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