Melissa

apple pie baked beans

Who else loves “doctored” baked beans? We’ve been adding things to canned baked beans forever. It’s such an easy way to make a delicious side dish, and they really are versatile. Our favorite canned beans are Bush’s “Grillin’ Beans” and the Bourbon Brown sugar ones are vegan! So, that’s what we’re doing in this recipe.…

starbuck’s sugar cookie hot cocoa {vegan copycat}

Did you know there’s an entire “secret” menu at Starbuck’s? It’s true! There are several posts out there with a list and exactly how to order your secret beverage when you go in to the coffee shop. I love stuff like this! So fun! I decided to recreate one of my favorites. The Starbuck’s Secret…

hocus pocus buns

Hello, Friends! Lots of changes happening in the ChinDeep studio these days. My hubby just got me a REALLY nice, new camera for our 25th wedding anniversary and I can’t wait to start playing with it. I’m looking forward to creating lots of new posts for this blog and the new vegan blog. Stay tuned!…

easy 2 ingredient peanut butter fudge

Hello, Friends! If you’re anything like me, you might already be planning what you’re going to be giving everyone for Christmas. Along with all the store-bought gifts, I like to give some homemade things to friends and family as well. Most of the time it’s something that I knitted or crocheted, or something from my…

korean rice cake & ramen {rabokki}

My daughter Grace and I have been enjoying a little theme tea every week and this week we chose a sort of Asian fusion theme. We had Japanese sushi, chinese salad with sesame dressing and wonton strips, and this delicious Korean dish. We sipped Oolong tea, and then watched a movie. So much fun! I…

bbq “chicken” udon noodle bowl

This is one of my easy, go-to dinner recipes when we’re craving something hearty, comforting, and healthy. Now, the chicken in this recipe isn’t really chicken, it’s soy curls. What in the heck are soy curls? I wondered the same thing before trying them. After reading about them and looking around online for easy recipes,…

cheesy potato pierogi stuffed pasta shells

Calling all pierogi fanatics! Here’s an awesome twist on an old classic! Pierogi-Stuffed Pasta Shells. They’re so delicious and much less work that making traditional pierogis. We love them with these vegan BBQ Riblets, and a big salad. These particular pierogi-stuffed pasta shells are vegan, and I make them using vegan sour cream or homemade…

easy apple pie filling

There’s something so comforting and cozy about this time of year. Apple orchards, leaf peeping, B&B weekend getaways, apple cider floats made with real apple cider, visiting a local vineyard that specializes in amazing pizza, outdoor patios, flannel shirts, campfires… The list goes on and on. One of the very BEST things about Autumn is…

cafe tables and afternoon tea

Hello, Friends! What have you all been up to? Have you been enjoying the last bits of summer and the beginning of Fall? Jeff went on a business trip for four days so I was on my own in our big, old house. I decided to make it a creative, productive four days and did…

pad thai

I just love this time of year. The leaves are beginning to turn, the air is crisp and clear, and the food switches from cold and fresh to warm and comforting. I have so many ideas for casseroles, yeast breads, wraps and sandwiches to go with soups, chilis, and stews. Apple and pumpkin desserts are…