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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
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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. 
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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,
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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
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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

Prosciutto Peaches with Raspberry Balsamic

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 23rd, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A fun way to get more fruit into your day.




With fresh peaches from the farm trip I mentioned on Monday, I was inspired to transform them. Yes, a couple peaches were eaten as is, but I wanted to find a way to make them into part of our

Cherry & Thyme Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 2nd, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Why should tomatoes get to be the only bruschetta topping?


When I had that night alone, which I referenced on Monday, I knew that although I'd enjoy a bowl of Chilled Blueberry Lemon Soup, that wouldn't be enough of a meal for me. I could have

Thanksgiving Meatballs 2.0

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 24th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Get all the flavor of Thanksgiving turkey in a compact dish.


Looking through the Think Tasty archives, I stumbled upon a recipe for Thanksgiving Meatballs that I had created four years ago. The recipe was fine, but I was pretty sure I could get some

Oven Broiled “Fried” Pickles

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 11th, 2017| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes

This recipe validates that healthy snacks still are delicious snacks.


I am not a huge fan of fried food. Everyone else in my family is. Many a family dinner at a restaurant includes starting with a fried appetizer that delights them. I have no problem with that,

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