Melissa is the author of two cookbooks, Farmhouse Weekends and Scandinavian Gatherings and the creator of Lulu the Baker, a blog about simple food and modern country life. She has created content and developed recipes for dozens of national brands, including Tillamook, Oriental Trading Company, Hidden Valley, and more. She lives with her husband and four kids on a darling hobby farm in Oregon.
Melissa's Recent Posts
How to Cook Tuna Steak in a Pan
Tuna steaks make a delicious dinner and we are breaking down just how simple and easy it is to cook tuna steak in a pan on the stovetop.
How to Blanch Green Beans
Blanching is an incredibly useful cooking technique. Learn how to blanch green beans and how to use them.
How to Blanch Vegetables
Learn why and how to blanch vegetables and how blanching works, plus find out which vegetables are the very best to blanch.
Cool Ranch Seasoning Recipe
This easy Cool Ranch seasoning lets you flavor anything with that classic Doritos flavor. Use it on popcorn, homemade tortilla chips, or even tacos!
How Many Cups in a Half Gallon
Need to know how many cups in a half gallon? How many quarts in a half gallon? How many cups per quart? We've got you covered!
How to Roast Brussels Sprouts
Roasting Brussels sprouts brings out their delicious flavor and gives them a pleasant texture. Find out how to roast Brussels sprouts now!
New Year's Eve Dinner Ideas
Hosting New Year’s Eve dinner at home is all about fun and festive food. Get our best tips, tricks, and menu ideas here.
How to Make Pecan Pie
Get all our best tips and tricks on how to make pecan pie, along with our favorite pecan pie recipe!
How to Make Cumberland Pie
Cumberland Pie is a delicious, comforting dinner that is easy to make. We’re sharing how to make Cumberland Pie plus tips!
Buckeye Balls Recipe
We’re sharing our favorite Buckeye Balls recipe - full of delicious peanut butter and chocolate. They're the perfect holiday treat and a great addition to a cookie plate.
How to Make Homemade Hot Chocolate
Looking to up your hot chocolate game? Check out these recipes and learn how to make homemade hot chocolate that's the best you've ever had!
Learn what’s in a gimlet and how to make a gimlet and wow guests with this classic drink at your next cocktail party!
The Best Christmas Brunch Menu
We’re sharing our best Christmas brunch menu ideas, plus prep and hosting tips and tricks, to help you have a fabulous holiday brunch!
Easy Apple Crisp
This easy Apple Crisp is the perfect fall dessert. It’s mouthwatering, makes the house smell amazing and is simple to prepare!
Tips for Baking With Kids
Baking with kids can be so fun! And messy and maybe a bit maddening. Our tips for baking with kids will leave you smooth sailing in the kitchen.
How to Make Pie Crust
Don’t let homemade pie crust scare you! With a few basic ingredients and our fool-proof tips, we will teach you how to make pie crust in no time.
How to Make Candy Apples
Candy apples are a delicious and unique fall treat, perfect for apple season. Read on to find out how to make candy apples at home.
Which Apples are Best for Baking
Apples are one of the most beloved ingredients in fall baking, but not all apples are created equal. Do you know which apples are best for baking?