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Melissa Elliott

Los Angeles, California, US

Bio:

First a paste-up artist, then a typesetter. Next a movie title designer, and then (after a masters) to teen librarian. Now I draw and watercolor, teach teen literature and readers' advisory, and consult for libraries.

Recipes By Melissa Elliott

I, Borage... by Melissa Elliott

Los Angeles, California, US

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Borage is a versatile plant, with edible flowers and leaves. The beautiful color of the flowers makes them a real standout as a garnish for salads, beverages, and desserts. In addition, the plant has medicinal properties, and is also useful as a companion plant to keep pests off your vegetables. Pliny the Elder was a fan—what more do you need?

Bonanza Beans by Melissa Elliott

Los Angeles, California, US

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This is a simple but tasty recipe that goes back a few generations on my mom's side of the family. It's one of my favorites in wintertime. In honor of Dad, who liked the cornbread more than he did the beans, I added a bonus recipe for Tennessee Corn Pone, which you can make with the leftover beans when you're bored with eating them on their own! (The beans should be juicy.)