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A Book of Memories and Recipes

by Jane Wangersky October 10th, 2013| Cooking Basics
This week I'm going in a slightly different direction to review a book: Perdutamente: Crazy For Italian Food, by Joe Famularo. ("Perdutamente" means hopelessly, desperately -- I'd guess "lostly" if such a word existed in English.) I can recommend it for several reasons.

First,there's a short passage in this book

Atlantic Fish Company, Boston, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 5th, 2011| Restaurant Reviews
Black Friday was an exciting day at our house but not because we were dashing to early morning (late night?) sales.  It was exciting because there were no sporting events, practices, or work meetings to attend.  As we knew all of this weeks in advance, we planned to take

Polder All-In-One Timer/Thermometer

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 18th, 2011| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
As someone who uses a variety of cooking methods, quite often I need to gauge the temperature of the item that I am preparing.  Although there are some who can determine the doneness of meat by touch, that is a skill I have not acquired.  Other items, such as

Microplane Gourmet Coarse Grater Revisited

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 28th, 2011| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
Two months ago, I published a review of the Microplane Gourmet Coarse Grater.  At that point I had mixed emotions about this kitchen tool.  Yes, it did a fine job of grating, but I found it to be a nuisance when cleaning, as the handle collected water.  Sadly,

Review: The Friendly Toast, Portsmouth, NH

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 31st, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
Over Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I took a quick overnight trip to Portsmouth.  We love visiting this ocean community as there are many adorable shops and a wide array of restaurants.  We have spent several delightful evenings here, enjoying the amazing queso at Agave.

On our last stay

Review: A Tale of Two Breakfasts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 15th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
As parents of tweens and teens, my husband and I often have weekend mornings to ourselves.  Between sports practices, sleepovers, or just wanting to sleep late, it often is just the two of us for a good portion of the morning.  Being early risers, that gives us a good

Review: Miss Shirley’s Café, Baltimore, MD

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 26th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
I was in Baltimore for work recently and had the opportunity to meet several associates for a late morning breakfast.  Not being familiar with the area, I asked for a recommendation.  One member of the team suggested Miss Shirley's, which received cheers of delight from the rest of the
Paris crepe

Review: Aux Meilleures Crêpes de Paris

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 18th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
As we spent every day of our Paris vacation exploring the city on foot, it was not surprising that twice during our trip we ate a meal while continuing with our excursion.  Our second day in Paris, we did just that, grabbing lunch at a take-out crêpe stand near

Review: L’Auberge Saint Roch, Paris

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 5th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
Yes, the location of this restaurant is Paris, as in Paris, France.  As I celebrated a birthday of note this year, I was gifted with a rather large present- a trip to Paris.  So, last month, my husband and I spent five days exploring that city.  This trip occurred
Barking Dog Bar Grill

Review: Barking Dog Bar & Grill, Amesbury, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 22nd, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
On a gorgeous fall afternoon without any children under our care, what were my husband and I to do to occupy ourselves?  The answer was obvious: visit a local winery and enjoy a late lunch. So, after completing a few necessary errands, we enjoyed our leisurely drive to Jewell

Review: Becco, New York City

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 19th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
Sometimes business travel is all work.  Sitting through long meetings, hurrying through short lunches, trying to find a place to work between meetings, none of those are fun or exciting.  However, every once in a while there is a perk to the travel. Recently, I was able to coordinate my

Review: Pershing Square Cafe & Restaurant, New York City

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 30th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
Some days feel surreal.  A recent Saturday was one such day.  After a fabulous breakfast at a diner in Portsmouth, NH, a meeting, a quick stop by home, and a 5-hour car ride, I found myself having a very late lunch/pre-dinner snack at Pershing Square in Manhattan.  Of