the Toddler Story Time, which is why I’m sharing this. :)

    Oh, and I totally had gummy bears for breakfast.

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