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


Recipe: Morning Muffins with oatmeal, carrots and banana

Mar 26, 2013
Recipe: Morning Muffins with oatmeal, carrots and banana

The minute I started to say  ”Yes” was the minute my normal, everyday life started to become not so predictable. Would you like to join my writing group? Yes! Are you interested in taking a photography class? Yes! Do you

Grilled cheese with spinach and marinara sauce

Mar 19, 2013
Grilled cheese with spinach and marinara sauce

My washing machine broke on a Monday night, but of course I didn’t catch that until Tuesday afternoon. I called the repair man right away and he told me that he could squeeze me into his schedule on Wednesday between 9:00am and

Recipe: Sour cream biscuits with salted chocolate gravy

Mar 5, 2013
Recipe: Sour cream biscuits with salted chocolate gravy

In three years time a gal can grow out her cute bob haircut and bangs into the long and luscious locks that her mother never let her have when she was a kid. (In my mom’s defense I cried whenever

Recipe: Bacon, spinach and cheddar cheese dip

Feb 26, 2013
Recipe: Bacon, spinach and cheddar cheese dip

Have you ever met someone and knew right away that she or he is the real deal? I’m not talking about the loudest person in the group or even the one with the most to say. I’m talking about the

A Lesson in Timing

Feb 18, 2013
A Lesson in Timing

Timing is everything, right? But we don’t just want any ol’ timing; what we’re after is perfect timing. I know that I am personally constantly striving to get things started or finished at just the right time. Sometimes it happens,

Recipe: Roasted red kale and farro salad

Feb 11, 2013
Recipe: Roasted red kale and farro salad

If you’re anything like me you probably love to read food blogs. If you’re not like me and this is the only food blog that you visit (I am so incredibly flattered!) then I would like to apologize for the lack of pink sprinkles and red

Recipe: Chocolate chip banana bread and peanut butter glaze

Jan 28, 2013
Recipe: Chocolate chip banana bread and peanut butter glaze

I’m just going to tell it like it is and let you know that there is nothing new or exciting about this banana bread recipe. While it is an incredibly moist, delicious, dark chocolate filled loaf of banana bread, it

Recipe: Cheddar and rosemary drop biscuits

Jan 21, 2013
Recipe: Cheddar and rosemary drop biscuits

I really hope your impression of me isn’t that of a type-A, high strung, perfectionist, in danger of a heart attack kind of girl. Not that there’s anything wrong with that kind of personality of course! I would just prefer to be known as a type-B

Recipe: Tortellini soup

Jan 14, 2013
Recipe: Tortellini soup

I’m going to make this soup as simple as I can for you. Not because I think that you don’t know how to cook, but because I’m guessing that cooking complicated dishes just isn’t on your radar right now. I

A Birthday Giveaway!

Jan 8, 2013
A Birthday Giveaway!

Remember when you thought that people in their 30′s were soooo old? Maybe you still think that, and if that’s the case boy are you in for a surprise! This week (on the 10th to be exact) I’ll be heading



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