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  1. Thanks for sharing your recipes. They are awesome.  I had  good success as I use them. I am so glad to back to your site .

  2. Thank you so much for adding me to your subscription. Looking forward to making your creme brûlée French toast this Easter, love your recipes. 

  3. My sister, SHARRON Hooped’ has been sharing your great recipes so I decided to join your blog. I love your recipes.

  4.  I have been looking for a Crispy Oatmeal Raison cookie for a long time.  One similar to Tate’s.  I came across your website yesterday and made a batch of your Crispy Oatmeal Cookies adding 1 1/2 cups of raisons, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of almond extract.  They were perfect!  I look forward to trying more recipes.  

  5. Hi Mel, I made your creamy chicken enchiladas recently and LOVED them.
    I added a corn & black bean mix to the filling, but I pretty much followed everything else exactly and they were so wonderful. I am so glad I found your recipe and I will make them many times I am sure of it!

  6. Looking for golden browned roast chicken! HELP!

  7. Thankyou. Im looking forward to better food to feed our family.

  8. I love a frozen hot chocolate, so I’m glad that I found a recipe on how to make one, instead of going to Dunkin Doughnuts.

  9. I love your blog & so many recipes, maybe you have an easy good chicken pot pie recipe?

  10. I’m making the caramel apple cheesecake bars with streusel for Christmas. They looked really good.

  11. Would like the recipe for 
    Soft and chewy drop Sugat cookies

  12. What wonderful easy recipes for my holiday treats. Thanks so much. How in the world do you manage all this with 5 kids?  Merry Christmas to you and your family. 

  13. You won me Over with the sweet tomatillo chipotle pork!

  14. Looks like a great site – will be anxious to try your receipies –

  15. I loved the Texas sheet cake. I cut it in half and baked it in a 9×9 pan. Probably should have used a larger one , because it was not so thin, but it was really delicious! This one’s a keeper! Thank you.

  16. I sure have enjoyed the HOT CHOCOLATE MIX. It is the best. 

  17. I’m so glad to find your recipes before Thanksgiving. Thanks, Patricia

  18. Hi.
    I would like to know how to make the best whole roasted turkey breast.

  19. When I save any of your recipes I always add your name after the title so I’ll know this is a really great recipe

    I have a friend named Mels ( a Dutchman) and when his wife asked me about steel-cut
    oats which she had bought by mistake. I sent her your recipe for making oatmeal .
    She replied and said they turned out perfect

  20. I made the BBQ sauce, pulled pork and sloppy joes for crockpot..even the make ahead and freeze, and it was amazing. Looking forward to trying even more. Thanks!

  21. Mel
    I made a vanilla pudding almost like your recipe except with a few variations (two egg yolks and all dried ingredients in saucepan then milk and yolks added). It thickened, I put wax paper over and refrigerate.  When it came time for me to take out and serve , it turned liquid.  What did I do wrong?

    • Hi Jean, that’s really odd! I’m not sure what would have caused the pudding to thicken and then to liquify in the refrigerator. I’m so sorry!

  22. I would appreciate the recipe for Mels perfect white sandwich bread.

  23. thanks for having me. Would like your recipe for foolproof homemade caramels. Am very excited to see some of your other recipes.

  24. Enjoy the recipie

  25. I have made many of your recipes, and they’ve all been hits with the family.

  26. Hi Mel
    I need a recipe for a good brisket…my hubby has been asking for it and i really dont know how to make one. Thanks

  27. Would like your salsa recipe(tomato), please. Thank you in advance.

  28. I like the simple, earthy food recipes. I was looking for  cornbread recipe when I found the recipes you offer. Thank you.

  29. Looking for good solid recipes that work every time.

  30. My niece directed me to your site. I am exited to make your Rhubarb recipes, especially the Rhubarb Custard Cake

  31. I would like to find your recipe for a shrimp and mango lettuce wrap. Served it at a home and thought the sauce was amazing!

  32. Thank you Mel, I was looking for a hot pepper jelly recipe and yours popped up, it looks so good I’m going to make it. I have a couple of hot red pepper plants  right now, as they turn bright red I pick them and freeze to make hot vinegar for gumbo. Can I use those for pepper jelly or do I need jalapeño peppers?

  33. Cheesy zucchini bake

  34. so I bought 2 lb of dry yeast (AMAZON) to make your French Bread, because I couldn’t find any packets in any of the grocery stores. do I use the ratio 1.5 Tbs instant to 2 Tbs active dry and then do I always get it going with sugar (how much??)?

    • You can use the same amount of yeast as called for in the recipe and then proof it in 1/4 cup water with a pinch of sugar (decrease the water amount in the recipe).

  35. I am diabetic. Miss home made jam a lot. Just found your blog and the Strawberry Freezer Jam post….going out to get some Pomona pectin so I can make some jam. Do you have the measurements for Raspberry and maybe Apricot freezer Jam…would love to try them. Love your blog!!

  36. I’m making your lemon blueberry cake tomorrow for my daughter in laws birthday celebration yum!  I like your recipes and will be trying more of them.

  37. Thank you for your great website. I would like to make your Oatmeal Pancake Mix for a friend who does not cook much. Unfortunately, due to the current situation, I have been unable to find whole wheat flour in my area. Will the recipe work with all purpose flour only? Alternatively, is there another healthful grain I can substitute? Thank you.

    I am hoping to making Strawberry Shortcake Bars with our wonderful seasonal Washington berries. I had been looking for a recipe that uses a lot of fresh berries. Thank you.

  38. Mel,
    I made your French bread today.  It was terrific and look forward to trying some of the others.

  39. looking for your easy  angel food cake  thank you

  40. I love them, & have made them many times, I go for a walk, & get back & have a granola bite,with coffee, & get my energy back, I make them ,for gifts sometimes,, can you print again,how many carbs.etc. ,again, I saw it somewhere,but lost it. Thanks BEV

  41. Am looking for a really good recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb pie from rhubarb fresh from my garden. My husband hates strawberries and rhubarb but LOVES Strawberry Rhubarb pie! Go Figure!! I saw a recipe on your website for a crumb topping and was trying to get away from traditional pie crust and maybe use a graham cracker bottom crust and use a crumb topping. My rhubarb is ripe for picking now so I’m anxious to try your recipe.

  42. Some Really Good Recipes and I Can’t Wait To Try Some Of Them

  43. Rhubarb season and strawberries. Your recipe for the strawberry Rhubarb pie is the first recipe I will use. 

  44. Everything looks delicious.  I want the chicken/ broccoli recipe. Thanks!carolyn

  45. Hi

    I want to try the make-ahead refrigerator bran muffins recipe but would like to know if you can tell me how many calories in one muffin?

    Many thanks,

  46. Do you have a good receipe for homemade raisin bread

  47. Oh boy, what a find today. Am a fulltime rv lady with a microwave convection oven and a small rv propane oven. Am going to try your Devine breadsticks first. Maybe in bbq on pizza stone. Oh, and oven baked sweet and sour chicken. It’s a challenge in rv. Use electric skillet alot.
    Thanks Mel

  48. I have made your buttermilk cinnamon chip scones twice now and they are delicious. I bag them in snack bags and freeze them. Just 20 seconds in the microwave (in the bag) makes them warm and tastes just like the day you made them! Kathy

  49. Thank you so much!!  I will be looking at your recipes

  50. Can’t wait! Yummmmm!

  51. Kindly please would like a video of your vanilla pudding cinnamon rolls.please,please❣️

  52. I can’t wait to try your recipes! 

  53. Im soo excited to subacribe. I cant wait to try your recipes.

  54. Love your recipes on Facebook so happy to have them!

  55. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipes… I can’t wait to try them out!

  56. My daughter recommended you. She LOVES your recipes. Looking forward to cooking with you! 

  57. Do you have a recipe for cranberry jalapeño dip??
    Thank you!

  58. I love you recipes and am so happy to subscribe. I am making your rice and beans salad for a potluck. I needed a vegan dish! Thanks and hugs!

  59. Do you have a great recipe for stuffed shells?    I am making your favorite thanksgiving recipes this year. Yum

  60. OMG! The monkey bread was absolutely delicious! I’ve made Mel’s Vanilla Pudding Cinnamon Rolls& everyone loved them. I tried monkey bread once before but it didn’t turn out like this one! I had great success with your recipies,& can’t wait to try more. Thank you.

  61. Do you have any recipes using coconut or Almond Flour?

  62. I’M A Hobby Baker,I Enjoy A Great Recipe!Thank You,”Hobby Baking “

  63. Are you recipes Gluten free?

  64. Your Best White Sandwich Bread recipe is full proof. I make eight loaves a week and it always comes out perfect. The bread is not tough like store bread. We are in our eighties and this bread is easy on the dentures. The toast is super and what a great grilled cheese sandwich it makes.

  65. I’m looking for instant pot recipes.

  66. I’ve been a follower for years!  I can’t believe I never signed up for emails!  Love your recipes Mel!

  67. Great recipes!!!

  68. Mel, I’m a new subscriber, your pics looks delicious can’t wait to try.

  69. Hi Mel! Not sure if I subscribed right. I didn’t seem to receive the eCookbook. If anyone has any suggestions  please let me know! Thanks so much! I can wait to get baking

  70. Im having a hard time finding out the calories in the healthy muffin recipes, Carrot Bran, Blueberry

  71. Ok I just made the key lime pie I have a few questions can I refrigerate the cheese mixture until my casserole gets done about 45 min ? Also I didn’t have a spring form pan so I used a deep dish pie pan ? Will it work ? Omgosh I am so nervous first time ever making a key lime pie ! Please email me with response I am waiting now.

  72. Mel, my daughter recommended your cite to me.  Everything looks wonderful. This Sunday I plan to make your foil wrapped chicken/pineapple packets.  The first of many Mel recipes.

  73. Made banana chocolate chip muffins this am. 
    They are outstanding, will share with neighbor that is gluten free.

  74. I’ve followed you for years but am changing my email address.   I wanted to just change that email but had to completely unsubscribe and re-subscribe.  My old email address was:  

    I really enjoy your posts.  I can appreciate your family as I had 3 boys and then a girl.  Now I’m a grandmother of 13.  

  75. I am looking forward to cooking your recipes.  They look and sound wonderful.

  76. Mel,
    New Subscriber and I refuse to use social media, email constantly..

    Our 6000HD Kitchen Aid mixer is too heavy for Joyce to handle and we were both amazed at the Bosch mixer you love, will have to try it out.

    I bake constantly, lots and lots of bread (often no kneading) cakes & cookies.
    Use our own hens’ eggs.

    Of course I will compare the Bosch with the Kitchen Aid but am wondering if the Bosch can entirely replace the Kitchen Aid?



    • Hi Bruce – that’s a good question. I do think the Bosch can replace the KitchenAid for bread baking and cookie making but when it comes to cakes, the KitchenAid probably is best in how it mixes the batter (but a good hand mixer could easily do that for you if you had a Bosch).

  77. I baked your delicious Tres Leche Cupcakes to take to Thanksgiving dinner at a friends. Everyone loved them and begged me to bake them again for Christmas. They’ve requested them for Easter! 
    Do you have a wonderful recipe for coconut cream pie?

  78. Do you have a recipe of a blueberry cream cheese slab pie recipe would surely love it if possible. Thank you

  79. SO looking forward to try your lemon loaf!! (I’m a lemon addict!)

  80. Hello and thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with us all. I have made a few and have not been disappointed ✌

  81. Thanks for inviting me into your kitchen , I love to cook and find myself drawn to many of the recipes , since I live alone I must be careful not to get carried away , I do try to share out as much as possible or else I would eat it all , resulting in pants that don’t fit . ….again !
    Looking forward to the new cookbook .
    (already checking for ingredients I may need , and neighbors waiting for another of my ‘experiments ‘….)

  82. Thanks Mel

  83. I have a request! It’s called a french silk pie and it is simply decadent. My friend always buys them from the market and I would love to know how to make it.

  84. When do you post your next week’s menu?

    I would like to try making your recipes for the week and will need to plan my shopping day. I have to do it all on the weekend as I work many hours Monday through Friday. I’m hoping your site will help me get back in the kitchen. We (husband and me) have been eating out every day for about four years when my responsibilities increased at work. Although it is nice to not have to clean up after cooking, we are so tired of the same food day in and day out – not to mention how unhealthy we have both become.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful site!!! The food looks wonderful and in my ability range 🙂 I hope I can do your recipes justice!

  85. I come to your website often looking for mealtime inspiration, and I am never disappointed! I enjoy your recipes, and your style of writing. You are my favorite recipe website by far! Thank you so much for all of the work you put into it!

  86. Strawberry scones were light and tasty. Looking forward to making bagels

  87. I have been looking for a good blog with mostly american and international recipes since forever! Finally found an amazing one!!!! It gets kinda tiring sometimes to eat Indo-Paki food all the time. I come here everyday to see if you have posted any new stuff. Tried your sweet and sour chicken and it was amazing!!! My whole family loved it! I am trying out the firecracker chicken today. I am pretty sure it will turn out great; your recipes can never steer me wrong! Can not wait to get the ebook! Thank you so much.

  88. Your sweet baked ham I make once a month, love turning new tasters on to it. Then with leftovers it makes just an extremely pleasing ham Split pea soup. You Rock Mel !!!!

  89. Thank you! I love your recipes!

  90. Love your lemon sticky buns . Making them for Easter. My daughter-in-law,Suzanne Ripley ( originally from Roseau ,now living in Ham Lake,Mn. ) shared your site with me. I live in Malagash,Nova Scotia.Canada. Really enjoy your site!

  91. Thank you so much! Love your recipes 🙂

  92. This is a question. I have Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast is that the same as instant yeast or do I need to buy Instant Yeast?

  93. Mel, about your Quick and Easy Foolproof Pizza Dough recipe.
    Will this work if I mix it up in the food processor?
    Just a thought.

    By the way it sounds wonderful and I am going to make it . Love my.Pizza

  94. I am looking for a Christmas stollen recipe. Just purchased a grinder. Excited to give it a try.

  95. Thank you so much for the free cookbook 🙂 🙂 I just downloaded it and love how it is presented too!

  96. Hi, I read your article on string beans, I wonder what I am doing so wrong. I have steamed string bean for over a half hour and they still don’t get soft… I don’t like them when they are hard. What am I doing wrong? thanks

  97. I made your lemon is and coconut tres leches trifle. Both were so good. Thank you so much. Looking forward to cook more …

  98. Mel!
    I have a secret recipe that I wondered if you could healthify? (If you can’t/don’t do this kind of thing, I get that, too.) I call it secret because I am a working mom who usually gets home after my working husband. If the family wants to eat, he has to cook. I leave the easy menus for him – pancakes for dinner, spaghetti/pasta, some other unmentionable microwavable item – but this one easy recipe I have kept secret for emergencies. It comes right off the box of stove top stuffing (which I had never purchased but my sister tipped me off to this and it is not too awful). I have absolutely no skill in the kitchen and have wanted to make this without the stove top but don’t have the smarts. If you are up for it, I would love to see you whip this recipe into shape! It takes about 10 minutes prep and 30min to bake. (See why I like it?) Here it is:
    Bruschetta Chicken Bake
    1 can 14oz. diced tomatoes, undrained
    1 pkg stove top stuffing mix for chicken (I have used other flavors and no name brands, I know, brave!)
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 ½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
    1 tsp. dried basil leaves
    1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    1. Preheat oven to 400F. Place tomatoes and their liquid in medium bowl. Add stuffing mix, ½ c hot water, and the garlic; stir just until stuffing mix is moistened. Set aside.
    2. Place chicken in 13”x9” baking dish; sprinkle with the basil and cheese. Top with stuffing mixture.
    3. Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
    My variations – I usually have pesto and plop that on the chicken instead of the dried basil and I don’t measure the cheese so I probably use more than 1 cup (faster that way). Oh yeah, I always increase the garlic. I wondered if a crouton? Toasted bread? Something in place of the stuffing mix to cut out the prepackaged/processedness of the recipe? You’re the pro! And if you think it is gross, I just won’t tell you that I eat it…

  99. Mel
    I have looked and looked and looked just everywhere on

    this site to find a printed cook book with your recipies.
    I want to buy it… you have one?
    How do I buy it?

  100. I am so looking forward to all of your wonderful recipes!!


  101. This is the first time I am doing this and its great. Made the pork chops with apples and oñions and you can’t imagine how happy I was to finally cook pork chops, I usually stay away from it because it’s so dry. Looking forward to many more delicious meals. A free cookbook? Yes! Thank you Mel.

  102. Thanks for the free cookbook, I’m sure I will love it, as your recipes all look delicious 🙂

  103. Awesome!! You are the BEST:)

  104. Thanks Mel! This will be so fun to have!

  105. I’ve made those fudgy coconut bites so many times! They are beyond good, especially a few days later!! One of your best recipes

  106. Thank you Mel!

  107. Thank you so much for the eCookbook!

  108. Thank you!

  109. I second what Sheila above said…very well put! Thanks Mel!

  110. Thank you for all the hard work and kindness you continually bestow upon us. You are so easy to love but so very hard to emulate! Sigh.

  111. This! This made my day. My sisters and I use your recipes all the time. I know I can trust your recipes. Potlucks, dinner parties, need-to-impress get togethers… your blog is my saving grace! Thank you so much for all the time and hard work you put into your blog!

  112. Love this, Mel!

  113. Thank you! I LOVE your recipes! They always turn out.

  114. looking forward to the e-cookbook!

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