Melissa

milk chicken

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I’ve made so many awesome friends since joining the facebook “foodie” community five years ago (Has it really been that long? I can’t believe it!) I’m constantly amazed and impressed by their creations and find myself wishing there were more hours in the day so I could try all of their beautiful food and still…

lemon chicken sunflower crunch wrap

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It’s still not quite what I’d call “spring” weather here in the Mississippi River valley, but it’s consistently been in the mid 30s to mid 40s which is considerably better that below zero or 8 degrees, so I’ll take what I can get. I’ve been longing for sunshine and gardening and more dinners on the…

shrimp fajitas with gypsy carrots

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I spent the day shopping in little antique stores, thrift shops and my favorite used book store. It was so nice to venture out on my own, walk around our beautiful downtown, treat myself to a green tea at the bakery coffee shop, and just browse. I bought some pretty pieces of china to add…

ten grain yogurt quick bread

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  I thought about my friend Sonali’s awesome Greek yogurt cookbook today as I played with whole grain bread flour and yogurt in my kitchen. It’s called “The Greek Yogurt Diet,” and it will be available for purchase on April 29th! She kindly asked me to contribute several of my recipes containing greek yogurt and…

smoked trout montrachet crostini

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We just returned from seeing the movie Noah, and doing our weekly grocery shopping. The movie was very well done, definitely beautiful, strange and shocking all at once. I can’t say I recommend the film, but I will say there was never a dull moment in the 2+ hours while I was watching it. Seen…

chinese egg rolls

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I had the best intentions of posting this yesterday, but the day got away from me so here I am, sharing it today. Feel free to use a pound of your favorite egg roll meat for this recipe. This time I used ground chicken, but I also like shrimp and pork. I included my original…

s’mores bars

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Are you in the mood for s’mores? This easy dessert is great for when it’s still too chilly outside to make the classic, campfire treat. It’s really chocolaty, ooey gooey and sweet. I had a 1 inch x 1 inch square and that was enough sugar for me. Jeff and Gracie have been happily eating…

easiest italian chicken

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This is an awesome recipe for when you’re in a hurry to get dinner on the table and for when you’re craving something saucy and Italian. I always need a little protein with my pasta, and the addition of chicken is so much better than just adding a pound of ground beef to the sauce…

scenes from the past few weeks

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We had a wonderful time with friends at the annual Macy’s Flower Show in Minneapolis this past Sunday. This year’s theme: The Secret Garden. I love this spring tradition of ours, and I love how there can still be snow on the ground in April, but as soon as you exit the elevator on Macy’s…

fresh cottage garden pea soup

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We had such an amazing weekend. I’m so happy that spring is finally here and we can walk around outside without big jackets, boots, mittens, scarves and hats. Everything feels light and fresh and dewy. Soon the trees will be budding and the grass will turn green and I’ll be thinking about planting my herb…