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Beet Tzatziki

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 16th, 2018| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday

Prepare to be amazed by both its color and flavor.


What's one to do on a hot summer Sunday afternoon when you spent the morning at a social gathering and don't feel like cooking? For us empty nesters, the answer was walk downtown and enjoy a handful of tapas

Plum & Taleggio Prosciutto Packets

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 9th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

This recipe is a delightful trifecta of yumminess




This is basically a three-ingredient recipe, as you can see in the title and description above the picture. But, it's so much more than that. See, first it's a crispy exterior that's made of paper thin prosciutto. Second are the bites

Prosciutto Peaches with Raspberry Balsamic

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 7th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A fun way to get more fruit into your day.




Prosciutto definitely is not a seasonal ingredient, but I do find myself using it more frequently in the warmer weather months. I think it's that its saltiness pairs so nicely with the sweetness of fresh fruit that I just

Bourbon & Vanilla Peaches

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 19th, 2018| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Bourbon & peaches- a new classic combination




We spent a weekend in Melbourne, Florida, in June to celebrate my brother's birthday. Arriving on Friday afternoon, they suggested we meet them at Downtown Produce to finish party shopping and do a wine tasting. Wine + family time = YES!

While

Roasted Rhubarb Crostini

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 21st, 2018| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

A simple spring dish that has complex flavors




All of our palates change with time, I assume. I know mine has. It's a topic my husband and I often discuss: what dishes didn't you eat as a kid that you love now? One of the items on my "wouldn't

Pickled Kale Spears

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 3rd, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes

Totally transform the way you think about kale stems.


I'm guessing that most of you, myself included, remove the thicker stems from kale and either throw them in the trash or compost. I mean, they're these woody, dense pieces of the kale plant. In fact, that's why for a

Brandied Dates

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 19th, 2018| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes

Mmm. Dried fruit and liquor pair quite nicely.




It's kind of funny that as I'm writing these date columns I'm watching the snow fall outside my window. Because as you'll see in a few sentences, when I wrote this recipe originally it was February and snowy. However, I am

Slightly Spicy Eggplant & Tomato Sauté

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 3rd, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

It's a side. It's a dip. It's a spread. It's delicious.


In some recent travels, we ended up having breakfast at a deli. I had the most amazing challah French toast, and my husband had white fish salad. Happiness for both of us. We enjoyed our food there so

Wrapped & Stuffed Dates

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 29th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes

They may not be pretty, but they sure are delicious!




Don't judge a book by its cover. It's true of these dates also. They look less than appealing. I completely agree and understand. BUT their flavor? It's out of this world. Take a sweet and tender date. Stuff it

Date Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 27th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

A naturally sweet spread that awaits its salty partner.


I wasn't sure what to call this recipe. The final product is spreadable. It also is made with fruit. Both of these led me to wonder, Is this a jam, conserves, preserves? The answer, I believe, is none of the

Crockpot Queso with Chorizo

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 22nd, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Mmm. . .Queso. Need I say more?




I love queso. I love lazy Sundays. Don't they make an excellent pairing? They did for me the other weekend. With a Sunday filled with around the house items (study for wine exam, watch one of our horses race, do a little

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
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