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Volunteer Field Editor Melissa Obernesser’s Best Recipes

From crispy air-fried chips to juicy turkey burgers, Melissa's recipes are sure to become tried and true favorites on your menu.

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Melissa Obernesser

Melissa loves preparing delicious food for her husband and two young children, even their pup Remi sneaks a snack now and then. Inspired to cook from her high school Consumer Sciences teacher, she decided to follow the same path. She now teaches current high school students to appreciate good food through her own Consumer Sciences classes.

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Air-Fryer Potato ChipsTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Potato Chips

After I received an air fryer for Christmas, I discovered how simple it is to make potato chips in it. Good chips are an essential, crispy side for lunch. —Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York

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Mushroom Bacon Turkey BurgersTaste of Home

Mushroom Bacon Turkey Burgers

If you ask me, a good burger needs mushrooms on top, but they tend to slide around and fall off. I decided to put mushrooms right into the patties—problem solved! —Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip CookiesTaste of Home

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love using zucchini in the summertime. This recipe reminds me of a zucchini bread my aunt makes, but I wanted to make cookies for a family get-together because they would be easier to grab and eat. These taste better if you make them the day before. —Melissa Obernesser, Oriskany, New York

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Grandma’s Biscuits

Homemade biscuits add a warm and comforting touch to any meal. My grandmother makes these tender biscuits to go with her seafood chowder. —Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York

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Sun-Dried Tomato BurgersTaste of Home

Sun-Dried Tomato Burgers

My fiance and I really like Greek food and flavors. I made a meatloaf similar to this once but changed it up into burgers for a fun option when the weather gets warm.—Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York

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Grandma’s Seafood ChowderTaste of Home

Grandma’s Seafood Chowder

My grandmother makes this every year for Christmas morning—the only time we ever had it. Why wait, when you can enjoy this satisfying chowder anytime? It's also delicious topped with biscuits! —Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York

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Antipasto CupsTaste of Home

Antipasto Cups

Turn salami slices into appetizer shells to fill with the veggies and cheese of your choice. —Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York

Sue Stetzel
Sue has been part of the Taste of Home family for over 16 years. Her collection of magazines dates back to the premier issue in 1993. When she isn’t writing, she’s answering your burning cooking questions and working with our team of Volunteer Field Editors.

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