Melissa

chinese broccoli salad

There’s something about the contrast of a super crunchy salad with a sandwich at lunch time. I used to eat a pile of chips with my sandwich, and still do on occasion, but lately I’ve been making super crunchy salads that either feature broccoli or cauliflower. A much healthier choice to be sure. This salad…

easy air fryer donuts

I finally made air fryer donuts and donut holes! They’re so darn fun to make, and easy too! Only 4 ingredients. You start with a tube (or two) of Pillsbury Grands biscuits. If you want to make them vegan, be sure to check the packaging. Some contain dairy and some don’t These would be the…

campfire s’mores popcorn

Here’s something delicious and fun to make for your next movie night. It’s sweet, salty, and tastes like a campfire s’mores! This yummy popcorn is definitely sweet enough to double as dessert. Make a big batch because it goes fast. I’ve been having a great time coming up with gourmet popcorn treats. If you want…

meatball sub pizza

Hello! How have you all been? I’ve been good, but it has been CRAZY cold here in Minnesota. 26 degrees below zero today. It’s warmer in my refrigerator than it is outside. How did you all celebrate Valentine’s Day? On Friday night Jeff took me to the always beautiful Port of Red Wing (located in…

vegan cheesy broccoli soup

This soup is cheesy, rich, and smooth with big chunks of veggies added at the end. If you want it to be totally smooth, just puree all the veggies at once. It’s totally a matter of preference. What I love about this soup is that it’s healthy and cheesy even without adding any vegan cheese.…

The Union Square Cafe’s Bar Nuts

Looking for something delicious, and fancy schmancy to add to the menu for your next cocktail party? These are so good and so addictive. I like to make up little cellophane bags of them and send them home with guests as party favors. They also make a nice hostess gift. This perfect bar nut recipe…

vegan curry house jalfrezi

This red, spicy curry is one of my favorites. I love creamy yellow curry, and bright, fresh green curry too. But there’s just something about this eggplant and tomato based curry that puts it over the top for me. I like yellow curry with potatoes, green curry with noodles, and red curry with rice. That’s…

birthday cake popcorn

One of my friends gave me some yummy, gourmet “birthday cake” flavored popcorn for Christmas and it was SO incredible I was determined to create a copycat version. This tastes like funfetti birthday cake! It’s buttery, and the white chocolate, flavorings, and sprinkles make it taste like frosting. This popcorn is fast and easy to…

best vegan cornbread

I love making a big pan of cornbread to go with soups, chilis, and BBQ. I never make a small pan because leftover cornbread makes an amazing breakfast. I slather it with vegan butter and pure maple syrup! Heaven. Another yummy topping for cornbread is this cinnamon maple butter. Maybe give it a try the…

general tso’s crispy tofu

Who doesn’t crave some tasty Chinese takeout from time to time? We have a couple places in town that have great options, but they don’t deliver. And sometimes I just want to make these delicacies my way in my own kitchen instead of having to bundle up and make the trek to the restaurant to…