Archives for Appetizers

Bruschetta with Lemon Honey Ricotta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 10th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

Simple & delicious; a fine pairing

During the holidays we hosted a work gathering at our home. With a group of a dozen people, I made all of the dishes for this cocktail reception. I wanted all of the foods to be eaten easily while standing. No one wants

Hot & Bubbling Baked Ricotta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 8th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Pure cheese perfection!

I know, last week was all about healthy eating, and I'm starting this week with total indulgence. No, I'm not trying to sway you from your resolutions, but I do want to offer one piece of advice (that you've probably heard before). It's not good to

Deconstructed Poached Pear

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 6th, 2018| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes, Vegetarian

The perfect beginning or ending to a meal

This recipe came to me due to a lack of fruit and a lack of patience. My initial plan was to purchase small pears, such as forelle. Sadly none of my local grocery stores had any in stock. Instead I purchased

Healthy Spinach Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 20th, 2018| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Healthy & delicious in one simple dip

After spending a good amount of August either on the road or splurging on fun meals with friends and family, I've been eating more conscientiously for the last week or so, as I get my eating back on track. Of course, eating

Spinach & Goat Cheese Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 18th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Kinda healthy, kinda splurge-y, totally yummy

This recipes feels like it's from a different time and place. Actually, it is, seeing it's seven years old and we lived in a different location. However, many things are the same, such as our love of tapas meals and our adoration of

Peach Caprese Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 30th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Salads, Tapas Monday

A fruity take on the Italian classic.

In early August, I spent a week in the Mohawk Valley of New York teaching entrepreneurship to a group of middle school-aged students. Being away from home, I ate at a restaurant every night. One of those nights I was sent to

Blue Cheese & Peaches

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 28th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Sometimes simple is all we need.

This is another one of those non-recipe recipes. Take three ingredients, combine them in a dish, and bake. Although the steps are incredibly simple, the dish that it produces really is multi-layered. You have the sweetness of the peaches balanced with the saltiness

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

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!


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