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Winter Recipe: Coffee Squash

Coffee squash? Squash coffee? No matter how you mash it, the combo sounds a little weird. Stick with me on this one, friends, we’ve got places to go and butternut squash to eat this winter. Here’s the deal: I love this recipe because it’s 1. Easy to make. 2. An unexpected duo of flavors that party like nobody’s business in …

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How to Make a Delicious Breakfast from Thanksgiving Leftovers

If your morning has gone anything like mine, then you’ve spent it scraping dried-up cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes off piles of unwashed plates and wine-stained glasses. Why is it that the scrumptiousness of a Thanksgiving meal is directly proportional to the disgustingness of cleaning it up? Anyway, I’m working my sink hose like a water-spraying serpent in a stainless …

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My Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Back when I lived in New York, there was a particular chocolate chip cookie recipe that was asked for at every birthday party and half-birthday party and fake birthday party there ever was. The recipe had been mine alone, as everyone knew, and “Melissa’s Cookies” were perfected over years of burned cookie edges, too-melted chocolate and raw-dough centers. Once I …

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Summer French Toast for a Light and Easy Morning

“For Daisy Ree” the bench read, as if there was no one else whose name could find itself etched into the old, snarled wood. June had already breathed in and out of a midsummer in mid-July, the late-night darkness was already glazed with gray dawn. Staying up until the sun rose across the empty beach wasn’t particularly in the plan …

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Tuna Salad: Light, Easy, Delicious

It is not often in one’s life that a chance arises to espouse the many virtues of the illustrious tuna salad but as luck would have it, this blog post presents such an opportunity today. Underrated, under-appreciated, tuna salad has for too long been the last scrawny kid picked for softball; that sock at the bottom of your dryer you forgot to remove five months …

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Avocado Deviled Eggs

I’ve found there are several distinct signs of happiness: spontaneous smiling, a sudden and unexplained tolerance for L.A. traffic, and an empty fridge because to be honest, you’re way too happy to bother filling it. Cue a truly happy Melissa several weeks ago when a friend of mine sends me this text at 6 o’clock on a Thursday: “Wine and cheese at my place with …