Melissa

tequila lime grilled chicken

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This time of year is awesome for coming up with simple, easy, delicious grilling recipes. Some of my favorite chicken recipes require a few flavorful marinade ingredients, boneless skinless chicken breasts, a big heavy duty Ziploc bag and a few hours time so they can marinate in the fridge. Here’s my latest creation, and it…

caprese salad chicken wrap

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These healthy, flavorful wraps make a wonderful, light lunch or dinner! Everyone seems to love wrap sandwiches. I’ve served them several times for casual, tea party luncheons. Use the most colorful wraps you can find (my favorites are spinach and sun-dried tomato.) Feel free to use warm chicken, fresh off the grill, or cold chicken…

cottage kitchen lilac scones + rose water devonshire cream

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These are the perfect addition to a garden tea party. I love cooking with edible blossoms! These aren’t the tallest scones I’ve ever made, but my addition of cottage cheese makes them incredibly tender. ~ makes approximately 8 to 10 large scones ~ ~ preheat oven to 425 degrees F. ~ 3 cups all purpose…

scenes from mother’s day

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We did a tour of some awesome places for my Mother’s Day celebration this year. We started at Betty Danger’s Country Club for drinks and a twirl on “The Danger” ferris wheel…aka “vertically revolving patio” aka “mechanical tree.” So much fun, and such a great way to kick off the day. From the ferris wheel…

no-bake chocolate chip cookie truffles

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Every once in awhile the sweet tooth starts talking. I know how it is! You’re trying to watch your sugar intake, you’re exercising and you deserve a treat, damn it! Well, let me tell ya, these little truffles will come to your rescue. Not only are they chock full of chocolate chips, they’re actually good…

kimchi grilled cheese sandwich

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I’ve had a very specific craving this past week and it’s for the crunchy, spicy, tingly, fermented cabbage called kimchi. I love the stuff with my banh mi sandwiches, on my toast along with soft boiled eggs, and on other less traditional things that I’ll be sharing in the very near future. My latest obsession…

oven baked tacos

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These easy, flavorful tacos are the best! I love to make them on nights when I’m craving tacos (which is most nights… and afternoons, and, well, mornings too come to think of it!) They are so fast and easy to put together. They’re great for serving a big crowd. Just double or triple the recipe…

magic one pot shrimp pad thai

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My last Magic One Pot Pasta recipe was such a hit, I had to create another one to share! This turned out amazing too, and so easy! I know that traditional Pad Thai calls for rice pasta noodles, but I was afraid they wouldn’t hold up for this recipe so I used my favorite, whole…

bacon wrapped medjool dates stuffed with gorgonzola

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We recently tried these tasty little nibbles at a favorite local wine bar and they were out of this world. I decided I must recreate them at home, and they turned out fabulous. Serve as a cocktail party appetizer, or as the first course of a more elaborate dinner. I made two or three for…