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Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 13th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
As I was nearing the end of this crockpot series I was beginning to draw a blank on new ideas. Then I took a deep breath and considered all of the options out there. I mean, there are entire blogs built around crockpot cooking, I couldn't possibly be out of
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Crockpot Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 11th, 2017| Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian
This recipe was a fine hybrid of my cooking. Within this dish I was able to combine the usage of a crockpot with carb replacement. Over the past year I have been using several different vegetables in lieu of pasta. I have tried and enjoyed zucchini in place of spaghetti
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Crockpot Southwest Chicken

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 4th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Our first Monday in our new home was a bit busier than usual. I was wearing the dual hats of my work life, as always. Added to that I was still settling myself into our home. With our daughter just home from college, I wanted to be available to help
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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
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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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Cranberry & Peanut Chocolate Clusters

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 9th, 2016| Desserts, Recipes
This year there was no considering whether or not I would be hosting Thanksgiving, as the holiday fell into the middle of our hotel stay. *Sigh*

Without my own kitchen, I asked my best friend if she would like me to come and cook at her house or if we should
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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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Hotel Veggie Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 2nd, 2016| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Vegetarian
As I learned at the beginning of our hotel stay, I need to keep others' appetites in mind when cooking. This concept doesn't just apply to hotel cooking, so I'm not sure why I spaced it when making that first hotel meal of loaded sweet potatoes. Either way,
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Loaded Sweet Potatoes- Hotel Style

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 30th, 2016| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian
As I mentioned in Monday's post, I'm currently living in a hotel. It's a nice hotel with a decent gym, reasonable breakfast options, and indoor pool and jacuuzi- so no complaints about the hotel. But I don't have a kitchen. I do have a fairly large refrigerator, considering
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Now What? Leftover Turkey

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 25th, 2016| Main Dishes, Recipes, Sandwiches, Soups & Stews
When Thanksgiving is done, you may have a lot of leftovers and not that many people in your house. In my experience, it's the turkey that lingers. Somehow the side dishes and desserts disappear, but I have lots of turkey in my refrigerator waiting to be consumed. Sure, last night
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Homemade Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 23rd, 2016| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
It's the day before Thanksgiving, and you may be in the rush of dinner planning. Baking desserts, prepping side dishes, defrosting the turkey are filling your afternoon. Why on earth would I suggest you add one more item to your to-do list when the list is long already?

Cranberry sauce is
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Butternut Squash Chili

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 11th, 2016| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Vegetarian
I will admit it takes a special palate and an open mind to consider this recipe. In fact, when I named this recipe I considered calling it Vegetarian Chili. I probably could have convinced more people to continue reading if I hadn't mentioned that butternut squash has a prominent role