Each year when the leaves on the trees make their autumnal change, not only does it mean winter will soon be on its way, but it also signals the release of new cookbooks making their way to our kitchen shelves.
This week I’m crushing on another talented food blogger (click here to see more food blogger interviews) who has made her foray into the cookbook realm, creating amazingly innovative recipes that are all created between two hot presses. Meet this week’s foodie crush, Kathy Strahs of Panini Happy, and win a copy of her new cookbook The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook plus Kathy’s must-eat-for-fall recipe: Roasted Apple, Brie and Pecan Panini.
But first, I want to tell you more about the uber talented Kathy. Maybe beyond talented, because creating a blog using everyone’s favorite sandwich maker, and consistently creating unique recipes that continue to inspire, takes some serious skills. And Kathy does just that.
Blogging since January of 2008, Kathy found the source of her online recipe inspiration thanks to the one and only Oprah.
“I watched Oprah’s annual ‘Favorite Things’ episode where she raved about her panini press, and I was intrigued,” Kathy reveals. “That model subsequently sold out everywhere. The next month my sister gave me one for Christmas. We had a newborn baby at home and I was going to be taking some time off of work,” says Kathy.
“I decided to start a food blog centered around my new panini press, exploring creative uses for it,” she explains. “I started out with mostly sandwiches (of course) but it wasn’t long before I began branching out into making ice cream cones, cornish game hens, cakes and lots of other fun non-panini on the press.”
Kathy and her husband Mike and at the Fig Fest in San Diego, CA.