Melissa

spinach souffle chicken

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We love easy, delicious chicken recipes! This is wonderful with buttered whole grain toast points or warmed baguette. If you’re looking for fast, easy and yummy, you’ve come to the right place. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled or baked until completely cooked 1/4 cup unsalted butter (we use Kerrygold, unsalted) 1 medium onion, chopped…

coconut green tea ice cream

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Whoo hoo! Friday’s here! Gracie and I spent the day in Minneapolis yesterday. We had coffee at Caribou on Nicollet Mall, and lunch at Chipotle. Then we strolled up to Barnes & Noble and looked at magazines and books for awhile. All in all, a fabulous way to spend a hot summer day. Today it’s…

scenes from the past few weeks

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A farewell party for my dear friend, Josh at the gorgeous Jean Acres Farm in Ellsworth Wisconsin. It was such a pretty venue, and the night was perfect for a party in the country. The farewell was bittersweet. Miss him already. We celebrated my birthday at The Smack Shack Restaurant where I had the giant…

mango tango chicken & pasta salad {in a jar}

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As I’ve said before, we adore salads and meals in jars this time of year. Just pack them on ice and head to a beautiful picnic spot. Jars make pretty, earth-friendly vehicles for food. Here’s my latest jar creation. I made up a big batch of Mango Tango Chicken Salad and layered it with pasta…

cabbage roll casserole {deconstructed cabbage rolls}

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I’m munching on a bit of this casserole as I write this blog post. Gracie and I just took a long hike up Red Wing’s Barn Bluff and now I’m hungry! Cabbage roll casserole hits the spot. It’s good for you, low in fat and high in fiber, but my favorite thing about this casserole…

speculoos chocolate chip banana bread

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Gracie and I made this a few days ago and the entire loaf is gone. It’s SO good! This is a fantastic way to use up some over-ripe bananas that may be lurking on the counter. You can purchase Speculoos Cookie Butter at Trader Joe’s. ~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~ 3 very…

easy bacon wrapped bbq chicken

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This is an easy, delicious way to make chicken. You can grill it or make it in the oven, whichever way you choose. If you decide to make it on the grill, cook it over medium heat and watch it closely so the bacon doesn’t burn. You could always start it on the grill and…

onion & garlic smashed potatoes

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If you like potatoes, you’re going to love these. They’re the perfect accompaniment to grilled steaks or my favorite bacon wrapped bbq chicken. Dress them up however you like. We make them like this… ~ preheat oven to 450 degrees F. ~ 8 smallish russet, red or Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed 1/3 cup melted butter…

dilly salmon salad

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This is a recipe I use to make all the time when Jeff and I were first married, and it’s still a favorite at our house. It’s fast, easy, frugal and delicious. Cold salmon salad makes a wonderful filling for croissant sandwiches or served over a bed of crispy greens. serves 6 6 oz. small…

blueberry fizz vodka lemonade

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While Jeff was mowing the lawn, Grace and I decided it would be fun to head outside and lounge on the deck. I sat at the umbrella table and started reading this amazing book that my friend lent to me. It’s set in northern Minnesota in various areas that are familiar to me. I always…