Melissa

brown breakfast bread

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I’ve been on a roll, making lots of breads and soups in my kitchen. This particular recipe is a cross between bread and cake. It’s not too sweet, so it’s the perfect accompaniment to tea and is wonderful topped with a little sweetened whipped cream or honey butter and served with fresh fruit. Feel free…

sloppy joe corn cake sliders

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The combination of cornbread and chili got me thinking that maybe corn cake (or cornbread muffins) and sloppy joes would make a good pairing. Oh my gosh! This turned out to be a match made in heaven. Super easy and the perfect, fast comfort food meal. Just make a little spinach salad as an accompaniment…

oat soup

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“Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy. A kid’ll eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?” ~children’s lullabye by The Pied Pipers 1944 I just returned home from a fun weekend hanging out with friends. We had massages, went to dinner, played poker, and enjoyed an awesome Sunday brunch. I’ll share photos…

pizza omelette

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Here’s an awesome recipe to try when you’re craving pizza for breakfast! It’s also a fun recipe for my Paleo friends to try; Just crumble a little yogurt cheese on it after it’s plated and skip the mozzarella. for one pizza omelette: 2 large eggs + 1 Tablespoon chopped onion + 1 Tablespoon water, beaten…

chinese quinoa chicken salad

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Here’s a light, delicious, guilt-free dinner idea that is packed with flavor and protein. It’s a nice change from all of the heavy, butter-laden fare that I’m seeing in so many comfort food dishes online these days. Enjoy it over a bed of baby spinach if you like. I just roasted up a bunch of…

mayonnaise banana bread

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There are a lot of banana bread recipes out there claiming to be THE best banana bread. I’ve made a lot of quick breads and banana breads and I’m not kidding when I say this is the easiest and best I’ve ever eaten. The “secret” ingredient is mayonnaise! I know it sounds kind of weird,…

gracie’s healthy veggie pizza {on 3 ingredient whole wheat crust}

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Gracie made pizza! She started with a super simple, 3 ingredient crust… sauteed garlic and veggies… made up her own recipe for sauce… was liberal with the shredded mozzarella… yum! My daughter Grace has done it again! She’s been busy in the kitchen, this time creating her own recipe for healthy, easy pizza. This particular…

manhattan clam chowder

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This turned out to be the perfect, hearty yet healthy soup for our recent soup supper. I made a loaf of fresh tomato bread to go with it and it was amazing. The addition of bacon in this recipe adds a smoky depth to this dish, and the lemons make it exceptionally bright without being…

scenes from the past couple weeks

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A Valentine’s Day celebration ~ a date day with the hubby: this movie and this favorite wine bar… later: pajamas, pink champagne, roses, chocolate, and the Breakfast Club on DVD while we munched our favorite pizza…This winter I’ve been reading an eclectic mix of books. I’m thoroughly enjoying a reread of the Little House Books,…

tomato bread

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This has been such a fun winter for delving into my vintage cookbook collection and actually making some of the recipes I’ve found within their covers. I’ve been known to fastidiously comb each page of a vintage cookbook, write down the recipe titles followed by a short description of the dish and the page number,…