Melissa Arenson

I got married at 19, so I knew nothing about how to run a house. When I quit working to finish out my bachelor’s degree (student teaching) and then to complete my master’s degree full-time, I decided it was time to take up the role of house wife. I started cooking slow-cooker recipes that could cook while I was at school and then I discovered I LOVE to cook. It’s how I distress. My mother-in-law was a wonderful help and this website gave me lots of new ideas to try. Now I’m the best cook in both my family and my husband’s family!

Burbon Little Smokies

Rating: 4 stars 12
My grandmother makes smokies this way, and I have to say I have never seen a similar recipe. It's a nice twist on a recipe that has only a few variations.

Chicken and Dumplings

This recipe is at least 5 generations old. It is the best recipe I've ever had, but it does take a while to make.

Sausage Quiche

A basic, easy to make quiche with lots of flavor. I like complicated quiche, but a picky friend came over so I made this and it turned out great. She’d never had quiche, but loved it.