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Cheese & Herb Stuffed Tomatoes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 9th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Vegetarian

Sure, we can call this a serving of veggies!






Cheese & Herb Stuffed Tomatoes



Sure, we can call this a serving of veggies!



  • 6 plum tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 4 oz. goat cheese (softened)
  • 8 fresh basil leaves (minced)
  • Artisanal balsamic vinegar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to

Recipe: Chilled, Stuffed Tomatoes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 7th, 2019| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian




Chilled, Stuffed Tomatoes



A vegetarian main dish perfect for a hot summer night



  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 Tb. sugar
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1-2 tsp. dried basil


  1. Bring pot of water to boil.
  2. While heating, remove husk from corn.
  3. Add corn and sugar to boiling water. Remove from heat, and let stand

Banana Pudding Parfait

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 2nd, 2019| Desserts, Recipes

Layers of dessert happiness






Banana Pudding Parfait



Layers of dessert happiness



  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tb cornstarch
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large egg yolks (slightly beaten)
  • 1 Tb butter (softened)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 bananas
  • 32 Nilla Wafers
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch

Banana Frozen Yogurt

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 30th, 2019| Desserts, Recipes




Banana Frozen Yogurt



A luxurious dessert that is actually quite healthy



  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt*


  1. Peel bananas and mash with a fork or potato masher in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Combine milk and sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Combine bananas, milk mixture, and

Charcuterie Figs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 25th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Bite-sized yumminess






Charcuterie FIgs



Bite-sized yumminess



  • 12 black mission figs
  • 2 oz. blue cheese
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • Honey


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Remove stem ends from figs, then slice in half lengthwise.
  3. Dice blue cheese into ¾” blocks.
  4. Slice each piece of prosciutto into 3 thin strips.
  5. Place

Fig Jam

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 23rd, 2019| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday




Fig Jam



The perfect jam to pair with charcuterie



  • 8 oz. dried Calimyrna figs
  • 1 Tb. brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tb. lemon juice
  • 1-3/4 cups water


  1. Remove stems from figs, and discard. Dice figs.
  2. Combine figs, sugar, juice, and 1-1/2 cups water in a small pot over medium heat.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Lemon Macarons

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 18th, 2019| Desserts, Recipes

Delightful little cookies with a sweet & tart filling






Lemon Macarons



Delightful little cookies with a sweet & tart filling



  • 3 egg whites (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 5-6 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup

Lemon Squares

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 16th, 2019| Desserts, Recipes




Lemon Squares



The perfect dessert for spring



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 Tb. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine flour, butter, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar using a pastry blender or 2

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 11th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Full of flavor, even though they're winter tomatoes






Roasted Tomato Bruschetta



Full of flavor, even though they're winter tomatoes



  • 8 plum tomatoes (halved lengthwise)
  • 1 Tb. good olive oil
  • 2 Tb. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 large garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6-8 fresh

Cherry & Thyme Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 9th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday




Cherry & Thyme Bruschetta



Why should tomatoes get to be the only bruschetta topping?



  • Olive oil
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 1 cup pitted & chopped cherries (about 20)
  • ¼ cup dry red wine
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. sugar


  1. Add a small amount of olive oil to a small saucepot over medium heat.
  2. Add shallot

Tastes Like Spring Pea Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 4th, 2019| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Vegetarian

Full of veggies & yumminess






Tastes Like Spring Pea Soup





  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • ½ medium sweet onion (diced)
  • 14.5 oz. can vegetable broth
  • 1-½ cups frozen peas (thawed)
  • 1 cup frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed dry)
  • 1 Tb. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt


  1. Heat

Fried (Leftover) Rice

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 2nd, 2019| Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes




Fried (Leftover) Rice



A quick & healthy version of the takeout staple



  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn (defrosted)
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas (defrosted)
  • 1/3 cup cooked pork (diced)
  • 1-1/2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder


  1. Heat a small amount of olive oil in