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Pop quiz: What’s Oprah’s favorite Favorite Thing?
Of all the Favorite Things Oprah has showered on her viewers over the years, what’s her absolute favorite?
No, it’s not the Classic Sparkles UGG Australia Boots (which I can verify firsthand are pretty amazing. I’m wearing them now).
It’s not the Magaschoni Embellished Tunic and Leggings (come on, nobody would guess that).
And it sure as hell isn’t Josh Groban’s Illuminations CD.
It’s the Breville Panini Press. You can hear it straight from Lady O herself around minute 24 of this Facebook interview (though I first learned about Oprah’s declaration in the Atlantic Monthly. I swear.).
Faced with a nearly impossible question about which of her Favorite Things deserves supreme elevation, a question that would have crushed a lesser being, O doesn’t hem and haw or give that same nonsense your parents gave you and your siblings about not being able to choose a favorite (it was your brother). Big O confidently proclaims the Breville Panini Press her favorite. Not once, but twice. So throw away your other Favorite Things: Your Staub Mini-Cocottes. Your Josh Grobin Noel CD. Your Aerolatte Milk Froth Frother with Defrothing Attachment. Your Claus Artisanal Goat’s Milk Pumice Porto Soaps with Organic Sheep’s Milk Extract from Lafco New York. Your Lululemon “Atlas Stretched” Yoga Pants. Your O’s Guide to Life (actually, keep that. It’s chock full of great advice). Your Josh Groban Josh Groban Covers Appetite For Destruction CD. (Obviously, some of these things are made up. I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as a mini-cocotte).
Her O-ness has spoken, and Breville Panini Press is the greatest thing that has ever been invented. Take that, Gutenberg!
Having recently come into possession of a Breville, I can attest, once again, to Oprah’s genius. Since we got this press a few months ago, we have been making paninis left and right and center. Want to spice up an ordinary weeknight? A broccoli-cheese Panini will do the trick. Is your bad apple of a day giving you the blues? An apple and blue cheese panini is the cure. Or, you could use it as O-rama does to make Stedman a weekly “Love Sandwich” (which, I have been assured, is actually just a sandwich and not a euphemism for a sexual act).
Surely, there’s a Stedman in your life that deserves a special Love Sandwich. In my life, Anna is the Stedman (wait, that came out wrong). So I decided to whip up a special Tuesday night Caprese Panini with a side of roasted red pepper pasta salad. The Breville is so simple to use that the Panini virtually made itself. Just place some heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil between two slices of focaccia bread and press away.
Unfortunately, Deepak Oprah did not recommend a pasta salad maker, so I had to make that the old fashioned way.
Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad
Blend one small jar of roasted red peppers, 2 cloves cooked garlic, ½ cooked white onion, and ¼ cup olive oil in a food processor until the mixture is even and creamy.
Combine roasted red pepper sauce in a bowl with 1 cup cooked pasta, ½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes, ½ cup feta, and ¼ cup chopped parsley. Chill and serve.
Everything came together nicely:
I’d say that this meal might earn the approval of Oprah herself, but I’m not that cocky. One thing’s for sure, though. Only one person in the world could possibly hate the Breville Panini Press:
The rest of you should take Oprah’s word on this, like you should on everything. I hear she even offers some great book recommendations!