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Saucy Bourbon Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 16th, 2018| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

An appetizer with hints of bourbon- why not?


January arrives, and it's time for a fresh start. All of the shimmering decor of the holidays is put away, and life in general becomes quieter. As a parent of college-aged students it brings about an even greater amount of quiet,
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Buffalo Cauliflower Florets

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 17th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
The other weekend ended with the same feeling for both my husband and me; we were full from a weekend of eating.  The odd thing about it was that we hadn't eaten a lot.  There were no extravagant desserts or over-sized meal.  We ate a little less healthily over

Apple & Sage Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 25th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A sweet & savory fruit topping that tastes like fall.


Fall is in full swing, which means that the local orchards are overflowing with apples. There are so many varieties and so many ways to prepare them that fall becomes this apple-fest for me. I make the obvious dishes,

Portobellos with Wine Poached Lobster

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 6th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

This is what indulgence tastes like.


This delightful recipe was the appetizer in our 5-course anniversary dinner back in July. As beef was the entrée, I wanted a different protein to be part of the appetizer. What says special occasion better than lobster? I guess other types of shellfish

Linguisa & Mushroom Stuffed Peppers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 4th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A few ingredients, lots of flavor.


When I was creating this recipe, I wanted the stuffed peppers to be part of an afternoon snack menu and, as such, wanted them not to be large, filling dishes. For that reason I chose cubanelles as the pepper for this recipe. They're

Mexican Corn Off the Cob

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 21st, 2017| Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday

All of the flavors, a lot less mess.




I love summer and all of the local produce that it brings with it. Unfortunately, I've learned that for all of the excitement of my new urban setting, local produce is more difficult to acquire. There is a weekly farmers' market

Healthy Green Bean Bake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 1st, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

All of the flavor of the original but not one bit of canned goods involved!


My kids have always been fans of the classic green bean bake. I have to admit that I also like it, but it always feels a lot less like eating a veggie

Individual Sweet Potato Casseroles

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 31st, 2017| Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

What's not to like about a dish that's topped with marshmallows?


Growing up sweet potatoes or yams topped with marshmallows never graced our table. We had the ever popular green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and homemade cranberry sauce among other sides but no veggies with marshmallows,

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

Thanksgiving Meatballs 2.0

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 24th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Get all the flavor of Thanksgiving turkey in a compact dish.


Looking through the Think Tasty archives, I stumbled upon a recipe for Thanksgiving Meatballs that I had created four years ago. The recipe was fine, but I was pretty sure I could get some

Quick & Spicy Pineapple Jam

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 21st, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
My mission to make spring arrive soon wasn't short-lived. After a winter that alternated between biting cold and oddly warmer temperatures, dry pavement and intense blizzards, I have been anxious for consistently nice weather to arrive. Perhaps if I stopped making hearty soups that simmered on the stove all day,

Southern Salad with Bourbon Vinaigrette

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 19th, 2017| Recipes, Salads, Tapas Monday
This is another one of those recipes where I wonder if my loose usage of terminology causes consternation for others. I'm calling this a southern salad. Why did I name it as such? Two of the main ingredients are peaches and pecans. As a person who has lived in New