What's Cooking with Chef Melissa?

Meet our CASA Family Day Chef - Melissa! We will be posting her family-friendly recipes every Thursday on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Try one and send us a photo to share with our followers!

Melissa Buchbinder is the founder and executive chef of The Pink Apron Catering & Events. She has always had a passion for cooking and entertaining and she grew up learning authentic Italian recipes from her grandmother, who was an amazing cook and the consummate hostess.

Melissa’s food has recently been on-set at many television studios, including the stages of The Cooking Channel, NBC, Comedy Central & Bravo. She has also worked on many commercials and several major motion pictures and was a featured chef at the 2010 Biodynamic Food Conference. She has worked as a food stylist, culinary instructor, recipe developer, and private chef in New York City. Check out her websiteblog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

“When I was growing up, I learned to cook from my grandmother and we spent a lot of time in the kitchen preparing our family dinners. I will always cherish the hours we spent cooking, laughing, eating, and talking. It shaped me into the person I am today. Food has the amazing ability to bring people together. I think Family Day is a great opportunity for families to re-connect and build memories together over a meal.”


Try one of her family-friendly recipes today!


Apple Crisp




Stuffed Peppers



Speculoos Chocolate Chip Blondies



Brown Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots



Parmesan Mashed Potatoes




Brussels Sprouts and Arugula Salad with Dijon-Maple Vinaigrette



Pumpkin Mousse & Spice Cake Trifle





Peppermint Hot Chocolate





Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Casserole




Red Velvet Cupcakes





Pumpkin-Sausage Mini Lasagnas



Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip




Spaghetti with Clam Sauce




Lemon-Raspberry Ricotta Mousse




Homemade Tomato Soup




Banana Bread Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting



Chicken Thighs with Tomato Sauce, Basil, and Olives



Creamy Roasted Squash Soup



Spicy Noodles



Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies



Chicken Pot Pie