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. 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!

  2. Tracy Slater says:

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

  3. Suzanne says:

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. Jodie miles says:

    Please do a cookbook! Thanks for all the yummy recipes

  7. 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.

  8. Elizabeth says:

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

  9. Becca says:

    I want a Chemex coffee maker.

  10. Shanna says:

    I want a new kitchen to put my appliances in!

  11. Marilee Packer says:

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

  12. Liss V says:

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

  13. Whitney says:

    Ooh I always wanted one of these!!

  14. 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!!

  15. Stephanie rich says:

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

  16. 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™‚

  17. 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!

  18. 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™‚

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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”.

  22. 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!

  23. Lisa says:

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

  24. Jolene says:

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

  25. Nicole says:

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

  26. 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.

  27. Hailey F. says:

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

  28. 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.

  29. Crystal says:

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

  30. Dorie says:

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

  31. Heather says:

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

  32. Jessica M says:

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

  33. Melanie says:

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

  34. Catherine says:

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

  35. 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!


  36. 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™‚

  37. 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!

  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. Susan says:

    Love your recipes. They always turn out wonderful.

  40. Natalie Hedman says:

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

    Just kidding, I want the panini press.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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!

  44. Faith B. says:

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

  45. Jackie says:

    Really, a panini press? How fun!

  46. Laura says:

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

  47. Mary says:

    Love your site!!

  48. 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!).

  49. 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?

  50. 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.

  51. 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!

  52. Trisha G. says:

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

  53. 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.

  54. Milena says:

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

  55. Lindsey says:

    Yummy sandwiches coming my way πŸ˜‰

  56. Carolyn C. says:

    Love your wonderful recipes.

  57. 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.

  58. NalaS says:

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

  59. 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.

  60. Laurel says:

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

  61. AMY says:

    Great new design.

  62. Amanda a says:

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

  63. DD says:

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

  64. 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!

  65. Gianna says:

    I LOVE sandwiches.

  66. Judy Morano says:

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

  67. shatha says:

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

  68. 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

  69. JoEllen says:

    I really want to catch up on sleep! =)

  70. 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!

  71. 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.

  72. Mathias says:

    Hello! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group?
    There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Cheers

  73. Brittany says:

    I love this website! And the recipes! So inspiring! I want to test them all out – especially the decadent chocolate brownies!

  74. Brittany says:

    I love this site And the recipes! So inspiring! I want to test them all out – especially the decadent chocolate brownies!

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