Every Christmas I am spoiled by my loved ones, and this one, despite my efforts to change the pattern, was no exception. Everyone went above and beyond, again, and it seems I came out the winner.
And, as per usual, it would be much too hard to narrow down a favourite gift, but I am thinking with my belly this morning (something I’ve been doing for quite some time now), and I thought it was necessary to brag about the foody gift I received from Dan. Though I had pointed it out about a billion times in the past while grocery shopping, I had completely forgotten about it when Dan, dressed in Santa hat and pjs, handed me a large heavy box on Christmas morning. I ripped off the paper and just beamed. We finally had a panini sandwich maker!
My love of the panini sandwich is not new. I discovered them while living in Virginia in 2000, when I went to lunch at a little cafe with my mother one afternoon. Kiari’s Cafe offered a grilled vegetable panini on their menu that boasted artichokes, hearts of palm, eggplant and cheese as ingredients. I realize that I may have lost most of you by admitting to what on the sandwich, but it was truly amazing. So much so that a trip to Virginia is not complete without a visit to Kiari’s, much to my mother’s chagrin. She has been trying to get me to branch out to other lunchtime venues while there, but I outright refuse. I’m loyal, and I love my grilled veggie panini.
And now I can make them at home. We busted it out when Liz and Mark were here two nights ago, and everyone gave it a thumbs up, mostly because they were too busy devouring their sandwiches to give me a verbal review. The PC Panini Sandwich Press has been in my possession for a little under a week and it’s already changed the way that the Fullertons look at sandwiches.
Mmm…I wonder if I can make a breakfast version. I’d better go see………