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The Panini Press a kitchen appliance must have

Villaware Uno Pro Panini Press is a favorite tool of

There are many appliances available to the everyday home chef. Some that are large and cumbersome, some small and portable, others that are used once, and stored away in the cupboard never to resurface for years! The one small kitchen appliance that is a must have in all kitchens, is the Panini Press. This double sided grill is small, powerful and versatile. Does a lot more then just sandwiches. You can cook hamburgers, steaks, chicken, vegetables and more!

If you’ve never had a Panini, which is an Italian sandwich, you have no idea what you’re missing. There’s just something about salty prosciutto, warm stringy provolone cheese, and peppery arugula, nestled between a toasted ciabatta bun, that a regular white bread peanut butter sandwich just can’t beat.

Almost all Panini Presses sold now come with non stick grills, which make for easy pressing, and even easier clean up. In most cases all that is needed is a damp, soapy cloth. They don’t take up much room, and can easily be left on the counter for quick use. The panini press varies in price, from your basic panini press that presses panini, to deluxe panini presses with a large cooking area with temperature controls. Which every one you buy, you can rest assured that you will not impress your friends, with scrumptious paninis, but you will use it a lot more then you did that old blender that’s still sitting in the back of your kitchen cupboard!

Garlic Bread that’s delicious, and easy

Try this quick and easy garlic bread recipe

When people think of  garlic bread, the first thing that comes to mind is a long baguette with a neon yellow, buttery top with garlic powder and sprinkles of dried parsley flakes, which doesn’t look (or taste)very appealing.  Well, here’s a recipe that will hopefully give you a different view of garlic bread that’s made with……now brace yourself….REAL GARLIC!

Apart from being eaten on its own, this would be a great base for BRUSCHETTA, a PANINI or with some good quality PARMIGIANO REGGIANO.

Try this method of making garlic bread next time, and I’m convinced you wont go back to the buttered up baguettes made with garlic powder and dried parsley flakes.  Leave a comment letting us know what you think!


1 Loaf of crusty italian bread
3 cloves garlic
olive oil
sea salt
finely chopped fresh parsley  *optional


  • cut the bread into 1″ slices.  Arrange slices on a baking sheet and toast for 5 min in a pre heated oven of 350 degrees.  Turn and allow to toast for another 3 minutes
  • allow to cool slightly (2-3 min)
  • drizzle (or brush) the slices of bread with extra virgin oil.
  • cut the tip of the garlic on a 45 degree angle, and use the same motion as an eraser, and rub the garlic on the bread.  Rub as much or as little according to taste.  Usually a few passes is sufficient
  • finish off with a sprinkle of good quality sea salt and parsley

Buon Appetito!