Archives for Spreads & Sauces

Rhubarb Chutney

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 6th, 2011| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
I love the arrival of warm weather.  Not only does it mean that the cold sensation in my fingers and toes should disappear, but it also means that there will be more local produce available.  These local options provide us with inspiration for many meals and snacks.

Yesterday we stopped

Apple Amaretto Chutney

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 25th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
Monday nights are a favorite for my husband and me, as we have a tapas meal to end the day.  However, his business travel schedule has been such that many Mondays in the past month weren't of the tapas nature.  So, when he was home last Monday, both of us

Curried Yogurt Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 3rd, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
We had an enjoyable set of holidays at our home with our children and a set of grandparents.  Christmas was a nonstop rotation of presents and food, which is the perfect way to spend the holiday: Open presents with immediate family, have breakfast.  Open presents with grandparents/in-laws, have a

Dried Apricot Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 1st, 2010| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
For last week's Tapas Monday, I made Kale and Onion Polenta Crostini.  For our second tapas dish, I had some chicken sausage that I planned on grilling in bite-sized pieces.  Although it was garlic and cheese chicken sausage, it seemed like it would be bland when served next

Fig Jam

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 14th, 2010| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
At our house, fun dinners typically fall into one of two categories: make your own _________ (could be pizza, panini, quesadilla, etc.) or munchies.  Recently, we had a make your own panini night, which made that dinner fun for everyone.  As all of our tastes vary, the requests for

Homemade Tzatziki

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 7th, 2010| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
When one thinks of meatballs, usually some sort of marinara accompanies it.  However, if the meatballs are made of lamb and have seasonings that lean toward a Greek-inspired dish, then you need a sauce to match.  For me, that is cool and creamy tzatziki.  Made with Greek yogurt, cucumber,

Balsamic Reduction

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 21st, 2010| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
As I sat here, mentally preparing this post, I had an internal debate: Is making a balsamic reduction a recipe, or should I create a helpful hint category?

The part of my brain that thought recipe won the debate, though by no means was it a firm and final decision. 

JP’s Marinara

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 30th, 2010| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
It's April vacation week in our state, so the kids have had a relaxing week.  With no school there also has been no gymnastics, no track practice, no conditioning sessions, no dinner has to be served at an exact time to meet our schedules' needs.  Of course, that doesn't

Simple Cheese Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 16th, 2010| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
On Wednesday I posted the recipe for Black Bean & Beef Nachos.  In the directions, I noted that you can top the nachos with either shredded cheese or cheese sauce.  As observant readers would have noticed in the picture, the kids opted for a cheese sauce topping on their

Not Your Typical Tomato Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 18th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
Last week, there was no Tapas Monday.  My husband was traveling for business and there's no joy in candlelight tapas alone, so it was a regular dinner at a normal time last Monday.  However, as my husband was returning from the trip on Friday morning and we had an evening

Spinach Alfredo

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 20th, 2009| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
Last week, my son requested pasta with spinach sauce.  I hadn't made it for him in a few years and wasn't sure if I still had the recipe.  I decided that I would create my own recipe that was creamier than what I used to make.

To make this a multi-faceted

Slightly Spicy Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 6th, 2008| Recipes, Sandwiches, Spreads & Sauces
In the last couple years, I have developed a liking for a variety of fish.  I used to crinkle my nose at the thought of dinner at a seafood restaurant.  However, as I have sampled different kinds of seafood, I have found many to be appealing.

Cooking for a family, I
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