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Strawberry Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 5th, 2013| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Tapas Monday
Until this summer, I never had attempted making a berry soup.  I'm not quite sure why that is, as I love berries of all varieties and am always seeking new ways to use them.  So, it was long overdue when I decided to use some strawberries in a soup. 

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 16th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Zucchini is one of those vegetables that seems destined for filling with ingredients.  Growing up, my mom frequently stuffed zucchini with spinach, which made a delicious dish that could be served as an entrée or side.  This spring I created a tomato-stuffed zucchini topped with mozzarella.  As both of

Summer Squash Lasagna

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 13th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian
Last night was the perfect night for a little bit of recipe experimenting.  Due to business travel and sporting events, I had only one other person at home with me, my 13 year old who had the start of a cold.  As she was a bit under the weather, a

Stuffed Zucchini

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 4th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
I have dabbled in the world of vegetarianism, so I am fairly comfortable with creating menus that do not include meat.  In fact, my 13 year old has been eating a vegetarian diet for five months, which has helped me create meals with meat that easily are transformed into vegetarian-friendly

Winter Stirfry

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 3rd, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian
It is two months into the year, and we have been successful with our goal to use only locally sourced meats, produce, and dairy items.  While it has made meal planning a little more challenging, it has been exciting to visit our biweekly farmer's market to see what produce will

Creamy (Yet Lowfat) Carrot Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 24th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Vegetarian
While I am not a vegetarian, I find many all-vegetable dishes to be exciting.  I do enjoy lamb shanks and braised beef short ribs, but I also enjoy Moroccan vegetable stew equally as much.  Now that one of our daughters has decided to give vegetarianism a try, I have

Warm Cole Slaw

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 14th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
This year, my husband and I each created some goals. The goals fell into separate categories: as an individual, as a couple, and as a family.  Being food-centric people, several of the goals involved food, such as trying a new fruit or vegetable each month, taking the family to

Curried Yogurt Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 3rd, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
We had an enjoyable set of holidays at our home with our children and a set of grandparents.  Christmas was a nonstop rotation of presents and food, which is the perfect way to spend the holiday: Open presents with immediate family, have breakfast.  Open presents with grandparents/in-laws, have a

Apple Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 9th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
With the cool fall weather turning into cold winter weather, we have spent many weekend days purchasing groceries, canning, and cooking.  Early in the fall, we bought a half-bushel of apples and made apple butter and dried apple slices.  Between the two recipes, we used the whole bag.  It
Brussel Sprout Salad

Brussels Sprout Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 8th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
While my husband and I often bemoan the lack of specialty markets, as we live in a rural setting, we also are grateful for the abundance of local farms.  Unfortunately, many of our local farms close after Halloween, and we are left with nothing but grocery stores for our

Broccoli Apricot Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 13th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
In our house we always are trying new recipes.  Sometimes they fail miserably, sometimes they simply exist, and sometimes they are huge winners.  Last night I tried three new recipes, and all three were hits.  It was kind of like a hat trick for me.  Granted, two of the

Balsamic Chicken

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 19th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes
Sometimes simple is what you are seeking in food.  Sure, I enjoy making sauces, sautéing vegetables, and creating new flavor combinations.  However, it also is nice to enjoy food that is less complicated.

This was the case on a recent Sunday.  That Sunday was a day of indulgence.  We had no