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Melissa’s Kitchen Masterlist

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Here’s my must-have list of kitchen essentials. Gizmos + gadgets, appliances, pots and pans, cookware, knives, and tabletop faves. For decades I’ve collected all your questions! The ones I get on social media, in DMs, emails and texts, from the blog, when I meet you or in our Secret Facebook Group. So I’ve decided to […]

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Must-Pack Travel Essentials

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I’ve spent a lot of time in the air and living out of suitcases. Nothing brings me more joy than visiting a foreign country and exploring new and exciting places and trying delicious food. But no matter where I go in the world…There are a few items you will always find in my luggage. Here’s […]

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Top Italy Travel Tips

Travel

“You may have the Universe if I can have Italy” – Giuseppe Verdi Italy is the most gorgeous country in the world to travel to. I guess that is why I decided I wanted to retire there. And over the past decade, I have crisscrossed this country eating my weight in pizza. And I still […]

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Effortless Entertaining

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Over the years I have hosted small dinners and events that feed hundreds. I’ve cooked for Oscar winners, billionaires, Hollywood studios, friends and family. But no matter the size of the guest list, a successful party comes down to planning. I’m sharing the exact strategy I use every time I host. And I’m confident that […]

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Sunday Strategies For Success

Wellness

Most people think of Monday as the first day of the week. But if we look at the story of creation … day 1, aka ground zero for Him was Sunday. Just like a tree needs strong roots to rise up and grow, I need a rock solid game plan to ensure the week ahead […]

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A Healthy Body Image

Wellness

I have often seen parents who have a poor relationship with food and body image, pass this onto their kids. This is not the relationship with food we want to create for our children.

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“You may have the Universe if I can have Italy” – Giuseppe Verdi Italy is the most gorgeous country in the world to travel to. I guess that is why I decided I wanted to retire there. And over the past decade, I have crisscrossed this country eating my weight in pizza. And I still […]

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. This year to mix it up I am doing a dairy meal inspired by my Italian travels. Wishing you and your family a sweet new year…

People have this deathly fear of eating and enjoying their food, and it’s ridiculous. This is an important conversation we need to have because wherever I go, I see this terrible trend sweeping the world today. In my teens and 20s, I was ruled by the number on a scale. I read package labels seeking […]

I’ve eaten my weight in pasta, pizza, bistecca, and gelato many times over. And after all the indulging I’ve arrived at a list of my favorite places to eat and drink in Lucca. Places you can’t miss if you visit. And now I am sharing it with you. You’re so welcome. Gatta Ci Cova  Via […]

Everything just sounds better in Italian. The Italian language is based on Dante’s poetry so it has a melodic feel to it. But it’s a complex one to master with feminine and masculine nouns. Don’t ask me why the table is male. And verbs changing depending on who you are addressing and the tenses. But […]

I have always said how you eat is just as important as what you eat.

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A Food Network chef, author, mamma, eternal optimist, wannabe-mermaid, spice mixologist, and “dough therapist” (yep, it’s a thing)—

I'm also the founder of Susina Cucina, the gorgeous, Italian cooking school I manifested into my reality. I’m obsessed with Aperol spritzes, travel, and mouthwatering food… especially pizza and pasta.

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