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: Spiced pumpkin pancakes

Oct 23, 2012
Recipe: Spiced pumpkin pancakes

After 13 1/2 years of marriage I assumed that I knew everything about my husband Ryan. I know that he does not like root beer or peanut butter cookies. I also know that he loves his Grandparents, is not afraid

Recipe: Sausage, kale and farro soup

Oct 16, 2012
Recipe: Sausage, kale and farro soup

It has recently come to my attention that this food blog of mine has given me a bit of a bad reputation among my healthy friends. I guess all of my talk about heavy cream and fried chicken has people

Recipe: Sweet coconut mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes

Oct 9, 2012
Recipe: Sweet coconut mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes

Personally I think it’s downright silly when people start talking about Thanksgiving before Halloween has even had a chance to get here. You’ll never catch me talking turkey when it’s pumkin patches and costumes I should be discussing. I don’t

Recipe: Roasted chicken with figs and potatoes

Oct 1, 2012
Recipe: Roasted chicken with figs and potatoes

How do you  like to prepare for fall after a long and hot summer? My mom likes to replenish her supply of thick, cozy socks and will also exchange her light cotton bed sheets to her warmer flannel ones. My

Recipe: Pretty pasta bites

Sep 25, 2012
Recipe: Pretty pasta bites

There are quite a few things I totally stink at. I’ve tried really hard to become better at these things but most of the time my efforts remain to be just that, efforts. For example I am terrible at loading

Recipe: Buttermilk fried chicken sandwich

Sep 18, 2012
Recipe: Buttermilk fried chicken sandwich

You should totally invite your friends over for dinner one of these nights. If you invite people over for dinner, you’ll have to figure out what you’re going to feed everyone. While leafing through cookbooks and wondering what you’re going to make, you might

Recipe: Fancy meatloaf with balsamic mushrooms

Sep 10, 2012
Recipe: Fancy meatloaf with balsamic mushrooms

I’m pretty sure we all have a friend that we lovingly refer to as “The cute one”. You know who I’m talking about! This gal always her stuff together, she’s always wearing perfume, the cutest boots (or sandals) and on

Recipe: Ranch dip and veggie squares

Sep 4, 2012
Recipe: Ranch dip and veggie squares

Here’s the scene: You’ve just walked into a party where you know a few people but not everybody. You make your way over to the hostess and thank her for inviting your family to such a lovely soirée. After a

Recipe: How to make spinach and artichoke dip pasta

Aug 27, 2012
Recipe: How to make spinach and artichoke dip pasta

Honesty is always the best policy, don’t you think? Unless of course it’s only hurting someone else’s feelings, then maybe you should keep that honesty to yourself. I know that in the past I’ve gone on and on about how

Recipe: Pizza bagels

Aug 19, 2012
Recipe: Pizza bagels

The end of summer vacation has got be my least favorite time of year. Our lazy, sunny days have been taken over by drop off’s, pick up’s, school lunch, and everybody’s favorite, homework. You would think that a mother with

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