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Honey Glazed Nuts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 27th, 2010| Simple Solutions
As always, the Christmas season arrives, and the pace inside our household quickens.  With four children excited for presents and school vacation, there is a constant air of excitement.  Add a set of parents staying for a few days and friends and family visiting for the holiday, and you
caramelized butternut squash

Caramelized Squash Bites

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 22nd, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes
I think I have become obsessed with caramelizing foods.  As I started to write this post, I did a quick search of caramelized items in previous recipes.  I found recipes for the following caramelized items: onions, apples, puréed squash, and bananas.  While it may be a

Farm Stand Pizza

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 17th, 2010| Main Dishes, Recipes
Back in my college days, one of my friends introduced me to her own pizza recipe.  It included leeks, red pepper, feta cheese, and dried basil.  I found it to be quite delicious and made it a few times throughout the years.  However, it's been quite a while since I've

Apple Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 9th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
With the cool fall weather turning into cold winter weather, we have spent many weekend days purchasing groceries, canning, and cooking.  Early in the fall, we bought a half-bushel of apples and made apple butter and dried apple slices.  Between the two recipes, we used the whole bag.  It

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

Kale and Onion Polenta Crostini

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 24th, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Before this past Tapas Monday, I had never cooked kale before.  I remember one of my childhood friends complaining about its constant presence at the dinner table thanks to her parents' garden, but it was a veggie I had not been served or had cooked.  Seeing that it's a leafy
spicy honey

JP’s Spicy Honey Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 22nd, 2010| Recipes, Simple Solutions
My husband and I enjoy foods of many varieties and try to share these foods with our children.  Granted, new dishes, such as squash soup, aren't always met with the biggest of smiles.  However, this exposure to new foods tends to open their minds to creativity and expands their
Black Bean Salad

Mexican Black Bean Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 19th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
After a Sunday afternoon spent shopping for outdoor gear and winter sports attire for two of my children, an easy to make dinner was in store for us.  As we were without my husband due to business travel, the idea of using legumes, his least favorite food item, was
Brussel Sprout Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 8th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
While my husband and I often bemoan the lack of specialty markets, as we live in a rural setting, we also are grateful for the abundance of local farms.  Unfortunately, many of our local farms close after Halloween, and we are left with nothing but grocery stores for our
Callaloo stuffed pork

Callaloo Stuffed Veal

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 27th, 2010| Main Dishes, Recipes
One of the most relaxing parts of the weekend for my husband and myself is to shop for interesting ingredients and cook.  With harvest in full swing in September and the beginning of October, we made numerous trips to local farms.  While visiting Lull Farm we discovered that they had

Figs and Roquefort

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 26th, 2010| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Last week my husband and I had the pleasure of vacationing in Paris.  Although the news reports from France focused on the strikes and protests, I am happy to report that we saw none of that.  What we experienced were five days of utter joy:  fabulous architecture, amazing pieces
French Onion Pork

French Onion Pork

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 13th, 2010| Main Dishes, Recipes
Sometimes the last minute idea for dinner ends up being a big hit.  Last night it certainly did.  When I shopped early in the week, I purchased boneless pork chops.  I didn't have a plan for them but figured something creative would come to mind.  As is typical of any
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