Archives for Appetizers

Roasted Zucchini with Feta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 20th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday

Sometimes simple is the best preparation.

One of the beautiful things about being a fan of cooking is that most of the time I enjoy menu planning. Sure, I have the occasional day where I really don't want to think about what dinner will be, but usually I'm pretty

French Onion Mushrooms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 15th, 2018| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Fork and knife are required for this stuffed mushroom.

On Tuesday I shared my new recipe for a one-bite stuffed mushroom that works well at cocktail parties. Today I'm moving to the polar opposite with a mushroom that is more of a meal. This recipe is perfect for

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 13th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A bite-sized appetizer, perfect for cocktail parties!

I recently hosted a cocktail party for a group of colleagues. Being the empty nesting, "in the city" member of the board, I wanted to have a gathering that aligned with that thinking. Rather than having any sit-down food, I planned a

Saucy Bourbon Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 16th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

An appetizer with hints of bourbon- why not?

January arrives, and it's time for a fresh start. All of the shimmering decor of the holidays is put away, and life in general becomes quieter. As a parent of college-aged students it brings about an even greater amount of quiet,

Day After Thanksgiving Nachos

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 23rd, 2017| Appetizers
OK, I didn't make these nachos on the day after Thanksgiving.  I actually made them three days after Thanksgiving.  However, the point of this recipe is to provide a different way to use leftover turkey.  Yes, turkey sandwiches are tasty, as are turkey pot pie, turkey soup, and reheated

Soft Pretzels

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 16th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes
When it's a chilly Sunday afternoon and you know that there will be three teenage couples at your house to watch their favorite team's football game, you need to have snacks on hand.  Actually, most Sundays we like to have snacks on hand, regardless to whether we're having company. 
pumpkin spice walnuts

Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 24th, 2017| Appetizers, Garnishes, Recipes
It's October, and the entire world is obsessed with pumpkin spice. Or at least so it seems. I happen to not be one of those people. I don't want pumpkin spice coffee or cereal. Sure, I like pumpkin bread and pancakes, but I'm open-minded. I'll eat them year 'round,

Buffalo Cauliflower Florets

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 17th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
The other weekend ended with the same feeling for both my husband and me; we were full from a weekend of eating.  The odd thing about it was that we hadn't eaten a lot.  There were no extravagant desserts or over-sized meal.  We ate a little less healthily over

Incredibly Cheesy Bread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 12th, 2017| Appetizers, Breads, Recipes
For Sunday football watching this week, we decided on meatballs as one of the snacks.  I had thought that the meatballs would be the feature of this column, as I added pepperoni to the mixture.  Unfortunately the pepperoni was lost, and they tasted pretty much like basic beef-based meatballs. 

Apple & Sage Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 25th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A sweet & savory fruit topping that tastes like fall.

Fall is in full swing, which means that the local orchards are overflowing with apples. There are so many varieties and so many ways to prepare them that fall becomes this apple-fest for me. I make the obvious dishes,

Portobellos with Wine Poached Lobster

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 6th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

This is what indulgence tastes like.

This delightful recipe was the appetizer in our 5-course anniversary dinner back in July. As beef was the entrée, I wanted a different protein to be part of the appetizer. What says special occasion better than lobster? I guess other types of shellfish

Linguisa & Mushroom Stuffed Peppers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 4th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A few ingredients, lots of flavor.

When I was creating this recipe, I wanted the stuffed peppers to be part of an afternoon snack menu and, as such, wanted them not to be large, filling dishes. For that reason I chose cubanelles as the pepper for this recipe. They're
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