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  1. Caroline says:

    So confusing! Love your recipes loved your blog this new one looks like it has a lot of potential but is hard to find recipes (are all the old ones on here??) and opens tons of windows along the way….i’m looking for you cherry cheesecake cookie recipe and can’t find it

  2. Cindy says:

    I do enjoy your blog but I second Caroline’s comment above. The recipe search box doesn’t seem responsive. A search for “garlic chicken pasta” results in having to scroll through 4 pages before it comes up! Have you considered a recipe index? Most of the recipes I’ve tried here have been very good! I just don’t want to abandon it because of search issues! Thanks!

  3. Mel says:

    Caroline and Cindy – I’ve added a Recipe Index in the navigation menu. Hope it helps. Thanks in advance for your patience as I continue to make this site as user-friendly as possible!

  4. Sarah K says:

    Congrats on the new site Mel, I love it, and the recipe index is awesome! I’m also loving The Best Recipe list. I have certain things that I’m searching for “the one” recipe for and mac-n-cheese is one of them so I’m excited to try your best version soon. Thanks so much for all the great recipes and tips!

  5. Brittany says:

    I love the new site! I’ve noticed that you have several recipes for chinese chicken dishes but I can’t seem to find a recipe for fried rice. I’m going to make the orange chicken tomorrow and, although white rice is okay, I’d really like to make a delicious fried rice. Do you have a favorite recipe? Thanks!

  6. Anona Davis says:

    I LOVE your website!! I look at it all of the time!! You seriously have FANTASTIC recipes. I am in your brother and sister-in-law’s ward (Jed & Erin). They are wonderful and are our great friends!! I agree with the other comments that is hard for me to find past recipes on your blog. I also miss the pictures from the older posts. I’m not sure if I am doing something wrong, but I don’t get any images when I pull up older recipes and the pictures are so helpful for me =)! Thanks so much for all of your work and thanks for all of the wonderful recipes!!!!!

  7. Brittany Benson says:

    I am 16 and very into cooking. I check your website everyday to see what new recipes you have. allof your recipes have turned out great. I can always count on your recipes when I have people over for dinner. Especially your ultimate cheesecake and the best baked ziti. So delicous. Thank you so much. Hopefully I will be a great cook like you one day. Thank you!!!

  8. Mel says:

    Anona – Thanks for your comment! It’s fun to make connections and I know Erin has talked about you because your name is familiar. Don’t worry too much about the pictures, I am adding them back in. They didn’t automatically import with the other items when I moved this blog over and so I am getting them back in as time permits. I’m sorry it is taking me a while. Also, can you tell me what would help you find recipes more easily? I’ve added the recipe index to the main tab which should help quite a bit and all the other categories and archives that were on my old blog are still available on the first sidebar but I’d love to help you find a recipe if you need it. Thanks!

  9. Mel says:

    Brittany – what fun to get your comment! I wish I had been interested in cooking at 16 and am so happy that you have this hobby and love to do it. Thank you for checking in to let me know. I’m thrilled that you like the cheesecake and ziti…keep up the good work (and I can already guarantee you will surpass me in cooking skills if you are cooking like this already!).

  10. Shanna says:

    Hi Mel!

    I really do love your recipes. Thank you so much! I tried the Brown Sugar Spiced Pork Loin last night and it was the best pork loin I have had. All 4 of my kids and husband loved it too! Great job! I have a favor to ask. Could you please please please expand to the full post for Google Reader? I am missing getting your full post when it comes to my reader. πŸ™‚ Thank you! Have a fabulous day!

  11. Mel says:

    Shanna – I’m glad that you like the pork loin. Thanks for letting me know.

    As for the feed, I know the shortened feed is a pain. I totally get that. But the reason I moved to a shortened feed is because my blog content was being stolen from my RSS feed when I had the full post in the feed. I found at least five sites that were directly pulling my RSS feed (when it was the full content) directly to their site and claiming my pictures and writing as their own. I did some research on it and found out that many other bloggers were having the same issue and the only way to protect against that is to shorten my feed. I know it is a nuisance for readers but it helps me protect the time I spend keeping up this blog. I hope that helps explain the issue!

  12. Pam says:

    I’ve been in bread-making mode lately. I’ve really been enjoying making orange rolls, cinnamon rolls (your vanilla pudding ones), dinner rolls, etc. but they have been turning out a little dry. Am I over flouring them or is there another cause?

    Pam from Fort Atksinson

  13. Mel says:

    Hey Pam – I’ve found that if my yeasted bread goods are turning out dry it is probably because I have overfloured the dough. That will make a huge difference between crumbly, dry bread and tender, soft bread. Have you seen my tutorial on yeast? You’ll see from that post that my yeasted doughs are still fairly soft and tacky when I am finished flouring and kneading. Here is the link to the post:

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

  14. Hi Mel – My name is Amanda Majors, and I am Peggy Hodson’s oldest daughter. Peggy is the sister-in-law that Marilyn got the spaghetti sauce recipe, the berry risotto recipe, and several others from. I am probably about as passionate about cooking as you are and was so excited to find your website! I actually called Marilyn for her chocolate zucchini cake recipe that is fabulous and she mentioned your site. I have a few recipes I think you might like to try and add to your amazing website. If you do want some of my recipes, let me know what your email address is and I’ll send them to you to try. I don’t have a cooking blog simply because I don’t have time. I run a recruiting company from home in addition to running after my 3 year old and 9 month old with a husband in his Medical Residency training right now. I would love to create a website like yours someday, but in the meantime, I’ll just send you some of my favorites and you can post them on yours! Happy cooking!

  15. Kim says:

    PLEASE publish a cookbook! I would be SO thrilled! πŸ™‚

  16. Tina says:

    Mel–I have been searching through your site these last few days–and printing LOTS of recipes to try! However, I tried using the recipe index as well as the search in order to locate a special recipe for pork chops (they are kind of a staple in my house, and I am ALWAYS looking for a new way to jazz them up a bit). I have so far been unsuccessful, and I assume that is just because I am still learning to navigate your site. Any pointers or recipes?

    PS–I’m DEFINITELY going to try the Kalua and Brown Sugar pork recipes!

  17. Kathy says:

    I made your Sweet and Sour Chicken tonight and it was a big hit. What kind of vinegar do you use in the sauce? I was unsure about that.

  18. Hi Melanie,
    I love your new look! I have been thinking about getting a paid domain to maintain my blog as well. I was wondering about wordpress. I am assuming you used wordpress. Did you use or Was designing your blog in CSS difficult or was it as easy as html? Sorry, so many questions!


  19. Just wanted to say that I love your blog! I found it about a year ago while searching for something, can’t remember the name though. Our family loves the sweet and sour chicken! I just printed so many recipes that I can’t wait to try. Oh, and I think it is very simple finding your recipes on your site. I have no problems at all!

    • Mel says:

      Thank you, Charlotte! Your comment was so nice and I am thrilled you like the sweet and sour chicken (I popped over to your blog and saw your post on it!).

  20. Lisa says:

    On your old blog you had a section dedicated to “healthy meals”. I use many of your regular recipes, but I didn’t see that section of recipes in your index. I’m no health nut, but like to give healthier recipies a try. Did I just miss it somewhere or should I be looking somewhere else?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Lisa – I didn’t include that category in the Recipe Index since I wanted the R.I. to be a place where I didn’t have to list the recipes twice (i.e. the chicken tacos are in the Chicken/Poultry section but no where else); however, I still have the Healthy and Nutritious category – you can access it through the Recipe Category drop down list in the far right sidebar (underneath the search box). I hope that helps!

  21. Jessica says:

    Do you have a button I could add to my blog?

    • Mel says:

      Jessica – I don’t, but it’s something I’ve been working on so when it’s done, I’ll be sure to let everyone know!

  22. Katie says:

    Hi Mel,

    I just found your site and I love it! I wanted to watch the tutorial on how to shape rolls, but the video isn’t there anymore. Is it going to be uploaded again soon?

    • Mel says:

      Katie – I’m working on getting the video up and running. Hopefully in the next few days it should be there!

  23. Jessica says:

    I love your site! I try to check it once a week, if not everyday! The tips are very helpful and I don’t like to make new recipes unless they include a picture, which all of yours do! I, too, am from Wisconsin πŸ™‚

  24. Katherine Griffin says:

    I love your recipes, and your new website. But I would love to have a better way to print them. Could you add that on? Thanks

    • Mel says:

      Katherine – there is a printable link on every recipe starting a few months ago. I probably am not going to be adding printable links to the old recipes for some time since I’m knee-deep in other projects but slowly, I’ll be doing them one at a time.

  25. CraftyAshley says:

    I just love all your recipes. Enough to randomly comment. πŸ™‚ I am not a whizz in the kitchen, but even I have had tons of success with your recipes- and everything you put on here makes me just want to cook! My husband thanks you.

  26. Andrea says:

    I don’t like cooking, but your website has made my husband so happy because I actually cook for him now. You have great recipes and I love trying what you post. Thanks for making a great website with great recipes. I practically only cook from your site. Love it!

  27. Danny Gunnell says:

    I haven’t looked at this blog for a long time – I cannot believe that Brian doesn’t weigh 450 pounds. Everything looks so yum. You are the best.

  28. Kelly says:

    Hi Melanie!
    Just looking for a chicken salad recipe… whenever I am looking for something specific I always check your site first before I do a random web search where you never know what you’ll get. Anyway, just noticed you don’t have one. Maybe you (or Aunt Marilyn?) have one up your sleeve you can post for us soon! I’m looking for some easy prep-ahead lunch ideas now that the warm weather is coming πŸ™‚

  29. Charlotte says:

    Hi! I’ve commented recently so you may remember me. How did you get your blog to be so popular? How do you get people to put ads on your page? I’ve got a fairly new blog that I started a few months ago and have already gotten almost 900 visitors. Did it help having your own “dot com?” I would love any advice that you are willing to give!

  30. Nikie says:

    Hi Mel,

    It’s been almost 2 years since I’ve become a fan–that’s a whole binder full of recipes and 10 extra pounds on me later! Just wanted to let you know I visited King Arthur Flour over the weekend, and I had a moment of silence in your honor! πŸ˜‰

  31. Carolyn says:

    Just wanted top let you know my market said they always keep the cream of coconut in the liquor department (pina colada’s etc.). The recipe sound yummy!

  32. Barbara says:

    Hi Mel,

    First of all let me tell you how much I enjoy your recipes! You have not failed me yet.
    I always look forward to something new and interesting and for sure I have found the right web sight.

    My question is the other day I was looking at the recipe for your home made cake recipe, and started to look on the blog at other sites, came upon a yellow cake mix with cream cheese filling and now can’t remember the site or the recipe. Can you or one of your fellow bloggers help me out, I would love to make this cake.
    Thanks, and keep those wonderful recipes coming!!!!!!!!!

  33. Barbara says:

    Hi Mel, I tried your Lemon Crusted Blueberry Muffins this morning, it was a disaster. I used standard muffin pans (12) the batter was every where and they never cooked, just burnt on top. Any ideas why? I followed the recipe exactly and have been cooking and baking for well over 30 yrs…
    Is there an extra large muffin pan I should have used?
    Any Ideas will be helpful, these muffins sound so great!

    Thanks, Barbara Tx.

    • Mel says:

      Barbara, I’m sorry to hear the muffins didn’t work out for you. The recipe uses a standard muffin tin not any extra special large size. Perhaps next time you make them, fill the muffin tins less full. You’ll get more muffins out of the batch and they’ll probably bake more evenly. I hope that helps!

  34. Erin says:

    I agree with the cookbook. Any future plans on publishing a book? The other lady at crockpot365.blogspot did that, but I know you’re book sales would be through the roof!

  35. L says:

    I follow your site all the time! Your recipes are straightforward and easy for me to adjust according to my mom’s lactose-free diet, plus the photography is beautiful. I’m sitting here trying to figure out what to make for Father’s Day… keep up the great work!

  36. Tobi says:

    Mel…just wanted you to know that your site has become my new official “cookbook!” As of today my family has now sampled 18 of your fantastic, delicious, family friendly recipes! I have yet to find one that hasn’t been a total hit. Your site has become my go-to inspiration for those “Mom…what’s for dinner?” dilemmas. My 6 year old daughter now asks regularly…”is this one of those computer lady’s recipes?”…lol. Thanks for pulling me out of my “same old, same old…” cooking rut!!!
    Tobi Agnew….devoted mommy blog follower in California πŸ™‚

    • Mel says:

      Tobi – thank you! What a wonderful comment. I’m so happy the recipes have worked out so well for you.

  37. Tammy Anderson says:

    I’m absolutely crazy over your blog. Everything is always so delicious. Thank you so much for always taking time to post yummy recipes. Love, love, love them.

  38. maret says:

    Hey! I can’t find the chocolate truffle cookie recipe that you posted sometime within the last year.

  39. Diane says:

    Just found this site. Wow, I am so excited!
    I would like a recipe for pesto, I have a ton of Basil. What other ideas do you have?

    Thank You,
    Diane, NC

    • Mel says:

      Diane – Ina Garten has a fabulous recipe for pesto that you can find on I also love to use basil for bruschetta (french bread with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella).

  40. Lexie Hill says:

    Hi, I love browsing your recipes and even cooking them sometimes! πŸ™‚ I wanted to tell you that I had made your meatballs for your meatball sands and had frozen 1/2 the recipe of meatballs. Today I had simmered them in a double recipe of the sauce for the sands and then served them over refrigerated 4 cheese tortellini and also sauteed some spinach from our garden with a touch of olive oil and some of us spinach lovers had that mixed in with our pasta, meatballs and sauce. Yum! I thought I would pass along how I got another meal from that yummy recipe. I am always excited to find something that will freeze well for a quick, yummy meal that everyone loves! Thanks so much!!! Lexie Hill Driggs, Idaho

    • Mel says:

      Lexie – Wow! That meal sounds absolutely incredible. Thanks for sharing…I can’t wait to use those meatballs in a pasta dish.

  41. MaryLee says:

    Hi Mel,

    I just made Perfect Corn on the Cob following your directions, and it was – perfect. The vinegar doesn’t seem to affect the flavor of the corn. Why add the vinegar?

    • Mel says:

      MaryLee – to be honest, I’m not sure. It must have something to do with the acidity and how it helps the corn cook up juicy. Glad you liked it!

  42. Nicole says:

    Someone just had a baby and I need an idea for dinner to take to them. This is their first baby. So it is just them two that are eating. Do you have any ideas on dinner??

  43. Zoe says:

    I just found this site, Can’t wait to try some of the recipes. As I love corn bread, do you have any corn bread recipe? Everytime when I follow a recipes from a corn bread box or any sites, it never tired out right. haha Thanks!

  44. paramedichick06 says:

    Hi Mel,
    I was wondering if you had any crockpot recipes? Thanks!

  45. paramedichick06 says:

    I’m a new follower to your blog and i absolutely love love love your site! I’ve been adding at least two of your recipes to my menu every week. Thank you for coming up with such amazing recipes!
    I also have been looking for a good tried and true cinnamon coffee cake recipe. Do you know of a good one?
    Many Thanks!

  46. Amy says:

    Do you have nutrition information available for the recipes here? Thank you!!!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Amy – I don’t usually calculate the nutritional information for the recipes but I know there are “calculators” of that type online. You could google “nutrition calculator” and type in the recipe to figure out the facts.

  47. Missy says:


    Couple questions for you … Do you by chance have any gourmet Mac N Cheese recipes?

    Also, we are doing freezer meals for a YW activity and I wondered if you had any suggestions.



  48. Jessica says:

    Stumbled upon your site today – SO glad I did. LOVE it!!

  49. Geri Buckley says:

    Hi Melanie,

    I love your website..thank you so much for all the work you do on it. Please consider putting some “best of” vegetable dishes…they are sooooo underrated everywhere. Vegetables can be so delicious. I am always searching for them. One of my favorites is the Eating Well …Roasted Chili Lime Carrots.

  50. mia says:

    hey mel πŸ™‚ i’m still here, doing more stalking than commenting lately but still trying new recipes all the time…one day i’ll get on to review them all πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    just a quick question ~ on the side of the blog posts there is a picture of frosted cinnamon rolls (it looks like to me) but when I click on it, it takes me nowhere and that makes me said. My butt, I mean, my family would really like to know where to find that recipe πŸ™‚ Please? Searching ‘cinnamon bun’ didn’t return anything!

    thanks mel!!

  51. Amy M says:

    The pictures of your favorite breads on the homepage are torementing me πŸ™‚ I’m pregnant and can think of nothing better than making each of them and curling up with them and about a pound of the sweetest butter I can find. Those lion house rolls especially look lonely.

  52. Alyssa Jenkins says:

    I love all your recipes and website!! I am searching for a fantastic scone recipe if you have any recommendations! Thanks!

    Alyssa J.

  53. Cathy Heckman says:

    I just found your web-site 2 days ago after you were a featured recipe on Tasty Kitchen, you have so many things that look just incredible, I can’t wait to try them all. I have a family of big eaters who mostly don’t mind trying new things so I am super excited. Can’t wait to dig further in your recipes.

  54. Alyssa Jenkins says:

    I am searching for a baked scone, like a bisquit. Something yummy for breakfast!!

  55. Jena says:

    Since i’m absolutely in love with your blog, i added you button to my blog.
    Please let me know if that is ok! Here is my blog link:
    Thank you!

  56. Amy M says:

    Hello Melanie,

    I was wondering if the links to print recipes with the picture will be reappearing soon? I really like this option…my recipe binder looks more like a printed version of “My Kitchen Cafe” right now πŸ™‚ Thanks for again for all your hard work in the kitchen. I’ve got your Italian Roast Beef in my slow cooker today and can’t wait to come home to it. It’s my first time trying it so I will be sure to write a review of how good it is.

    • Mel says:

      Hey Amy – I’m slowly adding the printable function on the older recipes. Sorry they aren’t all updated right now! Hopefully in the next few months they will be. It’s a slow process…

  57. Frieda says:

    Re: applesauce: You probably want 1/2″ or less of water or less in your pot. Just enough to keep the apples from sticking to the pot. Just check with a quick stir to see if you still have water in there. Have fun making applesauce and let me know how it turns out for you!

  58. Jena says:

    Hi Mel,
    I was wondering if you have a fav pumpkin pie recipe?

    • Mel says:

      Jena – sadly, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin pie. And when I do break down and make it, I just use the back-of-the-can recipe. Sorry I’m not more help!

  59. Liz Spencer says:

    My favorite holiday recipe is for Christmas morning sticky buns! You prepare them Christmas Eve and just pop them in whenever the Christmas morning festivities come to an end. I had them every Christmas morning of my childhood and have continued the tradition with m 5 children.

  60. Judy Cash says:

    Melanie you are the best!!! The world would be a happier place if EVERYONE had a Bosch!!
    My families very favorite holiday food is something my mother made every Christmas. Lemon Pound Cake. Yum, Yum Yummy!! Another holiday favorite (we count General Conference as a holiday here) would have to be Bob’s famous homemade donuts. It’s tradition every April and October. I take pictures to document and he does all the cooking with the help of the kids!
    Lemon Bread
    3/4 cup shortening 2 cups sugar
    4 eggs 1 cup milk
    grated rind of 1 lemon 2 tsp baking powder
    3 cups four
    Mix and let stand for 20 minutes in prepared bread pans (2 loaves).
    Bake for 1 hour at 325.
    Glaze: Squeeze the juice from the lemon and mix in 1/2 cup sugar. Stir until sugar is mostly disolved. When your bread comes out of the oven remove the loaf from the pan onto a plate. Pour the glaze over the bread and let cool.

  61. Shirley Worthington says:

    My favorite holiday food is melt in your mouth dinner rolls. I have them for the family with a wonderful Cheese Soup on Xmas Eve and of course the rolls are served during all Holiday meals.

  62. Michelle says:

    I don’t know where I’ve been and why I haven’t heard of this website until recently….but I’ve been missing out! I am LOVING all of these GREAT recipes! I was in a cooking slump and couldn’t get out until I found this website. Thank you for giving me a new outlook on cooking!

  63. Joan says:

    Greetings, Melanie,

    Like many of your fans, I read your blog EVERYDAY!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! But, I must admit, it stresses me out to do so. Almost every recipe you post makes me want to stop what I am doing and cook. The problem is I work full time and when I get home my exhausted state of mind wins over. The weekends are a big mess, too. To give you an example, since you posted your pretzel recipe, my seven-year-old son has been asking me and asking me and asking me “when are we going to make pretzels?” I just tell him, “we will.” I know this is probably a time management issue, but I just feel like venting my frustration about this topic to you. Melanie, thank you for listening and all you do in elevating my culinary ability. You are heaven sent.

  64. Liz says:

    Did you change the format of your website? Some pictures are missing and it is hard to follow. I read it every day and love all of the recipes I have made! I look forward to all your posts for the upcoming months!

  65. Paula says:

    I love your recipes and love to look at the photos of your wonderful food. I can’t seem to get any photos from your past recipes. Is the format changed?

  66. Ashley says:

    Have you ever thought about compiling a cookbook? I would definitely buy one! All of your recipes at my fingertips would be awesome.

  67. Kelly says:

    Hi there. I just found your blog thanks to my sister-in-law’s desire to make your sweet and sour chicken. It seems like we have very similar tastes…Pioneer Woman, Tasty Kitchen, Paula Deen’s pumpkin bars and baking as much as we can from scratch. I have a really great recipe for wheat bread that I’ve adapted to cutting back on the oil and adding milled flax seed to. My son calls it ‘my very best bread’. I don’t use wheat gluten though and was wondering just what that is and does to a recipe? I am so anxious to try all your recipes, I just don’t know where to start…probably with the oatmeal, coconut cookies…yum!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Kelly – thanks for the comment! I hope you find some recipes that look worth trying. As for the gluten – it isn’t a required element in bread making, of course, but it does help develop the natural gluten of the bread, help the bread rise, and makes for a tender, soft crumb.

  68. Jacki Comber says:

    I was wondering if you had a recipe for a rye bread? or even the old fashioned dark wholemeal bread? you know the one that used to come wrapped in paper that was delivered way back when…oops you may not be that old! and not in Australia either ! But I’m sure you can help?

  69. Jacki Comber says:

    I forgot to say Mel that you have become an addiction that I refuse to give up!…I wonder if we may have to start a Mels anonymous? Maybe a Mels intervention group? xoxoxox love it!

  70. Ciara says:

    Hi Mel! First, like all your readers, I love your blog and your recipes. You have given me some staples in my cooking and my family and I thank you for that! (Can’t wait to try the cream cheese/chicken soup from today!) I’ve noticed that some recipes have the option of printing with a photo. I’m not sure how much work it is for you to have that option, but I love having the picture print with the recipes. It makes a great quick reference when flipping through my binder of recipes. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us!

  71. Holly Andersen says:

    My friend Dixie Shumway Dixon mentioned your site at book club the other night. I’m so glad I found it! I love cooking with whole ingredients, and I’ve tried too many weird ones that have more stars than they deserve on

  72. Jill Long says:

    Hi, Mel. I’m spooning your bran muffins into a muffin pan because we have guests and I needed something quick to make for breakfast. I was so happy I had them waiting in the fridge. I made both your classic lasagna and creamy white chili this week, which were a huge hit! I make at least three or four recipes a week from your website, so I decided it was time to send you a huge thank you! It was your mac and cheese recipe that got my kids off of the boxed stuff. They ask for it all the time now. You have really helped me in my goal to cut out processed foods and cook more from scratch. We have loved every recipe from your website, and I tell my friends about it all the time. Thanks for all your hard work in bringing delicious, healthier meals to so many tables.

    • Mel says:

      Jill – I’m so glad that you have had success with the recipes you’ve tried. Thanks so much for letting me know! I’m glad you’ve been able to cut out some processed foods and still make yummy meals in the process. It’s great to hear from you! (Hope your guests liked the muffins!)

  73. vickie says:

    Hello! I am new to this site but already love it!! I was wondering how to print the recipes that I want to try?

  74. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE your website and recipes! I have tried a few and have many more printed out. Definitly out of my ‘norm’, but I’m very excited to venture into new a new territory of cooking. Thank you for your inspiration and thoughtfullness! I can’t wait to make my own bread, it will be a first but thanks to your recipes and tutorials I am ready to take the leap πŸ™‚

  75. paula says:

    Thank you for putting the pictures of your great food back on the printable recipes. I’ve missed them lately and hope you will continue to have them available for printing with the recipe. Your recipes are wonderful and I have printed off tons of them that I have been trying. My family loves them all! I think I have tried 35-40 recipes and they have all been great. In fact I keep the recipes I want to try out in individual folders so I can grab them in a hurry when I want to try something new. Any chance that you will go back and add the photos to all your recipes? Thanks again for your great food and fun blog.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Paula – I’m not sure if and when I’ll have time to add pictures to archived posts but I’ll do what I can as I have time. I’m glad you enjoy and appreciate the printable version with the pictures. Thanks for letting me know!

  76. Zoe says:

    As I visited your “My favorite things” today. And saw your Grain Mill, which I’ve been looking for so long!! My Mom’s side of the family has Tradtional Ceremic Mill, but it’s too big. Can’t wait to purchase in near future!!

  77. Cindy says:

    I love your site! Just wondering do you have a recipe for quick choc bread?
    Trying to find something like the pumpkin bread recipe you have. Yum!

  78. Carmelle says:


    Can you tell me where do you find your pretzel rod for the chocolate caramel pretzel? Thanks.

    • Mel says:

      Carmelle – I’ve found them at Walmart and most of my grocery stores near the chips and other pretzels (I usually buy the Snyder brand). Hope that helps!

  79. juliann says:

    OH MY!!! I have been in such a slump and so I came back to your site, which has always proven to be a winner and I have a giant stack of recipes to try out…..and I havent even gotten 1/2 the way through the index!!!
    I couldnt get dinner on the table without such awesome guidance
    PLEASE keep up the great work
    Cant wait to see what is to come

  80. linda payne says:

    I just tried your tuna and white bean salad – damn that is GOOOD. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  81. Beth Arrieta says:

    Dear Mel,
    I love your blog. Your recipes are fantastic and I really appreciate you sharing them as well as all the useful info too. I am curious about your Bosch mixer-is it just as good for small tasks as it is for making bread. I had read one reviewer saying it wasn’t as good when mixing say a small batch of cookies or cake mix. My husband wants to get me a new mixer for Christmas and I am debating between the Bosch, the Kitchen Aid Professional, and the Viking. Would appreciate your input.

  82. Jill says:

    Just stopping in to say I made your Favorite sugar cookies, and ohmygoodness! Totally yummy! I have been looking for the “perfect” sugar cookie recipe for years, and this one fits the bill! I made the whipped cream cheese frosting, as well. I was skeptical, however, I left the frosted cookies out to dry overnight, and ~voila~ they are perfect today!! Thanks so much, love your blog, have a wonderful Christmas, and know that you are not the only family eating lasagne (and wedding soup) for holiday dinner! πŸ™‚

  83. Mary Wetterling says:

    Mel, you can use baby oil for your oil, the play dough smells good!

  84. tracey trosterud says:

    just wanted to say I love your site and thank you so much for it and your time you must put into it…. I appreciate you and your efforts along with all your many recipes… I can’t wait to try them all… I am getting ready to make your recipe for the butter toffee popcorn… I hope I can find a good peanut brittle recipe on here… or a good recipe for canning pizza sauce and speghetti sauce for this upcoming summer…
    Thanks again…
    Dawsonville GA

  85. Lindsay says:

    First, I would like to thank my wonderful sister for pointing me to your blog! Then I would like to thank you for creating this blog for her to find! What a find it is! I thoroughly enjoy reading through all the wonderful recipes you have. I just wish that I could bake/cook all day long! While reading through the recipe for your Best Chocolate Cupcake, I noticed a note about adapting the recipe from a cookbook. I was wondering if you could list the best cookbooks you own. I am a sucker for cookbooks. They are my weakness.

    Also, on a side note, I am doing cookie favors for a friend’s baby shower. Which recipe would you recommend for a decorated cookie that can be packaged?

  86. Joe says:

    I tried your ice water recipe – so easy, yet so refreshingly delicious!

  87. Michelle says:

    I never write on blogs but for some reason I just feel compelled to tell you how GREAT your site it. I couldn’t love your blog/recipes any more. I am kind of addicted to your site. Thank you, thank you!!!!

  88. Sharon says:

    I just found your site through Tasty Kitchen. Your recipes sound delicious and I plan to try several of them. I can’t tell you how excited I was to read about one of your favorites, Baker’s Joy. I’m going to pick this up the next time I’m shopping. I have been keeping house for 40 years and never knew of this product. It will be helpful when I use my bundt pan. I can never get all the nooks and crannies greased. I’ll be checking in soon for new recipes.

  89. Muriel says:

    First of all I wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your blog! Your recipes all look amazing and the ones I have tried are amazing! I was wondering if you minded if I posted about one of your recipes and linked back to your blog if that was alright with you? I am starting a new blog about cooking and decorating and when I come across amazing things I would love to post about them and refer my readers back to where I found these amazing things in the first place.

  90. Jackie says:

    Hi Mel

    I love your blog and I have a lot of sucessful recipes that I tried from your blog. I’m looking for a sweet potato casserole recipe that is sweet not savory. Have you come across any that you might think it is a winner.

  91. Dave Mitchell says:

    I have been cooking since i was a kid and have a lot of fun in the kitchen.
    I went through a bunch of your recipes and the ones I saw sounded amazing! Im glad i found your website! Since it is winter now I have been scrounging around for a good beer cheese soup recipe. You wouldnt happen to have a good one hiding away do you?? πŸ™‚

    Thank you again!
    Happy Eaters

  92. Patsy says:

    Finding your blog has made me happy! I came for the Broccoli Chedder Soup and I found it hard to leave. I have bookmarked you but I wish you were on Facebook so I could log on and see one of your delicious recipes everyday.
    Great blog!!

  93. Beth Arrieta says:

    Hi Mel,
    My husband got me the Bosch mixer for Christmas. Can’t wait to try all your bread recipes. I, like many others, can’t wait to see what new recipe you have for us each day. Your blog is absolutely the BEST. Love your recipes and I am so amazed at what you do. You are so generous to share. That said, I have a question about the Vanilla Pudding Cinnamon Rolls. If I use instant yeast, do I leave out the 1/2 cup warm water and 2 tablespoons sugar called for in the recipe and add the yeast after mixing the butter, eggs, and salt into the pudding mixture? Also, do I use 5 teaspoons instant yeast for the 2 tablespoons active dry yeast? One last question, do you use light or dark brown sugar? Thank you so much for your time.

  94. Gary says:

    Love your site! Tripped over this Pillsbury bake-off finalist recipe for Chocolate-Caramel Crumb Cake. Pillsbury is not normally my recipe source but these sounded great and they were absolutely scrumptious when I made them. Those 5 boys of yours – 1 big and 4 small – would love them. Kind of a cake-cheesecake-cupcake-crumble hybrid. As I normally do with chocolate baking, I zipped up the recipe by adding some expresso powder and cocoa powder but followed the recipe beyond that. see link below.

  95. Marisa Larsen says:

    Thank you for having a site that has recipes where I know what the ingredients are and am actually capable of making them without going to culinary school. It makes me, and my husband happy! πŸ™‚

  96. Kim says:

    Mel – I absolutely love your blog. And I love that you have a recipe index so I can find things quickly. I was wondering if you would be open to a section listing meals that can be frozen, since you seem to have quite a few. It seems I saw some that I wanted to make, but didn’t book mark them. Now I can’t remember which ones you recommended for freezing! Thank you, and thank you for all the wonderful things you are and do. You are amazing.

  97. Kelley says:

    Hi Melanie. I just wanted to say that I happened to stumble on your blog today, and I think you might be my new favorite food blog. I have a bunch of your recipes bookmarked to cook soon, and I’m excited to try them! Thanks for your hard work!

  98. Deena says:

    I am so glad that I found your website! I absolutely love it!
    Keep up the awesome work so all of us can enjoy!

  99. Cindy Thomas says:

    Hi Mel, I enjoy visiting your cookbook! I am looking for a brownie mix that I can keep in a large can in my pantry (or fridge) and have available for whenever I want to make brownies! πŸ™‚ (Probably NOT a good thing to have available.) I tend to purchase the 5 pack at Sam’s Club or Costco that are made by Hershey’s or Ghiradelli. I would think we (or you) could come up with one more economical and healthier… what do you think? Thanks for considering in your spare time!

  100. Susan says:

    I just put in the crock pot a 3 lb. Pork Shoulder Blade Boston Roast. Because it has a bone in it, will it work just as well?