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


Great Family Getaway: Stinson Beach

Apr 16, 2012
Great Family Getaway: Stinson Beach

To me a getaway is a trip that is longer than an overnighter and shorter than a vacation (which is at the very least a week long). There are several types of getaways you can take. There’s the romantic getaway

Grilled cheese with Monterey Jack, asparagus and a fried egg

Apr 16, 2012
Grilled cheese with Monterey Jack, asparagus and a fried egg

So I guess one day last week was National Grilled Cheese Day or something. We’ve got a seemingly never-ending war, global starvation and recession, but the internet and our local paper was all a-twitter with Grilled Cheese.  Hey, I suppose we’ve all got to have distractions or we’d go nuts.  I guess I’m ok...

Brown butter grilled cheese

Apr 11, 2012
Brown butter grilled cheese

Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! I don’t know who comes up with these official food holidays, but I can’t complain about celebrating grilled cheese. Toasted bread and melted cheese is the foundation of an excellent sandwich. Tillamook invited me to participate in their National Grilled Cheese Month Recipepalooza, and I quickly began brainstorming. Grilled cheese...

Recipe: Skillet chicken pot pie

Apr 10, 2012
Recipe: Skillet chicken pot pie

It can get a little tricky when trying to raise boys to be compassionate and caring and at the same time to also be capable and fearless. Ryan and I want our boys to grow up to be the kind

Spicy grilled cheese with pepper jelly and portabella mushroom

Apr 9, 2012
Spicy grilled cheese with pepper jelly and portabella mushroom

It’s National Grilled Cheese day this Thursday. With this grand weather, why not pull out your grill and whip up this tasty sandwich over the flame! This grilled cheese recipe [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links,...

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

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