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.**

1,075 Responses to Panini Griddler and Sandwich Press Giveaway!

  1. Stephanie P says:

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

  2. 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? :)

  3. 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 :) love the website !!

  4. Camille says:

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

  5. Christine says:

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

  6. jaesi says:

    “If youre afraid of butter, use cream” ~Julia Child. My philosophy. ;)

  7. 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!

  8. Karen says:

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

  9. Gina Raje says:

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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 :)

  13. Lauren Mealy says:

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

  14. heidi says:

    today the sunshine is making me happy!

  15. 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! :)

  16. 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. :)

  17. Debbie says:

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

  18. Cindy says:

    would love a panini press! thanks for your website!

  19. Carlie says:

    I HATE Cream of soups

  20. Ashli says:

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

  21. Kate D. says:

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

  22. 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.

  23. Jolene says:

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

  24. 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!

  25. Lily says:

    New to your blog, loving it so far.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!!).

  28. 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

  29. 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!

  30. Emilee k. says:

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

  31. Jackie Gonzales says:

    Love the new site!!! You are fantastic :)

  32. Trudy says:

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

  33. 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!!

  34. Brandy Voight says:

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

  35. 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!!

  36. Sarah O. says:

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

  37. Annette says:

    Cast iron pans of various sizes

  38. Lorianne says:

    Love your new website! Love your recipes!

  39. 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.

  40. Cindy Hovey says:

    More Saturday Snapshots! Kids are great!

  41. Pamela says:

    Not to be all Miss America or anything, but world peace sure would be nice :) 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 :)

  42. 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!

  43. Becky Loyd says:

    love the new look and would love the press!

  44. 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!

  45. Carly Pickering says:

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

  46. Jolene says:

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

  47. 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.

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

  50. 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!!

  51. 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 !!!

  52. Jessica says:

    Love the redesign! My family loves your recipes. Keep it up! :-)

  53. Auntiepatch says:

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

  54. Kim in RI says:

    Love the redesign! So happy it is up and running – I was in withdrawal over the weekend! :-)

  55. kat says:

    I love paninis!!!!

  56. 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!

  57. 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.

  58. Aubrey says:

    Warmer weather to play outside!

  59. heidigoseek says:

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

  60. 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!!!

  61. Vicky says:

    I love your site. And I wish we were friends in real life. :)

  62. Molly says:

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

  63. JennB says:

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

  64. Nicole says:

    I would love to have my own successful food blog!

  65. 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.

  66. 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!

  67. Stefanie Banner says:

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

  68. Andrea S says:

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

  69. 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!!

  70. becky says:

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

  71. 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?!?!

  72. 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.

  73. Beth Bilous says:

    Love and Adore Panini’s.

  74. Rachel K says:

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

  75. Cassie A. says:

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

  76. Cindy Hobson says:

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

  77. 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. ;)

  78. Tristan Kehle says:

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

  79. Cindy Hobson says:

    ove your sight but miss old format.

  80. Melynda@OurSundayCafe says:

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

  81. Aly says:

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

  82. nancy says:

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

  83. 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 :)

  84. Deb says:

    You’re the best Mel, this is my favorite blog in the whole world :)

  85. samW says:

    a blendtech blender

  86. 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!!

  87. Annette G says:

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

  88. 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.

  89. 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. :)

  90. Becca says:

    A Cuisinart stand mixer. I’m tired of my broken kitchenaid. :-(

  91. Robin says:

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

  92. Jennifer H says:

    Le Creuset French Oven!! Please! Any color will be fine ;)

  93. Nancy Kessler says:

    A vacation!

  94. 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!!

  95. 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!!!

  96. 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!

  97. Dee West says:

    You have a great site! Enjoy all the recipes, keep sharing!!! :)

  98. 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!

  99. 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!

  100. Heather says:

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

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