August is panini season, at least according to Sargento Cheese. I'll buy that, since I love me some panini. The Italian pressed sandwiches are pretty much ubiquitous at this point, as are panini makers. But you don't need a fancy machine to make them. I like to cook mine in the oven, pressing the sandwiches down with a heated cast-iron skillet. Works just as well.
Next week I think I'll celebrate by commandeering the panini press at my office. I am also partial to the appropriately named Panini in the Upper Haight, where they serve a delicious avocado and spinach panino with pepperjack cheese. You wouldn't think that warm avocado would be a good idea, but it's actually quite delicious. Got some good panini ideas? Share 'em below.