Melissa

magic “crazy crust” apple pie

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This is a recipe that my grandma gave me years ago when I moved away from home. I remember making it every year during apple season, after our annual jaunt to the local apple orchard. First, in the little kitchen in my college dorm and later in the galley kitchen of my first “real” apartment.…

thai peanut chicken noodle jar

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This past summer was definitely the summer of “jar” picnics. We enjoyed quite a few! As summer turns to Autumn, we’re still taking salads and meals in jars wherever we go. This is my latest creation. for 4 thai peanut noodle jars: 4 cups whole grain spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package and chilled 2…

{better than d’amico’s} cherry turkey pasta salad

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This is by far one of the best pasta salads I’ve ever made. It’s full of delicious flavors and interesting textures. It’s very versatile too. You can certainly substitute chicken for the turkey, craisins for the dried cherries, and sugar for the honey. for the salad: 1 lb. rotini pasta (or bowtie pasta), cooked according…

the mama mia burger

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Okay, you have to prepare yourself for this one. It’s truly magnificent and reminiscent of what my Italian grandma, Darling, calls a “Hot Dago Sandwich.” If you like meatballs, and you LOVE Italian, you’re going to go bonkers over this burger. serves 3 to 4 people 1 loaf crusty Italian bread, cut into thick slices…

scenes from the past couple weeks

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::: Maiden Rock Apple Orchard, Winery & Cidery ::: Maiden Rock Cidery’s Honeycrisp Hard Cider Ellsworth’s ranch cheese curds ::: a day in Uptown Minneapolis ::: lunch at Pizza Luce… greek salad veggie slice with bianca sauce a little spice shopping at Penzey’s clothes shopping at Urban Outfitters knitted cozies for sign posts! a glass…

the sloppy jane {sloppy joe’s skinny sister}

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These sloppy sandwiches are healthy and every bit as delicious as traditional Sloppy Joes. I used lean ground turkey in place of ground beef and everyone loved them. This is an awesome recipe to make on a busy night when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. serves 4 to…

peach basil frozen yogurt

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We’re nearing the end of that time of summer when we can enjoy all of the glorious summer fruits that the season has to offer. Peaches are one of my all time favorites. I love basil and peach together. If you use really ripe, fresh, sweet peaches for this frozen yogurt recipe you’ll hardly need…

ginger cream steak

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I’ve been experimenting with new sauces for steak. I’ve invented a few that I think you are going to LOVE… starting with this yummy little number 2 heaping Tablespoons ginger jam/spread (I love this one by The Ginger People!) 1/4 cup Ponzu sauce 2 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauce 2 Tablespoons peanut oil 1/4 cup balsamic…

harvest grape focaccia bread

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Originally called “schiacciata” this Tuscan flat bread has become known as focaccia by most Americans. It’s traditionally made in the Chianti region of Italy to celebrate the annual autumn grape harvest. Focaccia is beautiful served with a variety of your favorite cheeses, oven roasted garlic and a gorgeous bottle of wine… go for something light…