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Baba Ghanoush

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 5th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday




Baba Ghanoush



Hummus' fun, eggplant-based sibling



  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tb. tahini
  • 1-1/2 Tb. lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Pierce eggplant with knife in multiple spots, and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 30-45 minutes (depending on the size of your eggplant), or until it

Bourbon & Vanilla Peaches

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 20th, 2019| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes, Tapas Monday




Bourbon & Vanilla Peaches



Bourbon & peaches- a new classic combination



  • 4 peaches
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Bring a medium-sized pot full of water to a boil.
  2. Fill a medium sized bowl with ice water.
  3. Cut a small x in the base of each peach.
  4. Place 1 peach

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

Broccoli “Meat”balls- an Oxymoron

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 4th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian




Broccoli "Meat"balls



Satisfying & good for you



  • 2-1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Steam broccoli until fork tender.
  3. Allow broccoli to cool slightly, then purée in a blender or food processor.
  4. Combine puréed broccoli and all remaining

Charcuterie Figs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 25th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Bite-sized yumminess






Charcuterie FIgs



Bite-sized yumminess



  • 12 black mission figs
  • 2 oz. blue cheese
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • Honey


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Remove stem ends from figs, then slice in half lengthwise.
  3. Dice blue cheese into ¾” blocks.
  4. Slice each piece of prosciutto into 3 thin strips.
  5. Place

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.

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 11th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Full of flavor, even though they're winter tomatoes






Roasted Tomato Bruschetta



Full of flavor, even though they're winter tomatoes



  • 8 plum tomatoes (halved lengthwise)
  • 1 Tb. good olive oil
  • 2 Tb. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 large garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6-8 fresh

Cherry & Thyme Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 9th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday




Cherry & Thyme Bruschetta



Why should tomatoes get to be the only bruschetta topping?



  • Olive oil
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 1 cup pitted & chopped cherries (about 20)
  • ¼ cup dry red wine
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. sugar


  1. Add a small amount of olive oil to a small saucepot over medium heat.
  2. Add shallot

Plum & Prosciutto Bites

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 31st, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A whole new spin on fruit appetizers




I'm fairly certain that if you offer to bring a fruit-based appetizer to a gathering, many people will accept the offer but prepare themselves to be disappointed. Personally, I love finding a fruit tray at a buffet, but I know many people

Plum & Taleggio Prosciutto Packets

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 29th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A delightful trifecta of yumminess




In the spirit of full disclosure, this recipe is not from deep within the Think Tasty archives. In fact, it's not even six months old. However, it really is the perfect partner for this week's new recipe. Both recipes are comprised of prosciutto, plums,

Healthy-ish Cauliflower Cakes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 17th, 2019| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

Another yummy way to eat more cauliflower




After creating an indulgent, new recipe last week, I felt compelled to make sure this week's recipe had us back on track. In actuality, even though I call it healthy-ish, it probably is the right approach to take for good-for-you eating. This

Bruschetta with Lemon Honey Ricotta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 10th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

Simple & delicious; a fine pairing




During the holidays we hosted a work gathering at our home. With a group of a dozen people, I made all of the dishes for this cocktail reception. I wanted all of the foods to be eaten easily while standing. No one wants