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 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

Recipe: Molasses Spice Cutouts

Nov 28, 2012
Recipe: Molasses Spice Cutouts

Almost a year ago a childhood friend of mine gave the editor at Sacramento Parent magazine my name and contact info in response to a question she had asked on Facebook. The editor at the time wanted to know if

Recipe: Roasted cauliflower carbonara

Nov 20, 2012
Recipe: Roasted cauliflower carbonara

I have never been a let’s-get-up-super-early-and-go-manic-shopping-on-black-Friday kind of girl. However, I have been a let’s-sleep-in-stay-in-our-pj’s-and-make-pasta-for-brunch kind of gal. Both options can sound a bit strange. Seriously, who wants to walk into a mall at 5 am when they could be

Recipe: Almost no bake pumpkin pie

Nov 13, 2012
Recipe: Almost no bake pumpkin pie

Sometimes I need to remind myself of my limits despite how much I think I want to sign up for something. While I love having all four of our boys on four separate soccer teams (love?) I know that I

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012

Nov 7, 2012
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012

For the last four year right after Halloween and just before Thanksgiving the team over at ground(ctrl) packs up their anvil cases and heads on over to Austin, Texas to man the box office and merch booth at the Fun

Recipe: Halloween candy caramel corn

Oct 30, 2012
Recipe: Halloween candy caramel corn

I am not the biggest fan of scary movies. I don’t like jumping out of my seat in fear, or feeling frustrated with a character because she obviously should not be walking in the woods, alone at night. I mean



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