Entries by Melanie Mendelson

How To Open Stuck Jar Lids

I hate those tough lids that get stuck!  It makes me mad just thinking about them!  Nothing like having to stop making a recipe just because the stupid jar won’t open… I would resort to the common tricks like trying to break a seal of the lid with a knife, or wrapping the lid in […]

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe For Bread Machine

Homemade pizza dough sounds like a lot of effort, but in reality it is very easy to make your own homemade pizza dough.  Here’s the trick: use a bread machine to make the pizza dough! Here’s a lazy way to make homemade pizza dough from scratch – just dump the ingredients in the bread machine, and […]

How To Package Cookies For A Bake Sale

Bake sales are one of the most popular fundraising activities, and none would be complete without multitudes of cookies!  However, presenting tasty, attractive treats that will maximize profits goes well beyond baking up a warm dozen of cookies and tossing them onto a plain platter.  Learning how to package cookies for a bake sale to […]

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Shepherd’s pie is one of those dishes that usually doesn’t require any special shopping trips – the ingredients are commonly found in the pantry and the freezer.  If you don’t have green peas, just substitute with any other chopped vegetables or canned beans – or omit them altogether.  The main components of the shepherd’s pie is a […]

Upside-Down Peach Cake Recipe

In the summer when peaches are plentiful, I love to make this upside down peach cake.  The cut-up peaches are layered on the bottom of the baking dish, covered with the sweet batter and baked.  When the cake is ready, each slice is served inverted onto a plate – the slice is upside down so […]

Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe

Honey mustard chicken is so easy to make and tastes so good!  Just mix the mustard, honey and vinegar to make a delicious mustard sauce, then slather it on the chicken and bake! This basic chicken recipe should be in every beginner cook kitchen repertoire.  Honey mustard chicken is a staple comfort food, and tastes […]

Strawberry Pancakes Recipe

One morning I was about to make my usual blueberry pancakes.  Then as I was getting the ingredients out, I realized that I was out of blueberries!  I didn’t have any frozen or fresh ones… the only berries I had were the frozen sliced STRAWBERRIES in my freezer :)  Since everyone was already expecting the pancake breakfast, I […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

These chocolate chip cookies are so easy to make, and they just melt in your mouth!  Don’t skimp on the chocolate chips :)  I love it when there are so many chocolate chips that they are sticking out of the cookies!  Yum! Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 sticks (1/2 lb) […]

Upside-Down Plum Cake Recipe

This upside-down plum cake recipe is really easy to make and so delicious! All you need to do is slice the plums, layer them on the bottom of the baking dish, pour the batter on top and bake. When plums are in season, this recipe should be a must to make! Ingredients: 8 plums 3 […]

How To Make Really Good Coffee

Ever wondered why the coffee you make is a far cry from Starbucks®? ;)  Here’s how to make really good coffee at your own home: 1. Start With Whole Coffee Beans Using packaged pre-ground coffee (or even worse, instant coffee) will not give you good results – you’ll get stale-tasting brown water :)  Grinding the beans […]