Lately I have been trying to broaden my family's food repertoire. Soups, salads and sandwiches have been appearing on our dinner table, to very mixed reviews. Then I remembered this Hamilton Beach panini press which we had received as a wedding gift and kind of forgotten about. Everyone loves it! My kids think it is fun to help make dinner because they enjoy "designing" their sandwiches and then helping to "squish" them. I have even gotten them to eat a lot of foods and especially vegetables that they would normally be hesitant to try, just by putting them into their paninis. I love how easy it is to make a meal that everyone can take part in and enjoys. And I really like that the press is easy to use and to clean. I don't actually follow the directions exactly, instead of letting it cool after we use it I wipe it with a cold, wet cloth while it is still hot. This quickly and easily removes any drips of cheese or sauce, as well as most of any oils. Then it is easy to finish cleaning after it has cooled completely.