Melissa

spicy thai noodle salad

This is one of those gorgeous, show-stopper salads that you make when company is coming. It’s so pretty, and the flavor combinations happening in this dish will knock your socks off. There are many “cooling” foods in this dish which make it an even more perfect summer offering. According to eastern medicine there are foods…

air fryer bowtie pasta chips

Ooh! Aren’t these bowtie pasta chips pretty? They’re delicious and easy too! If you have an air fryer, you’re in luck. I’ve never made these in the oven, but I imagine it would work. Bowtie pasta chips are super crunchy and delicious plain, with dip, or marinara sauce. Season them to your liking prior to…

vegan steak tacos

So delicious and so incredibly easy once you have a batch of vegan steaks in your refrigerator! First make the vegan steak. Now gather the rest of your ingredients: flour or corn tortillas your favorite shredded or shreddable vegan cheese shredded lettuce homemade salsa or homemade pico (or store bought) chopped avocado or guacamole chopped…

next level oven roasted potato salad

Oven roasting potatoes is the key to the perfect potato salad! The potatoes come out delicious and creamy every time and are still firm enough to hold up to the heavy dressing because of the oven roasted layer of potato. We love the depth of flavor that oven roasting lends to potatoes too. We are…

lake harriet gardens + mother’s day 2020

Just thought I’d pop in and share some scenes from Mother’s Day 2020. Even with all the weirdness this year, my husband, daughters, friends, and grandgirls made sure I had a good day and that means so much to me. Flowers, in garden and bouquet form, were the theme this year as they are most…

vegan bbq riblets

I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner last night and almost resorted to tired leftover soup. I was sooooo not in the mood for soup. Then I remembered a little recipe I ran across some time back for easy vegan BBQ riblets that you make in your air fryer. I didn’t have high expectations…

thai green curry

There are so many different curries out there you could literally make a different one every day for a month and never eat the same one twice. I’m not suggesting you try that, but you certainly don’t have to keep making the same tired recipe over and over again. I crave a good curry a…

italian lemon cake

I was craving something really lemony and rich to go with my tea yesterday so I made one of these easy, lemon drizzle cakes. Italians are known for their citrusy olive oil cakes, and this one is absolutely gorgeous. So delicious, with minimal ingredients. It’s not too terribly sweet, and the tart lemon drizzle balances…

vegan teriyaki bbq steak sandwich

So, ya know that vegan steak I made? It’s REALLY good made into sandwiches. I slathered some vegan mayo mixed with a little horseradish on a French roll, and piled it high with saucy vegan steak chunks, vegan cheese, and shredded lettuce. I know it’s kind of silly to share a blog post for how…

vegan steak

It’s that time of year again! Everyone is headed outside to the grill to cook up dinner. If you’re vegan there’s no need to feel left out. With delicious choices like Beyond Burgers, Beyond Bratwurst, Beyond Italian Sausage, polenta, homemade veggie burgers, grill-wok veggies, big portobello mushroom caps, tofu, veggie kabobs, and now… vegan steak,…