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Buffalo Cauliflower Florets

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 17th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
The other weekend ended with the same feeling for both my husband and me; we were full from a weekend of eating.  The odd thing about it was that we hadn't eaten a lot.  There were no extravagant desserts or over-sized meal.  We ate a little less healthily over
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Incredibly Cheesy Bread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 12th, 2017| Appetizers, Breads, Recipes
For Sunday football watching this week, we decided on meatballs as one of the snacks.  I had thought that the meatballs would be the feature of this column, as I added pepperoni to the mixture.  Unfortunately the pepperoni was lost, and they tasted pretty much like basic beef-based meatballs. 

Apple & Sage Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 25th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A sweet & savory fruit topping that tastes like fall.


Fall is in full swing, which means that the local orchards are overflowing with apples. There are so many varieties and so many ways to prepare them that fall becomes this apple-fest for me. I make the obvious dishes,

Portobellos with Wine Poached Lobster

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 6th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

This is what indulgence tastes like.


This delightful recipe was the appetizer in our 5-course anniversary dinner back in July. As beef was the entrée, I wanted a different protein to be part of the appetizer. What says special occasion better than lobster? I guess other types of shellfish

Linguisa & Mushroom Stuffed Peppers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 4th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A few ingredients, lots of flavor.


When I was creating this recipe, I wanted the stuffed peppers to be part of an afternoon snack menu and, as such, wanted them not to be large, filling dishes. For that reason I chose cubanelles as the pepper for this recipe. They're

Thanksgiving Meatballs 2.0

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 24th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Get all the flavor of Thanksgiving turkey in a compact dish.


Looking through the Think Tasty archives, I stumbled upon a recipe for Thanksgiving Meatballs that I had created four years ago. The recipe was fine, but I was pretty sure I could get some

Oven Broiled “Fried” Pickles

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 11th, 2017| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes

This recipe validates that healthy snacks still are delicious snacks.


I am not a huge fan of fried food. Everyone else in my family is. Many a family dinner at a restaurant includes starting with a fried appetizer that delights them. I have no problem with that,

Fully Loaded Tater Tot Waffles

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 10th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes

If you're looking for a way to splurge, these waffles are a great way to do it!As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I keep running into tater tots in a number of the restaurants that I visit. They come in many different iterations- fancy versions with truffled

Baked Cauliflower Tots

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 28th, 2017| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Tater tots. It is the childhood favorite side that seems to be appearing everywhere lately. That even includes Think Tasty, as you'll be seeing a new recipe that utilizes them in a recipe that will be shared in two weeks. But I digress. Tater tots may be a flavorful side

Quick & Spicy Pineapple Jam

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 21st, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
My mission to make spring arrive soon wasn't short-lived. After a winter that alternated between biting cold and oddly warmer temperatures, dry pavement and intense blizzards, I have been anxious for consistently nice weather to arrive. Perhaps if I stopped making hearty soups that simmered on the stove all day,

Zucchini Ricotta “Meat”balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 14th, 2017| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
So, if I made sausage meatballs as a treat for my husband, it should seem obvious that I made something veggie based as a treat for myself. Don't get me wrong, I found the Cheesy Sausage Balls to be quite tasty. But after eating 4 or 5 of

Cheesy Sausage Balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 12th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Sometimes I am so excited by a recipe because I know it will make someone else happy. This dish is one of those recipes. It's fairly simple. My husband loves sausage. My husband also loves meatballs. If I could make a sausage based meatball, I would have a doubly happy