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Apple Ravioli

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 12th, 2011| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes
As I wrote two weeks ago, we had an Iron Chef Thanksgiving at our house.  With a secret ingredient of apples and the assigned course of lunch/appetizer, I had fun making a trio of tapas plates.  Apple Skins were a hit with our 15 year old, and Apple Ravioli

New Year’s Eve Appetizers- Part 1

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 7th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes
I know, I know.  Who's thinking about New Year's Eve cooking when there is Christmas and Hanukkah cooking and baking before then?  I'm guessing it isn't many people.  However, as I have the opportunity to share an assortment of sophisticated & simple appetizer recipes from some great chefs, it

Apple Skins

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 30th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes
The season of eating has descended.  For us, it started on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which is when we held our big family celebration.  We had a dinner filled with many of the usual dishes: roast turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and cranberry sauce.  After several days of using the

Roasted Garbanzo Beans

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 15th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes
Last Friday night was one of those rare instances where dinner is just one of the kids and me.  On this particular evening, it was our 15 year old son who was home with me.  After a busy day at the office for me and an afternoon of hanging out

Sweet Potato Latkes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 9th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Spending four days last week without power was an interesting experience, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been.  Although we didn't have power or hot water, we had access to many conveniences.  We were able to cook on our stovetop, as we have a gas stove.  We

XO on Elm

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 25th, 2011| Restaurant Reviews
A little over a month ago, my husband and I attended the annual wine tasting and auction for the Palace Theatre.  It was a fabulous evening of (You guessed it!) wine tasting that ended with an auction.  Of course, there were other pieces to this evening, such as some

Stuffed Mushrooms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 26th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Vegetarian
A recent Sunday was filled with a nice combination of events:  a few hours of work in the morning, a few hours of back to shopping, a little bit of cooking, and finally, hanging out with the family while eating and watching the Patriots game.  Although it may not have

Stuffed Tomatoes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 19th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian
Canning and freezing season is in full swing at our house.  A few weeks ago, we spent the weekend making one batch of canned tomatoes and creating all sorts of peach items: peach and tomato salsa, peach jam, pickled peaches, peach-infused vinegar, peach-infused vodka, and peach bread.  Our basement shelves

Baba Ghanoush

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 13th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
First, I know that the spelling of this yummy dip may not be the way you've seen it in other recipes or cookbooks.  However, baba ghanoush is one of those words that has multiple accepted spellings.  So, I chose the one that I liked best!

Now, on to the important stuff-

Blackberry Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 10th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
We are fortunate to have wild blackberry bushes in our backyard.  However, most summers there aren't that many berries on the plants.  In fact, there usually are only enough for the kids to pick and eat.  Of course, I'm not going to complain about kids thinking that blackberries are a

Zucchini Fries

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 21st, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes
Zucchini is one of those vegetables that I wish was available locally all year long.  Sadly, its stay is much shorter than that, and it is a vegetable that doesn't freeze well whole.  So, while zucchini is available I like to cook with it frequently.

I have served zucchini in numerous

Summer Squash & Zucchini Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 29th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Although I am not a vegetarian, I am a huge fan of produce.  Some of my favorite meals are based around fruits and vegetables.  So, this time of year is quite exciting for me.  After a long winter and spring with almost no freshly picked produce, it is a delight
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