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


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

Antipasto Cheese Platter

Dec 27, 2012
Antipasto Cheese Platter

In my opinion Thanksgiving is for the ambitious, adventurous and excited cook. It’s also all about the turkey, the mashed potatoes, the corn casserole (I still need to get that recipe from you Michelle!) the laughter, and the leftovers. Christmas

Recipe: Creamy peanut butter and pretzel balls

Dec 18, 2012
Recipe: Creamy peanut butter and pretzel balls

So how do you feel about one more holiday treat recipe? What if I told you that there will be zero baking involved? What if I said that you could give these away as last minute gifts to your neighbors and

Recipe: Rosemary beef stroganoff

Dec 12, 2012
Recipe: Rosemary beef stroganoff

Running a household consisting of all boys can sometimes turn this mother into a drill sergeant. “Attention, soldiers!! The time is now 1400, pick out a snack and eat it, pronto!!” “Heads up troops! 1500 and you know what that

Recipe: Candy cane and vanilla bean cake

Dec 5, 2012
Recipe: Candy cane and vanilla bean cake

You know me, I’m not a baker. It’s not that I don’t enjoy baking every now and again, it’s just not the kind of cooking venture I often feel called to. Up until a few Sundays ago I was more

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