It’s nice to meet you!

My name is Melanie Mendelson, and I live in a suburb of Chicago with my husband and 3 school-age children.  I’m a work-at-home mom – I own a web design and marketing business, which allows me to set my own schedule and work from anywhere (as long as I have my laptop and an Internet connection).

I’ve always loved to cook, and I certainly get to do a lot of cooking to feed our hungry household of five.  In my free time, I also enjoy spending time in nature, traveling, reading, decorating, gardening and playing tennis.

Cooking to me parallels with my web design work, as you have to use both left and right side of your brain to be successful.  A good cook combines the technical knowledge of cooking with the creativity and imagination, and that’s how great recipes are born.

No matter how busy life gets, I try not to compromise on the taste and quality of our meals.  However, I also don’t want to spend more time in the kitchen then necessary, so I always streamline and simplify each recipe until it can take no more.  My motto is “simple recipes with maximum flavor” – I simplify my cooking until it hits that sweet spot of best taste with minimum possible effort.

I try to eat reasonably healthy without following any particular diet.  More natural ingredients and less processed foods is always our goal, and sensible portion sizes are key.  Food is one of the greatest pleasures in life, so go ahead, eat your slice of cake and live life to the fullest!

You will not find the “fancy chef” stuff here.  What you will find is the recipes that you can actually make – real food for real people… and food is something that we all have in common 🙂

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  1. Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry
    Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry says:

    I love this bio, Melanie – I can most definitely relate to your way of approaching food! The “real food for real people” motto is one I like to stick to when I’m cooking, too. I’m definitely not into elaborate dishes, either. One of the reasons I much prefer reading food blogs to cookbooks or cooking magazines is the human element. When a blogger makes something the recipe seems so much more realistic, because you know someone has actually made it for themselves and their family, rather than in a test kitchen where everything is tightly controlled! 🙂

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    • Debra
      Debra says:

      That is the truest statement that I have ever heard! So many times I have made a recipe from a magazine and it did not work out. I LOVE food blogs!!! I love them soo much, that I am making more new desserts than I have ever made! My kids are very happy, because it is not the usual chocolate chip cookies, but great apple pies ( with a crust that gets eaten!), amazing cinnamon rolls, and other wonderful recipes. The best part is often having pictures of the preparation process or videos.

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