Melissa d'Arabian on Ten Dollar Dinners

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Melissa d'Arabian wraps up her family-friendly recipes into one must-read cookbook, Ten Dollar Dinners.

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  • Melissa d'Arabian cooks up restaurant-worthy Italian-American recipes with an eye toward her budget. Simple Fritto Misto makes a satisfying appetizer, and her Italian Marinated Chicken With Red Potatoes is a delicious main course. Orange and Basil Biscotti make the perfect dessert, especially with a cup of hot coffee.

  • Melissa d'Arabian makes a quick soup and sandwich meal worthy of your neighborhood cafe. Quick Croque Madames layer tender ham, a tangy cream sauce, and melted Swiss cheese on toasted country bread, all crowned with a perfectly fried egg. Alongside, Rich Roasted Tomato Soup is brimming with deep tomato flavor and aromatic herbs. Crispy Kale Chips bring a salty crunch to the plate, and added nutrition.

  • Melissa makes a bistro-worthy meal at home. Her Cassoulet with Garlic Breadcrumbs is hearty and comforting, and Blueberry Lemon Crepes with Custard Sauce make an elegant dessert in minutes.

  • Melissa d'Arabian makes Moussaka, a traditional Greek casserole featuring roasted eggplant, a cinnamon-spiced meat sauce, and creamy béchamel. On the side, her Celery, Grapefruit and Olive salad is a crisp and refreshing counterpoint, with a mix of flavors and textures as exciting as the low cost.

  • Melissa d'Arabian dresses up a wallet-friendly classic without breaking her budget. Her tender Meatloaf gets an extra flavor boost from her Mustard and Sour Cream Gravy. On the side, Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes are brimming with green onions and cheddar cheese, and her Braised Collard Greens are tender and flavored with bacon, garlic, and lemon zest. Comfort never tasted this good!

  • Melissa D'Arabian spices up a quick and easy grill menu. Her Fish Skewers with Basil Chimichurri are fresh and flavorful, just like her Spicy Grilled Corn on the Cob. Tartine with Chocolate and Mint Butter makes a simple, comforting treat.

  • Melissa debunks the myth that affordable chicken means dark meat. Enjoy tender breast meat guilt-free in her citrusy Crispy Skinned Chicken a L'Orange. Perfect Crispy Potatoes and colorful Fennel and Cabbage slaw make the perfect sides in this elegant meal.

  • Melissa d'Arabian slashes your meal tab with this restaurant-worthy menu. Braised Pork Country Ribs are fall-off-the-bone-tender, served with Melissa's ultimate Creamy Polenta. Roasted Balsamic Onions are caramelized and sweet, a simple yet elegant side.

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  • Melissa d'Arabian takes you to Burger Bliss at a bargain price. Her Perfect Basil Burger is grilled to taste, then piled high with all the fixin's and Melissa's creamy Perfect Basil Sauce. Her Wedge Salad with Grilled Grape Tomatoes and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette makes a fresh tasting side dish in a flash. For dessert, Fun Fruit Sushi is a playful way to end the meal on a sweet note.

  • Melissa d'Arabian makes a rich and beefy lasagna with maximum satisfaction at minimum cost. Equally easy is her Mandarin Orange Gratine with Tangy Sabayon Sauce, pairing tangy citrus with a creamy sauce for a near-instant sweet treat.

  • Melissa d'Arabian shares her plan for a picnic with recipes for a Layered Picnic-in-a-Jar and for dessert, a Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread.

  • Melissa d'Arabian stirs up her Easy Chicken Curry with Vegetables, simmered in a creamy coconut-curry sauce. For pennies more, her Coconut Scented Rice rounds out the meal and soaks up the delicious sauce. Finally, Mom's Banana Bread is moist, tender and studded with chocolate chips, making it a favorite for breakfast, dessert and every snack in between.

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About the Host

Melissa proved that dreams can come true when she won Season 5 of Food Network Star. Her grand prize: the hit show Ten Dollar Dinners.

About the Show

On her daytime cooking series, Melissa d'Arabian, Season 5 winner of Food Network Star and mom of four, shows viewers how to incorporate creative and tasty meals into their budgets by sharing her tried-and-true recipes. With countless tips to save time and money in the kitchen, she keeps her $10 promise in every episode: four people, 10 bucks, infinite possibilities. From approachable Parisian and Moroccan menus to sophisticated upgrades for everyday chicken and pork, Ten Dollar Dinners demonstrates home cooking at its finest.

More About Ten Dollar Dinners

On her daytime cooking series, Melissa d'Arabian, Season 5 winner of Food Network Star and mom of four, shows viewers how to incorporate creative and tasty meals into their budgets by sharing her tried-and-true recipes. With countless tips to save time and money in the kitchen, she keeps her $10 promise in every episode: four people, 10 bucks, infinite possibilities. From approachable Parisian and Moroccan menus to sophisticated upgrades for everyday chicken and pork, Ten Dollar Dinners demonstrates home cooking at its finest.

Recipes from the Show