Hi, I’m Melissa. Welcome to Persnickety Plates!

woman photographing a plate of brownies.

I started Persnickety Plates after I was done wedding planning in 2009. I had just started following blogs and wanted a place to keep track of the recipes I’d tried and what changes I’d made to them.

I needed a new hobby so I figured I’d start my own.


In the early days, my posts had quick cell phone camera shots (back when phones had 3MP cameras!) and very little text.

Times have changed lol

Now, a great amount of care goes into recipe testing, photographing, editing, and writing tips and suggestions so that you can have success on your first try of making one of my recipes.

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Blender Muffins - a simple, flourless muffin might right in the blender! | Persnickety Plates

Blogging has grown into my passion and full time job.

With millions of unique visitors to the site each year, Persnickety Plates has grown to the top 2% of publishers in the largest advertising network on the internet.

A stat that I’m very proud of.

Persnickety Definition

I’m persnickety (hence the name) so I don’t make a lot of fancypants recipes with hard to find ingredients. I make everyday recipes that the average person would be interested in.

I help you plan meals and feed your family.

Super simple sauteed asparagus that's full of flavor and can be on the table in 15 minutes. | Persnickety Plates

I try to use “real” ingredients and eat pretty clean, whenever possible. Obviously, there are exceptions to every rule.

Everyone likes a shortcut now and then – especially this full time working mom with two picky kids.

The Williams Fam.

In 2014, we added baby girl #1 and then in 20117 we completed our family with baby girl #2.

I know I’m partial, but they’re pretty fun.

I love my family, reading, text messages, pandas, brownies, sleeping in (ha, not anymore), vacuum lines, working out, laughing, and sharing my recipes with people around the world.

In no particular order.

Thanks for stopping by.

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