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Wine Braised Mushrooms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 31st, 2017| Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
I do not love the cold of winter, but I do love the cooking that it inspires. There's nothing quite like a day with subfreezing temperatures and a kitchen filled with warming dishes. Sometimes it's bread rising and baking. Other times it's a pot of soup simmering away for the

Veal Involtini with Brandy Cream Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 29th, 2017| Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Veal is an ingredient that I have come to appreciate over the past decade or so. Previous to that, it had been a food that I avoided both on menus and in cooking. However, after enjoying a few bites off my husband's plate at a restaurant at some point in

Italian Roasted Carrots

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 24th, 2017| Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
This recipe is a perfect example of my liberal definition of Italian cooking. I have no idea if this is a dish that is made in Italy, but the spices I used to season the carrots are Italian. For me anyway, basil and oregano always evoke thoughts of Italian food.

Whipped Goat Cheese with Pistachios & Honey

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 17th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Cheese- it's something that I incorporate into many a Tapas Monday menu. I know that it's an ingredient that will please both of us. Quite often I work with a cheese that has a melty, gooey component to it. However, that doesn't mean that I don't adore cheeses that lack

Sautéed Mushrooms with Quail Egg

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 15th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Historically I have been fairly particular (picky, if you like) about the way my eggs are cooked. I like my scrambled eggs to be well done, not soft cooked. I'm not a big fan of fried eggs, and definitely don't want my omelet to be wet. So, it was a
mushroom chips

Mushroom Chips

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 24th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
When I was creating this week's sandwich recipe, I wanted a side to go with it. As I noted on Wednesday, since there was leftover cake to be consumed, I didn't want anything heavy. I thought about making one of my go-tos: baked green bean fries or a
crispy proscuitto and swiss wrap

Crispy Prosciutto & Swiss Wrap

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 22nd, 2017| Recipes, Sandwiches, Tapas Monday
I have always been a fan of grilled cheese. More recently my husband has come to the good side and recognized the beauty of an excellent grilled cheese sandwich as well. Thank goodness I have been able to expose him to fine culinary items. :-)

Since we both are fond of
sundried tomato spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 20th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Many a winter I go to the grocery store, buy a tomato, and add it to a wrap or salad. Many a winter I am utterly disappointed when I take a bite of that tomato. Its lack of flavor is disconcerting, as its pale color. *sigh*

Thankfully this winter I have
roasted beet terrine

Roasted Beet Terrine

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 18th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
I have to admit our first Tapas Monday in 2017 was pretty amazing. I think it was partially because the dishes came out so well and partially because we hadn't had a real Tapas Monday in quite some time. The entire time in the hotel was a wash. After moving
crockpot-southwest-chicken

Crockpot Southwest Chicken

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 4th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Our first Monday in our new home was a bit busier than usual. I was wearing the dual hats of my work life, as always. Added to that I was still settling myself into our home. With our daughter just home from college, I wanted to be available to help
rosemary-spiced-nuts

Rosemary Mixed Nuts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 16th, 2016| Appetizers, Party Snacks, Recipes, Tapas Monday
As a child, before holiday dinners there may have been an appetizer or two: deviled eggs, celery with cream cheese, or cheese and crackers. Nothing fancy but something to stave off the hunger. The one appetizer that I remember at almost every holiday was a bowl of mixed nuts and
raspberry-bourbon-sauce

Raspberry Bourbon Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 7th, 2016| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
I was insistent that living in a hotel for a month would not mean that we would need to cancel Tapas Monday. Yes, there occasionally have been Mondays where life got in the way of our candlelight dinner for two, but hotel life wasn't going to be a barrier. For