I’m Melissa Machowski, and this is my food blog! (Follow me on facebook)

Welcome to M Delish Boutique!

This blog focuses on cooking, eating, dining, home kitchens, and at the center: food. I’m an adventurous home cook and recipe and cookbook writer. When I’m not creating in my candle studio, I’m likely to be in the kitchen cooking, baking, and otherwise learning about and experimenting with food. I make my own stocks, I can and pickle, I bake, garden, grill, travel and most importantly, I try new things. This blog is a bit of a real-time glimpse into my kitchen, travels, and garden. Sharing these things with you brings a dimension to my process that I believe improves my skills and hopefully entertains (and maybe even educates) you along the way. If you have an Instagram account, be sure to follow my culinary journey as I explore Austin’s eats through photos!

I’ve self-published two cookbooks with another on the way in 2018 all about grilling! Be sure to check out the link and explore all of the culinary products I have to offer, and visit the shop to purchase. Tiles

I recently began illustrating my own cookbooks and my blog posts here and there. The re-discovery of my love of drawing has added an unusual level of study to my culinary subjects, and dimension to how I think about food.

My love of cooking started early and has grown quite naturally as I’ve picked up techniques from classes, family, roommates, and friends as well as cooking shows, cookbooks and food blogs. The pleasure of opening up a cookbook or reading a new recipe drives my interest and ambition for constant learning about food and cooking. And I can’t leave out my taste buds. The inspiration for creating culinary wonders is simply everywhere.

I’ve lived all over the USA and traveled to many destinations throughout the world. Whether experiencing the exotic flavors of travels afar or seeing a new trick to peeling garlic in a friend’s kitchen…I’m ready to go try my hand at it in the kitchen.

TexasFoodHandlerCertI studied Creative Writing and received my Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Several restaurant and catering jobs later, I returned to the classroom and earned my Master of Computer Information Systems degree from the University of Denver.

Following my graduation ceremony, I literally got in my car and drove to Los Angeles, where a job at a newspaper awaited. Exposed to writers of all stripes, I found the music and food columnists to be inspiring. Laying out gorgeous professional photos of local food gave me an eye into the world of culinary fanciness, which I find interesting…but my true fascination is with the home kitchen. My love of design applies quite naturally to the presentation of food, and over the years I’ve snapped a wealth of photos that I will now share with the world!

In April 2017 I competed in the first culinary competition of my adult life (I used to compete as a teenager) when I entered my “Last Call British Pub Curry & Chips” in the AFBA Colossal Curry Competition in Austin, Texas. Although I didn’t take home the grand prize, after serving hundreds of hungry Austinites, it awakened my competitive spirit. I’ve decided that I’ll be throwing my hat in the ring on more competitions. Such fun! I’ll link my post about the experience when I’m done writing it up.Screenshot 2017-04-07 at 4

This blog represents my experiences as a writer, a food-lover, a home cook, an artist and a traveler who seeks to learn from anywhere and everywhere. I invite you to join me. Please share your thoughts, experiences, feedback, and knowledge in my comments. Every post is a work-in-progress, with room for new resources, insight, and analysis. Stick around and have a taste!

More of my writing here.

Be sure to consider becoming a Recipe Tester for my cookbooks, joining The MDB Virtual Dinner Party Group, and being featured as a Real Home Cook!

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  • Austin Food Blogger Alliance
  • The Association of Food Journalists
  • The Herb Society of America.
  • Licensed Food Handler (Texas)
  • Licensed Alcoholic Beverage Seller/Server (Texas)

When I’m not cooking or writing:

I am the owner of M Design Boutique, home of custom made candles and event favors. I currently live in Austin, Texas, but I’ve had the distinct pleasure of living in many states within the US (Colorado, Montana, California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and now Texas!). Living in many regions has exposed me to a variety of foods introduced by both rural and urban culture, coastal, mid-western and southern styles and techniques, and the influence of the home cooks I’ve come to know and love in my life all over the map!

I love gardening, animals, wine tasting, travel and most of all my family and friends.

My favorite dishes are Shrimp Pesto Pasta, Homemade Pizza, Green Chili, and Chicken Tikka Masala. Of course, my tastes are seasonal so ask me again next month and I’ll have a new list!

When you see a link to an outside website for a product mentioned in this blog, please know that I actually own and have used the product, and if you purchase by clicking the link from, you will help support this blog! I welcome your feedback and would love to know what you think of the products I mention herein.

Unless otherwise noted within specific blog posts, all photos in this blog are taken by, edited by, and property of Melissa Machowski. I will consider permitting use of these photos to those who wish to review or feature my blog. Do not use my images without permission!

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