Melissa

oven roasted strawberry-vanilla vinaigrette

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It’s been an interesting week in my kitchen to say the very least. After my little outing with my friend Nancy on Tuesday I returned home to find out that our refrigerator wasn’t working. Ugh. This same thing happened last year during one of the hot, summer months (right after we went grocery shopping, of…

mango key lime salsa

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Today my friend Nancy and I discovered a new hiking path, here in Red Wing, called Sand Hill Trail. It meanders around this little sandstone bluff and it was the perfect destination for a picnic. We packed up our picnic basket with leftovers from Easter and headed out. I love days that start with an…

strawberry pretzel picnic dessert

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This is an old family recipe that reminds me of my childhood. My great aunt made this for family picnics and holiday gatherings. I love that the simple recipe calls for minimal ingredients, and that it’s so easy to prepare, you can easily whip it up the same day you want to enjoy it. ~…

hawaiian coconut cream chicken

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Happy Easter weekend! We just had a houseful of people… mom, brothers, sister, nephew, daughters and grand girls. We had a yummy lunch and spent the day visiting and coloring Easter eggs (4 dozen!) The house is quiet again, for the moment, so I decided to spend some time in this space and write to…

zebra cake

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This is the cake I made for my grandgirl, Maddie’s, 5th birthday. I thought something chocolate and vanilla swirl would be delicious and festive. This cake is rich, like pound cake, so I didn’t frost it. Instead, I just whipped up some heavy whipping cream, put a dollop on each slice and made it fancy…

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…