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Panini 101 with Panini Happy

In July 2009, I met a wonderful Woman, Mom and Blogger named Kathy.  She is the creative force behind the popular site Panini Happy and has shared almost 100 original Panini recipes.

One of my favorite sections about Panini is ……

The Panini 101 section with tips for making great panini, features to look for when buying a panini grill and more.

Question: Tell us how you became so interested in Panini?

Answer: I received a panini press as a Christmas gift a few years ago. As excited as I was to receive it I knew I’d need a little motivation to actually use it on any kind of regular basis. So I decided to start a panini blog, Panini Happy.  I come up with sandwich ideas, make them, photograph them and share the recipes. I’m up to about 100 panini recipes at this point, which would be a pretty large menu board if the blog were a cafe!

Question: Do you feel making Panini can help a family eat healthier?
 
Answer: Sure! They’re infinitely versatile. You can grill a flavorful sandwich full of your favorite healthy ingredients in under ten minutes. Definitely a healthier
alternative to fast food. 
 
Question: Do your kids get involved making new Panini creations?
 
Answer: Not yet – they’re both under three so they play in the living room while I’m in the kitchen. But my 2-year old had a great time taste testing my heart-shaped panini pops!
 
Question: What is the most unique (craziest) sandwich you ever made?

Answer: I’d say my most creative panini were probably the Gingerbread Blondie S’mores: shaved dark chocolate, marshmallow cream and clementine zest grilled inside two gingerbread blondies (cut into little gingerbread men shapes).

In keeping with Apple week, kathy is also sharing her Apples, Brie and Pecan Panini recipe today!

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