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homemade garlic parmesan croutons

Homemade Garlic & Parmesan Croutons

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 3rd, 2017| Recipes, Simple Solutions
I'm going to let you in on a little secret. I usually buy croutons. I, queen of make it yourself, buy croutons at the grocery store. I'll hold my head in shame and go sit on the stairs for a while to contemplate the error of my ways.

Or I could
homemade crostini

Homemade Crostini

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 1st, 2017| Recipes, Simple Solutions
As I prepared to write this article I did a quick online search and learned that you can buy pre-made crostini at the grocery store. Who knew? I'd guess lots of people knew that, but I wasn't sure. It's such an easy thing to make that I don't think I've
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
crispy proscuitto and swiss wrap

Crispy Prosciutto & Swiss Wrap

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 22nd, 2017| Recipes, Sandwiches, Tapas Monday
I have always been a fan of grilled cheese. More recently my husband has come to the good side and recognized the beauty of an excellent grilled cheese sandwich as well. Thank goodness I have been able to expose him to fine culinary items. :-)

Since we both are fond of
falafel special sauce

Falafel Special Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 17th, 2017| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
If McDonald's can have special sauce for the Big Mac, why can't I have special sauce for my baked falafel burgers?

I usually think of burgers as delivery tools for their toppings and condiments. When I get a hamburger, I want lots of cheese, caramelized onions, fresh lettuce, and
falafel burgers

Baked Falafel Burgers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 15th, 2017| Recipes, Sandwiches, Vegetarian
My husband is a huge fan of falafel. Whenever we are able to find a food truck with street meat, he's sure to ask for extra falafel. Personally, I don't get all that excited about falafel there because it's fried. I think it loses a lot of its yummy garbanzo
bourbon cake

Bourbon Cake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 3rd, 2017| Desserts, Recipes
On Wednesday I wrote about the chocolate peanut butter crunchies that I made for my kids, which means that today's recipe is for my husband. There are a few things to know about my husband: he's an adventurous eater, has a passion for horses, and appreciates a pour
chocolate peanut butter crunchies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 1st, 2017| Desserts, Recipes
Both of my children are college students this year. Both of them chose locations that take several days (even up to a week) for mail to reach them. Thus, I have a dilemma when shipping homemade goodies to them- keeping food fresh. Regular care package items, like chocolate chip cookies,
twice baked butternut squash

Twice Baked Butternut Squash

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 25th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian
I have written about winter squash numerous times, and I hope that the possibilities are limitless. I do adore the squash for its flavor and adaptability. Plus, it's still full of flavor in the middle of winter, unlike many other pieces of produce.

On its own butternut squash doesn't always feel
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
crockpot-chicken-taco-soup

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