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  • Spatchcocked Game Hen

    Spatchcocked Game Hen // How To Grill Meat on a Panini Press

    Recipe from The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook by Kathy Strahs!

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  • #TipTuesday featuring The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook

    These tips come from Kathy Strahs‘s The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, as a part of our #PaniniHappyHolidays campaign. Check back each Tuesday in December for for tips + tricks for getting the most out of your panini press, and for the full guide and experience, snag yourself a copy of the book!

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  • Cran-Orange Lemonade

    Recipe: Cran-Orange Lemonade

    Summary: Easy to make, Cran-Orange Lemonade is a good choice for entertaining. You can make the base ahead, then relax. Your guests get a fresh, sparkling cocktail. It also travels well, making it a natural for picnics. Cran-Orange Lemonade plays well with others. To enjoy this with more potency, cut the sugar to 3⁄4 cup. Serve by pouring a jigger of vodka, light rum, or tequila over the ice, then adding the base and sparkling water. You still want to maintain a 2-to-1 blend of sparkling water and base.

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  • Bubbly Poinsettia

    Recipe: Bubbly Poinsettia

    Summary: I originally created this both for a holiday cocktail class at Seattle’s Dish It Up, a kitchen products store, wine shop, and classroom rolled up deliciously into one space (check out for more), and for an article in Traditional Home magazine about the class. Needless to say, it’s a seasonal favorite (if the name didn’t give it away, the coloring would), and it works wonderfully if you want to take your holiday happening a step above the ordinary.

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  • How to Throw a Panini Party

    Sample Panini Party Invitation

    Make your own panini party invitation at!

    We’ve seen some really fun—not to mention mouthwatering—single subject party ideas here over the years. Bloody Mary bars, fondue functions, desserts-in-jars parties. But today we’re excited to focus on a get-together that will feel like Christmas morning for sandwich lovers: the panini party. We’ve rounded up some of the best tips for panini entertaining from Kathy Strahs, blogger behind and author of our new The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook.

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  • For the American Traveler

    This post is a part of The Harvard Common Press’s #BooksForCooks holiday giving campaign. For more information and gift ideas, click here.

    Regional American Cookbooks // #BooksForCooks

    Whether your friends and family prefer New England seasonal staples, fresh California cuisine, comforting Prairie favorites, or the bold and spicy flavors of Texas, we’ve got a cookbook for them– and you! The America Cooks series boasts a total of over 1,500 recipes from four great American regions. Each authored by an expert in the cuisine, they are the ultimate guides to regional feasts and culinary traditions.

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  • Harvest Bowl

    Holiday Champagne Cocktail Recipe

    Recipe: Harvest Bowl

    Summary: Gather round the Harvest Bowl, holding partners by the hand, now swing to the left, now swing to the right, stir a few times, pour it up (and not too light), take a big sip, give a little bow, another little sip, a do-si-do, one more slight sip, grab your partner by the elbow, now promenade. And that’s the Harvest Bowl shuffle (and it isn’t square in the least).

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  • Vegan Holidays

    Bring Home the Gift of Delicious Cooking that Everyone (Including Vegans) Will Enjoy

    This holiday season, take the guesswork out of what to cook the vegan eaters at your family table with two cookbooks that are guaranteed to produce delicious results. One-Dish Vegan and Vegan Planet, both by Robin Robertson offer up hundreds of creative and soul-satisfying recipes that are sure to please both vegans and non-vegans alike. In recipes such as Penne and Butternut Squash with Kale Pesto, and Tiramisu Cheesecake, Robin demonstrates the enormous potential for vegan cooking, and shows how it’s evolved into a globally-inspired, creative cuisine with something for everyone.

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  • Grill-Tarts

    Homemade Poptarts

    Recipe: Grill-Tarts

    Summary: We all know handheld, sweet-filled tarts like these by a more familiar (yet trademarked) name. Since we’re grilling them rather than “popping” them from a toaster, I call them Grill-Tarts. You just cut some rectangles of puff pastry, fill them with jam, seal them up, and put them on the grill. In about 15 minutes you have perfectly puffed, flaky, golden homemade toaster-style tarts— complete with ridges to cradle some tangy lemon glaze.

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  • Greek-Shrimp Panini with Pesto, Feta, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

    Greek Shrimp Panini with Feta, Pesto, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

    Find the recipe in The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook by Kathy Strahs!

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  • For the New Vegan/Vegetarian

    This post is a part of The Harvard Common Press’s #BooksForCooks holiday giving campaign. For more information and gift ideas, click here.

    Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker // #BooksForCooks

    Whether voluntary or not, taking on a new vegetarian or vegan diet can be a daunting task. Make it a bit easier for your loved one, by gifting them a cookbook full of recipes that are both delicious, and easy to throw in the slow cooker and let sit for a couple hours, until dinner is ready in the evening.

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  • For the Food Photographer//Blogger

    This post is a part of The Harvard Common Press’s #BooksForCooks holiday giving campaign. For more information and gift ideas, click here.

    Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution // #BooksForCooks

    Michael Natkin is living the food blogger dream. He quit his day-job at Adobe, started a full-time food blog, wrote a cookbook, and has a story that has inspired and influenced people all over the world! Herbivoracious is packed with not only diverse, flavorful recipes that will please both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, but also stunning four-color photographs taken by Michael himself. It’s the ultimate gift for any aspiring food blogger or photographer, or your favorite home cook who is craving a pop of flavor and international taste.

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