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January 1, 2008

My Cookbook

I spent years eating frozen meals and cereal from a box.  Before I got married the most intense meal I could make was spaghetti...with store bought sauce.  Then I meet my husband who not only loves to eat, but loves to cook. I thought that I had hit the jackpot! I would never have to cook EVER! Instead, I found myself feeling guilty for not chipping in and helping with meals so I started engaging in weekly cooking experiments where I attempted to cook something new every week.  Want to know what I discovered? I actually kind of like to cook.  I also am not as bad as I thought.  It has taken practice, and trial and error, but here are some of the recipes that I have tried and loved. I'm still not prepared to call myself a cook- but if I can do it you surely can too!

Below are a list of all my favorites: 


-Bacon Mac
-Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
-Homemade Lasagna
-Lower Calorie Fettucine Alfredo
-Stuffed Shells


Feel free to email me your suggestions, ideas, or questions at

Also, don't forget to follow me on Twitter: @duolynoted

About Melissa



My name is Melissa and thanks for stopping by Duly Noted.

I started this blog on May 7, 2008.  The first post I ever drafted was a video of someone getting hit in the face with a soccer ball. I also tried to make some philosophical connection between getting hit in the face with a soccer ball, and how I felt about law school final exams.  I like to think this blog has come a long way since then. 

When I started blogging, I was single and had just transferred law schools from New York, back to my undergrad alma mater of Gonzaga in Washington state.  This blog's address is called Duolynoted because my boyfriend and I wanted to start a blog about the 2008 election (DUOly noted, get it?).  

The thing was, we never actually blogged about the election.  Dan blogged sporadically and I used the blog as more of an outlet to post funny things I found on the internet.  In May of 2008 we got engaged and in May of 2009 we got married

Then came Dallas and this blog became my own little monster. 

The transition to Dallas was incredibly difficult for me, and during the next year I heavily relied on this blog as my creative outlet.  It was in that year that I fell in love with blogging, and why I still blog today. 

Since that year ("the lost year", which I so kindly refer to it as), I have clerked for a federal judge, become a member of the Texas bar, started working for law firm, and after a very long summer of house hunting, Dan and I recently purchased our first house. 

This blog has come a very long way since 2008.  Now I use it more as a way to chronicle our life and share recipes and other things I find noteworthy.  I have considered shutting down this blog numerous times, but the truth of the matter is that blogging is one of the very few things that I do completely for me.  For me, blogging is a way to relieve stress and use the right side of my brain.  It is also a great way for me to stay in touch with friends, and make new ones. 

Some very important things you should know about me: I 100% believe that everything looks better in the color red. If I were stranded on a desert island and only had sushi, coffee, and wine I would not only survive, but when the rescue boat came I would tell them to keep on going. My standard evening wear is black yoga pants and a collegiate hooded sweatshirt. I am not a great speller, but think an angry letter can right most wrongs.  In my free time I write, run, and read. I listen to my music too loud and dance around when I think I am alone. I am a devoted member of the Church of Oprah.  I have two children, which may-or-may-not take the form of furry dogs.

I love comments, so make sure you leave one! Thanks for stopping by. 

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