Melissa's Cuisine

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #54}

Hello!  Welcome to week #54 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so happy you're joining us today!

How was your Memorial Day?  Did you grill anything?

Last week's party had 259 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #53}

Hello!  Welcome to week #53 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so happy you're joining us today!

Last week's party had 259 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Steak and Egg Sandwich

These hearty Steak and Egg Sandwiches are a filling and delicious way to start your day (or end it!)
Melissa's Cuisine: Steak and Egg Sandwich
Breakfast...honestly it's probably the most versatile meal of the day, in my opinion.  You can have breakfast foods any time of the day, breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Lunch and dinner foods don't work so well for breakfast though, a burger at 7 am?  No, thank you!

If you haven't guessed from previous posts, my family often has breakfast foods for dinner.  Often it's pancakes or an omelet, but last week we tried something completely new, different, and completely delicious!  We had Steak and Egg Sandwiches.
Melissa's Cuisine: Steak and Egg Sandwich
The concept of adding steak to a breakfast sandwich was completely new to me.  We're no stranger to breakfast sandwiches, but they typically consist of an egg with cheese, between two slices of English muffin.  This breakfast sandwich turns it up a notch!  Mike and I both loved them, and they are a filling dinner, especially when paired with a side of fruit.  We ended up with enough for leftovers too, and they were just as good the next day.

I found this recipe on Nicole's blog, PicNic.  As I was searching for the perfect recipe for this month's Secret Recipe Club, I came across a variety of delicious recipes like Pizza Pinwheels, Caramel, Apple, and Almond Pancakes, Apple Caramel Scrolls, and Chili Chicken Pita Bread Pizzas (notice a breakfast and pizza trend?).  Nicole's blog is relatively new to me.  I "met" her a few months ago when she made my pizza casserole for her secret recipe.  I loved browsing through her recipes, and reading her stories.  There are quite a few recipes I'll be going back to again!

Steak and Egg Sandwiches

Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 ciabatta rolls
8 slices bacon
2 thin sliced steaks (mine were labeled for carne asada)
6 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1.  Cook bacon until crispy, then set aside.

2.  Place steaks in a hot skillet and season with steak seasoning or salt and pepper.  Cook until done to your liking, mine took about 3 minutes per side.  Then set aside.

3.  Beat the eggs and milk.  Then cook like an omelet in a skillet.  (Don't fold the eggs over though.)  Sprinkle the cheese over the eggs and let the cheese melt.

4.  To assemble the sandwiches, cut the egg into 4 equal pieces, cut the steaks in half.  Place the egg slice, steak, and 2 slices of bacon (broken in half, if desired), on a toasted ciabatta roll.

Source: PicNic

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #52}

Hello!  Welcome to week #52 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so happy you're joining us today!

While you're here, don't forget to enter to win a Hamilton Beach 2 Way Flex Brew Coffee Maker. You have until Friday to enter, so don't delay! ;)

Last week's party had 362 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Coffee--Your Way! {Hamilton Beach Giveaway!}

How do you take your coffee?  Black?  Cream? Sugar?  In a pot?  Or just one cup?  Now you can choose any way you want it!

I have to admit, I am not a coffee drinker, but that doesn't keep me from being excited about the new Hamilton Beach 2 Way Flex Brew Coffee Maker.  I have family members who love their coffee, namely my Dad, and since he watches Summer two days a week, I always make sure to have coffee in the house for him.  He was excited when I showed him my new coffee maker for him to test out.

Here are some things we loved about the Hamilton Beach 2 Way Flex Brew Coffee Maker:

*It's flexible!  If you want just one cup of coffee (or hot chocolate, in my case!), you just pop a K-cup into the machine or fill the provided filter.  If you need to make a pot of coffee, you can do that too!

*No need for 2 separate coffee makers taking up valuable real estate on your kitchen counter!

*The single serve side has an adjustable cup rest so you can use a regular coffee mug, or fill a travel mug!





*The coffee pot side is programmable, so your coffee could be waiting for you when you get up in the morning! #genius

*You can PAUSE the coffee pot, grab your cup of coffee, and then start it again to finish brewing the pot!

*If you have friends over, and only one person wants coffee, you can make just one cup!  Or, if everyone wants some, you can make a whole pot!



I love this coffee machine, the convenience it provides, and how compact it is on my counter.

Now that you know how much I love it, would you like to win one of your own?  Use the rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!  (If you don't win this time, you can purchase one for yourself at Walmart!)

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Disclosure:  I was provided a Hamilton Beach 2 Way Flex Brew Coffee Maker for the purposes of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #51}

Hello!  Welcome to week #51 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so happy you're joining us today!

How is your week going?  Did you do anything to celebrate Cinco de Mayo yesterday?

Last week's party had 287 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Homemade Pita Chips {Juggling Act Mama}

You know me--always looking for a healthy snack and trying to come up with something new.  My current favorite snack is Homemade Pita Chips with garlic salt and Parmesan cheese.  I love them dipped in garlic hummus  (are you noticing the trend here?)  And, Summer loves them too!

Check out the recipe at Juggling Act Mama!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #50}

Hello!  Welcome to week #50 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so glad you're joining us today!

How are you doing today?  Spring has finally arrived in West Michigan, and I think it's actually here to stay this time!  The sun is shining brightly and that makes a huge difference in my mood! :)

Last week's party had 372 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #49}

Hello!  Welcome to week #49 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so glad you're joining us today!

Last week's party had 372 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Monday, April 20, 2015

3 Ingredient Mac and Cheese

Just three ingredients and 20 minutes, and this delicious Macaroni and Cheese is ready to be served!
Melissa's Cuisine: 3 Ingredient Mac and Cheese
If you have a toddler, or have ever had one, then you probably know what a challenge it can be to please them at meal time.  One day they love something and the next day they won't even look at it.  Summer is no different!  She's not exactly a picky eater, but she doesn't eat a variety of foods.  She has her foods that she loves and she eats them well.  But she'll let you know if she doesn't like something.  Usually by throwing it on the floor.  Thankfully we have a dog! ;)

One thing Summer is guaranteed to always like is macaroni and cheese! It's a great go-to for when we are out for dinner because she loves it!  In fact, when we went to the grocery store to get the elbow macaroni noodles, I told Summer we were getting macaroni, and she proceeded to chant "roni, roni, roni!" as we walked down the aisles.
Melissa's Cuisine: 3 Ingredient Mac and Cheese
For this month's Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned to Margaret's blog, Tea and Scones. I spent a lot of time looking through her recipes and trying to find the perfect one to make.  There were so many to choose from and so many scone recipes that looked amazing (and I will be making!)  But when I saw this 3 Ingredient Macaroni and Cheese, I knew I had found the recipe to make!

I decided to double the recipe so it would use a whole box of noodles, a block of cheese, and a pint of half and half.  I also was planning to bring this dish to a potluck so I wanted to have enough (and actually had leftovers, so Summer was thrilled!)  I loved how easily this dish came together.  No need to make a roux or anything!  Just one pan to make the pasta in.  (I used a separate pan for pictures and transportation, but that would typically be unnecessary).

We all loved this macaroni!  It's perfectly cheesy and absolutely delicious.  It will be my go-to meal for a quick dish that makes everyone happy.  And I'll probably try experimenting with different cheeses for new flavors too :)
Melissa's Cuisine: 3 Ingredient Mac and Cheese
3 Ingredient Mac and Cheese

Serves 8

Ingredients:
1 16 ounce box elbow macaroni noodles (about 4 cups dry pasta)
1 pint half and half (2 cups)
1 8 ounce block cheddar cheese, shredded (about 3 cups of shredded cheese)

1.  Cook macaroni noodles according to package directions, until al dente.  Drain.

2.  Add the half and half and shredded cheese to the hot pasta.  Stir until the cheese is completely melted.

Serve hot.

Source: Tea and Scones
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