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Maple Bacon Scones

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 26th, 2019| Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes

Hello, salty & sweet treat that vexed me.






Maple Bacon Scones





  • Scones
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 Tb. chilled unsalted butter (diced)
  • 10 strips cooked bacon
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. maple extract
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered

Blueberry White Chocolate Truffles

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 21st, 2019| Desserts, Recipes

Sweet & fruity, a fine pairing






Blueberry White Chocolate Truffles





  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tb. salted butter (softened)
  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • ⅓ cup freeze-dried blueberries (pureed into dust)
  • 3 Tb. dried blueberries
  • 4 oz. white chocolate
  • powdered sugar


  1. Fill medium pot a third full

Peanut Butter Truffles

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 19th, 2019| Desserts, Recipes




Peanut Butter Truffles





  • 1-½ oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tb. chopped salted peanuts
  • 4 oz. milk chocolate baking bar


  1. Combine peanut butter and cream cheese in a medium bowl, mixing well.
  2. Add sugar and stir to combine.
  3. Add peanuts, stirring until fully combined.
  4. Shape batter into

Frosted Coconut Cake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 14th, 2019| Desserts, Recipes

4 layers of coconut yumminess






Frosted Coconut Cake





  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. coconut extract
  • 3-1/2 cup flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 6

No Need for Frosting Coconut Cake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 12th, 2019| Desserts, Recipes




No Need for Frosting Coconut Cake





  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1/2 Tb. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. Butter and flour a 9-inch cake pan.

  3. In a stand mixer beat butter for 30 seconds.

  4. Add sugar

Brunched Up Grapefruit

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 7th, 2019| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes

It's as delicious as it is pretty






Brunched Up Grapefruit





  • 1 large red grapefruit
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 20 roasted & salted pistachios
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • honey


  1. Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil

  2. Slice grapefruit into ¼ to ½ inch slices,

Grapefruit and Mango Salad with Avocado Dressing

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 5th, 2019| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
[caption id="attachment_164140" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ignoring winter with this flavorful salad[/caption]



Grapefruit and Mango Salad with Avocado Dressing





  • 1 head Boston lettuce
  • 1 large red grapefruit
  • 1/2 medium mango (peeled)
  • 1 avocado (peeled & pitted)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tb. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • salt & pepper


  1. Tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces and

  2. Cut

Bourbon Apples

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 28th, 2019| Desserts, Recipes, Side Dishes

Why not let your fruit & liquor mingle?






Bourbon Apples



Why not let your fruit & liquor mingle?



  • 2 apples
  • 1 Tb. butter
  • 3 tsp, sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tb. bourbon


  1. Cut apple into quarters, and remove core.

  2. Cut each quarter into 3 or

Bourbon & Brown Sugar Mixed Nuts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 26th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes

Transform a bowl of mixed nuts from so-so to sweet & bourbon-y.




Bourbon & Brown Sugar Mixed Nuts



Transform a bowl of mixed nuts from so-so to sweet & bourbon-y



  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 2 cups pecans & walnuts
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 Tb. bourbon


  1. Line baking

Quick & Spicy Pickled Asparagus

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 21st, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes

A simple way to perk up winter produce




So, here I am in Arkansas, trying to use more local ingredients. Of course, it's only February, so it isn't exactly harvest. I had the good fortune of finding okra the other week. This

Quick Pickled Zucchini Spears

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 19th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes

Zucchini with a tangy bite




Ahh. . .summer produce. I definitely am missing it in February, even when I am working in Arkansas where the days are warmer. Sure, there's produce at the grocery store (no matter where I am), but it just isn't the same as freshly and

Roasted Okra with Dipping Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 14th, 2019| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes

Crispy okra + slightly spicy dip = MmmMmm




Two weeks into my stay in Hot Springs, I wanted to cook with ingredients that are local. Sadly, although the weather is nicer, it's not harvest time. However, I still wanted to work with an ingredient that's hard to find in