Melissa

the ultimate meatloaf sandwich

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We had meatloaf for dinner last night. I made a huge one, using 3 lb. of meat, to insure we’d have leftovers for meatloaf sandwiches! Meatloaf sandwiches are SO good and I personally think meatloaf tastes better the day after you make it. I have several recipes for meatloaf here on my blog, but these…

cajun shrimp & sausage etouffee

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I enjoyed a day at home, alone today. It was so nice to get my workout done and then read some Little House while taking a long, candlelit bubble bath. After my bath I put on my jammy pants and watched two episodes of THIS awesome show while working on a knitting project. In January…

the original island hotel’s tropical salad + dressing

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“The Island Hotel Restaurant is where this dish originated. Created by Bessie Gibbs who owned the hotel from 1946 to 1973, this fresh salad is garnished with seasonal fruits, and served with the original dressing, fresh hearts of palm, and sugared dates.” ~ from the Island Hotel’s website There’s a beautiful, historical hotel in Cedar…

easy pumpkin cake

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~ easy pumpkin cake ~ 1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin puree 3 large eggs 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup light olive oil or vegetable oil 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 box yellow cake mix (I used French vanilla) 1 heaping Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice Combine all and mix with an electric or…

gracie’s oreo cookie & cream cupcakes

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My daughter Grace made up a batch of these in her Intro to Culinary Arts class. They’re delicious and so easy to prepare! The cream cheese frosting is perfect on these little confections. for the cupcakes: ~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~ 1 boxed white cake mix 3 large eggs 1/2 cup real…

creamy lemon poppy seed chicken

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Mmmmmm! Oh, yeah! This is my idea of comfort food. This chicken is super creamy and rich. It’s perfect with a cold, crisp tossed salad and a little baguette. So many of the creamy chicken casseroles out there call for condensed, canned cream soups. Honestly, they’re so bad for you! Most of them contain tons…

the original frontier inn salad

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There use to be a restaurant in Wickenburg, AZ called The Frontier Inn owned by a man named Vic Comer. He was famous for his smoked meats… and this amazing salad. We just love it with grilled steak or chicken! yield: 8 servings 6 slices thick cut bacon 1 large cove garlic, minced 2 cups…

green goddess deviled eggs with bacon

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These deviled eggs are a new, healthier twist on the old, favorite classic. I make these for virtually every holiday and they also make an awesome addition to a breakfast, brunch or game day buffet! This recipe makes extra deviled egg filling than you’ll need to fill the eggs. I like to serve it in…

matzo ball soup

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This has most definitely been the winter of soup! I’ve been enjoying the process of creating new soup recipes and sharing them with all of you… annnnnd, I have a very special project in the hopper. Eep! Wait for it…. This is such a lovely, elegant soup. Jeff and Grace love it. There’s something so…

pot roast tacos {barbacoa}

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Oh my goodness! Can you guess what I’ve been craving again? Yup! Tacos! Are you ready for this? It’s my take on the classic barbacoa, and I must say, it’s absolutely  fabulous, daaaaahlings! This will make enough beefy goodness for approximately 15 over-stuffed tacos (I always figure on about 3 tacos per person.) Soooo… this…