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Rhubarb Salsa

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 13th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

Move over, tomatoes. Rhubarb is here for your tortilla chips!






Rhubarb Salsa



Move over, tomatoes. Rhubarb is here for your tortilla chips!



  • 1-½ cups diced rhubarb (approximately 3 stalks)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¾ cup diced green bell pepper (approximately ½ medium pepper)
  • ¼

Rhubarb Chutney

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 11th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces




Rhubarb Chutney



A sweet & savory topping for spring



  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. (Keep a careful eye

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.

Tequila Lime Fruit Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 1st, 2018| Desserts, Party Snacks, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

Basically it's a creamy margarita for dipping fruit



Hey there, November! How'd you get here so fast? And why did you bring all of the cold winds and dark clouds with you?

There are two ways that I deal with this early onset of winter.

  1. Let soup simmer

Easy Apricot Jam

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 21st, 2018| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

It's the taste of summer in spreadable form.


Most days of the week I am a healthy breakfast eater: egg whites with spinach, whole grain cereal and almond milk, or some sort of homemade smoothie. However, when I go out to breakfast and splurge two things are key: do

Beet Tzatziki

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 16th, 2018| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday

Prepare to be amazed by both its color and flavor.


What's one to do on a hot summer Sunday afternoon when you spent the morning at a social gathering and don't feel like cooking? For us empty nesters, the answer was walk downtown and enjoy a handful of tapas

Date Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 27th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

A naturally sweet spread that awaits its salty partner.


I wasn't sure what to call this recipe. The final product is spreadable. It also is made with fruit. Both of these led me to wonder, Is this a jam, conserves, preserves? The answer, I believe, is none of the

Bourbon Sauce #2

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 21st, 2017| Desserts, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
On Monday, I shared my ridiculously easy recipe for Eggnog Ice Cream.  While the ice cream is delicious in its own right, a simple ice cream such as this really begs for toppings.  Of course, my kids would prefer to top their ice cream with hot fudge, but that
cranberry vinaigrette

Recipe: Cranberry Vinaigrette

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 5th, 2017| Recipes, Salads, Spreads & Sauces
Fresh cranberries are available in most grocery stores during the fall and through New Year's. Every year I say that I will buy a few extra bags and freeze them, but I always forget to do so. However, what I do manage to do is buy them frequently and

Sweet & Creamy Cholula Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 9th, 2017| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

A little heat, a little sweet


Yes, ketchup is an invaluable condiment. There are many times that it's my preferred choice for dipping or topping. Sometimes, though, you need to mix things up. For example, my coconut crusted sweet potato fries. Dipping these semi-exotic fries in a basic condiment

Mango Salsa

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 28th, 2017| Recipes, Salads, Spreads & Sauces

It looks and tastes like a bite of summer.


This salsa is so eye-appealing that some people assumed it was a side salad. The person in particular was my daughter. I had made crunchy, baked haddock for fish tacos and served it with shredded beet salad

Cranberry Infused Ketchup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 25th, 2017| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday

Why can't ketchup be transformed into a Thanksgiving condiment?I like to share when I have culinary successes. I also feel that I need to share when I have culinary fails. The first version of this recipe was a flop. I originally wanted to make cranberry gravy to accompany