About Me



I’m Mel, the girl behind the blog-magic happening here. I use the term ‘blog-magic’ loosely.

I’ve always had an interest in food, cooking, and baking…and eating…and so I thought it relevant to chronicle my adventures with food, and share them with the interwebs.

I live and work in Chicago, but spent the first 25 years of my life as a Californian. I’m also maybe a crazy cat lady (and an animal-lover in general), so you’ll see a bit of that in here, too. My favorite foods change all the time, but right now, I’d go with tacos, garlic bread, mangoes, most vegetables, eggs, and pudding. And sour candy. I really, really don’t like mussels, lima beans, and water chestnuts. I try to taste things multiple times before forming an opinion. I’m working on being less weirded out by “funky” meat products (i.e. pate, head cheese, etc), but it’s a slow process. You might also hear from Brandon, on occasion. He’s an all around awesome dude who happens to like me enough to date me. He likes to cook too, and is pretty adventurous with trying new foods. He’s also pretty good at bread-making.

Back to the cooking bit, though…I’m self-taught, and so please don’t think of me as an expert of any kind. I do my research, and I read, and I experiment, and that’s how I’ve learned any “skills” I have. I am currently reading a textbook on the science of baking though. Maybe that will make me an expert. I really hope so, because culinary school is expensive.

I hope you enjoy reading. Please feel free to comment (but be nice and/or constructive, alright? No rude people allowed. I’ll just delete your comment anyway, or find a way to shame you.)

If you use a recipe, please credit either me (with a link to my post), or the original source of the recipe (if there is one). No photo stealing. All photos posted here (unless otherwise noted) are my own — taken and edited by me. If you’d like to use a photo, please ask first.



  1. Miss Chris Creations

    Thanks for checking out my blog and my recent Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini Noodles! I hope you find some recipes on my blog that you can easily recreate for yourself as well! I look forward to following your blog in the future as well.


  2. Krysta Voskowsky

    Hi Mel! My name is Krysta and I’m a writer for the recipe website NoshOn.It. I’m putting together a roundup of delicious boozy bourbon desserts and I’d love to feature your Bourbon Vanilla Caramels. May we use one of your fabulous photos to include in the roundup? Don’t worry, we wouldn’t be publishing your recipe, just a short description with a link directly to your blog. If you’d like to see what it’ll look like, check out my recent Valentine’s Day roundup as an example. (http://noshon.it/blog/2014/01/17-delicious-fail-proof-dinner-recipes-impress-valentine/) Please let me know what you think. Thanks!

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