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  • Image of Fall Casserole
    Melissa's Produce

    Fall is for Casseroles

    September 2022
    While most of my recipes are now in electronic form, I still have my trusty wooden recipe box, comprised mostly of old familiar recipes from family and friends. And now that September’s upon us, comfort food and hot hearty meals come to mind.
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  • Image of Sicilian Pesto
    Melissa's Produce

    Sicilian Pesto

    August 2022
    When I travel to a new country for the first time, I always prepare by familiarizing myself with their cuisine. I spend more time than most people I know reading menus. Having researched local dishes before I arrive helps me narrow down the choices.

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  • Image of Grilled Ratatouille
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    Grilled Ratatouille Salad

    May 2022
    Traditionally, Ratatouille is a slow simmer of sweet onions, peppers, eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes with garlic and herbs, melting into a stew. This chilled interpretation adds a hint of smoky flavor from roasted peppers and a fresh zing from grated lemon peel.
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  • Frogging Chicken
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    Frogging Chicken

    April 2022
     The first time I tried cooking a frogged chicken, I was amazed at how easy it was to cook the chicken so perfectly. And the cutting technique is relatively simple.
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  • Image of Springy Spinach Soup
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    Springy Spinach Soup

    March 2022
    The vibrant colors of spring produce (lettuces, herbs, peas, carrots, baby peppers) bring excitement and fresh flavors to our tables after months of hearty winter fare.
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  • Chile Verde Stew
    Melissa's Produce

    Chile Verde Stew

    January 2022
    While Hatch peppers have a short summer season, they’re now available dried year-round so that you can indulge in their unique flavor any day of the week. This scrumptious stew features dried Hatch peppers, and it’s perfect for lunch, dinner or a Super Bowl party.
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  • A Vegan Twist for Thanksgiving Dressing
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    A Vegan Twist for Thanksgiving Dressing

    November 2021
    When I told my husband I was developing a vegan Thanksgiving recipe for this month’s blog, he said, “why”? Fair question: since we have a Thanksgiving turkey each year, and we rarely eat vegan food. I had to think for a minute before I could explain the significance of my recipe selection.
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  • Image of Vegan Cherry Chili
    Melissa's Produce

    Vegan Cherry Chili

    September 2021
    About ten years ago, I was asked to develop ten recipes using a delicious tart cherry that is often dried, the Montmorency cherry. My project was for ChooseCherries.com, which provides recipes and information about Montmorency tart cherries. 
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  • Summer Salads
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    Summer Salads

    September 2020
    Even though I have lived in California for most of my life, I cannot seem to let go of my Midwestern roots. 
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