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. rychelle says:

    what i really want is a Cuisinart Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press. duh.

    (but, seriously, i REALLY want one!)

  2. Anne says:

    Anything? One of those Bosch Mixers you keep raving about. We have a Bosch dishwasher (which I love) however, it doesn’t help me so much in the bread making department!!

  3. Heather says:

    I eat your blog up, just like your recipes! Thanks for sharing with us! I just got a food processor for my birthday (biscuits here we come!) but now I just HAVE to have a panini press! ☺

  4. Megan says:

    Love your blog!! Everything I have tried is a huge success. Site looks great πŸ™‚

  5. Katie says:

    I love your blog. All the recipes of foolproof and reliable. Thanks so much for all you do!

  6. Amanda_AB says:

    Love the redesign. My family has loved every recipes that I’ve tried from your site, and I’ve tried a lot. I’ve done many, many weeks of meal plans solely based on your site.

  7. Maureen says:

    Your taste is very similar to mine. So makes me very happy to see recipes I know I would like. Beautiful new site and love coming here to visit.

  8. BarbaraO says:

    I have coveted one of these ever since you posted your “nerdy” panini spreadsheet. Thanks for …all of this!

  9. Roxanne says:

    This giveaway is great, love the new design of the blog!

  10. Kristi V says:

    First off, love your site! As for what I want…. a new light fixture in my kitchen to make cooking easier! =)

  11. Cindy Kahn says:

    I’ve only recently found you, and I love your recipes already. I enjoy trying new things and now that my children are grown I have the time for it. I try to make something new at least once a week (usually more) and at family gatherings (yeah I experiment on them lol). I would love a Panini Sandwich maker. I looked at the spreadsheet and the unlimited possibilities. Thanks for all the great recipes…

  12. I want a wheat grinder at some point in my life :)……Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all of your amazing recipes and tips. Love your new site!

  13. Laura says:

    Cute new site! Love all of the great photos…..and your no-bake lemon cheesecake! Paninis woul due fun to make this summer for lunches! Here’s hoping!

  14. Julie says:

    Love your blog, I’ve tried lots of your recipes and they’ve always turned out great! Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us!!

  15. Jennifer Fung says:

    I would really love a wheat grinder and a bucket of wheat!

  16. Jennifer says:

    I’ve never made one of your recipes and had complaints in this household! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing all your tips. LOVE paninis and have wanted to try making them at home for quite awhile!

  17. Emily says:

    I want anything that will make dinner ideas easier! I love love LOVE your blog. I check it daily. I love that all of your recipies are basic, easy, and delicious. I continue to give out your website to anyone who asks about food. It’s awesome. Way to go!

  18. Shonna says:

    I want to have all my laundry magically take care of itself.

  19. Tara C says:

    Congratulations! Love all your recipes.

  20. Melanee says:

    Proud to be your cousin and brag about your awesome blog. It’s all I cook from, I love it!

  21. Sarah says:

    I heard about Mel’s Kitchen Cafe at BYU Women’s Conference in 2012. Since then I have been loving everything about your site, most especially the best recipe bit. Those sugar cookies and that coconut cream pie have the ability to soften hearts, open doors and speak peace to our stomachs. Thank you for such an amazing, dynamic site–I have never commented before but check at least once a day for new posts and recipes.

  22. Erica says:

    Well I am ready for some nice weather to grill and let the kids play in the backyard!

  23. Sally says:

    The weather is finally getting nice and can’t wait to be outside in my garden. Love being outdoors!!!

  24. TINA says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for about 3 years…Congrats !!

  25. Ang says:

    Wish we had some warm weather for crying out loud. Love the new site!

  26. Ann says:

    Great prize! Love your recipes and the new look.

  27. Lee Ann L. says:

    Wonderful changes to your site. Love the Buttermilk Biscuit recipe. πŸ™‚

  28. Heather says:

    Congrats on your beautiful redesign! And thanks for the delicious recipes!

  29. Lauren says:

    Congrats on your new site! Love your blog! Love Paninis, too!

  30. Michele says:

    I love your blog. Yours is the only one that I MUST check to see what is new. And my boys (big and small) love the new cookie recipes added to my repertoire. I’m looking forward to the ongoing wheat grinding series. Is it really that much better to grind it yourself? Thanks again.

  31. Jane says:

    I love all the pictures in the index! It does distract me, however, but not in a bad way – I just want to make everything instead of one thing. I want…a commercial kitchen.

  32. Rebecca B says:

    Thanks for the contest, here’s my entry πŸ™‚ Love your website and love all the recipes I’ve tried. You are awesome!

  33. Lori Hoff says:

    Your blog is my “go-to” for awesome recipes. I’ve tried many of your recipes and they’ve all been hits with the family. Thank you!!!!

  34. Wendy Lawrence says:

    Love the new site almost as much as I love your recipes!!

  35. April H says:

    I love making desserts on a panini press – shortbread slices slathered in Nutella, topped with strawberries all smooshed into loveliness! I need one of these in order to do this!

  36. JamieN says:

    Love your blog! I refer people to it whenever I have the chance. Keep up the good work!

  37. Sarah McEwen says:

    Seriously, one thing I would really love to have is a panini press!!

  38. Nicole c says:

    In love your site! At least 75%of my cooking comes from you. Thank you!! And love all the new pics on the new design. You have truly helped me feed my family better!!!

  39. Christine says:

    I love your blog. Have tried many of the recipes, but my favorite Must be the soft pretzel bites!

  40. Dawna says:

    I want my daughter and her family to move back home where they belong! Next door to me would be a bonus.

  41. Erin Dutton says:

    Hmm, hmm loved grilles panini on some focaccia bread!

  42. Shivani says:

    love the new site! both your recipes, stories, and website continue to inspire me each day.

    if i could have anything, i would love a day where all my closest friends can come over (without them worrying about other things to take care of!) and we can cook up lots of tasty treats and enjoy them in the backyard. a moment to enjoy food and be present!

  43. Tara says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love paninis.

  44. Andrea S says:

    We love paninis here. And French toast…why didn’t I think of that? Your Sugar Cookie Bars were a hit and I’m dying to try the Eskimo Bars! My other “can’t wait to try” is the Sweet Baked Ham. I had already purchased my spiral ham for Easter, but it will be soon.

  45. Eileen Lewis says:

    Amazing website with so many yummy recipes. Thanks!

  46. Joanna H. says:

    Happy for you on the new website. Just as long as the recipes remain, I don’t care what it looks like! Probably my most made recipe of yours…….Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. My daughter LOVES them!!

  47. Kristen Buchanan says:

    You are my favorite food blogger ever. I think 80% of my homemade cookbook pages are your recipes. I tell everyone I know about you and am always trying new things you post. Thank you for existing.

  48. Mary Beth says:

    I love your new site Mel! It’s so pretty – and user-friendly. πŸ™‚

  49. Maureen Fitzgerald says:

    LOVE your blog! The best recipe section is my favorite. Thanks!

  50. Carol says:

    I made your chocolate cake and best frosting ever again last night for my gfs birthday. It’s a fave with the girls!

  51. Anneka says:

    Love the new site, it’s the first one I go to for recipes!

  52. Rachel R says:

    I want a stress free day at the park to spend with my family and then a few hours all to myself to get a pedicure:)

  53. kat young says:

    i want every lego kit ever made – except for sponge bob. who needs that?
    and to finish my basement, but i think the lego wish is more likely to happen. πŸ˜‰

    your recipes and writing are delightful!

  54. Mary Jo says:

    My daughter introduced me to your website and I am truly a fan! It’s been fun to know that I can go straight to your website and find something yummy to make for any occasion. I have printed out so many recipes it’s kind of ridiculous. I have made recipes for the first time and served them without having made them before and always feel cofident that they will be a hit! When asked where I got the recipe I tell them right away that I got it from Mel’s! I also love the notes to each of the recipes. Thank you so much!

  55. Heather says:

    Love the new website! Thanks for sharing all your recipes!

  56. Kara says:

    I think I would use this panini press everyday if I had one. I had a cheap-o grilled cheese sandwich maker when I was in college and I regret giving it away during one of my moves.

  57. Debra Carter says:

    Love the look of the new website — I am in awe of you – that you have the time for this and all you do! Love your recipes!!

  58. Tiffany says:

    I love the new look of the website! I always go straight to your site when I don’t know what to make for dinner or potlucks. Keep up the good work!

  59. Annie B says:

    Woah I guess I’ve been following you for 3 years now, which is kind of crazy. And my husband totally loves anything I ever make from you, so thank you for helping us to eat well and eat happy!

  60. Nicole Myers says:

    I really like the new website. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes

  61. Julie R says:

    LOVE the new website design!!! I’ve always wanted a panini press so I would be so thrilled to win this!!

  62. Liz B. says:

    I feel like a cheater because I rarely comment…and look at me commenting now on a giveaway. I really do love your site tho. Some of our family’s favorite recipes have come from this here blog (cute makeover by the way!). Some of our favorites off the top of my head: Honey Lime Enchiladas with cilantro lime rice, Baked Ziti, Chicken Fajitas, Hawaiian Haystacks, Buttermilk Banana Bread…and I know there is more. My sister and I refer to you as Mel, like we know you or something πŸ™‚ Your homemade caramel sauce is divine. And I feel like we’re friends because you may love dark chocolate just as much as me. Congrats on so many followers, you deserve it!

  63. Stephanie says:

    I like the new website, but more than that, I love your recipes and would keep coming back no matter what! Thanks a ton!

  64. Chelsea says:

    I love your recipes. They never let me down. Congrats on the redesign, it looks great!!

  65. Alicia says:

    I would love a real pizza stone, so I could stop using the underside of my baking sheet!!!

  66. Maria says:

    Love your blog. I check it regularly and use lots of your recipes.

  67. Dale S says:

    I would like to win a give-away contest sometime (especially this one), but would settle for a more conservative/rational government that limits it’s give-aways! Congratulations on 5 years!

  68. MaryB says:

    Love the new design of your site. This is my first stop when looking for inspiration for a meal, whether a meal for a special event or just a cozy one for my husband and myself. Thanks for offering the giveaway to celebrate your makeover!

  69. Cate says:

    Love your recipes – easy to follow and always so good! The new website looks great!

  70. Mary says:

    I love your site. I use it weekly to prepare meals (and desserts!) for my family. It’s my go-to cookbook!

  71. Katie says:

    Love your website and your way with words!

  72. Kali Merkley says:

    Is it weird to trust somebody so much that you have never met before? Not if that person is Mel. πŸ™‚ Thanks for all your wonderful recipes. I am on your site at least twice a day. I am now making bread twice a week thanks to your tutorial. I feel like I have made almost half of your recipes (although, I know that is not true. You have a lot :)) But I have loved every single one of them. Thanks so much.

  73. Heather says:

    I really want a Kitchen Aid stand Mixer and I would like my basement finished!

  74. Jodi says:

    i would love a professional mixer!

  75. Katie b says:

    Love the new blog design and a good giveaway to celebrate! Thank you!

  76. vaishali says:

    love your redesign and all the recipes. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

  77. Sandle says:

    I just love your site and probably try out one of your recipes twice a week! Love the new design too! What I really want is for my children to be happy, healthy, confident and compassionate.

  78. Amy says:

    All I’m wanting is to have this baby out and to have a safe delivery!

  79. KC says:

    Love the new website!

  80. Debbie J says:

    Love your recipes….and new look. I appreciate coming to your site and finding a no fail easy to make recipe that my family loves!!!

  81. Deb says:

    Congratulations on your new web design! Thanks for sharing all the great recipes.

  82. Dionne says:

    We love your recipes!

  83. Mickie says:

    I would like to meet you, my fantastic food blogging friend that changed the way I bake and cook, so I can give you a HUGE hug. (P.S. Don’t be surprised if my husband and children crush you with the the weight of their hugs too)

    Oh, and could you show up to my house with a big platter full of the Eskimo Bars that I haven’t had a chance to make yet? Please and Thank You πŸ™‚

  84. Lisa Solheim says:

    You have always been a go getter! Can’t believe you have five kids and do what you do. I miss you contagious smile and your uplifting personality. Kudos to you girl! Love you and miss ya! What a fabulous website!

  85. Brenna says:

    I love your classic lasagna so much I’ve made it three times in the last two months…and I don’t even own a dishwasher.

  86. Sarah says:

    I want to bottle up the toothy excited grins and squeels my baby gives! I want to squeeze those chubby legs and tickle those padded little feet FOREVER! I want to enjoy the excited faces of older kids who can’t resist his smile. I want to record that funny growl that reminds me of a litle gremlin (Gizmo and not spike!) I want to remember how he makes me feel remarkable EVERYDAY!

  87. Danielle says:

    I love, love, love the new site! It looks amazing. Thank you so much for all of your amazing recipes. Your food has made my fiance and I very happy!

  88. Alissa says:

    LOVE your recipes, all my tried and true are from your site. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  89. Marie says:

    Love your recipes!

  90. Lisa says:

    I want my husband to come home from work EARLY tonight. Maybe with a dozen tulips to top it off? πŸ™‚

  91. Krista says:

    Anything I want? Let’s see. I just discovered yesterday that I actually like kimchi, if it’s been pan fried, which takes the edge off it a bit. That was exciting.

  92. brooke says:

    for you to be my chef!

  93. Brenda De says:

    anything I want?…. I would love a new counter top in my kitchen – one that isn’t white and construction grade…

  94. Padnerual says:

    Can I just say thank you for having a good ol’ fashioned, traditional leave a comment giveaway? Yet another reason to adore you, besides your cute blog and delightful recipes, but you aren’t making us jump through the social media hoops for “extra” entries (though you’ve already been liked on FB and I’ve pinned many a recipe, but still!!!!). The simplicity has made my highly hormonal pregnant person very very happy today. Thank you again.

  95. Joanne says:

    Love the new redesign! Keep up the good work, I love your blog!

  96. Dora says:

    We love your site at our house. We always turn to it if we need a recipe for something. Thanks for all you do and for the great giveaway! Your site redesign looks fantastic!

  97. Evonne says:

    Love the redesign! You are my go-to source for good food. Thanks to you and your family for 5 years of wonderful recipes!

  98. Karen Durfee says:

    A trip to the beach!

  99. Lacey says:

    I love the new site, it’so pretty! I would love a cleaning fairy… seems I spend way to much time playing with my baby. My house is a hot mess sometimes because of that! Worth it in my book. πŸ™‚

  100. Lisa says:

    A full day to myself to cook all day!

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