Mel's Recipes

“Local,” “organic,” and “sustainable”

These may be buzz words to some, but they’ve always been a part of Melanie Klann’s vocabulary. Melanie brings a raw and luscious earthiness into her kitchen while imbuing her creations with her love of eastern cultures and her southern heritage as well as her own spins on classic dishes. After starting her career on the service side of the food industry, Melanie worked her way to the back of the house, where she discovered her passion for creating exquisite creations in the kitchen. For years, Melanie has employed a “slow food” philosophy. Formerly at The Kitchen at NH, Dragonlady Catering, Alchemy gourmet market and wine bar, and as owner of Biga Murphys, the first fresh bread bakery to open in Murphys in nearly 100 years. Widely recognized as one of the most creative chefs in the Calaveras region, you’ll occasionally find her in the NH Tasting Room. Melanie heads up the NH food program, designing pairing dinners that incorporate fresh, local ingredients to highlight Scott’s artisan wines.
2021 Winter Wine Club - Recipe Bundle

The OG Zinfandel Rat Pack - Recipe Bundle

The Dysfunctional Family - Recipe Bundle

2019 Rose | Melanie’s Famous Fried Chicken

2019 Sauvignon Blanc | Crab Cakes

2018 Fume Blanc | Grilled Scallops with Paprika and Cilantro Salsa

2018 Foothill Zinfandel | Slow Braised Lamb Meatballs with Cinnamon, Tomatoes and Rosemary

2018 Viognier | Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

2018 Derailed | Sloppy Joes

2018 Big John Zinfandel | Most Delicious, Most Simple Grilled Tri-Tip in a Pinch

2018 Barbera | Easy Asian Pork Belly with Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar and Sesame Oil

2018 Wild Child | Mediterranean Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes, Artichokes and Kalamata Olives

2017 Syrah | Baked Meatballs with Tomato Ginger Jam

2017 Roland Rosario Zinfandel | Teriyaki Grilled Flank Steak

2017 Donner Party Zinfandel | Easy Chicken Mole

2017 Carignane | Skewers of Charcuterie

2017 Shake Ridge Zinfandel | Easy Lamb Roast with Rosemary, Thyme, Garlic and Baby Potatoes

2017 Petite Sirah | Lava Cake

2017 Meritage | Lamb Sliders with Mint Chutney

2017 The Deviant | Charcuterie Plate

2017 Drama Queen | Winter Salad of Dried Cherries, Pecans, Blue Cheese and Apples

2016 TBT Primitivo | Cheese and Meat Pairing

2016 TBT Malbec | Sliders with Chimichurri Sauce

2016 TBT Barbera | Braised Collard Greens with Ham Hock and Fire Roasted Tomatoes

2016 Merlot | Baked Mediterranean Feta Dip

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon | Grilled Flank Steak with Goat Cheese, Fig Jam and Red Bells on Baguette