Melissa

Current Crush-Mark Bittman’s “Kitchen Express”

“I’m not a chef, and I never have been. And though I’ve cooked with some of the best-known chefs in the world, I’ve never had formal training, and I’ve never worked in a restaurant. None of which has gotten in the way of my mission to get people cooking simply, comfortably, and well.” ~Mark Bittman…

Music Review-Missy Higgins “On a Clear Night”

Are you always looking for new music? I know I am. Here’s another CD I’ve been listening to lately. Missy Higgins has a beautiful voice and is a great song writer. Take a listen at MissyHiggins.com My favorite songs on this CD are “Where I Stood,” “Warm Whispers,” and “Going North.” But they’re all good.…

Day Trip

My friend Nancy and I took a little day trip to Zumbrota yesterday. It was so nice to get out of town, if even for a few short hours. The covered bridge looked so beautiful covered in snow! Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of it covered in snow…maybe next time. We had lunch at…

Mud Pie Gourmet

Did you make mud pies when you were little? I did. My cousin and I would spend hours in the back yard turning humble soil into beautiful works of art and then looking around for different berries, flowers and weeds for our ‘spices.’ Mud Pies and Other Recipes-A Cookbook for Dolls is one of my…

“The Affluent Artist”-Rick DiBiasio

Hi Friends! Today we’re trying something a little different at ChinDeep.com. I am honored to welcome a friend of mine and successful author, Rick DiBiasio as a guest blogger! Here’s a brief description of his book: The Affluent Artist is a bridge.
It’s designed to help the business guy embrace creativity, to release his inner genius.…

Current Crush-Vintage Reproduction Fabrics

“I’m a material girl – want to see my fabric collection?”  ~Author Unknown I’m almost done with my pile of yarn projects and as usual when it comes to my creative stuff, I’m thinking waaaayyy ahead. I’m going to make some purses and a spring quilt. I’ve got several yards of vintage reproduction fabric that…

Music Review-The Weepies

I’m up early, sitting at my desk sipping a French press, and listening to one of my favorite bands play as I write. The Weepies. So amazingly beautiful and inspiring. Their sound is ethereal and enchanting and completely addictive. If you’re looking for something different then you’ve come to the right place. You can listen…

Tequilaberry’s Salad

“It’s certain that fine women eat a crazy salad with their meat.” ~Yeats My friend Sherida shared this recipe with me years ago when Tequilaberry’s was still open. It was a great restaurant  located in Coon Rapid’s Minnesota. They were known for their prime rib and this spectacular salad. They have sadly closed their doors,…

Current Crush-Vintage Cookbooks

“One reason cooking is so exciting is that there is always something new you can make; actually it can be a new adventure every single day.” Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Sampler One of the many things I collect, besides teacups, are vintage cookbooks. I collect vintage children’s books, vintage and antique valentines, vintage linens, vintage glassware…