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: Mai tai granita

Jul 3, 2012
Recipe: Mai tai granita

I get my haircut about twice a year, and sometimes I’ll squeeze in a third one if I have a special occasion coming up. Pathetic I know. When I do finally get around to trimming my ends I always promise

Recipe: Kid-friendly personal pizzas

Jun 25, 2012
Recipe: Kid-friendly personal pizzas

My boys and I are currently heading into our 3rd week of summer vacation and we’ve been loving every minute of it so far! We sleep in, we swim, we eat popsicles, we fight over the computer and the boys

Recipe: Rosemary chicken with roasted tomatoes

Jun 18, 2012
Recipe: Rosemary chicken with roasted tomatoes

I love it when someone confesses a dislike of a particular food item to me. For some weird reason I take it on as a personal challenge, and I’ll try my hardest to get that person to some how enjoy

Recipe: Spicy nacho cheese

Jun 11, 2012
Recipe: Spicy nacho cheese

I am very well aware of the fact that I am a 33 year old woman with four children, and that my oldest is almost as tall as me. I’ve also noticed that I no longer get carded when buying

Recipe: Malted chocolate chip ice ceam sandwiches

Jun 4, 2012
Recipe: Malted chocolate chip ice ceam sandwiches

My baby’s first year of preschool is quickly wrapping up, and I can’t believe such a big step in his little life has been taken and completed. He dresses himself everyday, and is constantly asking me if he’s one of

Recipe: Almost summertime pasta

May 29, 2012
Recipe: Almost summertime pasta

Lately I have found myself spending most of my day not living in the current moment that I am in. I’m either thinking of what I want to get done in the next few hours, trying to figure out how

Recipe: Ceasar salad with smashed potatoes

May 21, 2012
Recipe: Ceasar salad with smashed potatoes

Most people I know love Fridays and hate Mondays, but I love them both equally. Fridays are great because it feels as if the whole world is going on vacation! I love listening to strangers ask each other about their

Recipe: Savory French toast

May 7, 2012
Recipe: Savory French toast

Alright dad’s and kid’s listen up! Mothers day is this Sunday and if you don’t have anything figured out for the mom in your life yet don’t worry, I totally have you covered! Let’s start with how the rest of

Recipe: Creamy orecchiette with sausage and broccolini

Apr 30, 2012
Recipe: Creamy orecchiette with sausage and broccolini

When children eat well they tend to sleep better. When kids get a good night’s sleep, getting ready in the morning for school might go a little smoother. “Where are my shoes?! Oh here they are…” When school mornings are

Recipe: Roasted cauliflower and orzo salad

Apr 23, 2012
Recipe: Roasted cauliflower and orzo salad

Well it’s about stinkin’ time! I don’t know about you but the moment winter begins I patiently wait for summer to return. Don’t I enjoy the holidays you ask? Sure, but wouldn’t they be so much better if it were

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