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329 Responses to Contact

  1. Amy says:

    Thanks Mel for sharing all of these wonderful recipes! I have yet to try one that our family didn’t like. I decided I would rather cook my way through your website, than Julia Child’s book!:) My family is just as grateful as I am about finding such a great resource.

  2. Connie says:

    Hi, Made your baked brown rice last night. I was so perfect and delicious. Thanks for a great recipe and a super fantastic blog.

  3. Erika says:

    Hi Mel!

    Love your website!! Have a question. So far I am planning making your raspberry lime rickey, toffee apple dip & caprese skewers for my sisters baby shower ( thanks for catering!) I am thinking a nice pasta dish too sounds good. You have quite a few of them listed. Do you have any absolute faves you would recommend me trying out that would be nice for a shower? Think I’ll just add in a salad & we’ll be set. Thanks so much!

  4. Lynne says:

    Hi Mel!
    My name is Lynne and I love your website, especially your ‘favorite things’. Three weeks ago I started a blog about baking something every day for 365 days, so now I want to purchase a lot of those items that you recommend.
    I’m really excited about making your recipes for my family; they look so delicious! I will definitely be checking in with you often and would like to know if I can put a link on my blog to your site. I’m sure my readers would LOVE it! Keep up the great work!

  5. Emma says:

    I just found your blog, and OMG it’s woderful! I want to cook everything that you have in here!
    But I have a question (that is extremly important before I start cooking:) ). You often use deegres as a measure of temperature. Do you mean Celsius degrees, or Fahrenheit? We use Celsius in my country, that is why initially I thought about Celsius, but now I am confused, since the temperatures are quite high.
    Thank you for your recipees,
    and thank you in advance for your answer.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Emma – thanks for the comment! When using degrees in my recipes, I always am referring to fahrenheit. I’m sorry for the confusion! I will start stipulating that in each recipe so it isn’t a matter of confusion or error. Hope that helps!

  6. KarenC says:

    Hey Mel…

    St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and I was wondering if you had a good recipe for corned beef and cabbage. I’ve made it the last 3 or 4 years, but I have yet to find a great recipe. It just never turns out as good as I think it should. Tough or dry seems to be a recurring theme. LOL

    I’m thinking that this year, a slow cooker recipe might be the way to go.

  7. Cindy says:

    Congratulations, you are officially the only place I will look for recipes anymore. In addition to that, I don’t bother testing them before I make them for others because I know they will be a huge success. Thank you for that! Right now I’d like to find a delicious recipe for an apple crisp, you know, with the crumbly top… do you have any ideas? I didn’t find one when I searched the site. Thanks for everything!

  8. Ross says:

    When making caramels, can you substitute maple syrup for the called for light corn syrup? I have always wanted to try this but want advice before I try.
    Thanks Mel

  9. Kaylyn Bugay says:

    Love this new site design and color scheme!

  10. KarenC says:

    The changes you made to the site look great! I love the color scheme and it seems much more crisp and contemporary.

  11. Caroline says:

    Do you ever find recipes to share that are truly healthy? Practically all of the recipes that have been sent are loaded with sugar, fat & salt. Read “The China Study” and “Eat to Live” for a better insight on nutrition. Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Caroline – I can respect your views on healthy eating, however, I do have to defend my position, especially in light of the fact that I haven’t ever marketed my blog as “Healthy Eating 101” or anything of the like. Healthy eating means something different to each person and although I do use salt, heavy cream and sugar, I pride myself on the fact that I very rarely use preprocessed or “junk food” ingredients. I believe in whole foods and I have made strides in that direction, but I also am a moderation kind of gal and feel great about my level of healthy eating, although I do have many goals for improvement on the horizon. Feel free to google other food blogs that might tailor recipes to your style. I admire your commitment and fortitude to healthy eating!

  12. Julie says:

    I love your blog! It seriously is my go-to for almost all my recipes. My husband thinks I am a good cook now because I steal all your recipes. 🙂 I always look forward to your new posts for more yummy ideas. Keep it up! Thanks for all your hard work on this blog!!!

  13. Tammy says:

    Hi Melanie,

    I was just wondering….what can you substitute for rum in a recipe?

  14. Kayden & Madison says:

    Kayden: Today we tried out your cookie dough topped brownies. They were delicous and very moist. I can’t wait to try out some more of your recipies. We also tried out your Cream Cheese Chiken and Vegetable Soup. That was very very good. I think it was the best soup that my mom ever made. Can’t wait try some new recipes.

    Madison: Pretty much every thing Kayden said. Also, your pics look really good- I can’t stop thinking about them! I was just about to eat the whole computer. Hope you guys have an awsome spring and summer!

  15. Eve says:

    Hi, my name is Eve, I’m 21 and from Cardiff, Wales (next to England) in the UK. I am a very inexperienced cook and recently started following your blog and trying some of the recipes, so far I have tried sweet and sour chicken and hoisin spare ribs, tonight i’m going to try the breaded garlic chicken, which should be really good if i manage to get it right! Anyway, just wanted to leave a little note. Thanks for all these great recipes!

  16. Lori Sheranian says:

    Hi, I am so excited to find your blog. I love it already. On your yeast tutorial you said you add the instant yeast right with the other ingredients, yet the instructions on the package say not to let the yeast touch liquid first. So I thought I had to mix the yeast with flour before adding it to my bread recipe. Your bread recipe that I am trying says to just add it into the water with the salt, sugar, etc. Is that okay to do that, or did I misunderstand. I would love to just add it into the water. Thanks for all the great recipes. You’re amazing! Lori

  17. Georgia Ferguson says:

    I love the recipes on your site! But I noticed on your “favorite things” page you have removed the vegetable broth concentrate. Why did you remove it? I’m wondering if I can get the link to that again?


  18. Sarah says:

    New to your site, LOVE it! Love the recipes, the way the site looks and how you preface/explain the recipes! I’m totally your new biggest fan (in a non-creepy way.) 🙂 Made the cinnamon rolls last weekend – it was the first time I ever made cinnamon rolls and they were to die for. Making them again this weekend. THANKS!

  19. Tammy says:

    Hi Melanie,
    Just wondering…if the chili verde can be made with a rump roast instead of a pork roast. Thanks.

  20. Veronica says:

    Your blog is my go to recipe guide to try something new and the usual things I make. It’s a household name. I can’t stop making stuff from here. Do you have a good sourdough recipe?? Your french bread rolls are made weekly (and sometimes more) in my house. They are by far THE best rolls ever made and I get so many compliments whenever I whip up a batch. Would love to try your sourdough if you make one.

  21. Nicole says:

    I love love love your site and your advice and recipe treasures. Thank you!!!!
    I’ve noticed you share my love of carbs, and so I was wondering, have you tried making Indian Fry Bread/NM Sopapillas???
    What about asian steamed bread “Pow” (try trinigourmet’s version)????
    These are both really awesome different ways to get your carb nirvana, and I would love your input!
    Keep the good stuff coming!

  22. Nicole says:

    Hi- I LOVE your site, I check it almost daily! Thank you for the wonderful recipes and amusing commentary! I also share your love of carbs, and was wondering- have you ever tried “Pow”, it’s a sweet meat filled steamed bread that’s sooooo yummy, and also would love your opinion on New Mexican sopapillas or Indian Fry Bread… mmmmmmmmm. I think you would love them both too. 🙂

  23. Nicole says:

    oops, sorry, didn’t mean to double post- I thought it didn’t work…

  24. Jmposti4 says:

    want to say you make so many wonderful things I enjoy to eat! I very much enjoy your sitw, Happy Easter

  25. Kelsey Bendixen says:

    A few questions- Do you have a cookbook? If not you need to make one so I can buy it! LOL :] And You know that baking sheet thing you use? Its like a liner thats reusable. . . what on earth is that called?! Thanks :] Your amazing I LOVE your blog!

  26. Joan says:

    Your website is great! I am a new visitor to it and I printed out a salad to try. I do have another idea for your website! (Just what you need — ) Maybe another helpful hint would be to help folks put meals together? We are having friends over for dinner on Friday night (we don’t entertain very much) and my husband is a salmon griller extraordinaire, but I’m not sure what to put with it? Salad? Bread? Would you have another suggestion on a side? Your menu planning template is helpful, but maybe some suggestions of foods that “go together?” I know this is extremely subjective, but getting your thoughts on that would be great. Thanks!

  27. laura goode says:

    hi mel-
    I am just testing the waters with cooking/baking. and i have a question sorry if its a dumb one!..but when baking and the recipe calls for butter is it standard salted or non-salted butter? thanks


  28. Amanda says:

    I’m looking for a chicken salad recipe that has a sweet flavor to it. Know any good recipies? You haven’t lead me astray as of yet!

  29. Lana says:

    Okay, so I’ve run into two things that I can’t figure out. I tried making the soft wrap bread this week with wheat flour and it was a disaster. I was skeptical about pouring water onto flour and trying to ‘mix it until it’s smooth’. And it was not good. 🙂 How do you do that without it turning into an awful brick of flour that just got water poured on it? Do you do it in your mixer with a whisk, or dough hook? Anyway, I mixed it as best as I could and let it sit. And then when I combined it with the rest of the flour and potato mix, it was even worse. When I finally gave up on it combining after 10 minutes in the mixer, I turned it out onto the counter, did my best to bring it together and let it rise…. for one hour, then two, then I just went to bed. In the morning it was the same lump of granite. So, what did I do wrong? I double and triple checked the recipe and I know that I added all the right ingredients at all the right times. Thoughts? Do you have to make adjustments when you use wheat flour instead of white? I had a similar thing happen one time when I tried switching my homemade pita bread from white to wheat. And I’ve never attempted it again. 🙁

    Also, I used the Darcy Whole Wheat bread recipe today. I have a kitchen aid so I can’t do as big of a recipe. I halved it. Again, I did all the amounts exactly as it said, but when I was adding the final amounts of flour, it never came together. It was still a blobby mess in the mixer. I even ended up adding almost 2 cups more, and it was still stickier than my normal wheat bread recipe. And it was stuck to the bowl, counter, spatula like crazy. Is this a recipe that cannot be halved? None of your wheat bread recipes are small enough as written for me to do in my mixer, but I didn’t think that there would be harm in halving one. Thoughts? I’m kind of bummed that two wheat flour recipes in one week didn’t turn out. I think I’m wheat flour retarded. 🙂



  30. Danielle says:

    Question: This website is so well stocked, is this your personal ‘recipe book’ or do you keep a file/binder as well? I have been cooking with my laptop in the kitchen these days but wanted to see what you did.
    I have loved this site and recommend it to everyone that needs good recipes or ideas. I just recently tried the buttery cornmeal crescent rolls and was fabulously pleased but I have made dozens of your recipes now. I am making the Mexican Rice tomorrow. I also like the tutorials – it is nice to hear the info and advice.

  31. sheri says:

    oh my goodness!!!! i love it when the paths we take in life cross over each other… this blog is everything that i have personally been trying to do for my family over the course of the last year or two. we have been taking baby steps to reduce the prepackaged, processed foods that we used to rely on for our daily meals and i now make a good majority of our food from scratch. i’ve relied on a couple of sites for finding new recipes and inspiration, one of them being tasty kitchen (i love the pioneer woman!) i’ve been making your sweet and sour chicken recipe for months and my family loves it!!! it’s a great alternative to going out for chinese food as we feel like we are getting a treat without all of the unknown ingredients and overly fried taste. anyway, as i said, i’ve been using that recipe for months, but never took the time to peruse your blog…until last night when a friend posted a recipe for bran muffins that she found on here. i started snooping around your site and fell instantly in love! then (here’s where the paths crossing part finally comes in!) i read a comment about someone loving the sweet and sour chicken recipe and it clicked! ha!!!! wish i’d have stumbled over here sooner, but so glad i finally did! love your site and will be trying lots of new recipes soon i’m sure!

  32. dimu says:

    hi Melanie, I love your blog. I can”t wait to make the soft wrap bread. Can you let me know if there”s a specific brand you recommend for instant yeast? I have never worked with instant yeast before. Thank you.

  33. Daniel Sloan says:

    So I just went fishing in Alaska and brought home 8 lbs of Halibut. Do you have any recipe ideas? I could sure use some help. 🙂

  34. Julia says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything I’ve made off of your site! I’m so glad I’ve found you. So far, I’ve made a corn salad, the tomato caprese salad (2x) and the sundried, chicken and spinach salad. Simple, fresh, and yummy! Thank you!!!

  35. lyric leigh says:

    Chocolate Chip Hazelnut cookies OMG you’ve won my heart.

  36. Chav says:

    Love love your website and eat your recipes all the time—seriously. Just tried this new recipe that was REALLY really good and had to share. It’s a recipe for Mongolian Beef (like P.F. Chang’s). Hope you enjoy…my husband says it’s the best he’s ever had!

    Keep up the good work—you’re food is amazing!

  37. Shalynn Morgan says:

    You have changed my eating life! When a friend invited my family over for your chili verde I had no idea that her giving me your website would completely change my take on food! I don’t even check my own e-mail, but am addicted to your website and have loved every recipe that I have tried! Farewell to substandard dinners!! I think I have gained ten pounds just looking at the pictures of food you post. Thanks you for making my life so yummy!

  38. Jessica says:

    Hi Mel, I am a brand new fan of your website. You are totally inspiring me! My friends and I have a cooking contest/dinner party every few months. Last month, for cheeseburgers, I came in LAST place. Very sad. Next is Crockpot (Slowcooker) recipes. Since I pretty much love all the recipes I’ve tried here, I thought I would as you, my resident expert. What is your favorite crock pot recipe? THANK YOU! Jessica

  39. Andrea says:

    My sister in law told me you have a healthy and nutritious category but I may be blind and I cant find it any where on your site.Can you help? Also this is my first visit yo your site and i cant wait to make some of your receipes already!

  40. Cindy says:

    What is your bottled green enchilada sauce of choice…I love you recipies, but I also know that when you buy bottled sauces some are deffinatly better than others. I am looking specifically at your CREAMY GREEN CHILE CHICKEN ENCHILADAS.

  41. Jennifer says:

    When you asked for my favorite kind of ice-cream, I kind of felt like you were asking who is my favorite child. I love ice-cream, especially home-made. This summer I would have to say homemade rootbeer ice-cream. Of course that could change, because my niece just gave me her mother-in-laws sour cream raspberry ice-cream recipe, haven’t tried it yet. Anyway, I love your blog and have followed it for the last 3 years. Everything I have tried I have loved! Even my 2 daughters 15 & 11 love to look up new recipes to try. We would love to win a new ice-cream maker! Thanks!

  42. Ann Balfour says:

    Just found yur site through Think that’s it. Love, love your recipes, will be using them alot as I get really bored sometimes with other’s I have used, so looking for something new and easy! Think yur sons and hubby are all just adorable!
    And, no, I am. Not from WI, but live in De Pere WI, kind of a suburb of Green Bay. I agree abiut winters here……so much so, that the month of Jan. And Feb. Are enough to sometimes make me puke!, literallly. Sometimes I think If I have to use the snowblower one more time, or sweep off the porch……yeah, really know what you mean! But, we cherish the summers and swim alot, so it’s not so bad nice you get used to it. Keep cookin’, keep those boys in line, all if them! Thanks for a wondeful site! Annie

  43. Brittany says:

    Hey Mel! Love your recipes! I would love to learn how to make blondie browines with hot maple sauce over it! Its amazing!!

  44. Christy says:

    Hello! I have been meaning to email you and tell you that I think your website is the BEST! Dinner has been revived because of you! My family thanks you. I do have a question for you now. My son’s birthday party is this weekend. I was looking at the BBQ pork sandwiches. I know you said that you had 13 adults and 13 kids that ate this. How big are the rolls that you served it on? I have 15 adults and 8 kids on the list. Do you think I should double it? I really don’t want to be the crazy mom that runs out of food at a party :). Just let me know if you can.

  45. Claudine says:

    Mel…I’m a fellow Wisconsinite, central part of the state. Thank you for your great recipes and menu planner. I’m a teacher and plan on making 2 week menus this year to try to stay on top of suppers while being very busy and having two little girls who are ready for supper early. Thanks again!

  46. KACIE says:

    Hello Mel! I just wanted to share with you that I am so glad to have sure a treasure of a blog at my finger tips. It was shared to me from my sweet cousin. I have been on your site off and on ALL DAY. Now that I have my perfect 2 week meal plan I think I shall part with you and make dinner for my family. LOL Thank you so much from taking time away from your family to give and share with us wonderful yummy food!!

  47. Maria says:

    I just wanted to compliment the recipe Savory Spiral Stuffed Rolls! I made them and they came out delicious. I had misplaced the recipe and after searching frantically, finally found your website again- so relieved!

  48. Cherika says:

    I love your recipes! This website is saved in my favorites and used for ALOT of my families meals. I’m interested in a good Chicken Marsala recipe and was wondering if you have one?

  49. Stacey says:

    Hi Mel,
    Over the last year, my best friend Julie and I have really enjoyed your blog. We live eight hours apart and have had lots of fun planning our visits around what recipes of yours we would attempt. Often all of our meals during the time we are together are your recipes! Tonight I was talking to my boyfriend about how much I love your blog when he starts laughing and says, “Stacey, you didn’t know how to cook before this lady came along.” LOL I just wanted to write you a quick note to let you know he is absolutely right! Thank you so much for sharing all of your hard work with us.

  50. Kirstin Gardner says:

    Hey Mel! I was wanting to make the Halloween mummies at the website listed below and wondered if you had a recommendation on a breadstick/roll recipe I could use instead of the pre-packaged kind? Thanks!

  51. Amelia says:

    I just stumbled on your website, directed by pinterest (woot, woot!) and I love your blog and the ease at seeing the recipes. Thanks for blogging!

  52. Bridgette says:

    I love your site! It’s the first place I go to look for a recipe. I was hoping you would have a favorite egg salad recipe, but I can’t seem to find one. Do you recommend any?

  53. Tiffany Hatch says:

    This is my all time favorite cookie recipe. I have been making these for years. Before me, my mom was making these for years. Words do not describe how wonderful these bad boys are. I thought because you share so many recipes with me I would share this one with you.

    Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies
    Tiffany Hatch

    1 C. Brown sugar, packed ¼ tsp. Ginger
    1 C. Cooked pumpkin 1 tsp. Baking soda
    ½ C. Vegetable oil 1 tsp. Salt
    1 tsp. Vanilla ½ tsp Nutmeg
    2 C. Flour ½ tsp. Cinnamon
    1 tsp. Baking powder 1 C. Butterscotch chips
    ½ C. Chopped walnuts (optional)
    Beat sugar, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla. Sift together dry ingredients. Add to pumpkin mixture. Blend in chips and nuts. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookies sheets. Bake at 350* for 13 minutes. Makes 2-3 dozen.

  54. Tammy says:

    Hi Melanie,
    Just wondering on your slow cooker southwest chicken stacks if there was a salsa that you preferred over the other. Thanks.

  55. Lynn says:

    Hi there!
    I’m in the process of making your “easiest” brownie recipe. I’m sure it isn’t that fussy, but when you say “beat until air bubbles form in the batter”, are you doing this by hand or with a mixer? Guess it is awesome if you don’t even have to get out the mixer.
    I tried to post right on that recipe, but failed to see where to do it.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Lynn – I always use a whisk or wooden spoon. It doesn’t take much mixing to get large airy bubbles. Hope it worked out for you!

  56. Dave Tucker says:

    stop sending me comments!

  57. Eloise says:

    Hello, I made the slow-cooker beef stroganoff and dinner rolls (Lions Bakery) and all was delish! So glad I found your website!!! Plan on fajitas and pumkin/coco chip bread for tomorrow. Thanx

  58. Pam Tanner says:

    Hi Mel, several months ago I made a potato salad that I was SO sure I got from you but can’t find it now. It had cooked chicken and bacon in it and the potatoes were peeled, cubed drizzled with oil and baked on a cookie sheet. It was wonderful and a friend now wants to use it for her son’s reception. Does this sound familiar? thank you for your help!

  59. Joan Pulaski says:

    Would like to receive updates & new recipes, may be I’m a dummy but could not find the
    place to subscribe. Help would be appreciated. Love the shortbread cookie idea for the
    thanks again,

  60. Melanie says:

    Love, love your blog. Just found it within the past few months and love trying out your recipes. They always turn out fabulous! Thank you!

  61. Spendwisemom says:

    I always come to your website when I want a new recipe to try. Thanks for sharing with everyone. I was just wondering how much you spent on food per month, if you don’t mind sharing that. Thanks.

  62. Jackie says:

    A few months ago I set a goal of trying at least one new recipe a week. Your site has been a life saver!! (and actually my insperation- thanks you!) The other night while waiting for teenagers to come home, I was going through past posts and came across mention of a chicken trick- something like frozen breast in the crockpot with broth. Sound familiar? If so, what are the instructions? It sounded like it could be a real life saver.

    Thanks again,

  63. Becca says:

    Oh my Gosh, I LOVE your blog! My kinda recipes, and it is so well written 🙂 Almost everything I make is from your recipes and they are almost always a huge hit with my family! I am wanting to make a cookbook out of my favorite recipes on Tastebook, so I can send them out as Christmas gifts, and a lot of my favorites are from you, but I’m wondering what the copyright rules are? Can I just put (in the “source” section)that I got it from your website, or can I not use them at all? I appreciate your blog so much that I want to make sure I don’t step on any toes, I know you put a lot of work into it! Thanks so much!

  64. Kathy says:

    Help my dough for the vanilla pudding cinnamon rolls isn’t rising!! Any help out there. I followed the recipe, but used sugar free pudding. It was also a little cold in the kitchen so I have turned up the heat. I am trying to plan ahead for Thanksgiving morning.

  65. Tamar says:

    Hi Mel,
    I’ve made several of your recipes now (soft pretzels, cheese rolls, the chicken with oregano and lemon, chocolate chip cookies) and I love your blog – everything I’ve made turns out well. I just to share that two nights ago I had a craving for brownies so I made your recipe for the “Easiest Brownies in the World”. Well.. I live in Israel and I brought your brownies to the office yesterday morning…and now you can also officially add to that recipe that they’re also the tastiest in the world (all my friends here raved about them). I translated your recipe into Hebrew for all my friends here and shared your blog with them too. Thank you so much – the brownies were truly excellent!

  66. Keri says:

    Hi there!
    I’ve recently become a little more than addicted to your website! I love to cook and bake and do so a lot for our family of 5. I just took a few of my very rare few spare minutes to browse the rest of your website, and must say, I’m so happy that a stand mixer is not on your list of favourite things, and love that you don’t make it seem like a necessity to make anything at home. As much as I would love a stand mixer, it’s just within my budget to have one at home, and do most of my mixing by hand or with my trusty dusty hand mixer.
    THANK YOU for providing recipes that are true and able for everyone. Even those without stand mixers.

  67. Stephanie says:

    I’m planning on making homemade gravy and i was wondering, what is the best meat to use to get the juices for the gravy?? I was planning on making Roxi’s Steak a La Rabi and using the juice from that. Also, what would be a good broth to use with it?

  68. Stephanie says:

    I am wanting to make cookies for all my coworkers, I was wondering wish you suggest are a good holiday treat and one that you can make a lot of without extra hassle! Thanks and I LOVE your blog, I use it all the time and I have recommended so many!! 🙂 hope you have great holiday

  69. Karyn says:

    Hi Mel,
    I have been pretty smitten about another home kitchen blog. But stumbled across your blog after a wise bird pinned your enchilada recipe.
    I have yet to make any of your recipes. But always looking for new kitchen inspiration. Thanks for the ideas and the tips, especially meal planning for two weeks at a time instead of one. What a concept !
    Look forward to trying your recipes in next weeks meal plan.


  70. Marilyn says:

    Absolutely fascinated by your site! Aunt Marilyn’s corn meal rolls are just fabulous. Thank you and her for sharing. also you have one of the best sites/blog; would love to see you on food network; what an inspiration you ARE TO THOSE WHO HAVE A RENEWED PASSION TO COOK!


  71. Marilyn says:

    Mel: your site is great, fabulous and ALLTHAT! It’s makes a girl want to cook.
    Family absolutely loved Aunt Marilyn’s cornmeal rolls. Thanks for all the time it takes for you to share these delicious recipes.

  72. Marian says:

    I LOVE! your blog and cook from it almost daily-but for sure, weekly! I’m looking at blogging about my pottery and was wondering if you could give advice on which blog software to use and also any other advice. I know that you moved to a new system and wondered what the new one is? Don’t know if this is proprietary information or not, but you seem to have it figured out!

  73. Kathleen Moleta says:

    Tried your Refrigerator Bran Muffins and it was unsuccessful. The muffins did not rise they sank in the middle. Do you have any idea as to what may have been wrong?

  74. laura h. says:

    Hi Mel! I found your website about a month ago, I LOVE your website! I’m commenting because I trust your taste and your recipes and your general sense of what is “good”. I’m wondering if you could post (maybe in favorite things?)or comment on a couple of cookbook suggestions. If you could only have say, 5 cookbooks in your kitchen, what might they be? Which ones are indispensable? Your recommendations would be tremendous!

  75. Mel says:

    Laura – thanks for the comment! I’m glad you found your way here. To be honest, I don’t own very many cookbooks, thanks to online access to recipes and my fascination for checking out cookbooks from the library but the top 5 I have and use all the time are:

    The Joy of Cooking
    The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook (the new one that just came out a few months ago)
    King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion
    America’s Test Kitchen 30-Minute Suppers/American’s Test Kitchen Skillet Suppers
    Cook’s Country Cookbook (the one released in 2008)

    I have a few other specialty ones (for confections and candy) but these are the ones I go to when I want the perfect recipe (or a quick meal!).

  76. Judy says:

    Since you are now my go to website for new meals, do you have any plans for a stuffed green pepper recipe? My husband loves them, but I can not find one where the the flavors meld. I feel like it’s just a green pepper, ground beef, tomato mixture with no real flavor to it.

  77. Hannah Wilson says:

    Hi Mel! I am very interested in your site and cannot wait to make some of these dishes I have found recently. Everything looks so Delicious !

  78. Emily says:

    I have a question about your crockpot ham recipe. I am planning to try it for Christmas, however I realized that I did not buy a spiral cut ham. It is a 7-8 pound bone-in ham, but not pre-cut. Also, I tried this recipe once before and we loved it but it did get a little over done, especially on the bottom. So any pointers would be appreciated! Thanks.

  79. Katie Smith says:

    Do you have any good ideas for yummy finger foods for kids?

  80. Amy M says:

    HELP! As a mother to 4 young boys I think you must know a thing or two about feeding kids. Ever thought about doing a series of your kid’s top 10 dinners and/or snacks? I’m not talking about the pizza and pancakes that all our kids eat but what do you have the most success with in terms of getting them to eat a healthful variety? My daughter was a very adventurous eater until she started school and now comes home saying how “yucky” everything I slave over to make from scratch is.

  81. Kristin says:

    What is the name of the bars that are pictured at the top of your webpage after your name? I am really hoping to make them – they look so yummy!!!

  82. Sharlin says:

    I love looking through your blog, and it’s been fun trying some of your recipes. One thing I’m looking for at this point in my life is recipes that are made without a bunch of processed stuff (just like you aim for), but also meals that require a minimal amount of time to make. (maybe 30 minutes of involved time.) Would you consider making a section to look through for things that are low on prep time?

  83. Mel says:

    Kristin – the bars are the Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars located here:

  84. Kathy Erickson says:

    I just wanted to say I LOVE your recipes.. I have made tons of them this last year. We love the balsamic glazed pork, mediterranean pork, brown sugar spiced pork loin, chicken spiedie sandwiches ( I added bacon to it!), the pulled pork sandwiches, the hearty stew, the best ham, lemon and garlic chicken, sweet and sour chicken, lemon chicken and so many more!

  85. Dominique Rose says:

    I am going to try and make Mary’s egg rolls, but I did not understand whether the
    sauce made with oyster sauce and soy sauce etc. is to be included inside the egg rolls, or to be served for dipping the egg rolls once cooked ? do you then serve two sauces with the finished egg rolls ? thank you for your reply, Dominique (Luxembourg – Europe)

  86. Crystal says:

    HI Mel,
    No need to respond to this comment… I just wanted to tell you how much I LOVE your website!!! The past couple years my husband, 7-year-old son and I have just gone with the flow and made non-exciting dinners or ate out, A LOT. As we have come into having to have a tighter budget I have found the need to actually cook (I know, can you imagine?!?) I am so thankful to find someone that has tried and true recipes and the fact that planning meals forces my small family to sit down and actually take the time to eat together. Thank you so much!!

  87. kotti says:

    Hey Mel!

    I have a kitchen question for you! I bought a bag of clementines that turned out to be no bueno! (ie not quite ripe when they were picked) Through very little research I found out you can not ripen an orange like you could an avocado…..but I haven’t lost hope yet. So last but not least my question is what can I do with a bag of clementines? Do you have a recipe or an ideas? Thank you for your help!

  88. Kia says:

    I just recently came across your blog, and I LOVE it. I love to cook dinners for my family, but I was so tired of my usual recipes. Everything on your site looks fantastic. I have made three recipes so far and have enjoyed them all. We had the roasted garlic and cauliflower pasta tonight and it was amazing. Everyone loved it.

    Your photos are great and the recipes are easy to follow. You have made me excited to cook again!


  89. Marilyn says:

    Mel: You have got it going on, you and Aunt Marilyn are the best! Just prepared bean burritos -yummy! Tried honey butter – yummy! All of your recipes are truly a blessing! May you and your family be abundantly blessed because of you blessing the lives of people like me! THANK YOU!

  90. christine says:

    hi! i absolutely love ur page and ALL of your recipes!! i use them all the time. so much so, that i like to pretent that we are bff’s and i refer to you in that manner. ha. when my husband comments on how good dinner is, i always reply “i got the recipe from mel.” he knows all about it. anyway, i just recently realized that you have the wonderful feature of being able to add a recipe to my recipe box. LOVE IT! so, i was wandering around ur site the other evening “add”ing away. only now, upon returning to use some of the sure to be gems i found, i do not see anywhere here, a link or button or clicky or anything to get into my recipe box or log in or anything…. HELP?!?!?!

  91. Hey Mel, I love your site. I am trying your bread recipe this morning and it smells soooo good. I was just curious why you do not put lehticin in your bread? I will let you know how it turns out.
    I am a recently diagnosed type 2 diabetic, do you have any recipes for diabetics?
    I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes.
    Thank you for sharing
    Darcey Sanders

  92. Jasmin says:

    Hi Mel! I absolutely love your recipes (and your photographs of the foods you make!), and I was wondering how plausible it would be for you to have nutrition facts for each recipe. Thanks!

  93. Maureen says:

    Today is my Birthday and I’d love to win a Blendtec blender. I have wanted one for a while. You can make just about anything in them:) I love your site, it is my number one recipe site I go to, when I need something to make. Keep it up, all of us out here need you:) Can’t wait to see what Monday holds for someone or ME:) haha

  94. Pat says:

    Hi Mel,
    Found your site while looking for info on making bread with a machine.
    My family gave me a Bosch Universal Plus and a Nutri Grain Mill for Xmas and I have been doing some “experimenting” with it.
    I have made the Bosch recipe for whole wheat bread and will now try Darcy’s for comparison.
    However, I would hate to think that the family spent all that money just to get home made whole wheat bread!
    I have tried a cinnamon/raisin/oatmeal bread that although yummy, was VERY dense. I was stymied because the recipe only called for 1/2 c of milk and 6 1/2 c flour in total. Although both the oatmeal and raisins were soaked and drained, the dough seemed very stiff before I even got half the flour in. I had to use more liquid and never got close to using all the flour.
    This morning I tried a fruit bread and the dough seemed okay but it took well over an hour for it to raise and then still not as much as I would have liked.
    Have you ever tried making either of these breads? I will gladly send the recipes to anyone who might want to try their hand at them and maybe see if they have any more luck than I!
    I would also like to be able to make a 7 grain bread but thus far haven’t had any luck finding a good recipe.
    I have made bread many times over the years, both by hand and with a bread machine. Unfortunately age has determined that my hands can’t do all the hand kneading so the Bosch was the answer. I simply love the machine and would like to be able to take full advantage of it.
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful web page.
    Stirling, Ontario,Canada

  95. Jmposti4 says:

    As my friends are all hitting the gym keeping true to their resolutions I am reading my fave blogs. My resolution was to do more in the kitchen. I really enjoy your blog! I want to make some cheesecake recipes I have two bookmarked . Thank you so much for what you do!

  96. Janine says:

    I read with interest your thread about the Blendtec. We bought one recently and have had great luck with different smoothies and green ice cream…but really bad results with soup. Have you made any that were palatable as well as appealing to look at? Please refer me to any recipes on your site that have worked.
    I love all your comentary and great recipes too!

  97. Tracy J says:

    After not winning the blendtec giveaway (sniff sniff) and after taking my disappointing Ninja back to Walmart, I’m biting the bullet and buying one. My husband is sick of me hogging the computer as I do hours of research. So now I am asking you!

    Which exact model do u have? if you were buying a new one would you get the same one? What about the wild side pitcher? Yes or no? thanks for your help!

  98. Melissa says:

    Just discovered your blog after getting on Pinterest for the first time! I haven’t made it any further on Pinterest after getting sidetracked with you site. Absolutely can’t wait to try your tempting recipes! All of my co-workers are laughing at me because I am still looking at all of your wonderful pics and recipes after a few hours. I’m hooked! Thanks for having the love of food that I do!

  99. Linda says:

    Have you ever considered listing the nutritional info at the bottom of your recipes? It sure would be helpful. Thanks for the great recipes.

  100. Mel says:

    Hi Linda – I get a lot of requests for the nutrition facts but it isn’t something I plan on adding in the near future based on time and resources. Thankfully there are many nutritional calculators online that may be of help to those who are interested!