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. 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?!

  2. Elisha Petersen says:

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

  3. 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.

  4. Joanna says:

    I want maternity pants that fit and look good!

  5. Amy Pellitteri says:

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Yvonne says:

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

  12. Kelly D says:

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Elisabeth says:

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

  17. Jenn W. says:

    After my day today, I need chocolate.

  18. 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!

  19. Katie says:

    Your brownie recipe is my FAVORITE!!

  20. 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!

  21. 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˜‰

  22. Natalie says:

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

  23. 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!

  24. Valerie says:

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

  25. Michelle D says:

    A new KitchenAid mixer!

  26. callie says:

    I really would live to have a blendtec blender.

  27. Marlena Porter says:

    You always have the best giveaways!

  28. Claire says:

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

  29. 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.

  30. Lindsay says:

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

  31. Rachel Bradley says:

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

  32. Amy S says:

    I would love a new car!

  33. Kris says:

    Love the redesigned site!

  34. Rebecca says:

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

  35. SJ says:

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

  36. 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!

  37. Lachelle says:

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

  38. Kami says:

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

  39. Ann says:

    Your new site is beautiful.

  40. 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!

  41. Jessica h says:

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

  42. 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.

  43. Jaymi says:

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

  44. Alyssa says:

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

  45. Julie Gonsalves says:

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

  46. Kathryn says:

    I could use a new bed.

  47. Amanda says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  48. Lisa Lokenvitz says:

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

  49. Erin says:

    A vacation sans kids!! πŸ™‚

  50. 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!!!

  51. 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!

  52. 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!

  53. Emily says:

    Love to win anything new for my kitchen!

  54. breanne says:

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

  55. Jen T says:

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

  56. 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!

  57. Val Agustin says:

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

  58. 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.

  59. 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!!!

  60. Tiffany says:

    Love it.

  61. 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™‚

  62. Rita says:

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

  63. 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!

  64. 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.

  65. SharonF says:

    Would like to have my health improve.

  66. 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!

  67. Jennifer says:

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

  68. 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!

  69. 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.

  70. Sunni says:

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

  71. Debbie Bray says:

    a vacaion!!

  72. Pam Beistline says:

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

  73. 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!

  74. Linda says:

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

  75. Janna says:

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

  76. 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!

  77. 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!

  78. 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!

  79. Angela Hirschi says:

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

  80. 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!!!!!

  81. 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™‚

  82. 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.

  83. Cathy says:

    Love your recipes and would love a panini press!

  84. 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

  85. 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™‚

  86. 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:).

  87. 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?)

  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. Sarah says:

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

  90. 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!

  91. 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!

  92. 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™‚

  93. lemlibby says:

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

  94. 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!

  95. Jessica Bahr says:

    Love your new site and all you recipes πŸ˜‰

  96. 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.

  97. Ellen Bacon says:

    I would love a kitchen island and more time to cook

  98. 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!

  99. 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!

  100. SusanK says:

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

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