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  1. Ivy says:

    Hey Mel,
    I just wanted to say that I love your site. I am a stay at home mom of 5 kids 9 and under and trying to please everyone at dinner can be hard. I guess I am mean but at dinner in our house you get what you get and don’t throw a fit. I am always telling the kids that I am not a short order cook! Anyway, in the last week I have made your Alfredo, wild rice soup, Hawaiian haystacks, and oatmeal coconut cookies ( twice ) and everyone loved all of them. Tomorrow I am going to try the sweet and sour chicken for dinner. I love to try new recipes and have told tons of friends about your site and they love it too. Thanks so much and keep the yummy recipes coming. I appreciate it.

  2. Mel,
    Thanks for all the yummy recipes on your blog site! My family is quite familiar with your recipes and you are a frequent guest at our table in conversation! Even my 8 year old daughter is making sure she gets to help out in the kitchen and has made mention that she wants my recipes when she gets on her own! Speaking of my daughter… she has asked me if you have a Shepherds Pie recipe?!

  3. Amber says:

    I just wanted to tell you: I think I just pinned your whole blog…LOVE IT! Thank you for the great ideas (:

  4. Janarah Hollingshead says:

    First of all I love your website. I have made so many things from it. Thanks. Our ward is having a Valentines Party. We have to bring a picnic style basket filled with dinner for 2 and then we will be playing a game to exchange baskets. We don’t have to do dessert or drinks. Do you have any ideas?

    Thanks for a great website. My boys, I have 5, love your recipes.

  5. Melanie says:

    I love your blog. I feel pretty confident that I will like almost any of the recipes that you post. I often go to your blog first when I’m looking for the best recipes, although I do also frequent America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated too. πŸ˜‰ We like to post recipes on every once in a while, so I’ve linked to your blog a few times. Hope that’s cool and that you maybe get a little extra traffic because of it. πŸ™‚

  6. Nia says:

    Hi Mel,

    I have recently stumbled upon your site. I am in love! I have added you to my favorites to ensure I check your site daily! Thank you for all of your great ideas

  7. Justin H. says:

    I want to say, that I just discovered your website, from Pinterest. I’m in love, and CAN’T WAIT to try so many of your recipes. I think I’m going to make the Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps tonight. I’m ready to indulge.

  8. Karen says:


    I wanted to let you know that I will be using your Meat Sauce recipe for this month’s Crazy Cooking Challenge. You can see the details at

    I’ll link your recipe to my blog, give you (and your aunt) credit then send you an email when we post.

    The recipe looks awesome. I can’t wait to get started making it.



  9. E.Ray says:

    Can you add the calories per serving and fat and carb grams? Me and my co workers are counting calories and would love to be able to try alot of your recipes but it makes it hard when you don’t have the calorie content per serving.Thanks.

  10. Jill Zamojcin says:

    Hi, Mel! You have some awesome recipes that we’ve tried! I’m just curious, do you have any favorite recipe blogs that inspire you? Thank you πŸ™‚

  11. Michele says:

    Hi Mel. I just wanted to say Thank You for all the great recipes. I’m a mom who works full time and does all the cooking. I’m not a huge lover of cooking, but I do try and find new recipes to add to the list of staple meals. I do like to try new ones. I’m not always successful. They may be okay but I won’t try them again for whatever reason. I don’t do a lot of commenting on posts, but I had to come back today and let you know how much I appreciate the recipes you’ve provided here.

    I have tried the hearty beef stew, the smothered pork chops, the baked ziti (penne), and the skillet mac and cheese with ham and peas. I loved them all. That is very unusual for me.

    The skillet mac and cheese was the easiest and quickest of them all. I followed all the steps in the beef stew and pork chops like you said before putting things in the crockpot. Delish. I actually did the pork chops one evening, put the crockpot on overnight, put them in the fridge and reheated everything that night. Everything turned out great. The meat actually fell off the bone so I had to pick the bones out and the meat was in pieces. It was so tasty and definitely tasted the bacon. Served over brown rice. Yum. Oh! I did the corn meal rolls too. Awesome again. πŸ™‚ I guess I’ll be a regular reader πŸ˜‰ Thanks again!

    PS – My husband to be says he is very appreciative too. hehe

    ~Michele D – Raymond, ME

  12. Monica says:

    Just wanted to say this is my new favorite website! Thank you sooooo much for the delicious, healthy, inexpensive list of ingredients and easy recipes! This week I made the baked chimichanga and rosemary chicken, my family loved them both! Keep em’ coming!

  13. Cheri says:

    Where are you in Wisco? So happy I found your site. I am trying so hard to find recipes that everyone in my family will eat. Can’t wait to make the skillet mac & cheese. Spring is almost here:)

  14. Nicole says:

    Hi, I just wanted to say thank you. You have inspired me to try some amazing new things in the kitchen, and me and my family are so very grateful! We all love food here, good food, and you have so much of it on your site. Just tonight I brought a batch of your (dark) chocolate caramels to the ward talent show, and didn’t bring any home ( and they make alot!)

    I also share your love of carbs, and wanted to pass this one along, in time for spring. It was incredible, and the house smelled possibly the best ever. I didn’t have their specialty fleur stuff, but a teensy drop of orange extract was a perfect replacement. My family ate the whole batch right that meal, and it dressed up scrambled eggs and smoothies for dinner to something paradisical. I believe you will love this too, so I had to share, since I did check your site first when I was searching for “the one” recipe to try out scones. and didn’t find any… yet. πŸ™‚

    Fresh Strawberry Scones…

    btw- do you have a pinterest page? I’d love to follow you if you do, and if you don’t, you really need to get on there. It’s so full of good stuff.

    Thanks again,

  15. Allison says:

    Hey Mel! I was just pinning some of your recipes to my Pinterest (to my favorite favorite favorite recipes section) and so I was going down the list to make sure that I had them all and noticed your Oatmeal Coconut Chewies weren’t listed in the index under cookies. ( )

    Thought you might want to add them since they’re always a show stealer. LOVE THESE!!! πŸ™‚ Happy Saturday!

  16. Jill Zamojcin says:

    Hi, again, Mel! I just wanted to share with you that several of my friends have made your sweet and sour chicken and we all concur that it is way better than any restaurant’s and is outstanding! I also added you to my “favorite recipes site” on

    Have a great day and thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful recipes!


  17. Samantha says:

    I absolutely love your blog. Your tiramisu recipe is a total lifesaver.

  18. angie mitolo says:

    i stumbled across one of your recipes on pinterest . which lend me to your blog/website and now you have been bookmarked:)
    i LOVED your recipe for baked penne with chicken, broccoli and smoked mozzarella.. so much i couldn’t stop talking about it!

    thank you, looking forward to many rewarding/yummy dinners

  19. Karen says:

    Here’s the link for my Spaghetti Sauce post using your recipe.

    Thanks so much.

  20. Liann says:

    Hi Mel,

    I love your blog, and have been following it for quite some time now. After all this time, I think I am ready to take the plunge and try baking some homemade bread/rolls/etc.

    Could you suggest 2 or 3 of your bread/rolls recipes that would be good for TOTAL beginners? I don’t want to attempt something too difficult in the beginning and have it flop, killing my confidence. πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much in advance,


  21. kathryn says:

    Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice I cant find it anywhere in your recipes. Can you send me the link where it is at. I saw it on life as a lofthouse food blog. i would really like to see the recipe from you. thanks kathryn

  22. Robyn Braswell says:

    What is the best bread pan that you have found?

  23. Becky says:

    I just have to say that I’ve been using your site for a long time now and it’s the best! Usually I am hesitant to try new recipes because it often requires ingredients I have to go out and purchase and I’m always worried it’ll be a waste and won’t go over well for dinner here. HOWEVER, I have yet to be disappointed with any of yours, and I fearlessly choose new ones to try each week!! Thank you!!!

  24. missi says:

    hi mel-
    i just happened upon your site from a friend’s pin. even though its midnight i am starving now after pinning so many of your recipes! i have NEVER been one to enjoy cooking but i am excited to try many of your’s. so wish me luck & i’m sure i’ll be visiting you again real soon!
    many thanks!
    missi lovejoy

    ps- roasted parm asparagus and the maple brown sugar ham are gonna be on the easter menu this wkend! fingers crossed for me!

  25. Meghan says:

    I have 2 fabulous dessert recipes (chocolate pie and a strawberry dessert) that have raw egg in them. We haven’t made them for years and I certainly don’t make them when others beside my family are going to eat it. Is there anything I can do to replace the eggs or does using egg beaters or another type of egg allow me to feel safer making these desserts?

  26. Cathy says:

    Mel, just a quick thank-you for this great blog. Your S’mores Cookie bars have become one of my family and friend favorites. I took them along to a Bible study at a friend’s church, and people I met that night asked for the recipe. I emailed it my friend, and she said when she gave it to Sarah, her reaction was like receiving the Crown Jewels!

    I’ve bookmarked a number of your recipes to try, so I just wanted to thank you for producing such a beautiful food blog — beautiful visually, and very down to earth! Appreciate seeing your family also. πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much, from southwestern Pennsylvania!

  27. melanie peterson says:

    Hey Melanie,
    This is Melanie (Jolyn’s friend). I know you are getting ready for that beautiful baby girl to arrive :)….I am in the market for new cookware. I have only cooked on non-stick cookware. that is what my mom cooked on, my sisters, me etc!! But I am now leaning toward the all clad stainless steel. Tell me what you cook on and if you love it or not! Tell me what you recommend I buy! I cook like you….5 kids and a hungry husband… I am scared of non-stick but it sounds like it is the best to cook on….
    thanks Melanie!

  28. Joyce says:

    Hi Mel,

    I’m Lynn’s friend, when I was visiting I ordered a wonderful grilled cheese sandwich, can’t seem to find it on your recipe list. It had aged white cheddar as I remember and maybe green pepper?? Really don’t know for sure. Would love to get that recipe…


  29. Kathy says:

    I love your website and your recipes! I also appreciate your humor. I am a Grandma of 3 grandsons and I am amazed at your busy life with all those cute boys! Needless to say, I’m partial to little boys.
    I wanted to organize my recipe box (it’s pretty full!) and was able to add tags. However, I’m having trouble getting the recipes into the tags. I’d appreciate your help.
    Thanks so very much!

  30. Susie Swanson says:


    I just made your lemon crinkles and i added a thin layer of lemon curd on the top. They were delicious. Love your website.


  31. jmposti4 says:

    I just want to tell you how much I love your blog. I always get much needed kitchen inspiration! My family always gets a meal or treat they love from your recipe collection. Thanks so much, Judy

  32. Karen says:

    Your site is incredible and the recipes delicious. In the caramel brownies, the 12 oz bittersweet or semi-sweet chocoate is that baking chocolate? Like 3 bars of baking chocoate? Not sure if I’m reading the recipe correctly. Can you clarify please?
    Thank you so much for your blog.

  33. Deb Knoll says:

    Hi Mel!
    I’m in a panic and I hope you can help.
    I can’t seem to find your post with all the lovely panini’s that you adore. Can you guide me to them purdy please?
    Thank you in advance for saving my life. Well, you know what I mean.

  34. Angel says:

    Do you have a good ham and cheese Stromboli recipe?

  35. chuck dording says:

    I noticed there was no “print” for recipes on your web site. What did I miss? I printed one recipe under “File” then “print,” but that takes 3 pages with large type. Thank you.

  36. Cheree says:


    First off…LOVE your blog. I mostly love cooking…but of course I get the regular burnout like most Mom’s I suppose. I may or may not be experiencing that burn out right now. But because of you, the burn out is short lived because all your recipes are FANTASTIC :-).

    Did I mention I’m burned out (no pun intended) on cooking? Thus the question…My family and I will be attending a family reunion next month and I’m in charge of a dinner one of the nights for roughly 25 people. I’m wondering if you were in my shoes what you would pick to cook. We’ll be staying at a cabin and have the standard cooking supplies, but I’ll have to bring everything (food, special cooking utensils, etc.) in. I don’t want it to be too labor intensive since we’re technically “on vacation.” There’s allergies to eggs and peanuts… Anyhow, I did want everyone to enjoy what I cooked, but I don’t want it to be labor intensive either. Your 2 cents would be appreciated.



  37. VanillaTruffle says:

    Dear Mel:
    Thank you for sharing your recipes, your cooking adventures and tips. You are amazing. I was wondering if you could provide ‘pin it ‘ plug in for your posts, so that we can easily bookmark them on pintrest.
    Thanks a lot,

  38. Phyllis says:

    Mel, I was looking thru the last minute BBQ ideas recipes on the may 29th email. Some really great recipes I wanted to try but I cannot get back to them. I says to click here for the recipes but they don’t come up. Please help me. Thanks!!!!

  39. Nicole Turville says:

    Hey, Love your site, I was wondering if you by chance know of a good Key Lime Cheesecake recipe you could pass along. Thanks, Nicole

  40. Marisol Wheeler says:


    I’ve been looking everywhere for a good cake pops recipe, I know you have delicious desserts, they are becoming very popular, I have try to make some, so far the frosting make them very sweet, do you have any suggestions for me, I will love to hear your advice.

  41. Alyssa says:


  42. Michelle says:

    We tried your updated sweet and sour chicken recipe and think we like the old one better – or we did it wrong!

    Do you have the old recipe that you could send my way?


  43. Susan says:

    Hi Mel, I love your recipes!! I went to access some of them from the recipe index the past two day and there are viruses when I open them up. Thanks for all the GREAT recipes!

  44. Carolyn Cutler says:

    I’m a avid follower of your website and I love trying all your recipes, so far everything has been a hit in my house. I am struggling getting the recipe box to come up on my computer though, and I am feeling totally lost without my collection of recipes…any ideas on why it wouldn’t be working? Any tips would be fantastic! Thanks so much!

  45. Hayley says:

    Looking for a yummy homemade French Onion Soup recipes. Any suggestions?

  46. Laura says:

    Hi Mel, I’m new to your website and am in AWE!
    Can’t wait to try out the recipies.
    You have a delicious hershey kiss cookie pictured, but I can’t find the recipe. What are they called?
    Thank you!

  47. Hannelore says:


    Your blog looks really nice!
    What’s the name of the cookies on top of the page (picture on the right, with chocolate in the middle)?
    I would love to make them and find the recipe.


  48. tami says:

    i am new to your site(but love it already) and im going through my recipes for fall(*gasp snow in a few months* ugh) and i was wondering if you could link or have a recipe for a slow cooker potato soap or how we could do your loaded baked potato recipe in a crock pot?? thanks so much

  49. Marcie says:

    I, like some other readers who have commented, have been enjoying the benefits of your website for some time but haven’t commented before. My question for you today is if you have a collection of lunch box ideas, sandwich spreads, healthy(ish) snacks, etc. During the school year I make 5 lunches every day (except Sunday evening, thanks to a wonderful husband who takes on the task for me) and I’ll be honest, it gets old fast. I often find myself buying snacks and things I wouldn’t normally provide for my kids simply because of the monotony of it all.



    PS I loved your anniversary post with the “then” and “now” photo’s. If I’m not mistaken, I believe we were married in the same place : )

  50. Jay says:

    Do you have any experience with egg substitutes? I have been experimenting and searching for ways to make brownies and bars without eggs…an almost impossible feat…However, my son is allergic to eggs, so I don’t keep them in the house. I have learned to make cakes without eggs, as well as multiple other desserts, but sometimes you just need a GOOD brownie…

  51. Monique says:

    Hello Mel

    I tried your vanilla pudding cinnamon rolls yesterday. Tes they where the best recipe so far in terms of the dough but i didn’t fet the same look as your picture…seems like they are super gooey with vanilla poudding oozing out.

    My question is how do I get the oowey sticky “St-Cinnamon’s” ish results? Any suggestions?


  52. Your website is amazing! I’ve spent almost all morning going through all your recipes, pinning things left and right! I am so excited to try everything out!!!!! Thank you for your easy-to-navigate website and awesome pictures!!!! I am so happy I stumbledupon your page πŸ™‚

  53. Suzanne says:

    I recently discovered your website after making the Mediterranean Pasta Salad (it was fantastic) and I am in heaven! Every recipe looks wonderful and I can’t wait to get cooking!

  54. tiffany says:

    Hi! You are my go-to recipe source, especially for awesome desserts. Any chance you have a pumpkin cheesecake recipe up your sleeve?

  55. Julie Markham says:

    I just wanted you to know that I have made your chicken capreze many times this summer. It is a fabulous dish and you should win a prize for creating it. I served it again for company today and everyone licked their plates clean. My sister grew basil in her garden and I harvested quite a bit and made the vinaigrette, put it in jars and stored it in my fridge. I’ll see if I can serve this into the fall and winter with “free” basil. Thanks again, Julie

  56. Nancy says:

    Ok, I just read the fine print of your ATK give-away and I think you deserve a HUGE THANK YOU for providing the second cookbook at your own expense. How awesome is that! And I especially appreciate that you are authentic and don’t go selling your soul to shamelessly promote your website. LOVE YOU!

  57. Julia says:

    Hi Mel,

    I was wondering if you have made any great recipes for diabetic people my 2 youngest sisters (they are 8 and 12) are diabetic and i have no clue what to make them as a dessert that taste great for a kid.

  58. Jenni says:

    I not one to comment on blogs. But I just had to let you know that I LOVE yours. I love your cooking style. Every recipe I’ve tried has been a hit. There are to many to name. One of our all time favorites is the Chicken Pot Pie Crumble. If you’ve never tried, it’s a great freezer meal. I usually double the recipe for the filling. We have half for dinner that night, and I freeze the rest in a gallon ziplock bag. While the complete dish is finishing in the oven, I whip another batch of the crumble topping to throw in the oven while we are eating. When it’s cool I throw that in a separate bag and throw it in the freezer too. It’s great to know I have a family favorite ready to go for an extra busy day or when a friend needs a dinner. We even took our frozen version camping. We cooked it the third night in our dutch oven and it was delicious. I don’t know if you ever heard of Make-A-Mix by Karine Eliason. I’ve been making a lot mixes from there. Their chicken mix and broth work great with this recipe and saves time too. Thanks for sharing. By the way, your family is adorable.

  59. Rachel says:

    Mel- I just wanted to let you know that I love your website. I check it multiple times a week to see what you add. Thanks for creating a great site!

  60. Anne says:

    Hi, just had to write to say how delighted I am to have stumbled across you blog! You have inspired me back into the kitchen and my family are loving the results. I’ve had a few hiccups with measurements and food names as I’m from Surrey, England and you’d be amazed at how many ingredients are called by different names here. Kindest regards πŸ˜‰

  61. Rose says:

    Hi Mel, I was looking around your site and wanted to let you know that I love all of the easy recipes, you’re my kinda gal lol. I also wanted to let you know that I was looking under “favorite things” and saw that the link for Komo Fidibus Classic mill was missing. Or I just miss it? Again thank you for your great recipes, I’m sure my husband will that you too. Have a great day.

  62. Kellie Lamoureux says:

    Hi Mel, I was wondering if you had a good Red Wine Reduction recipe. We are doing strip steaks for a group of wine lovers this weekend, and I would love to put that with the steaks!
    Thank you!

  63. K. Victoria says:

    Hey Mel, a couple of things. First, I wanted to thank you for having the most delightful recipes! Second, I was wondering if you had an Upside Down Pineapple Cake recipe you’d recommend. I’ve been searching for a recipe, but I don’t really trust any of the recipes I’ve found online so far. Thanks a bunch! -K. Victoria

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  65. Chelsea says:

    Hey Mel,
    It sounds like when you moved, you moved very close to where I’m from in eastern ND. I found your blog a few weeks ago and haven’t had a chance to try much but find it very eerie how many of your favorite recipes are very close to ones I’ve put together from other recipes to make them perfect such as your Classic Lasagna and the white enchiladas..they are almost exactly my recipe. Another one I couldn’t believe I saw on here is your “magical white” frosting. That same recipe has been used by my family for years and ONLY goes on homemade red velvet….its been everyone’s birthday cake for 30+ years now even before red velvet was a “thing”. Cream cheese does NOT belong on red velvet…only this will do. In fact I researched it once a few years ago and this frosting hails from the south as does red velvet and that is how its is paired down there. I am just so excited to try some of your other recipes because it seems we (and our families) have very similar taste!

  66. Abbie Butler says:

    Mel, I just have to tell you that I absolutely love your site! I always make a few of your recipes each week and we are in love! Whenever anybody asks for recipe advice, I always send them here. Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into the blog and cooking!

  67. Nityananda dasa says:

    I was wondering what the picture at the top of the blog is? The cube sweet with chocolate chips?

  68. kathy says:

    Dear Mel,

    I can’t thank you enough your Loaded Baked Potato Soup receipe. I loved it so much.
    I am from Budapest,Hungary and we have lot of way to make potato soup but I have to say yours is by far the best. I live in Canada now and I am glad my daughter introduced to your website.

  69. Andrea says:

    Hi Mel,

    I’m wondering if you have an opinion on the blendtec vs the vitamix???


  70. Ashley says:

    I have a yummy chocolate fudge recipe i make every year and every year i wish i had a yummy peanut butter fudge recipe to layer with it. Do you have a yummy peanut butter fudge recipe you could share?? Also, is there a trick to layering fudge or can you just layer it before you chill it? Thanks! Ashley

  71. Mary Phillips says:

    I don’t have a lemon but i do have juice. Will the cookies be good if I leave out the zest?
    I just found out I gotta go to a cookie exchange tomorrow!! I live way to far away from a store to go over a lemon! HELP!!

  72. Katie says:

    Hi Mel!
    How about a recipe category for “Mexican”? I would love that!

  73. PJ says:

    I have discovered your wonderful website and can’t wait to try your recipes. I have been hunting for a recipe for an Apple Shortbread Crumb Cake–this bakery confection was featured in a blog, but with no recipe. Shortbread on the bottom, cooked apples in the middle, then a crumb topping. Can anyone help?

  74. Amanda E says:

    Silly me! It was right there in front of me! Thanks for your wonderful blog… maybe I will screw my head on a little tighter and look a little more before I ask again, lol!

  75. Emily says:

    Last year I used your recipe for toffee but this year I can’t find it? I try to save all the recipes that I love but I apparently didn’t save that one. How could I get that recipe? Thank you so much for you wonderful recipes! My family and I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into this blog. Thanks!

  76. HELLA BARCOS says:

    Hi, I have a simply question, what is the bar that you have on the top of your website banner?? It looks wonderful!!

    Looking forward to your response


  77. Andrea says:

    I’ve pinned no less than 30 things from your website today alone. I LOVE IT!! I’ve made at least 5 things so far and have been so happy with every recipe! If only I had a huge family to feed so that I could bake and cook to my hearts content!! πŸ™‚ Neighbors and friends may soon be overloaded with goodness from your amazingness too!

  78. katie says:

    NEVER make comments like this, but i just made your sweet and sour chicken……AMAZING. beyond my wildest dreams! thanks!

  79. Annusa says:

    hi Mel,
    I just found your website about a week ago and I am obsessed with it, because I have learned so much already! I was wondering if you could suggest/ pair sides, mainly vegetables that complement your entrees. we are huge veggie eaters and I always try to serve a tasty veggie each meal.
    thank you,

  80. Tanyia says:

    Hello! I just came across your website and I absolutely love it! What wonderful recipes!! I can relate to living in a home with mostly boys…..I have a 10 year old son and twin 2 year old boys!! They certainly keep my house crazy (but I love it)!! I am really looking forward to trying a ton of your recipes, starting with the spaghetti pie! Thank you so much and I will check in often to see what new recipes you have. Have a great day!!

  81. KIM says:

    hot-diggity-dog !!! you have the best recipes that i have ever found on the net.. those high falootin so called chefs can keep theirs.. i would not pay a nickle for them.. i cook like you.. great flavors, easy, and delicious…keep up the great work.

  82. Lisa says:

    I am obsessed with your blog and your recipes. Every one I’ve tried so far blows my mind! Have you ever found a decent recipe for Pad Thai? Every recipe I’ve tried is sub par and I’m not creative enough to experiment with them πŸ™ Desperate for your help…

  83. Alissa says:

    Hi Mel-my sister lived by you and told me about your site. She had me try your “magic frosting” recipe and have been hooked ever since. I don’t get to cook as much as I would like, but when I do your site is the first I go to. Love that every recipe has a picture! Just wanted to say thanks!

  84. Sarah says:

    Dear Mel,
    I stumbled onto your site through pinterest recently and I’m so happy I did! Thank you for the menu plans, fantastic recipes, and great ideas. The cheesecake stuffed strawberries I make yesterday didn’t last long! Once I noticed you made your own rolls for the meatball sandwiches, I knew I was right at home. My family has been enjoying the meals all week – after the slow cooker Maple Brown Sugar Ham, my husband never wants to eat ham cooked another way again. He even volunteered to clean up the kitchen after supper (so that he could “take care of the ham”, of course!). If you ever visit the coast of Maine, I hope you guys will come over to our house for supper!

  85. Kimber says:

    I absolutely LOVE your blog! Haven’t tried anything that didn’t quickly become one of my family’s favorites. My husband and I are houseparents in a boy’s group home. This means that dinner includes 8 teenage boys every night.
    Any hints for doubling or tripling recipes for soups and/or sauces? I can never get them to thicken correctly.

  86. bobbie anding says:

    Hi Mel, I enjoy your site and your family adventures so much. I love your sense of humor, family stories, snapshot saturday so sweet. The recipes are so great, always delicious. I made the white bean chicken/turkey chili yesterday and it is wonderful. I doubled the recipe so we will eat on it all week, probably neighbors will also. I also added some frozen corn and carrots just for extra color and crunch. Thanks so much. P.S. Admire you and your husband’s perseverance in the frigid weather. We are so spoiled here, have lived in North Florida all my life. Take care

  87. Stephanie Daw says:

    Hi Mel,

    I just wanted to tell you how much I LOVE your website. It is my go to for ALL recipes. You make cooking fun for me. Meals come out perfect and always taste great! My husband thinks I am a great cook thanks to you.

    Thank You
    Stephanie Daw

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  89. Christine C says:

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I discovered your website about a month ago and I absolutely love it! I have been so much more interested in cooking because everytime I try one of your recipes it turns out fabulous! My husband is appreciative as well! I have just one question for you – I tried out the sweet and sour chicken for the first time last night and it was a total success! It was delicious and my husband was floored as well. Is there any way to use less sugar in the sauce? Would it still turn out the same? Or is there a substitute? Thanks so much – and keep the recipes coming – I love reading everything!!

  90. Cara says:

    Hi Mel. Love your blog! I check it several times a week and have never had one of your recipes fail. I just had a question related to Pintrest. When I “pin” one of your recipes, it takes me to your home page, instead of to the specific recipe. I then have to look through the recipe index. I was just wondering if there was a way of changing this.


    • Mel says:

      Hi Cara – I think the issue is that if you pin it from the homepage (like right now the full recipe on the homepage is Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup) it won’t pin the exact post – you need to actually click on the title for Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup that will take you to the permalink before you pin. Does that make sense? If you are on a specific recipe’s post, it should pin correctly. If you are still having issues, send me a specific example and I’ll look into it!

  91. Wendy says:

    You’re the one recipe blogger / site I follow and our family loves your recipes. I no longer see an option for “Print with Picture.” Our family really loves those pictures – it helps the kids pick out which recipes they want to try that week when they look through the “Mel’s binders.” Reading the recipe is just not the same for them. Am I missing something or is this no longer an option?

  92. Lisa says:

    Hey! I use your website on a daily basis. Love it! Just wondering if you have a whole wheat roll recipe you like or if you just do that with one of the recipes already posted. Thanks!

  93. Audrey Mueller says:

    Dear Mel,
    About 6 months ago, one of my cousins posted on Facebook about how she was in a cooking slump and wanted some suggestions for good recipes. Someone recommended your website and I decided to check it out. Well, you have changed my life. I am 36 years old, have been married for 15 years, have 2 kids (11 and 8) and have never enjoyed cooking. Ever. My family ate out a lot, and we ate a lot of spaghetti with jarred sauce, hamburger helper and frozen pizza. Nothing I made ever tasted as good as eating out did and so it was hard for me to try new things since they never seemed to turn out right. That is until I found your website. Your recipes are amazing! My husband and kids rave over my cooking now and I agree that everything I’ve tried to make tastes fantastic. My parents visited in January and I cooked our favorite Mel’s meals for them while they visited. My mom was shocked at how well I cook compared to her last visit! I truly love to cook for my family now and I can honestly say that I never thought I would ever feel this way. Thank you so much. I am just so appreciative to you and your amazing blog for giving me the confidence and skills to become a wonderful cook! Anytime you’re in the DC area, look me up, you are more than welcome to stay with us πŸ™‚

  94. Mel says:

    So my neighbor tells me about a blog that her aunt LOVES and tells her to check it out who then recognizes you and your kiddos and passes the info along…WOW! I wondered if you guys moved as I saw a for sale sign when I was in your neighborhood and hadn’t seen you (but it was always hard bumping into each other after the lessons ended at the Y and I no longer drove to school). I had no idea you were such a fab, budget friendly, healthy conscious cook. Yay for you and your passion and your family! You will missed in De Pere now knowing I will not be bumping into you. πŸ™‚ Loved catching up with you over your blog! πŸ™‚ The other Mel

  95. heidi says:

    Hey Mel,
    I am trying to know a titch better how many calories I’m eating. (thanks to a cool app). I was wondering if you have that info attached to your recipes somewhere? I eat from your site like everyday!! Thanks

  96. Karen says:

    Mel, I just tried sending you a nice, long email but it didn’t like your address. I just wanted to tell you how much of an impact you have made on my life. Thank you for teaching me to cook. You are making a difference and I thought you should know. Thank you!