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Asian Slaw

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 23rd, 2019| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes




Asian Slaw



There's nothing boring about this slaw recipe!



  • 2 carrots (peeled)
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 5 scallions
  • 1/2 red pepper (seeds removed)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 2 Tb. soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tb. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • black pepper


  1. Julienne carrots, celery, scallions, and pepper into 2-inch strips.
  2. Combine in a large bowl, and add sprouts.
  3. In

Cinnamon Sugar Peaches

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 25th, 2019| Breakfast Dishes, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday




Cinnamon Sugar Peaches



An incredibly versatile dish with a simple recipe.



  • 3 peaches
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Tb. cinnamon-sugar mixture*


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Cut peaches in half, discard pit.
  3. Place cut side up on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until warm and slightly tender.
  5. Combine yogurt and cinnamon-sugar

Waldorf Salad Revisited

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 28th, 2019| Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes




Waldorf Salad Revisited



All the flavors of the classic but healthier



  • 3 apples (cored & chopped)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 Tb. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Toss apple with lemon juice in a large bowl.
  2. Add celery and walnut, and toss to combine.
  3. In

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

Bourbon Apples

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 28th, 2019| Desserts, Recipes, Side Dishes

Why not let your fruit & liquor mingle?






Bourbon Apples



Why not let your fruit & liquor mingle?



  • 2 apples
  • 1 Tb. butter
  • 3 tsp, sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tb. bourbon


  1. Cut apple into quarters, and remove core.

  2. Cut each quarter into 3 or

Quick & Spicy Pickled Asparagus

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 21st, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes

A simple way to perk up winter produce´╗┐




So, here I am in Arkansas, trying to use more local ingredients. Of course, it's only February, so it isn't exactly harvest. I had the good fortune of finding okra the other week. This

Quick Pickled Zucchini Spears

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 19th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes

Zucchini with a tangy bite




Ahh. . .summer produce. I definitely am missing it in February, even when I am working in Arkansas where the days are warmer. Sure, there's produce at the grocery store (no matter where I am), but it just isn't the same as freshly and

Roasted Okra with Dipping Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 14th, 2019| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes

Crispy okra + slightly spicy dip = MmmMmm




Two weeks into my stay in Hot Springs, I wanted to cook with ingredients that are local. Sadly, although the weather is nicer, it's not harvest time. However, I still wanted to work with an ingredient that's hard to find in

Green Bean Fries

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 12th, 2019| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes

My favorite sort of fries




I've been making these fries for quite some time, much to my own happiness. The rest of my family is less excited but are glad to nibble on them as well. While they may prefer "real" fries, if given the choice, these are my

Caramelized Apples

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 9th, 2018| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes

Simple & sweet- what more could you want?




In a typical workweek, I leave a few blocks each week for recipe testing. While it's work, it's one of my favorite jobs. Unfortunately, my work/life schedule has been out of whack for a few weeks. Due to work and family

Thyme & Brown Sugar Apples

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 4th, 2018| Recipes, Side Dishes

An elegant alternative to applesauce




It's October, and the apples are simply amazing in New Hampshire. Sure, you can find apples in the produce department all year long, but there's a huge difference between apples that were picked however long ago and shipped from wherever and apples that are

Homemade Applesauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 2nd, 2018| Recipes, Side Dishes

No need for store-bought when homemade is so simple.




I haven't made homemade applesauce in a while. I attribute that to the fact that I am cooking only for two and also that we haven't been apple picking in a couple years, so there isn't an abundance of apples