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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

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

Green Bean Fries

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 12th, 2019| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes

My favorite sort of fries




I've been making these fries for quite some time, much to my own happiness. The rest of my family is less excited but are glad to nibble on them as well. While they may prefer "real" fries, if given the choice, these are my

Plum & Prosciutto Bites

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 31st, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A whole new spin on fruit appetizers




I'm fairly certain that if you offer to bring a fruit-based appetizer to a gathering, many people will accept the offer but prepare themselves to be disappointed. Personally, I love finding a fruit tray at a buffet, but I know many people

Plum & Taleggio Prosciutto Packets

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 29th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A delightful trifecta of yumminess




In the spirit of full disclosure, this recipe is not from deep within the Think Tasty archives. In fact, it's not even six months old. However, it really is the perfect partner for this week's new recipe. Both recipes are comprised of prosciutto, plums,

Healthy-ish Cauliflower Cakes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 17th, 2019| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

Another yummy way to eat more cauliflower




After creating an indulgent, new recipe last week, I felt compelled to make sure this week's recipe had us back on track. In actuality, even though I call it healthy-ish, it probably is the right approach to take for good-for-you eating. This

Bruschetta with Lemon Honey Ricotta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 10th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

Simple & delicious; a fine pairing




During the holidays we hosted a work gathering at our home. With a group of a dozen people, I made all of the dishes for this cocktail reception. I wanted all of the foods to be eaten easily while standing. No one wants

Hot & Bubbling Baked Ricotta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 8th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Pure cheese perfection!




I know, last week was all about healthy eating, and I'm starting this week with total indulgence. No, I'm not trying to sway you from your resolutions, but I do want to offer one piece of advice (that you've probably heard before). It's not good to