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June 14, 2010 • 17 Comments

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melissav Grilled (or Broiled) Oysters with a Sriracha Lime Butter

Melissav, a lawyer living in Fort Lauderdale (whose husband owns a wine shop!), has been a formidable presence on food52 since last fall. You may remember her Ciabatta Stuffing with Chorizo, Sweet Potato, and Mushrooms (winner of our Thanksgiving stuffing contest) and her Grilled (or Broiled) Oysters with a Sriracha Lime Butter (winner of our oyster contest) -- both will be showcased in the food52 cookbook.

Every recipe of melissav's submitted to our Editors' Pick community-testing gauntlet comes back with raves -- check out the reviews for her White Potato Pizza with homemade ricotta and her Blood Orange Tea Cake. We love that melissav has a clear knack for sophisticated dishes like Porcini Rubbed Butterflied Roasted Chicken and Israeli Couscous with Roasted Lemons & Capers topped with Seared Scallops & a Lemon Creme Fraiche Drizzle (runner-up for Your Best Scallops) but can still appreciate the joys of comfort foods like her Mommy Elly's Brisket and Totally Inauthentic Tortilla Soup (how can you not love a recipe with a title like that?). See melissav's profile page and fan her here.

Read her profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Termites, while hiking in Belize.
  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Probably a Bacon, Avocado, Tomato, Red Onion, Melted Cheddar Sandwich (sometimes with shrimp) or something involving a fried egg
  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    chef's knife
  • Your ideal meal:
    I would love to experience the French Laundry. Otherwise, a home cooked meal with my husband sitting on the balcony (once the FL weather drops below 80 degrees)
  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    I would love to have the opportunity to cook with geoduck. I ate it in Seattle and loved it but not available in Florida
  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    Lots - husband owns a wine store
  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    8
  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    Chopping herbs
  • Your favorite cookbook:
    Changes weekly, some I love to just read and look at the pictures and others to actually cook from
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    over 4 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

    Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

    Melissaav - so nice to read more about you. Your recipes always stop me in my tracks! The scallop dish has been served to rave reviews several times already.

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    over 4 years ago Jennifer Ann

    Congratulations, Melissa! Your lovely recipes are in regular rotation in our home

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    over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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    great to see you in the spotlight, melissav!!!

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    over 4 years ago dymnyno

    Congrats!!! You are creative and always invent fabulous recipes. What is the name of the wine shop?

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    over 4 years ago melissav

    Thanks, Dymnyno. The shop is Wine Warehouse of Fort Lauderdale. I sent you a message a while back through your profile when you asked about the shop before your annual visit to Florida. Did you ever get it? I know some people have problems with messages through the profile feature.

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    over 4 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

    congrats Melissav! especially like your recipe for Grilled Manchego & Jamon Serrano w/ fig....=)

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    over 4 years ago claskey

    I am of course a huge fan! congrats!

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    over 4 years ago WinnieAb

    Congrats! Love love love your recipes!

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    over 4 years ago melissav

    Thanks A&M. This was such an exciting surprise! And thank you everyone for your comments. I truly enjoy the Food 52 community despite the extra 10 pounds I've packed on since joining. I typically blame it on being stuck on crutches for a few months following ankle surgery in the fall but in reality it is probably due to all the great recipes on Food 52 and the resulting increase in my creme fraiche intake. :-)

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    over 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

    Once I read creme fraiche, I knew I had to 'fan'. I love EVERYTHING, well most things with creme fraiche. Congratulations...

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    over 4 years ago monkeymom

    I am a huge fan! Love your recipes.

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    over 4 years ago drbabs

    Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

    Hi Melissa--so happy to see you here--enjoy!

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    over 4 years ago thirschfeld

    Very well deserved.

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    over 4 years ago aargersi

    Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

    Yay Melissav! Great to see you here - I have loved every recipe of yours that I have tried, but leave those termites off the list OK? :-)

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    over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

    One of my favorites - congrats, melissav!

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    over 4 years ago Rivka

    love this write-up! Melissaav's recipes are always great.

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    over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

    Congrats on a well-deserved shout-out!! I love your recipes and look forward to trying more of them!