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328 comments on “Contact”

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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. 🙂 Loved catching up with you over your blog! 🙂 The other Mel

  4. I would like to change my email from to fschissell@ I would appreciate it.
    Thank you

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

  8. 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.


    • 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!

  9. 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!!

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Mel,
    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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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 🙁 Desperate for your help…

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!

  18. 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,

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

  20. 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!! 🙂 Neighbors and friends may soon be overloaded with goodness from your amazingness too!

  21. 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


  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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?

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

  26. 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!!

  27. 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

  28. Hi Mel,

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


  29. 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.

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

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

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  34. 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

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. I am trying to change my e-mail address. So far I have unsubscribed and can’t find a way to resubscribe. I really enjoy your site. My old address was – my new address is I hope you can help me.
    Thank you,
    Richard Spiro

  38. 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 😉

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. 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

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

  45. 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!

  46. 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 🙂

  47. 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?


  48. 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…

  49. 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. 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

  51. Hi,

    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.


  52. 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!

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

  54. Mel-
    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!

  55. 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!

  56. 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?



  58. Mel,

    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.

  59. 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

  60. 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!!!!

  61. 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,

  62. Mel,

    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.



  63. 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.

  64. Do you have a good ham and cheese Stromboli recipe?

  65. 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.

  66. Mel,
    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.

  67. 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

  68. Mel,

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


  69. 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!

  70. 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…


  71. 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!

  72. 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. 🙂

    Thank you so much, from southwestern Pennsylvania!

  73. 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?

  74. 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!

  75. 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!!!

  76. What is the best bread pan that you have found?

  77. 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

  78. 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. 🙂

    Thank you so much in advance,



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

    Thanks so much.

  80. 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

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

  82. 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!


  83. 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!!! 🙂 Happy Saturday!

  84. 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. 🙂

    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,

  85. 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:)

  86. 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!

  87. 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. 🙂 I guess I’ll be a regular reader 😉 Thanks again!

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

    ~Michele D – Raymond, ME

  88. 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 🙂

  89. 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.

  90. Mel,

    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.



  91. Mel,
    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.

  92. 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

  93. 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. 😉 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. 🙂

  94. 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.

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

  96. 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?!

  97. 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.

  98. 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!

  99. 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. 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!

  101. 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!

  102. Hi,
    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!

  103. 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!

  104. 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

  105. 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

  106. 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!

  107. 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

  108. 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?!?!?!

  109. 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!

  110. Mel,
    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!


  111. 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!

  112. 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!!

  113. 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)

  114. 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!

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

  116. 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?

  117. Mel,
    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!!!

  118. 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.

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

  120. 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.

  121. 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 !

  122. 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.

  123. 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!).

  124. 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!

  125. 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?

  126. Mel,
    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!

  127. 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.

  128. 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!


  129. 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.


  130. 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

  131. 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?

  132. 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.

  133. 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!

  134. 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.

  135. Mel,
    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!

  136. 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,

  137. 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.

  138. 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!

  139. Mel,
    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,

  140. 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!

  141. 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

  142. stop sending me comments!

  143. 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.

    • 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!

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

  145. 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.

  146. 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?

  147. 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!

  148. 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!

  149. 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.

  150. 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?

  151. 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!

  152. 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!!

  153. 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!

  154. 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.

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

  156. 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

  157. 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!

  158. 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.

  159. 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!

  160. 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

  161. 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!

  162. 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!

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

  164. 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!!!

  165. 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. 🙂

  166. 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.

  167. 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!

  168. 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.

  169. 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. 🙂



  170. 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!

  171. 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


  172. 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!

  173. 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!

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

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

  176. 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. 🙂

  177. 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!

  178. 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.

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

  180. 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!

  181. 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?


  182. 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

  183. 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!

  184. 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!

  185. Hi Melanie,

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

  186. Mel,
    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!!!

  187. 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!

    • 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!

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

  189. Love this new site design and color scheme!

  190. 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

  191. 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!

  192. 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.

  193. Hi!
    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.

    • 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!

  194. 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!

  195. 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!

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

  197. 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.

  198. 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?

  199. 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! 🙂 (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!

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

  201. 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!

  202. 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.

  203. 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! 🙂

  204. 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.

  205. 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.

  206. 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!!

  207. 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?? 🙂

    Thank you again!
    Happy Eaters

  208. 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.

  209. Hi~
    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.

  210. 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.

  211. 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!!!!

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

  213. 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?

  214. 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

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

  216. 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! 🙂

  217. 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.

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

  219. 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

  220. Hi,

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

    • 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!

  221. 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!

  222. 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!!

  223. 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.

    • 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!

  224. 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 🙂

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

  226. 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.

    • 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!)

  227. 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

  228. 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!

  229. 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!

  230. 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?

  231. 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!

    • 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.

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

  233. 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?

  234. 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!

  235. 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.

  236. 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!

  237. 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.

  238. 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.

  239. 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.

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

    • 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!

  241. 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!

  242. 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 🙂 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.

    • 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…

  243. Hello,
    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!

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

  245. 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.

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

    Alyssa J.

  247. The pictures of your favorite breads on the homepage are torementing me 🙂 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.

  248. hey mel 🙂 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 🙂 🙂 🙂

    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 🙂 Please? Searching ‘cinnamon bun’ didn’t return anything!

    thanks mel!!

  249. 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.

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

  251. Melanie,

    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.



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

    • 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.

  253. 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!

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

  255. 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!

  256. 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??

  257. 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?

    • 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!

  258. Hi, I love browsing your recipes and even cooking them sometimes! 🙂 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

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

  259. 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

    • 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).

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

  261. Mel,
    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.

  262. 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 🙂

  263. 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!

  264. 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!

  265. 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.

    • 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!

  266. 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!!!!!!!!!

  267. Hi,
    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!

  268. 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! 😉

  269. 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!

  270. 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 🙂

  271. Mel:
    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.

  272. 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!

  273. I just love all your recipes. Enough to randomly comment. 🙂 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.

  274. 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

    • 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.

  275. 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 🙂

  276. 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?

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

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

    • 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!

  278. 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?

    • 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!

  279. 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!

    • 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!).

  280. 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!


  281. 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.

  282. 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!

  283. PLEASE publish a cookbook! I would be SO thrilled! 🙂

  284. 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!

  285. 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!

  286. Melanie,
    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

  287. 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!

  288. 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. 🙂 Thank you! Have a fabulous day!

  289. 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!).

  290. 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!

  291. Hi,
    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!!!

  292. 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!!!!!

  293. 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!

  294. 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!

  295. 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!

  296. 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!

  297. 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

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