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Pretend Paté

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 7th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Although I love cooking for others, I also enjoy cooking for myself. For example earlier this year my husband was away for a few days, leaving me a solo empty nester for a couple days. As part of the trip fell on a weekend day, not only would I be

Simple Sausage Rolls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 5th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
One of the best ways to my husband's heart is by making a recipe that incorporates bourbon. Or by baking a loaf of homemade bread. Or by serving cheese in a molten form. Or by creating a meat-based dish. Actually, I could keep going- many, many foods are the way

Whipped Goat Cheese with Pistachios & Honey

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 17th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Cheese- it's something that I incorporate into many a Tapas Monday menu. I know that it's an ingredient that will please both of us. Quite often I work with a cheese that has a melty, gooey component to it. However, that doesn't mean that I don't adore cheeses that lack

Sautéed Mushrooms with Quail Egg

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 15th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Historically I have been fairly particular (picky, if you like) about the way my eggs are cooked. I like my scrambled eggs to be well done, not soft cooked. I'm not a big fan of fried eggs, and definitely don't want my omelet to be wet. So, it was a

Classic Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 8th, 2017| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes
I've written about a variety of meatballs on Think Tasty, but I've never written about the basic meatball that I serve with zoodles or in subs. It's about time I did so.

Meatballs are something that I used to make based off of a recipe every time I made them. There
mushroom chips

Mushroom Chips

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 24th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
When I was creating this week's sandwich recipe, I wanted a side to go with it. As I noted on Wednesday, since there was leftover cake to be consumed, I didn't want anything heavy. I thought about making one of my go-tos: baked green bean fries or a
sundried tomato spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 20th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Many a winter I go to the grocery store, buy a tomato, and add it to a wrap or salad. Many a winter I am utterly disappointed when I take a bite of that tomato. Its lack of flavor is disconcerting, as its pale color. *sigh*

Thankfully this winter I have
roasted beet terrine

Roasted Beet Terrine

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 18th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
I have to admit our first Tapas Monday in 2017 was pretty amazing. I think it was partially because the dishes came out so well and partially because we hadn't had a real Tapas Monday in quite some time. The entire time in the hotel was a wash. After moving
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Rosemary Mixed Nuts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 16th, 2016| Appetizers, Party Snacks, Recipes, Tapas Monday
As a child, before holiday dinners there may have been an appetizer or two: deviled eggs, celery with cream cheese, or cheese and crackers. Nothing fancy but something to stave off the hunger. The one appetizer that I remember at almost every holiday was a bowl of mixed nuts and
cranberry-spread

Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 14th, 2016| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
How do I love goat cheese? Let me count the ways. (You may want to sit down. The list is pretty long.)

Rather than listing all of the ways that I enjoy goat cheese, I'll take a simpler approach and explain why I like it so much. First, there's the tangy
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Raspberry Bourbon Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 7th, 2016| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
I was insistent that living in a hotel for a month would not mean that we would need to cancel Tapas Monday. Yes, there occasionally have been Mondays where life got in the way of our candlelight dinner for two, but hotel life wasn't going to be a barrier. For
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Winter Squash Recipes- So Much More Than Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 24th, 2016| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes
As we begin our second week of the winter squash theme, I am reveling in all dishes comprised of winter squash. For me, I think they're more than an ingredient, they could be a food category of their own. I have used them in dishes at all times of day,