Melissa

toasted bread & chocolate

toastedchocbread

Bread and chocolate are two of my favorite things to eat. I love my bread super fresh, crusty and buttery on the outside with a soft chewy crumb interior. And I like my chocolate to be Belgian. My dear friend, Dolores, travels to Belgium once a year and sweetly sends me a chocolate care package…

dilly potato salad

dillypotato

Who doesn’t love a scoop of yummy potato salad with fried chicken or grilled steak in the spring and summer? We adore the old, traditional, tried and true potato salad that we’ve been making forever, but we’re having fun creating healthier versions that are equally delicious. There are so many different possibilities for potato salad.…

{just like benihana’s} ginger salad dressing

benihanadressing

If you’ve ever been to Benihana Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant, you’ve probably had this amazing salad dressing at some point. It’s wonderful on a simple tossed salad or as a dipping sauce for steamed veggies and grilled meats. We even like it as a sandwich spread! 1/2 cup minced yellow onion 1/2 cup peanut oil 1/3…

bombshell borscht

borscht

This is one of those recipes that has made me rethink health food. I use to think healthy food meant boring, bland and unsatisfying. This gorgeous soup is bright, flavorful, and absolutely filling. That big dollop of greek yogurt gives this dish a protein boost without fat or meat so it’s the perfect entree to…

caramel apple pie in an oatmeal cookie crust

caramelapplepie

Are you ready for awesome? This pie is ultra delicious. The crunchy, buttery oatmeal cookie crust surrounding tender, spicy apple pie filling and topped with warm, homemade butter caramel sauce. What could be better? We like ours with homemade vanilla ice cream and homemade caramel sauce, but store bought will suffice. ~ preheat oven to…

creamy carrot souffle casserole

carrotsouffle

Serve this yummy, savory carrot bake with your favorite meat entrees. We like this even more than mashed potatoes! ~ Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. ~ 1 lb. carrots, peeled and sliced into uniform pieces 1 large onion, coarsely chopped 2 and 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth 1 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs,…

candied garlic skillet chicken

candiedchicken

In a rush to get dinner on the table? This takes about 40 minutes from start to finish and it’s wonderful. I served this chicken dish with a simple tossed salad, baked sweet potatoes and Cheesy BBQ Garlic Bread. YUM! ~ preheat oven to 400 degrees F. ~ 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (fresh or…

sugar pie

sugarpiefinal

I just love the name of this simple, old fashioned pie. So darling! And, it tastes amazing too. It’s delicate and slightly custardy. Perfect with an afternoon cup of tea. If you have a little of the filling left over, you can make an additional, miniature “baby” pie and put it in a small tart…

scenes from the past few weeks

creamery5

the creamery in nelson wisconsin for lunch with jeff and grace (one of our favorite restaurants) … we bought some yummy cheeses to take home and enjoy later that evening too… snow… lunch at the staghead with my dear friend bonnie. it was so nice to catch up and hear all of her news. we…

bogus creek’s fruited chicken & pasta salad

boguscreeksalad

I was perusing some of my cookbooks that hail from the area where I live here in the Midwest, and I came across this! I was so excited! Bogus Creek Cafe & Bakery is this awesome little restaurant just across the bridge in Stockholm Wisconsin. We live in Red Wing, Minnesota and we’re just a…