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More Ways to Be Creative with Fruits & Veggies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 24th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
Last week I shared two new produce-centric recipes. One was for a salad, and the other was for a jam. Both of these recipes provided the feel of summer, but neither really screamed of new, unusual ways to cook with produce.  Sometimes sticking with the basics is good. Other times

Filling Up on Fruits & Veggies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 17th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
We are almost a month into spring, but here in New Hampshire I've learned not to expect spring-like weather. In fact for weeks, I've been trying to evoke the feel of spring in my cooking. Although since fall's arrival I've made cold weather foods, like braised short ribs and soups

Creating Recipes for Him and Her

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 10th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
My husband and I have some similarities in our palates. We both have an affinity for hot, melted cheese. We prefer pizza that has a thin crust.  We're suckers for a restaurant that offers us warm, homemade bread and butter. The number of foods that we both like is vast:

Dishes for Him and Her

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 3rd, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
As I sit at a desk thinking about this week's articles, I am debating the division of my menu planning. How much of my time do I spend thinking about the food I want to eat versus others? That's a difficult question to answer, as I think about food quite

More Tapas with an Italian Twist

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 27th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
Whenever I watch a competitive cooking show, I shudder when a contestant presents a dish and calls it his or her version of XYZ. Without a doubt, there will be a chef-judge who takes offense to the misuse of that cooking terminology. I know that if I ever competed on

Returning to a Favorite Theme- Italian

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 20th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
For our weekly tapas meal, I try to have a theme around which the dishes revolve. As they are small plates of food, it isn't just choose a protein, starch, and veggie. I need the dishes to have flavor profiles that work well together. One way that I do this

Eating Tapas Style

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 13th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
I think I could eat tapas style dishes every night of the week as I have a smaller appetite but like to sample everything. If I have the company of my husband or one of my kids, it only increases the amount of things we can try. Sure, there are

Basics that Kind of Need a Recipe

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 6th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
Last week we covered recipes that really aren't recipes. This week we are adding the slightest degree of difficulty to the recipes we are creating. I am sure that some of you that will read this week's recipes and think how you make these dishes from memory. Others of you
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Basics That Don’t Really Need a Recipe, But. . .

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 27th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
I recently saw an article about the 20-some recipes that everyone should know before the age of 30. As I reviewed the list, it seemed that many of the items on there I already had shared on Think Tasty. What surprised me, though, were some of the things that they
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Accepting Sandwiches in all Forms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 20th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
Last Monday I decided that as far the sandwich debates goes, to each her own is the best policy. Since I'm the recipe creator and writer here, I get to declare wraps are sandwiches. Victory for me! (It really is the little things in life.)

For me, wraps are the ideal
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What Makes a Sandwich a Sandwich?

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 13th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
This is an oft-discussed topic among my friends and family. We can start with the Merriam-Webster definition, "two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between." That's simple enough. So, peanut butter and jelly on white bread (crust or not) is a sandwich. A
more valentine dessert inspiration

More Valentine Dessert Inspiration

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 6th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
What better way is there to end Valentine's Day than with something sweet? Accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine for the adults, of course. That's a no-brainer.

I know the day probably is filled with sweets already. If you have school-aged children, they had a party in which they received
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