Melissa Vanni

Melissa Vanni I'm a married gal and mother to four hungry little boys. I love watching Housewives of Jersey, drinking wine out of tumblers, and cooking with bacon. I come from a long line of amazing home cooks and I am happiest when I am surrounded by my family.

Web Site: http://prettyyummyfoods.com


Salad for One

Jan 24, 2014
Salad for One

When I was a working mom, finding time to squeeze a healthy, quick lunch into my busy afternoon at the salon was almost impossible. I never planned ahead (ie. bring lunch to work!) and by the time noon rolled around

Brussels Sprout & Bacon Casserole

Jan 10, 2014
Brussels Sprout & Bacon Casserole

I’ve been looking forward to my 35th birthday since I turned 30. Not that I wanted to hurry up and fast forward through my early thirties! I just had a feeling that 35 would be the year when it would

Rosemary Pork Loin with Cranberries

Dec 18, 2013
Rosemary Pork Loin with Cranberries

I think it’s silly that cranberry sauce is served almost exclusively around the holidays. While it’s an important part of a very traditional meal, why should we save this lovely, tart condiment for just two dinners a year?! Along that

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Dec 4, 2013
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

A few weeks ago my youngest asked me why I didn’t make smoothies in the winter time. Good question, I thought! During the summer I love throwing all kinds of healthy stuff into my blender and watching my boys drink

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey & Dumpling Soup

Nov 20, 2013
Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey & Dumpling Soup

My favorite Thanksgiving memory did not happen on turkey day itself, but a few days afterward. A handful of our friends had the brilliant idea to Christmas tree hunt in the woods instead of taking he usual trip to the

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

Nov 6, 2013
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

On your marks… Get set… GO! Does anybody else feel like they are in a race the moment Halloween decorations are put away and Thanksgiving recipes and Christmas lights appear. How should we cook the turkey this year? Traditional cranberry

Ham & Potato Soup

Oct 24, 2013
Ham & Potato Soup

Last week was a doozy! It all started when my husband and two older boys decided it was time to start clearing our property. We own about 6 acres in Newcastle and we’re hoping (fingers and toes crossed) to start

Roasted Butternut Squash & Black Bean Nachos

Oct 9, 2013
Roasted Butternut Squash & Black Bean Nachos

I consider myself to be a fairly responsible person. I take my vitamins in the morning, I floss my teeth every night, and I try my hardest to tell my immediate family that I love them everyday. But sometimes I

Italian Mac & Cheese

Sep 26, 2013
Italian Mac & Cheese

Have you ever had an idea that was too ridiculous for words, but for some reason you just couldn’t keep quiet about it? You know, like that one time when you wanted to run a marathon, start a business, get

Roasted Parmesan Potatoes

Sep 10, 2013
Roasted Parmesan Potatoes

I have no problem throwing together simple, nutritious, and delicious meals for my family almost every night of the week. If someone is unhappy (and somebody usually is) with the menu that evening, I offer them whatever they would like

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