Melissa

Two Gorgeous Summer Wines

If you’re always looking for new wines to try (like I am) than you’ve come to the right place. 🙂 Beaucanon Estate Trifecta 2001– This is an especially great wine to serve with grilled red meat and kabobs. A perfect combination of currant, Fuji apples, mint, licorice, and rose petals. La Crema Russian River Valley…

Giant Thermos Cocktails for the Beach

These are fantastic little libations for the beach, boat parties or picnics. Combining all of your cocktail ingredients before a beach party or boat outing makes enjoying cocktails more convenient. This recipe makes enough for 1 gallon of cocktails, but can be doubled or tripled, depending on how many people will be joining you. 🙂…

Sandbar Footsie Treatment

Here’s one of my favorite summertime spa treatments. This one was published in my first book, “Chin Deep in Bubbles” on page 58. An exfoliating, smoothing treatment for your feet: Combine 1/2 cup beach sand (or play sand), 1 Tablespoon sea salt, and 1/2 cup olive oil in a big basin. Put your feet in…

Appropriate woods for grilling

Adding wood to your coals before grilling can add depth and flavor to the meats you grill. We have been experimenting with grapevines and fresh herbs. Have fun with this and let me know what you find out 🙂 Here is a list of woods suitable for grilling and smoking: * ACACIA – these trees…

Trendy Little Lettuce Wraps

These little lettuce wraps are every bit as wonderful as the ones you can get at upscale Chinese restaurants. They make a perfect lunch, appetizer, or light dinner. 16 butter lettuce leaves 1 pound lean ground bison 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 large, sweet Maui onion or Vidalia onion, chopped fine 2 cloves fresh garlic,…

Rose Petal Dream Bath

“This is la vie en rose…” ~ Edith Piaf It doesn’t get much easier than this! Just sprinkle fresh rose petals into your bath water before you bathe. Light some candles, sip wine or tea, nibble chocolates, and listen to relaxing music while looking at your favorite magazines. Instant spa! 🙂 Enjoy! ~Melissa

easy tandoori chicken on the grill

This is a delicious, easy and healthful Indian style meal that tastes fantastic paired with a gewurztraminer wine. Marinating chicken in yogurt for 24 hours makes the meat very tender and flavorful. I love to serve this with stuffed pattypan squash and seasoned cous cous. A dollop of Greek yogurt, along with a dab of…

Wine Tasting Notes: Hey Mambo Swanky White Wine

This wine is exceptonally elegant. Perfect for those special summer soirees. With a sumptuous combination of crisp Suavignon Blanc, seductive Viognier, sweet Muscat and elusive Chenin Blanc…This romantic summer wine is the equivelant of a fragrant flower market. Orchids, French lavender, lilacs, green apple and peach blossoms prevail. Crispy notes of Chinese Apple Pears and…

Creating Ambience While You Cook

photograph by Melissa Placzek Cooking the evening meal is one of my favorite things to do. I light candles, play a soothing CD, and sip a glass of wine as I cook. I like to have a fragrant bouquet of flowers of a bowl of tangy lemons on the counter to delight my senses when…

Frugal Home Spa : Brown Sugar & Coconut Body Glow

Fresh coconut gently exfoliates, and brown sugar gives your skin an even deeper exfoliating treatment without being too harsh or abrasive. Combine: 1 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup grated coconut 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted OR 1/4 cup creme de coconut 1 Tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil 10 drops coconut perfume oil…