I’m loving these Saturday Spotlights! So fun to find out more about so many great food-lovers! Today I have the pleasure to introduce you to Mel from Mel’s Kitchen Café. I just loooove her blog. She has gorgeous pictures to salivate over and fantastic recipes…and right now, she’s got some great Halloween recipes if you’re looking to jazz up your holiday!
I am a proud and busy momma of four boys (ages 7, 6, 4, 2) and in a past life I worked for several years in the Public Health and Benefits arenas, although that seems like galaxies away from what I do now – chasing my kids around and making cookies. Ok, I do a bit more than that (a.k.a. occasionally getting up the nerve to clean toilets), but you get the idea. My husband, Brian, works for a cheese company so we’ve moved around throughout the dairy capitals of the world and recently relocated from Logan, Utah, to Wisconsin. My blog is a fun outlet and hobby for me. Because I cook and bake for my growing family, anyway, it seemed like a natural avenue to share those loved recipes with others. I have enjoyed every minute of it so far.
How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging for about 3 1/2 years.
How did your blog get started?
I started my home-grown food blog simply as a way for me to categorize and keep my personal favorite recipes in one easily accessible place and to encourage my hobby of cooking and baking. Several years later, this blog still houses my favorite tried-and-true recipes as well as the new, dishes and desserts I’ve made and loved. My goal is mainly to prove to myself that I can make healthy, delicious, simple (with the occasional splurge on time and ingredients) recipes for my family. When I first started, I’d email my family the link of a really good recipe I posted. Then I started taking pictures. Then I got obsessed. Then I became hooked on food blogging and haven’t looked back. I love having a trusted, online resource for my very favorite recipes in all the world.
What are your favorite foods?
Um, chocolate (dark), cheese and beautiful, heavenly bread. In no particular order. Oh, and I really, really love a handful of juicy grapes now and then.
I hardly ever eat out (too cheap and too many kids who don’t appreciate fine dining) so I’ve kind of lost touch with the good restaurants of the world. Plus, I happen to live in an area not exactly hopping with exciting eats…but to be honest, give me a good Jimmy Johns Beach Club and I am really, really happy. My husband and I also love quaint, authentic Italian places (i.e. total holes in the wall) and I love Chipotle and Noodles and Company. If you are looking for gourmet restaurant reviews, you are talking to the wrong gal. Maybe in another life I’ll hit the town and discover all the best places. I’ll let you know when that happens.
Choosing a favorite recipe is like choosing a favorite child. Impossible! (Most days.) But, here is one that would gain top ten status for sure: Heath Bar Cake. I grew up eating this cake on my birthdays every year (thanks, mom!) and love it to this day/
Favorite childhood memory of food?
Related to the question above, I requested my most beloved Heath Bar Cake every year for my birthday and my sweet mother dutifully obliged. It was heavenly and I looked forward to my birthdays solely for that reason.
Favorite food tradition?
In our family, we do Saturday homemade pizza nights. I think there would be serious mutiny if I ever gave it up and it is quite fun. Pizza and root beer (A&W of course). Can’t beat it. Also, we do lasagna on Christmas Eve and I can’t live without it, especially after finding this classic Italian lasagna recipe. I look forward to it all year (except for the fact that I think the recipe uses approximately 42 pots and pans – so I work all year on buttering my husband up to do the dishes that night).
Ever been to Utah? If so, do you have a favorite Utah restaurant?
I went to college in Utah and we lived in Logan before relocating to Wisconsin, where we currently reside. So yes, we do have a favorite: Cafe Rio, baby! We miss it dearly. Also, there is a quaint Italian restaurant in Logan called Le Nonne that I honestly, seriously still dream about. Best Italian food in the world – and who knew it could be found in mountain-esque Logan, Utah?
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Photos courtesy of Mel’s Kitchen Café.