Thursday, January 29, 2015

Panini week


While I was visiting my mom a couple of weeks ago, we were flapping our mouths about all sorts of things.... family gossip, tv shows, movies, etc., just like normal and eventually the talk turned to food. 
Also, just like normal. 

It turns out that she had just bought another Panini maker, because she thought the other one she had was too small. So, she offered me her old one and not being one to turn down free gifts from mom, I took it home.

She also gave me this book:


When I got home, I started looking through it, while I was watching some random movie and eventually I wasn't even paying attention to it. 

I started marking page after page after page, until the book looked like this:


After much drooling, I decided to have Panini week.

Yes, folks.... an entire week of Paninis.

And here's the list:


Well, except that last one.

I had way too many people over one night and there's no way I'm making 10 Paninis in a row. 
I don't care how much they beg.

Here's the Cuisinart Panini maker in all it's glory:


Just waiting for me to make all those lovely dinners.


The next day I rushed to the store and bought all the ingredients. 

Two-Cheese Tomato Panini was first on the list.


That night I went to work shredding cheese...


and getting all the rest of the ingredients together.



Bubba was enthralled.



Hi Bubba.

"Oh, hi mom."


And finally the first Panini was in and squished.


I made two and just stuck one in the oven at 200 while the other one was cooking.

Sadly, they were eaten before I remembered to take a picture of one. 

Yes, every night.

Trust me, you won't care about pictures either after you smell them cooking.

But now, to tell you the truth, even though every single one of them were great, I'm done with it for awhile. 

Yes, I had a Panini overdose.

My mom warned me, but did I listen?

No.

So, my lovely machine will go into the pantry until sometime around Spring.

It was a lovely week, but right now I'm fantasizing about normal dinners. 
You know, that aren't sandwiched between bread ;)

xo
rue

P.S.
Please join me over at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.






62 comments:

  1. I just had a panini for lunch out on Wednesday, and after reading this post, want to be on the look out for a machine. :-)

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  2. Could you get it back out? I was thinking of coming over and you could make me one for breakfast? :)

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  3. Oh my stars, did they look tasty! There is a grocers down the street from me that makes the best panini! I love them and should probably buy my own maker. It would be more cost-effective and I could make them in my pj's :) Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. They're really easy to make and definitely cheaper :)

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  4. Mmmmmm.... my mouth is watering.

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  5. I would love a panini, but had to give up gluten.

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    1. Maybe you could have one with gluten free bread like sourdough?

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  6. I like Panni's but not every night. I don't have a panni maker but if I see one at a thrift shop for a good price I might buy it!

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    1. Yeah.... every night was a bit much :)

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  7. LOL! A week of Pannis would be heaven!

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  8. Rue, darling what a great pleasure it is to find you, I'm on the phone with Gloria and she let me know you were blogging again, YAH!!!!!! Not sure if you remember me from the RMS days, I've happily had you to my blog contacts, looking forward to your next post. fondly ~lynne~

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    1. Lynne!! So good to hear from you! Of course I remember :)

      xoxo,
      rue

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  9. Rue, I am thrilled that you linked up to Foodie Friday (your kitchen and guest room tours are also welcome, as the party has expanded to include "everything else," so just any post you want to add, ever, will be very welcome. Your Panini looks so enticing--you have inspired me to go looking for my machine. Give Bubba a hug.
    I'm going to feature this post at next week's party.

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    1. I'll remember that next time :) I'll definitely give Bubba a hug from you.

      Thank you for the feature!

      xoxo

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  10. You have got me licking my lip over here. We love grilled sandwiches. I don't make a panini machine, but I do mine on my old trusty George Foreman.

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    1. I had a George Forman and it would have done the same job, but unfortunately it died lol

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  11. WOW you have me so hungry over here now. Looks like a delicious week at your house. Bubba thinks so too. What a little sweetie. So nice of your mom to gift you the Panini maker and book. Moms are just sweet that way aren't they??
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  12. I'm sitting here in awe of your photography skills. Every one is perfect. Glad you enjoyed your paninis. I see Bubba has washed up and is sitting patiently at his place, ready to eat. ;)

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    1. You are too kind! Thank you :)

      Bubba thinks he'll get some of every dinner, but in reality he gets organic doggy treats. Don't tell him ;)

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  13. ummm...I love 'em, too.
    My waffle maker also has a grill and I make my paninis using it...works like a dream...We are trying to cut down on bread, tho, so .....no paninis in sight for us.

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    1. We're taking a break from bread too. I suspect it's where the extra 5 pounds on my body came from lol

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  14. Yummy, your panini looks wonderful. I just found your blog and had a great time reading through your post. Your home is so lovely, and I love your style. I'm following you now so I'll be back ;) Blessings

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  15. I love panini! I make them for the hubby and myself about once every week or two. Our favorite is ciabatta bread with turkey breast lunch meat, muenster cheese, roasted red pepper and pesto mayo. It is delicious! We always eat ours with kettle cooked chips. I just use a frying pan with my cast iron press to make mine. I noticed in one of your pix that we have the same cookie jar...the jadeite green one from World Market. I love mine! Have a blessed weekend....Vicky

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    1. That sounds really good!

      My daughter gave me that jar for my birthday last year. I had no idea where she had gotten it, but I love it :)

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  16. Every one of those sandwiches sounds delicious! Your little Bubba is a heart stealer...

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    1. They really were!

      Bubba definitely has my heart ;)

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  17. Those paninis sounded and looked really good!

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  18. I have a Panni maker but burnt out to after only one day. I do not usually eat bread so I knew it was a disaster for me to get used to two pieces of bread.
    I understand we can grill veggies on them and will give that a try as I eat low carbs only My Panni maker is now in storage to , I think we are all better off just ordering them out once in a while and not storing the darn things.

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    1. I think it's a great thing to have for the summer once in awhile, instead of using the hot oven, but I know what you mean about storing yet another cooking tool.

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  19. They look delicious, and your little dog looks so cute waiting.

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    1. I really think he thought he was going to get his own, but no such luck lol

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  20. Your pup is adorable, I just love him! Oh, and I too love panini's :)

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    1. Thank you! I think your babies are awfully cute too :)

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  21. Rue!!!! You sweet little Toot! I have thought of you so much and always had such good memories of knowing you and sharing life and laughter with you girl...Love your beautiful home and as always you make everyone that peeks in feel welcomed to come on in...I just opened my blog again...don't know that I will blog regular but we will see...just finding you again has made my day...sweet Gloria told me about you...looking forward to staying in touch again...you take care sweetie...remember there is greatness in you Rue and anyone who comes into your life becomes a better person for having known you...love you sooo girl...Picket

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    1. Holy moly! I almost spit out my coffee when I saw your comment pop up! LOL I'm so unbelievably happy to hear from you, Picket!! Hearing from you made my day too, my old friend :)

      Love you!

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  22. Panini's sound wonderful! I don't think I have actually tried one before.

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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    1. You should! Just don't overdose lol

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  23. You are so cute. Always!!
    Love panini's. And now I am hungry.

    xo,
    Kim

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  24. Hi Rue! Oh, how sweet of your mom to give you the Panini machine! I can almost smell them too.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Hi Shelia :)

      Of course I pop in to see you!

      xo

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  25. Aren't they wonderful? Our son gave us a Griddle/Panini maker last Christmas and we have so enjoyed it! Fun to use too! Bubba is sure a cutie! : )
    Love,
    Sue

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    1. What a nice son :)

      I'll tell Bubba you said so. I think he's getting a big head though lol

      xo

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  26. I have a Cuisinart panini maker. My go-to sandwich is turkey and cheese with avocado.
    Brenda

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    1. That sounds GOOD! I'll have to make one. Not this week though lol

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  27. Sounds YUMMY!! but too much bread for me ha ha!! Girl I'm so happy that our sweet Picket found you..It's like the whole gang is here once again..Makes me want to sing " Hail Hail the gang all here" Love ya sweet Rue..Please don't leave us again..I so have missed you..hugs gloria

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    1. LOL Gloria! It was almost too much bread for me too.

      I was just thinking that today.... it really does feel like the whole gang is here, especially now that Picket came by :)

      Love you!

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  28. Rue, your Panini's look scrumptious. I smiled when I saw Bubba because that is what my husband calls my son sometimes. You're so lucky to have your mom to talk to about all sorts of things. I miss my mom so much at times. How nice of her to give you her Panini maker. Oh Rue, we would love it if would follow us on our side bar. I'm so glad I met you here in blog land.

    Have a peaceful weekend.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Hi Sheri :)

      Bubba's actual name is Bear, but his nickname stuck. It gets confusing though, because my nephew's nickname is Bubba too lol

      I'm sorry about your mom passing. I can't imagine how tough that is.

      I can follow you on you, but I just add people to my sidebar and that's how I keep up. You're on there ;)

      I'm glad to have met you too!

      Have a great weekend as well.

      xo

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  29. Too funny! I saw a blurb on Hip2Save that Macy's had Bella Panini makers on clearance, regular $59.99 - on sale $19.99! Then there was a $10 rebate! I ordered on line, ran to my nearest Macy's and picked it up and my total cost will be $11.45. I always wanted a panini maker, but really could not justify the cost. We are so excited. Our weather forecast is 12 inches of snow and we are ready to fire it up!

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    1. I understand not justifying the cost, which is why I was so happy when my mom just gave it to me lol That was a great deal on yours! I hope you enjoy it :)

      I wish we had snow coming, but it's just been rain lately.

      Have a great night!

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  30. A great gift from your Mom that has had some very tasty results11 xx

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  31. Looks delcious! I bought a panini maker a few months ago and have yet to use it. Maybe I will haul it out and make sandwiches to go with the homemade soup I have planned for tonight.

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