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: Chocolate chip mayo cake

Apr 3, 2012
Recipe: Chocolate chip mayo cake

I consider myself extremely lucky to have so many wise women in my life and even lucker that those women are also my very dear friends. Not only are these gals a blast to be around but they are also

Jude’s Slumber Party

Mar 26, 2012
Jude’s Slumber Party

Hey mom! Can I invite my best friends over to spend the night? Can you make us a bunch of fun snacks to eat and can we drink as much soda as we want? Can I show them my bike,

Recipe: Spicy, cheesy, creamy bean dip

Mar 19, 2012
Recipe: Spicy, cheesy, creamy bean dip

Just as it’s important to take care of the people you love it’s also important to let those same people take care of you when you need them to. I’ve discovered that it’s important for me to take time to

Recipe: Chocolate chip and toffee cookies

Mar 12, 2012
Recipe: Chocolate chip and toffee cookies

About this time last year I was going back and forth on whether or not to write this food blog. On one hand I loved the idea of sharing my recipes and stories with my friends but on the other hand

Recipe: Italian sub sandwich

Mar 5, 2012
Recipe: Italian sub sandwich

A few weeks ago my boys and I had a not so great day that thankfully ended with us enjoying a super great sandwich. While sinking my teeth into that sandwich I reminded myself to breath, to take this sometimes crazy life

Recipe: Tortilla soup

Feb 27, 2012
Recipe: Tortilla soup

Things I am currently thankful for: Long sunny afternoons at the park with my boys, my friends and their beautiful children. My kids had last week off for presidents week (?!?!) and three of those afternoons off were spent outdoors

Recipe: Blueberry oatmeal muffins

Feb 21, 2012
Recipe: Blueberry oatmeal muffins

So what do you do when life hands you a bunch of lemons? Do you cheerfully make lemon-aid or better yet do you whip up a lemon meringue pie? Do know exactly what to do with those lemons and know how to

Recipe: Garlic and herb cheese bread

Feb 13, 2012
Recipe: Garlic and herb cheese bread

What is your take on Valentines day? Do you dress in red and send the person you love the most chocolates and roses? Or do you roll your eyes every time you see a box of conversation hearts and laugh at

Recipe: Mac & cheese with butternut squash

Jan 30, 2012
Recipe: Mac & cheese with butternut squash

I believe in the pursuit of excellence. I believe that practice makes perfect and I believe in falling off the horse, dusting yourself off and getting back on again. I believe that laughter is the best medicine, that silence is golden and that a good ugly cry

Recipe: Shannon’s chicken marsala

Jan 23, 2012
Recipe: Shannon’s chicken marsala

Not long after our friends Matt and Shannon got married they quickly established themselves as a couple that loves to entertain. Ryan and I have such fond memories of enjoying beer and BBQ in their first apartment, sharing pizza on Shannon’s



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