About Melissa Hamilton

Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton

Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer are the founders of Canal House. Together they create seasonal cookbooks for which they do all of the writing, recipes, photography, design, and production. They're also 2013 James Beard Foundation nominees for their cookbook, Canal House Cooks Every Day, and for their Bon Appétit video series, “The Seasonal Cooks.” Prior to starting Canal House in 2007, Hamilton worked at Saveur as the test kitchen director and food editor. Hirsheimer is a co-founder of Saveur and served as its executive editor.

Italian Sausage with Broccoli Rabe Recipe

Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Barely a recipe, this weeknight salvation is more like a simple blueprint for eating in season. Amen to that.

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Grilled Lamb Chops Scottadito Recipe

Grilled Lamb Chops Scottadito

After grilling up these lovely little lamb lollies, we finally understand why so many folks use “lamb chop” as a term of endearment.

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Prosecco and Aperol Cocktail Recipe

Prosecco and Aperol Cocktail

Elegant. Classic. Magical in all ways. That’s what folks are saying about this little lovely. Cin cin, indeed.

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Apple Cake Recipe

Apple Cake

What’s easy peasy to make, lovely to look at, even lovelier to taste, and certain to impress? This cake.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato Recipe

Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato | Gelato di Gianduia

We’re food folks, not number crunchers. But perhaps our most favorite equation ever? Chocolate + hazelnuts = gianduia.

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Fresh Whole Milk Ricotta

Fresh Whole Milk “Ricotta”

Remember that nursery rhyme about Little Miss Muffett sitting on a tuffet? We only recently realized how savvy that sassy gal was, relishing her whey.

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Whole Milk Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake from Rome’s Jewish Quarter

This is prettier and more puddinglike than we’re accustomed to in a cheesecake. But no complaints here. None whatsoever.

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Rhubarb Tequila Cocktail Recipe

Rhubarb and Tequila Cocktail

Stunning and sophisticated, this cocktail relies on rhubarb for tartness, orange for intrigue, sugar for sweetness, and tequila for an afternoon nap.

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