Hello my friends!

I wanted to let you all know that the recipes from this past Sunday’s show are now on our website at www.woodlandhomes.com.  I apologize for the inconvience!  I appreciate all of you viewers very much!

If you are on Facebook, please “like” our Dream Home Cooking page, as I post new recipes frequently.  You can also order a copy of my cookbook by logging onto www.woodlandhomes.com

If there are any recipes that you would like to see me cook on my show, please send feedback…would love to hear some ideas 🙂


Melissa Friday


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Dream Home Cooking Cookbook

Melissa is excited to announce that she has officially typed the last word in her first cookbook!  Her goal is to have it published and ready for purchase by mid-August, so sit tight.  If you love cookbooks you will LOVE this one.  It’s a little different from your average cookbook.   Stay Tuned!


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Summer Recipes

Hey Everyone!  Tune into WAAY 31 on Monday morning between 5 and 7 am.  Mike and Melissa will be on the morning show sharing summer recipes.  You’re guaranteed to find something that you like!

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Melissa’s Weekly Cooking Segment on WAAY 31 News

We’re proud to announce that next week Melissa will begin appearing on WAAY 31 evening news every Thursday with a short cooking segment!

She will be a guest on the morning news to make the announcement Thursday, April 29, 2010, and that evening, on the 5 o’clock news, her first cooking segment will air. Melissa will be sharing quick and easy recipes on the cooking segment every week. We’re so excited that the WAAY 31 team has asked her to become a regular guest on the show. More information will be added to our web site in the near future, so watch for an update about how to find recipes from the segment.

Thanks so much for watching the show. We hope you’ve enjoyed Melissa’s recipes so far…she’ll be sharing lots more soon!

Find Dream Home Cooking on Facebook for more great recipes!


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Recipes for a Trio of Salads | Spring Market | Dream Home Cooking

We were so thrilled that Melissa was invited to do a cooking demo at the Junior League of Huntsville’s 4th annual Spring Market this year. Since some fans of the show couldn’t make it to the Spring Market today, Melissa wanted to make sure and share the recipes from her cooking demo on here too! She prepared a “Trio of Salads,” including Cornbread Salad, Chicken Salad and Italian Pasta Salad. For dessert, she prepared her Punch Bowl Cake. Make sure to visit the Woodland Homes web site and become a fan of Dream Home Cooking on Facebook for more recipes from Melissa!

Special thanks to The Junior League of Huntsville for inviting Melissa to take part in today’s event. “The Junior League of Huntsville is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.” Visit their web site to learn more about this wonderful organization.

Chicken Salad

  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup green or red grapes, sliced
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Mix cream cheese, mayo and sour cream together until blended well.  Add remaining ingredients, adding the chicken last.  Stir well and refrigerate at least 2 or 3 hours.  You may add additional seasonings to taste.

Cornbread Salad

  • 1 box Jiffy cornbread, cooked according to directions and cooled
  • 8 slices bacon cooked crisp and crumble
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 green and 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • ¾ cup mayo
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

In a large bowl or trifle dish, gently mix all ingredients together, adding the cornbread last.  Stir well and refrigerate at least 6 to 8 hours before serving.

Italian Pasta Salad

  • 1 (16-ounce) box tri-colored rotini pasta, cooked and drained
  • ½ bottle of Kraft Tuscan House Italian Dressing
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • 1 cup salami, rough chopped
  • Shredded parmesan cheese

Mix together and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

Punch Bowl Dessert

  • 1 large Sara Lee pound cake (you can find this in the freezer section)
  • 1 large container cool whip
  • 2 large boxes vanilla instant pudding
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup strawberries, washed and sliced
  • 1 cup blackberries, washed
  • 1 cup blueberries, washed
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

Cut pound cake into cubes and set aside.  Make pudding according to directions on the box.  Now place a layer of pound cake cubes on the bottom of large glass bowl or a punch bowl.  Pour half of the pudding over that; Add half of all the fruits, half a can of pie filling and then spread a layer of cool whip over that.  Repeat the same thing one more time and finish with cool whip.

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Woodland Homes of Huntsville Celebrates 15 Years

Woodland Homes is celebrating 15 years in business this February! We just wanted to stop by and say thank you for supporting Woodland Homes by watching “Dream Home Cooking.” Remember to tell your friends who are moving to Madison about Woodland Homes, and make sure to come by and visit us when you are ready to build your Dream Home. Thank you for your support!

Here’s one of Melissa’s favorite recipes for cold winter days. You can access Melissa’s most recent recipes featured on the show here. And don’t forget to become a fan of  Dream Home Cooking on Facebook for more great recipes. (Melissa shares recipes that aren’t featured on the show with her Facebook fans!)

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 package frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 baking potato, cooked, peeled and cubed (optional)
  • 2 cans cream of potato soup
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon each: garlic powder, onion, powder, salt and pepper
  • (you may add more seasonings to taste)
  • 1 package of Pepperidge Farms frozen Puff Pastries

In a heavy-duty pot, melt butter and add onion; sauté’ about 5 minutes. Add chicken, veggies, soups, water, milk and seasonings. Bring to a soft boil, stirring frequently, (you don’t want the milk to scald) and then reduce heat immediately to low, cover and cook on low for 30 minutes. This can simmer on low several hours. Bake puff pastries according to directions on the box. Place 2 puffed pastries in a bowl and ladle soup over pastries. Delicious!

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Season 3 of Dream Home Cooking with Woodland Homes Premieres

This past Sunday, the third season of Dream Home Cooking premiered! Melissa filmed this episode  in the Whitworth Farms community, and she prepared Tender-Baked Pork Chops, Savory Rice Casserole, Broccoli Salad and No-Fail Fudge.  

The show schedule has changed for Season 3. Dream Home Cooking with Woodland Homes will now air every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on WAAY TV. Tune in this Sunday to take a look inside Woodland Homes’  kitchens and get Melissa’s latest and greatest recipes.

Melissa has also set up a Dream Home Cooking Facebook Fan Page!  On the fan page, Melissa will be sharing new recipes, you can view past episodes of the show, and you can interact directly with Melissa if you have any questions about specific recipes.

Make sure to tune in next Sunday for new recipes, and remember to become a fan of Dream Home Cooking!

Dream Home Cooking with Woodland Homes 


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