French Toast Bread Pudding and a Giveaway

I’m a BIG fan of French toast. It’s just so comforting and delicious. Imagine taking the flavors of French toast and putting them into another comfort food – bread pudding. That’s what this recipe does.

I had the opportunity to go to an event a Panera a couple weeks ago. I got to taste their new steak sandwich and salad. Both were really good. I also had the opportunity to meeet some great people who work at Panera and Childrens Hospital Boston. You might be wondering how the two are related. Well, right now, select Boston area Panera cafes are donating a percentage of the proceeds from the Easter egg cookie sales to Children’s Hospital Boston.

After spending the evening with the folks at Panera, I decided I wanted to try one of their recipes found on myPanera.com. I grabbed a couple French toast bagels to make this bread pudding.

The lovely people at Panera have offered a giveaway so you can head into Panera and get your favorite lunch or try the new steak sandwich. To win the $15 gift certificate, just leave a comment before 12 noon (EST) on Wednesday April 6th letting me know what your go-to Panera order is. I always get the Pick-2 with the Turkey Bravo sandwich and the Ceasar salad. It always hits the spot.

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French Toast Bread Pudding

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients:

2 Panera Bread French Toast Bagels, cut into bite-size pieces
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
4 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups milk
1 cup half-and-half
Grated zest of a 1/2 orange

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 2-quart baking dish or eight 6- to 8-ounce ramekins with cooking spray and set the dish or ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. Put bagel pieces in baking dish or ramekins in an even layer. If using raisins, scatter on top.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until blended. Whisk in milk, half-and-half, and orange zest.

Pour egg mixture over bagel pieces, then press down with a spatula until completely coated. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, pressing down now and then to saturate bagel pieces.

Put baking sheet with the baking dish or ramekins in the oven, then pour very hot tap water into the baking sheet to about 1/4 inch up the sides of the baking dish or ramekins.

Bake until pudding is just set in the center, 60 to 75 minutes for the baking dish or 35 to 45 minutes for ramekins. Remove and let cool until warm to the touch.

Recipe from Panera Bread

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95 Responses to “French Toast Bread Pudding and a Giveaway”

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    jen — April 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    u pick two w/ bbq chicken salad and either veg soup or turkey sandwich. YUM!

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    m @ random musings — April 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    cinnamon crunch bagel with chai latte. nom nom

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    Lecklund24 — April 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    The fuji apple chicken salad :) I could eat it every day :)

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    Eva — April 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I also get the pick 2 – broccoli cheddar soup and the turkey artichoke panini!

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — April 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I love their jalapeno cheddar bagel.

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    Chloe — April 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Frontega Chicken Panini. Delish!

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    Frommytinykitchen — April 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Yum, I love Panera! I love the Sierra Turkey sandwich!

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    kris — April 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    i love the fontega chicken sandwich with soup! yum panera!!

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    Cheryl — April 4, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Barbaque chicken salad is delicious!

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    Valerie — April 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    We use the via Panera catering for work a lot, but I don’t have just one Panera favorite. Breakfast is for sure the Asiago bagel, and the chicken salad is one of my favorites for lunch!

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    Emily — April 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I’ve made cinnamon swirl bread pudding and imagine it tastes similarly amazing! I love getting the soup and sandwich combo at Panera, usually a broccoli cheddar soup if available and a turkey sandwich of some sort.

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    Urbakinmecrazyy — April 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I always get a cinnamon crunch bagel with a green tea and a fruit cup :)

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    Southern Pink Lemonade — April 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I love Panera! I usually get the you pick two with french onion soup and the fuji apple chicken salad….so good!

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    DeliciousDish — April 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I always get one of the soups in a bread boule. Love the tomato soup especially.

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    kelly_vance04 — April 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I go for the cinnamon crunch bagels

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    Rereray8 — April 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    our office loves panera bc theyre the most efficient place to grab lunch for everyone from. i typically go for the cobb, its a delish salad that is low in sugar and carbs. my boss never goes for the pick 2 bc hes too hungry for half of each. he wants the full version of anything. usually a soup, sandwich, and pb & j. (did i mention hes a hungry guy by the time lunch rolls around?) if its early still, he’ll go for any of the souflees. another employee always orders on the wild rice soup days, sans bread bowl bc we’re trying to be carb conscious as a group… although i think there are a few cheats during the off hours!

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    Intisar Bashir — April 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I always get the pick two with the garden veggie soup and Mediterranean veggie sandwich or a asiago cheese bagel with sun dried tomato cream cheese. Yum! I think I know what I am having for lunch!

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    Ann — April 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    The french toast bread pudding looks great! Maybe a bit sweet for breakfast, though, I think it would be great on a brunch buffet with something savory to balance it out.
    I am a big fan of the “pick two” as well, opting for some combination of bacon turkey bravo, sierra turkey, veggie wrap, greek salad, and broccoli cheddar soup.

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    Rachel — April 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    This looks so good! I’ve honestly never had anything of theirs besides picking up a dozen bagels – those things are SO good. But I’d definitely love to try a sandwich or salad.

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    Allison C — April 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I was so stoked when Panera finally came to MA. I LOVE the cinnamon sugar bagels toasted with honey walnut cream cheese.

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    Wendi Kroeger — April 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    My go to is always the French Onion Soup in a bread bowl. YUM!!! Then I finish it off with a chocolate chip muffie. Double YUM!!!

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    Cassie — April 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I don’t really have a favorite or go to. I usually end up there for breakfast so it is usually either a mini quiche, bagel or a breakfast sandwich.

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    Val — April 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I love panera… for bfast Jalepeno Cheddar Bagel with a non fat chai tea latte… (yes it’s an odd combo) for lunch/dinner… either 1/2 tomato soup 1/2 Italian Combo or 1/2 greek salad with 1/2 turkey sandwhich…

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    Carrie — April 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I get broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl with extra bread for dunking NUM!

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    Daisy — April 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    looks so good! I usually get the chicken noodle soup and that cherry walnut salad or a panini!

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    Cliff — April 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    My go to is their Jalapeño & Cheddar Bagel Breakfast Sandwich. Made with all natural egg, a thick slice of Vermont white cheddar and smoked, lean ham all grilled on their Jalapeño & Cheddar bagel. It is soooo amazingly great tasting! Paired with a cup of their coffee it is my ideal power breakfast!

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    Kelly McGinnis — April 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I love the broccoli cheddar soup in a bread bowl, but can only get it on days when I can indulge.
    Thanks for pointing out their recipes – I didn’t even know they had those on their website!

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    Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It — April 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I always get the fuji apple chicken salad!

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    Nicole — April 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    no way can i pick just “one” go to. love any of their breads/bagels! and, add a side salad w/soup of the day (in a bread bowl of course) and i am good to go!

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    Sarah R — April 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    That bread pudding sounds amazing. My go to for lunch is always the vegetable soup with a classic salad and whole grain baguette.

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    Vivian — April 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    asiago roast beef is my favorite!

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    Hewella1 — April 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I love the soup and bread bowl.

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    Heather Groat — April 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I switched to the asian sesame chicken salad ever since my beloved mozz tomato salad with grilled focaccia disappeared!

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    Melindabyrne — April 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I love the tomato mozzarella salad but since that is gone I usually go for the Mac and Cheese (ssoooo yummy) and the French Onion Soup

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    A Boston Food Diary — April 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    This loooks DELICIOUS!!!! I love french toast-I may need to make this soon!

    I havent eaten at Panera in years- but I’ve heard GREAT things about their French Onion Soup….

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    Katie — April 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Ohhh I love Panera! I usually go with a You Pick 2 with Baked Potato Soup or Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup + the Bacon Turkey Bravo or Turkey Artichoke Panini. Their Everything Bagel Sandwiches are great for breakfast though. Yummm.

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    Kelley — April 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Mediteranean Veggie Sandwich! Amazing

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    TrishG — April 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I love the chicken soup in the bread bowl. More bread than you need but that is what I love about it!!

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    kelly b — April 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I always go for the you pick 2, the chopped chicken cobb salad and baked potato soup. Perfect for a cold day!

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    katie — April 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    on those cold rainy days nothing is better than broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl!

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    Mastistyle — April 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Med. veggie sandwich toasted with an apple!

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    Kim Z — April 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    The Pick 2 is where it’s at! I usually go for tomato soup and the turkey artichoke panini, but since they introduced that thai chopped chicken salad, i can’t resist that!

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    Aimee — April 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    That bread pudding looks so good. It’s the most breakfasty of desserts already, so this just makes it exatra amazing.

    I also do the pick 2, and my all time favorite thing they have at Panera is their black bean soup. I usually pair it with whatever they have for a vegetarian panini.

    I base my own black bean soup recipe on Panera’s. I get legit mad when I go there and it’s not on the soup list!

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    Surekha V — April 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I usually get the Pick 2 with Broccoli Cheddar soup and Caesar salad.

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    Andrea — April 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I get the pick two with black bean soup and cesaer salad.

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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} — April 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Pick 2: Greek Salad & Black Bean soup. Although I do love the Strawberry Salad in the summer!

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    Allisonpence — April 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    When in season the pumpkin bagel and when not available the cinnamon crunch bagel. Ahhh the black bean soup in a bread bowl is pretty darn good as well.

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    Shannon — April 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    ooh, that sounds so good!! i’m definitely all over the pick two, with the fuji apple chicken salad and black bean soup :)

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    Engineer and an Oven — April 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    mediterranean veggie and black bean soup – u pick 2 of course!

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    Em&M — April 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    You pick two with sierra turkey and ceasar salad!

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    Ljyoung85 — April 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    My go to panera order is You Pick Two smoke house turkey and cheddar broccoli soup.

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    HPYGRL — April 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I am always pick two with mediterranean veggie and tomato soup (and a toffee cookie – but don’t tell my kids) – so yummy!

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    Jessica Colligan — April 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Mmm, my go-to order is the Pick Two with Creamy Tomato Soup and the Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich.

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    Krissu — April 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Always Pick Two-BBQ chicken salad and whatever soup looks good!

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    Jeni — April 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    For breakfast -cinnamon crunch bagel. Lunch – smokehouse turkey w/Cesar salad

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    rlk — April 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I love the broccoli cheddar soup in a bread bowl!

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    Ashley — April 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I love their summer salads, the one with strawberries or cherries. And their soups are so yummy to, I love how they change seasonally.

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    FunandFearlessinBeantown — April 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    This bread pudding looks unbelievable! I actually have only been to Panera just a handful of times but I really love their asiago cheese bagels!

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    Linda — April 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    French onion soup in a bread bowl. Yum!

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    A Rog — April 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I love their bagels with cream cheese any time of day!

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    Marcie — April 4, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Love their turkey sandwich with chips and an apple

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    M — April 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I always order a big bbq chicken salad, and a hunk of their delish bread!

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    Alexis — April 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    During the winter months..I long for the grilled cheese with the creamy tomato soup.

    During summer I stick with the classic cafe salad and the bacon turkey bravo. YUM!

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    domestic diva — April 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I’ve never been to Panera, but I’d love to use the certificate to give it a try.

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    Marcie Sullivan — April 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I would love to win this, Panera always makes me crave their bread, so I normally order their chicken noodle soup in a bread bowl!

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    Audrey — April 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    This is especially tempting because there is a new Panera opening in Porter Square! I am always on the search for the best breakfast sandwiches that I can find, so the last time I was there I had a bacon, egg, and cheese on an Everything bagel. And sometimes one of their muffin tops makes it into my hands somehow…

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    Bee — April 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    For Thanksgiving my mom made a bread pudding with cinnamon roll bread, I imagine it was similar to this… delicious!

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    Hezzi-D — April 4, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    That’s tough…Sometimes I get a coffee and jalapeno cheddar bagel and other times I get the pick two-broccoli cheddar soup and a salad.

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    Amanda W — April 4, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I love their breakfast quiche things.

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    Theresa Shore — April 5, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I always get the “You Pick 2″ with soup, bread, and then either the half sandwich or the half salad. My fave sandwich is the medeterranian veggie. YUM!

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    miranda — April 5, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I always get the “you pick 2″ with some type of turkey sandwich, broccoli cheese soup and bread. mmm…crusty bread dipped into the broccoli cheese soup, yum!

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    Anash — April 5, 2011 at 1:01 am

    i love their smoothies!
    Thanks for this splendid giveaway

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    Meg — April 5, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I LOVE to get the turkey sandwich with mustard and the chicken noodle soup!! I eat the turkey out of my sandwich so I can use the sandwich bread and the baguette chuck in my soup!!!

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    L P B8886 — April 5, 2011 at 2:23 am

    i love their turkey artichoke paninni but there french toast bagels are delish as well!

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    Grace — April 5, 2011 at 2:29 am

    I’m a HUGE fan of the Fontega Chicken (minus the onion) and the garden veggie soup with pesto or the black bean soup. And an apple on the side :)

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    Ginger Foodie — April 5, 2011 at 3:07 am

    This looks great! My go-to order is definitely the black bean soup in a bread bowl. My Mom’s FAVORITE restaurant is Panera, so I hope I win!!

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    Beckster's Laboratory — April 5, 2011 at 3:08 am

    I always get the Pick 2 and typically pick the Black Bean soup and the Asian Sesame Chicken salad – yum!

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    Lynda — April 5, 2011 at 3:30 am

    My favorite is the Mediterranean Veggie sandwich and the Garden Vegetable Soup with Pesto, yum..
    Of course, followed with either a strawberry and cream scone or a wonderful fudgy brownie. My daughter and I share. Her birthday is in one week and Panera is her favorite place for lunch. Hope I win.

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    Diane — April 5, 2011 at 4:18 am

    napa almond chicken salad sandwich on tomato basil bread. money!!!

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    Angela — April 5, 2011 at 8:57 am

    You pick 2, smokehouse bacon turkey, and broccoli cheddar soup or the creamy tomato, and a black cherry smoothie! I really want to try the new sandwich!

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    Ange — April 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I always get the same thing You Pick 2: chicken caesar salad and black bean soup. Now I want Panera.

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    Jene — April 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Love this giveaway! I always get soup – I prefer the vegetable – and a baguette. I also get Charlie a grilled cheese, and I usually end up eating the crusts. I used to really love their chicken salad, but the new recipe they’re using just isn’t the same.

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    susie coppeans — April 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Pick Two: Turkey and Artichoke Panini with a Greek salad. Oh, and a chocolate chip cookie!

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    Rebecca — April 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I always order a roast beef sandwich with lettuce, tomato and red onion.

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    Shelly Ipox — April 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I love their bagels! Yum!

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    k11haugo — April 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I always get the Asiago Cheese bagel with plain cream cheese. YUM!

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    Lara @GoodCookDoris — April 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    You pick two w/ smoked turkey & soup. I used to love their cream of asparagus soup…but don’t know if they make that anymore. My second fave is the vegetarian black bean.

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    Coleen Loer — April 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I love the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. The flavors all go together so well.

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — April 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I haven’t been to Panera in a long time so I don’t have a go-to. Maybe winning this gift card would change that :)

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    Liz — April 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Asian Sesame Chix Salad – the dressing is to die for!

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    Tricia — April 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I like panera, but don’t have a favorite because I like to try something different every time :)

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    Kristie — April 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    My favorite go to at Panera is the choose 2 combo I go with Fuji Apple Chicken Salad and Broccoli and cheddar soup!!!!

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    EJ — April 6, 2011 at 1:56 am

    A very excellent PB&J on their delicious bread…

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    chelsea rose — April 6, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I LOVE Panera! My boyfriend and I go there just about every saturday and I get the Pick 2 with the Smoked Turkey Breast Sandwich and Chicken Noodle Soup. YUM!

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    Katie K — April 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Without fail, I get the You Pick 2 with a cup of broccoli cheddar soup and the classic salad, and a baguette… or two. Yes, always two.

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