Archives for Appetizers


Chicken Sliders

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 29th, 2013| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes
When your Sunday has included a late, hearty breakfast and an afternoon filled with shopping and a stop at a sidewalk café, dinner needs to something light and simple. It would have been an ideal picnic dinner, but with the threat of temperatures that would descend with the sunset,

Greek Eggplant Wheels

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 8th, 2013| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
I spent several days with my parents last week.  On my last evening there I decided to cook dinner for the three of us.  Knowing that my mom enjoys lamb and my dad doesn't, I decided to make two types of meatballs: lamb for us and beef for my dad. 

Lentil Cakes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 11th, 2013| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian
When our daughter decided to become a vegetarian a few years ago, I wasn't opposed to the idea.  I have chosen a vegetarian lifestyle at different points in my life.  Although I haven't done so for years, I do enjoy many vegetarian dishes, such as tofu stir fry or

More Help for the Super Bowl Menu

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 17th, 2013| Appetizers, Recipes
Two years ago, I published an article with suggestions for tasty Super Bowl snacks.  Since that time we've published many more appetizer recipes, so it seemed appropriate to offer a quick round-up of munchies that will fit the bill for the big game.

Now, you may be wondering why

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