About Me

I love to cook. I love to eat. And if friends and family are around to enjoy these pleasures with me, it is a very happy day indeed. But while I’ve been eating all my life, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I began to pay attention to where my food came from. I was doing research for an article when I came across many surprising statistics: like that our country has nearly five million fewer farms than it did in the 1930s. Or that while locally grown produce is usually sold within 24 hours of harvest, that orange from Chile probably spent 7-14 days in transit before I saw it in the produce aisle at my supermarket. This got me thinking…which led me to buy better ingredients to cook and bake with…which prompted me to start blogging about all of the healthier tweaks I was making to family recipes and those I found online and in cookbooks…which brings me to the blog you see before you, where I chronicle my adventures in cooking and eating seasonally, locally and organically.

Make no mistake: not everything my husband and I eat is good for us. But most of it is, which is all any of us can do. And my hope is that Made By Michelle will help you find healthier, sustainable ways to fill your belly and those of your loved ones. Browse by season when you need a recipe inspiration or want to learn how to puree pumpkin or grind garlic scapes into fresh pesto. And be sure to check out the “Win It” section, where I’ll be giving away products from food companies that are committed to using sustainable practices.

I hope you enjoy reading Made By Michelle as much as I enjoy writing it. Leave a comment to let me know about a particular recipe that worked for you (or didn’t) or write and tell me about your favorite dishes. And when you find yourself wondering, What should I make for…? I hope you’ll find your answer here.

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Christie November 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Hey Girl,
Your blog looks great and your work is beautiful! Can’t wait to see more of your creations.


pleasefeedme March 1, 2010 at 11:21 am

Hi Michelle!

It’s Joyce from Teen People! The blog looks great. I started a food one too actually:


if you have linesheets, send them to me. I’ll pass them on to buyers I work with. Hope all is well!


Nicole December 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

The re-design is fantastic Michelle!! I have no interest in cooking myself but your blogs are so entertaining that I find utter bliss in simultaneously reading and drooling! Keep up the great work my friend!

PS: check out the Pumpkin Pie recipe – best ever!


Eileen December 1, 2010 at 11:37 am

Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! You are soooo creative in everything you do.
Good Luck with your blog.
Johnny’s MOM
PS Hope I get to sample most of your treats soon.


Betty February 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Hi Michelle,
I’m supposed to be working, however, I’m caught up in your blog, and your recipes. Love the wine tips too!!!! You’re great! And, great picture!
Betty F
Johnny’s MOM’s friend 🙂


Irene January 9, 2012 at 12:46 am

Hi, Michelle, I finally had some time after a busy week to read about your love of food and healthy eating….you are awesome …love your recipes and reading your food blog, I too love to eat , cook and entertain ..the best conversations are when we are all sitting and talking about more food after filling our bellies….funny thing we wake up thinking about what we will have for breakfast and go to bed wondering what we will have for dinner ..lol love your blog Michelle and look forward to more recipes and stories …


Mando August 29, 2012 at 3:30 am

Just read my first article. Looking at trying the chicory and sausage. Thanks for the article.


Sharlene September 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm

oooo what a find! Love your blog & website M! Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I will def. be looking more into your ideas, recipes & ‘living life’ ideas! Keep on growing that garden of life!!!


Karen Collins February 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Hi Michelle. I love your website. It has a family atmosphere. I love family and friends gathered together. God bless you and thanks again. I look forward to all you share with us.


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