Archives for Appetizers

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 23rd, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
What does it mean when:  nachos are considered an excellent dinner?  dinner consists of finger foods (or at the most, foods that can be eaten using only a toothpick)?  the dining room for Sunday dinner is actually the living room?  It must be football season.

Yes, the NFL season has returned. 

Manchego with Honey

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 28th, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
I prefer to eat homemade foods.  If I am asked to bring cookies for a school party, I bake them.  If I am serving chili for dinner, I make it from scratch, not by opening a can.  With that being said, I am not opposed to simple dishes, where one

Fondue with an Italian Twist

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 13th, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
If you read this blog frequently, you will know that Monday evenings are crazy in our house. This past Monday was even busier than usual, as our younger daughter had a doctor's appointment at 5:30 about an hour from home. Therefore, not only were the adults going to have a

Parmesan Crisps

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 7th, 2008| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes
In my last post, I described the Hawaiian-inspired dinner for two that I created.  As I was visualizing the two dishes (a pineapple and soy sauce marinated pork tenderloin and cinnamon-sugar grilled pineapple) and the accompanying drink (a coconut and pineapple combination), it seemed that the meal might be

Tortilla Wedges

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 8th, 2008| Appetizers, Breads, Recipes
To accompany our meal of Eggplant Stacks, a side of bread or pasta seemed too heavy.  However, something in the carb-based category sounded appealing.  With flour tortillas in our pantry and knowing the grill would be in use, I created my own light version of bread. This side was

Eggplant Stacks

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 8th, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
On a warm summer Monday I was debating what to make for dinner. Our twelve and ten year olds each had a friend staying for dinner and a sleepover, so trying to find a meal that would please all four and us seemed impossible. The children were happy to hear
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You Decide How Hot Sausage Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 21st, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
Another weekend of football playoffs and our local team is still in the mix. Reading Tasty Thoughts for the last few weeks, you would think that I am a huge football fan, but that really isn't the draw for me. It is a combination of other elements that I enjoy:
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Pastry-wrapped Brie

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 13th, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
Being January, football playoffs are in full swing.  Our local team has played well, so we have been anticipating this season.  Playoff games mean inviting friends to our home and making lots of tasty snacks.

Last night was our first playoff game.  To celebrate this exciting event we invited our dearest friends and planned the menu. 
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Fruity Cocktail Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 29th, 2007| Appetizers, Recipes
Yesterday was a big sport games day in our household. Between our favored football team's game at 4:00 and the World Series at 8:30, there was going to be a lot of time spent watching tv and eating snacks.

We created a menu that would please all of the eaters.

Mary Kate’s Breadsticks

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 10th, 2007| Appetizers, Recipes
Recently, there was a merging of two families, expanding my household from two to four children.  At the initial meeting of the four children, I decided a little cooking might be a good ice breaker for the girls.  Plus, a fun snack in the middle of the afternoon would work

A New Twist on Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 9th, 2007| Appetizers, Recipes
On a warm, breezy summer afternoon, I met a handful of colleagues at a friend's house for lunch. The focus of this lunchdate was both social and business.  It was planned to be a relaxing afternoon of gabbing and food served on casual china dinnerware.

Wanting to make entertaining easy

Espinaca Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 18th, 2007| Appetizers, Recipes
Being a semi-single girl (being that the boyfriend is otherwise busy), it seemed like a good night to invite my best friend over for food, chatting, and movies.   I wanted to make a munchy that would stay warm through an evening of conversation, be easy to prepare whenever we decided