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Zucchini Ricotta “Meat”balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 14th, 2017| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
So, if I made sausage meatballs as a treat for my husband, it should seem obvious that I made something veggie based as a treat for myself. Don't get me wrong, I found the Cheesy Sausage Balls to be quite tasty. But after eating 4 or 5 of

Cheesy Sausage Balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 12th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Sometimes I am so excited by a recipe because I know it will make someone else happy. This dish is one of those recipes. It's fairly simple. My husband loves sausage. My husband also loves meatballs. If I could make a sausage based meatball, I would have a doubly happy

Pretend Paté

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 7th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Although I love cooking for others, I also enjoy cooking for myself. For example earlier this year my husband was away for a few days, leaving me a solo empty nester for a couple days. As part of the trip fell on a weekend day, not only would I be

Simple Sausage Rolls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 5th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
One of the best ways to my husband's heart is by making a recipe that incorporates bourbon. Or by baking a loaf of homemade bread. Or by serving cheese in a molten form. Or by creating a meat-based dish. Actually, I could keep going- many, many foods are the way

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