Men At Work …on Perseverance

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Earlier tonight I was so excited to write a little about my Mom and all the reasons that she’s the best ever. But then life got in the way, and now all I want to do is curl up in bed, feel kinda sad and listen to the non-sound of snow falling. Don’t worry though, as one of the best poets of our time, Men at Work, said:

“Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride
Nobody’s gonna slow me down
Oh no, I’ve got to keep on moving
Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride
I’m running and I won’t touch ground
Oh no, I’ve got to keep on moving.”

Keep an eye out for a post real soon. Muah!

Caramel Apple Sticky Buns

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So, thanks to my dear Ellyn I am actually salivating. Whoever took this picture is an effing artist….

Follow the link for the Caramel Apple Sticky Buns recipe.

Thanks to The Pioneer Woman!

Dinner Tonight

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In case you were under the impression that I always plan out my meals and spend a bunch of time putting them together…. This wonderful combo here is a creation I came out with at 1 am, and I loved every single bite!

Mark Twain …on life

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

Why aren’t kids reciting this every morning, hands over their hearts? I wish someone had told me to explore, dream and discover when I was a kid. But that’s neither here nor there, because I know it now. And I believe in it soooo freaking much!

Try something new and scary. Risk working hard and failing. Attempt to make creme brulee even if you don’t know how. Start a website and talk about what you love. And something crazy will happen. You’ll feel better about yourself and your life, regardless of the outcome.

This week I’m gonna try a recipe that I really have no idea how to make. I don’t even have a reference to what it’s supposed to taste like… This is going out on a limb for me, but I think it’s gonna be fun. I think I’ll videotape it, if for no other reason than to show you I’m trying to practice what I preach. (Cooking isn’t the only place I’m doing this, but I figure you’re reading this because you’re interested in cooking, not my ridiculous personal life.)

If you do anything out on a limb-ish, find me on Facebook (The Hedonist Cook) and let me know. I’d love to hear about it….

xoxo, Mel

Just a Quick Message

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Hooray for better video quality!

Food is love…

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Is it weird that when I really like a boy I catch myself fantasizing about meals I want to cook for him?!

Veggie Chili and Cornbread food porn

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Dinner tonight…

Pictures Courtesy of Alex Bayless, some kind of wizard

Why cooking is better than a relationship…

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I love cooking because I know that if I put a lot into a recipe it will turn out amazing. In cooking, attention, hard work, passion and quality show in the final product. Relationships are never as simple as that, nor are they as satisfying as some good truffle mac and cheese….

Websites, food and laughter….

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Tonight I had two amazing friends come over and help me do a few videos. There was a lot of laughter, cleavage shots (thanks Tim), eating and enjoying ourselves. It was another reminder to me how food can bring us together.

Also, I’ve been blown away with the amount of support and help I’ve gotten for this new website already. It makes me feel even more committed to what I’m doing. I mean, shit, if these people believe in me, I must be able to do it. (Yes I know I’m drifting into being emotional, but Goddamn, I’m SO grateful!)

I hope that as this continues ya’ll will keep giving me feedback on what you’d like to see here. (The new website should be up soon, and it will have a lot more content and options.) I really love the idea of making this a community of people that love food.

Now I’m going to eat the rest of the chocolate chip scone in the kitchen and drift off to sleep.


Mel aka The Hedonist Cook

Potato Soup

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Ok guys, here you go…. Here is my first attempt at how to video. I know the editing is terrible, but better to try and learn, right? And to use one of my favorite quotes:

“Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.”
– GK Chesterston

Here’s the correct recipe…


  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 small white onions, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 T Flour
  • 2 t Salt
  • 2 t dried Basil
  • 1 t pepper (less if you don’t like pepper)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 large baked potatos, cubed
  • 2 cups half and half
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp, drain, leaving 2 T drippings in pan. Remove bacon and set aside.
  2. Saute onion and garlic in the pan with drippings until tender and lightly brown
  3. Stir in flour, salt basil and pepper, mix well. (It will look lumpy and weird, thats ok)
  4. Add Broth and bring to a boil. Boil and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Throw in the potatoes, cream and hot sauce and cook on a low simmer for 15 minutes.(Soup will be thin at first. If you let it sit without heat for an hour or so, it will really thicken up. It’s way better the next day though, so I’d recommend making it the day before.)
  6. When you’re ready to serve throw some bacon and cheese on. It’s amazing!

I served it with cornbread and a salad, and it got rave reviews. Hope you enjoy the video, as well as the soup.


Mel aka The Hedonist Cook