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. Alicia Craft says:

    Thanks for all of the great recipes. I wish I had your determination to have a blog like this! I have 3 children under 5 and they keep me on my toes :)

  2. Emily says:

    I really want those biscuits you posted today!

  3. Lisa says:

    I am dying for a food processor… Or a nice blender.

  4. AmCoul says:

    LOVE< LOVE< LOVE your site. My husband says I'm such a good cook…he doesn't know my secret is your site…..

  5. Lisa Clark says:

    We love your website and I would love that panini maker. Thanks for all of your hard work!!

  6. Liz says:

    I would love to lose 10 more pounds….I’ve already lost 20. I love your site!

  7. Janice says:

    French toast in this? I would definitely need that recipe!

  8. Laurel Cruz says:

    5 years and 15,000 likes! Hope you feel proud! Take yourself out this weekend to celebrate!

  9. Mara says:

    Thanks for the great new website. Keep the awesome recipes coming!

  10. Amanda says:

    Congratulations. The site is beautiful. Here’s to many more years and Facebook likes to come. :)

  11. Kensi says:

    a million dollars! but I’d really settle for a nice food processor!… or a panini press for that matter! or a dinner at your house!! lol love the new website Mel, it’s awesome!

  12. Chrissy says:

    I LOVE your blog! I want house renovations to start and be done!

  13. Hillary says:

    I have to make a concerted effort to go to other websites to find recipes for my book club. We share recipes after and I don’t want them to know that I secretly just use your blog 90% of the time.

  14. Kacy says:

    I echo everyone else…your recipes have made cooking for my family of seven a joy! As for what I’d like….well, I’ve actually been eyeing a panini press!

  15. Carrie says:

    Thanks for all the great recipes! We love panini’s but just use our George Foreman.

  16. Sarah says:

    Looking forward to the weekend! Would love a hot cup of chai!

  17. Julianne B. says:

    I would love to lose the last 25 pounds of my weight loss journey!

  18. Ali says:

    I love how easy you make the most complicated (looking) recipes.
    ie Your Sweet and Sour chicken. I was worried about having to try and fry it (for longer) while a toddler was running around the kitchen. You made the frying quick and out of the kitchen so fast.

  19. Kelli says:

    I just found this site a few weeks ago and have tried quite a few of the recipes. So easy and so tasty! My husband thought I ordered takeout when I made the shrimp enchiladas. Now I just need this nifty griddler thingy to try your paninis. :)

  20. Kim B. says:

    Paninis. Now I’m going to dream about my favorite pressed sandwich place. Back before family pinched my pocketbook and my time.

  21. Andrea says:

    I love your recipes! I no longer search the internet to find a recipe, I go to your site first! And the update to your site is awesome!

  22. Sheree says:

    I love your blog and tell people about it all the time. Thanks for making meal time less stressful!

  23. Ali says:

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

  24. 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.

  25. Kathy says:

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

  26. 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!

  27. Karen says:

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

  28. Margett says:

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

  29. Leanna H says:

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

  30. Cheryl S says:

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

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. Kevin says:

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

  34. 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!

  35. 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!

  36. kate C. says:

    Love your new site!

  37. 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!

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. Janelle Belka says:

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

  41. Annie says:

    a vitamix!

  42. 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!!!!

  43. 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!

  44. 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!

  45. Kara D says:

    I would love a panini press!

  46. 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. :>))

  47. 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!

  48. 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)

  49. 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!!

  50. Janet says:

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

  51. 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! :)

  52. 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!

  53. Jody says:

    I would love a vita mix!

  54. Haley says:

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

  55. 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.

  56. Krystal says:

    Yum! I can taste the panini deliciousness now.

  57. 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!! :)

  58. 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

  59. Mary Jane says:

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

  60. 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!!!

  61. 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!

  62. Eva D says:

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

  63. 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!

  64. Mew33 says:

    I want one!

  65. Missy W. says:

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

  66. Maryjane says:

    I want a lovely new kitchen

  67. Marnee Lemon says:

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

  68. 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.

  69. Alyssa B says:

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

  70. Jennifer Russell says:

    Love your recipes! Thanks so much!!!

  71. Robin says:

    Love your recipes :)

  72. Debra says:

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

  73. Emma says:

    I would love to make paninis with this grill!!

  74. 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 :) Congrats on 5 years!

  75. 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!

  76. Rebecca Hale says:

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

    I love your recipes.

  77. somecallmeambingale says:

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

  78. 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!

  79. 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!

  80. lisa says:

    like the new design….

  81. 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… :) My family thanks you and so do I!! Thanks Mel!

  82. 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!

  83. Judy says:

    Love your recipes!

  84. 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!!

  85. Meredith says:

    Love you, Mel! Best food blog ever!

  86. 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!

  87. Elin says:

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

    Congrats on five years! Love your blog!

  88. 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!!

  89. Alison Sutter says:

    This panini press looks like something every mama needs!!

  90. Melissa says:

    i would love one of these griddlers! so versatile!

  91. Charisse says:

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

  92. Becca says:

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

  93. 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. ;)

  94. Meg says:

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

  95. 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!

  96. 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.

  97. Jessica H says:

    Love your site! My husband and kids thank you. :)

  98. 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!

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