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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

French Onion Mushrooms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 15th, 2018| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Fork and knife are required for this stuffed mushroom.




On Tuesday I shared my new recipe for a one-bite stuffed mushroom that works well at cocktail parties. Today I'm moving to the polar opposite with a mushroom that is more of a meal. This recipe is perfect for

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 13th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A bite-sized appetizer, perfect for cocktail parties!


I recently hosted a cocktail party for a group of colleagues. Being the empty nesting, "in the city" member of the board, I wanted to have a gathering that aligned with that thinking. Rather than having any sit-down food, I planned a

Saucy Bourbon Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 16th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

An appetizer with hints of bourbon- why not?


January arrives, and it's time for a fresh start. All of the shimmering decor of the holidays is put away, and life in general becomes quieter. As a parent of college-aged students it brings about an even greater amount of quiet,

Day After Thanksgiving Nachos

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 23rd, 2017| Appetizers
OK, I didn't make these nachos on the day after Thanksgiving.  I actually made them three days after Thanksgiving.  However, the point of this recipe is to provide a different way to use leftover turkey.  Yes, turkey sandwiches are tasty, as are turkey pot pie, turkey soup, and reheated
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Soft Pretzels

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 16th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes
When it's a chilly Sunday afternoon and you know that there will be three teenage couples at your house to watch their favorite team's football game, you need to have snacks on hand.  Actually, most Sundays we like to have snacks on hand, regardless to whether we're having company. 
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Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 24th, 2017| Appetizers, Garnishes, Recipes
It's October, and the entire world is obsessed with pumpkin spice. Or at least so it seems. I happen to not be one of those people. I don't want pumpkin spice coffee or cereal. Sure, I like pumpkin bread and pancakes, but I'm open-minded. I'll eat them year 'round,