Archives for Appetizers

Seafood Newburg Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 14th, 2013| Appetizers, Recipes
It's January, so it must be time for some serious football.  In our house anyway.  With one Ravens fan and three Patriots fans, there have been an assortment of games to watch, and this past weekend was no exception.  After spending most of Saturday watching two of our teens

Maryland Style Crab Cakes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 7th, 2013| Appetizers, Recipes
I am a long-time Patriots fan, as I have spent most of my life living in New England.  However, my husband is from Maryland and, as such, is a Ravens fan.  So, while my team wasn't playing this past weekend, as they had a bye for the first round

Ridiculously Simple Sweet & Sour Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 3rd, 2013| Appetizers
I thoroughly enjoying making dishes from scratch.  Whether it be a batch of cookies, a pot of soup, or a loaf of bread, there is a sense of gratification in making something that others will enjoy.  However, there are occasions when I take shortcuts, based on my schedule or

Last Minute New Year Help

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 31st, 2012| Appetizers, Recipes
It's New Year's Eve, one of the most festive evenings of the year.  However, I almost always have preferred to stay home.  Not needing to leave the house guarantees several things.  First, I (and maybe some assorted family members) will be making the dishes, so I know exactly what

Buffalo Tofu Bites

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 29th, 2012| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian
As I've mentioned previously, our fourteen year old daughter is a vegetarian.  In fact, she's partaken in this lifestyle for almost two years.  The good thing about her eating habits is that she adores legumes of all varieties.  Thus, I don't worry about her intake of protein.  She also

Steak & Cheese Pockets

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 1st, 2012| Appetizers, Recipes
On a recent weeknight, we made steak subs for dinner.  Although I thought I had planned accurately and cooked the correct amount of shaved steak to satisfy the appetites of my husband and teenage son, I had obviously miscalculated.  When dinner was finished, we still had a substantial amount

Warm Bruschetta Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 24th, 2012| Appetizers, Recipes
Saturday was a day of canning for my husband and me.  We bought many pounds of canning tomatoes and spent the next few hours working in our kitchen.  At the end of it, we had a dozen jars of whole tomatoes and another dozen jars of salsa.  While we

Beef and Blueberries

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 6th, 2012| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
My husband and I spent part of a weekend in Boston recently.  After scheduling a day of work meetings in the city, we decided to make it into a combination work/pleasure trip by spending the night and next day nibbling and adventuring through Boston.  After a round of post-work

Zucchini Parmesan

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 23rd, 2012| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
My husband has been talking about eggplant parmesan quite frequently.  While eggplant is an ingredient that I incorporate into our Tapas Monday on a semi-regular basis, I don't make eggplant parmesan all that often.  If I do, I usually cook it with little oil and breading.  However, I knew

Ricotta-Topped Zucchini

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 16th, 2012| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Living next to a farm, we have easy access to fresh produce during local growing seasons.  Even better, our farm very kindly lists what new items are in season on their roadside sign.  Thus, when I travel anywhere outside of our neighborhood, I am aware of what is ripe

Sweet Cheese Filled Strawberries

by TT Jr. May 30th, 2012| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes
On Monday we celebrated my mom's birthday.  I must say it was quite a success, she enjoyed it very much.  And obviously, because we were celebrating her, she was not allowed to cook.  I immediately volunteered to "cook" the appetizer because what she wanted to have was just up

Green Bean Fries

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 23rd, 2012| Appetizers, Side Dishes
I will start with a disclaimer.  Do not make this recipe as a way of replacing french fries for people who love them.  Although they are salty and have a similar shape, no fan of the french fry will think of these as an equivalent substitute.  That being said,