Archives for 2008

Review: Oceanaire, Boston, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 30th, 2008| Restaurant Reviews
For one of my husband's Christmas gifts, I planned a surprise trip to Boston for a night.  Traveling to our hotel in the early afternoon, we discovered that Oceanaire was right around the corner.  Having been to this restaurant for the kick-off of Restaurant Week in Boston, we were

Easy and Elegant Appetizer

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 24th, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
It's the holiday season again, which translates to entertaining for many people.  As you prepare for an evening of company at your house, you probably are debating what to serve.  Whether you enjoy cooking or not, there are times when everyone wants to reduce the workload, relax, and enjoy the

Caramelized Goodness for Monkeys (and People, Too)

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 19th, 2008| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes, Tapas Monday
As my husband and I adore cheese in almost all forms, we often order cheese plates at restaurants.  Recently, we sampled a cheese tray that had some sort of roasted banana on it.  The banana was served sliced in half lengthwise, still inside its peel.  Presented in this form, it

Steak and Wine

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 17th, 2008| Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Typically Mondays are exciting nights at our house for my husband and me, as we have a late dinner of tapas after the kids are in bed.  However, this past Monday was even more exciting as we had power in our home again.  After a nasty ice storm struck late

Recipe: From Scratch Breadsticks

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 11th, 2008| Breads, Recipes
About a year and a half ago, I shared a very easy breadstick recipe.  It is a quick to make recipe that can be made using store bought pizza or bread dough.  However, on a recent cold and rainy day, I forgot to defrost dough to make breadsticks.  And,


by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 10th, 2008| Desserts, Recipes
With two weeks until Christmas Eve, the holiday spirit is in full swing at our house.  Lighted roping decorates our front porch, candles alight our windows, and the tree is decorated and awaiting the arrival of presents underneath it.

At this time of year, I feel a stronger urge to bake

PAT Snack

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 9th, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
On Sundays our family likes to eat munchies and watch football.  Being east coast-based people, the team of interest to most of the family is the Patriots.  However, the interest of the kids lasts about as long as it takes them to eat their fill of snacks.  But they do

Pureed Caramelized Squash

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 5th, 2008| Recipes, Side Dishes
When creating our Thanksgiving menu, I tried to consider the likes and dislikes of all four diners.  However, for one of our dishes I felt that the preference of three diners outweighed the dislike of the fourth diner.  And with that decision, I added Pureed Caramelized Squash to the

Turkey and Cranberry Ravioli

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 4th, 2008| Main Dishes, Recipes
Our main course for Thanksgiving was something different and delicious.  As with many dishes, there were definite advantages and disadvantages to this dish.

Let's start with the disadvantages to homemade ravioli.  The preparation required for making this dish took a lot longer than putting a turkey into the oven.  Filling and

Baby Pears with Goat Cheese

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 3rd, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
Typically, Thanksgiving dinner has so many dishes and is so filling that appetizers are kept to a minimum.  However, this year we served only three dishes as part of the main course, so heartier hors d'oeurves would not ruin our appetites.

With this in mind, I began to contemplate ideas for

Thanksgiving Review

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 2nd, 2008| Tasty Thoughts
Our Thanksgiving was quite enjoyable.  My husband and I spent the morning cooking and working at a leisurely pace.  Arriving at our friends' house just before noon, we completed the cooking of appetizers immediately, as everyone was hungry.  Both the Spiced Cauliflower and Baby Pears with Goat Cheese

Thanksgiving ’08

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 27th, 2008| Tasty Thoughts
This year's Thanksgiving is much quieter than last year's.  Last year, we had approximately 20 people at our home for a traditional dinner.  We made turkey, duck, cornbread stuffing, Parker House rolls, and much more.  It was a 2-day cooking event.

This year we won't have any kids with us, as