About Melissa Pasanen

Melissa Pasanen

Melissa Pasanen is the food editor of Vermont Life and a staff writer for Art of Eating. She also regularly contributes to The Burlington Free Press and previously served as their food and restaurant correspondent for almost seven years. Pasanen is the co-author of Cooking with Shelburne Farms. @mpasanen

A bacon and goat cheese tart lying on a sheet of parchment paper.

Bacon and Goat Cheese Tart

Forget the pan when you make this tart. The edges of the tart crust are folded around sweet caramelized onions, smoky bacon, and rich goat cheese.

A porcelain bowl filled with shepherd's pie and topped with potatoes, onions, and cheddar

Shepherd’s Pie with Caramelized Onions and Cheddar

Let us introduce you to the most Googled recipe of 2019. No, it doesn’t have cauliflower. And it’s certainly not keto. It’s a not-quite-classic shepherd’s pie gilded with sweetly caramelized onions and smothered with Cheddar. To heck with tradition.