Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, June 6, 2010

roasted red pepper and portabella mushroom panini

some weeknights need to be centered around a meal that can be made in minutes. either our schedules require a change in dinner time, or we decide that it would be best to complete garden tasks prior to a meal break.

for those nights, i sometimes choose panini sandwiches for the main dish. using a great deli bread is the essence of a good sandwich. ciabatta, crusty italian or even a french loaf is often a great choice. for the portabella mushroom sandwiches, i clean the mushrooms first, and then grill them in the panini maker. this allows the mushroom to thoroughly cook prior to grilling them for the sandwich.

for these sandwiches, i used a sliced ciabatta bread, portabellas, sweet red roasted peppers, and grilled onions. i pre-heated and grilled the peppers and onions in a skillet and then added them to the sandwich. therefore, all ingredients were warm before making the panini.

these sandwiches are delicious, and only a small slice of bread is required as the flavor of the ingredients makes the sandwich. served along side a small salad, this is a wonderful weeknight meal.

i find ideas for panini sandwich combinations in the book panini express by daniel leader.

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