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Caramelized Squash Bites

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 22nd, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes
I think I have become obsessed with caramelizing foods.  As I started to write this post, I did a quick search of caramelized items in previous recipes.  I found recipes for the following caramelized items: onions, apples, puréed squash, and bananas.  While it may be a

Parmesan Squash Cakes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 2nd, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables, as I find it to be quite versatile.  From breakfast dishes, such as zucchini bread, to side dishes, such as zucchini stuffed with spinach and cheese, to entrées, such as stirfry, it is a wonderful ingredient.  Last year, I made Zucchini Cakes

Roasted Beets

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 18th, 2010| Recipes, Side Dishes
Last week I wrote about my Beet & Orange Salad, which I thought was quite delicious.  However, I have to admit that I didn't always feel that way about beets.  When I was a kid, I turned up my nose at the offer of any sort of cooked

Shrimp Fried Rice

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 19th, 2010| Recipes, Side Dishes
When I began planning the menu for our delayed Chinese New Year dinner, I had certain dishes in mind.  As we had ground pork in our freezer, I wanted to try making pork dumplings.  With my husband and our 13 year old being big fans of fried rice, that

Kung Pao Broccoli

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 17th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
After a week and a half away from my kitchen, I was excited to spend some quality time cooking last night.  Sadly, the reason for my kitchen absence was not a vacation to a tropical island nor a business trip in a fun city; a kitchen-based injury was the

Balsamic Roasted Veggies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 13th, 2010| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
For the second Tapas Night of 2010 I decided to give it a Greek theme.  My original plan was to serve lamb sausage.  However, when I checked the freezer I discovered that we had lamb sausage, but it was bulk sausage.  A scoop of sausage just isn't as appealing as
Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 20th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
After a weekend of travel and eating meals out, there is something nice about returning home and cooking in your own kitchen.  Thankfully, this weekend of travel was filled with excellent meals, so the excitement to return to my kitchen was more about wanting to cook than needing decent food.

However,
Garlic Parmesan Butternut Squash

Garlic & Parmesan Squash

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 29th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
A couple weekends ago, we had a simple version of Thanksgiving dinner.  We didn't make stuffing or gravy, but we did roast a whole turkey.  We also made homemade cranberry sauce, mulled cider, and two veggie dishes.  With all four kids here for dinner, it was my hope that one
Black Bean Cakes

Black Bean Cakes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 27th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Working on dinner ideas for last week, I knew there were a few nights that my husband would be away on business.  Although he is one of the most open-minded eaters I know, he doesn't eat legumes.  So, when he is away, a side dish of green beans or a
Sunshine Squash

Sunshine Squash with Sage & Cider

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 20th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
As I mentioned recently, this time of year I stop by local orchards on a weekly basis.  When I went to an orchard a couple weeks ago, I decided to check out their winter squash offerings.  With cool weather making itself permanent, I have been craving squash.  However, I tend
Caramelized Apples

Caramelized Apples

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 5th, 2009| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
I don't know if it is just my household, but we get into culinary trends.  My husband tried braising meats late in the spring, and ever since then it has been his go-to dish.  Not that I'm complaining.  Braising produces such a wonderfully tender meat and makes the house smell
tomato & cheese

Broiled Tomatoes & Cheese

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 22nd, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes
As this recipe contains only four ingredients (two, if you omit salt and pepper), I have to admit that I feel a little silly posting it.  However, it rounded out our football Sunday munchies menu so perfectly, I felt obligated to share it with others.

I had found a recipe for
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