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Bourbon & Vanilla Peaches

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 20th, 2019| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes, Tapas Monday




Bourbon & Vanilla Peaches



Bourbon & peaches- a new classic combination



  • 4 peaches
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Bring a medium-sized pot full of water to a boil.
  2. Fill a medium sized bowl with ice water.
  3. Cut a small x in the base of each peach.
  4. Place 1 peach

Rhubarb Salsa

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 13th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

Move over, tomatoes. Rhubarb is here for your tortilla chips!






Rhubarb Salsa



Move over, tomatoes. Rhubarb is here for your tortilla chips!



  • 1-½ cups diced rhubarb (approximately 3 stalks)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¾ cup diced green bell pepper (approximately ½ medium pepper)
  • ¼

Rhubarb Chutney

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 11th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces




Rhubarb Chutney



A sweet & savory topping for spring



  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. (Keep a careful eye

Spinach Balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 6th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes

Handheld bites of spinach-y, cheese-y goodness






Spinach Balls



Handheld bites of spinach-y, cheese-y goodness



  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 10- oz. packages frozen spinach (thawed

Broccoli “Meat”balls- an Oxymoron

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 4th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian




Broccoli "Meat"balls



Satisfying & good for you



  • 2-1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Steam broccoli until fork tender.
  3. Allow broccoli to cool slightly, then purée in a blender or food processor.
  4. Combine puréed broccoli and all remaining

Cheese & Herb Stuffed Tomatoes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 9th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Vegetarian

Sure, we can call this a serving of veggies!






Cheese & Herb Stuffed Tomatoes



Sure, we can call this a serving of veggies!



  • 6 plum tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 4 oz. goat cheese (softened)
  • 8 fresh basil leaves (minced)
  • Artisanal balsamic vinegar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to

Charcuterie Figs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 25th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Bite-sized yumminess






Charcuterie FIgs



Bite-sized yumminess



  • 12 black mission figs
  • 2 oz. blue cheese
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • Honey


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Remove stem ends from figs, then slice in half lengthwise.
  3. Dice blue cheese into ¾” blocks.
  4. Slice each piece of prosciutto into 3 thin strips.
  5. Place

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 11th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Full of flavor, even though they're winter tomatoes






Roasted Tomato Bruschetta



Full of flavor, even though they're winter tomatoes



  • 8 plum tomatoes (halved lengthwise)
  • 1 Tb. good olive oil
  • 2 Tb. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 large garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6-8 fresh

Cherry & Thyme Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 9th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday




Cherry & Thyme Bruschetta



Why should tomatoes get to be the only bruschetta topping?



  • Olive oil
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 1 cup pitted & chopped cherries (about 20)
  • ¼ cup dry red wine
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. sugar


  1. Add a small amount of olive oil to a small saucepot over medium heat.
  2. Add shallot

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