Archives for July 2008

Restaurant Review: Cafe Maspero, New Orleans, LA

by TK July 31st, 2008| Restaurant Reviews
It is not too often that I get to write a review of a place that only accepts cash. We tend to review establishments on the higher end of the spectrum and cash-only joints usually don’t make the cut for this distinction.

But our “mini honeymoon” in

The Oregon Brewers’ Festival: A Review

by Erin Steiner July 30th, 2008| Tasty Thoughts

While I am not a beer drinker myself, I do live in one of the country's "beer lovingest" regions: The Pacific Northwest…specifically, Portland, Oregon. People in Portland love their beer, and they are incredibly proud of all of the local microbrews that are available here. Sometimes it seems like

Can't Stand the Heat? Get Out of the Kitchen!

by Lisa Stauber July 22nd, 2008| Salads

July is full swing, and the dog days of August are almost upon us. What’s a cook to do when the kitchen is sweltering – and the oven isn’t even on?


Spinach Salad with Pear and Bleu Cheese

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 17th, 2008| Recipes, Salads
Monday night is our late dinner night.  With a weekly work phone call for my fiance that lasts until 6:30 and then the drive home, dinner for the adults isn't before 7:30.  So, the kids get some sort of exciting kid dinner, such as hot dogs or chicken nuggets, and

Kitchen Gadget Review: OXO Olive & Cherry Pitter

by TK July 17th, 2008| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
My family loves olives. Well... at least I love olives. But I only like good olives, especially Kalamata olives. But the one thing that is always a turnoff is the whole spitting out of the pits. There really is no nice way to handle this

French Toast with Apples and Cheese

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 15th, 2008| Breakfast Dishes, Main Dishes, Recipes
As I mentioned in a previous post, we took a trip to Whole Foods the other weekend.  Both my fiance and I enjoy a wide variety of cheeses and were not disappointed with the cheese counter at that store.  Perusing the selection, I noticed some wedges of Wensleydale with cranberries. 

Review: The Big One

by Louise July 15th, 2008| Restaurant Reviews
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

Ice cream truly is a favorite, especially for New Englanders. I've heard we consume more ice cream per capita than any other part of the country. It's really hard to say which ice cream is the best. What's better, Massachusetts

Blueberry Salsa-Topped Chicken

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 10th, 2008| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes
Looking for an interesting Saturday night dinner, we decided to try a dish that had fruit included.  Although native blueberries weren't quite ready, we knew we would be shopping at Whole Foods and decided that we would be able to find some decent produce there.

So, this past Saturday, with just

Escarole and Pecan Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 10th, 2008| Recipes, Salads
When planning a meal, I enjoy the challenge of finding side dishes that coordinate with the entree. So, when we decided to make Blueberry Salsa-Topped Chicken, I began to consider options. With a variety of herbs and blueberries in the salsa and lime marinating with the chicken, I didn't

Peaches, A Taste of Summer

by Lisa Stauber July 9th, 2008| Recipes, Tasty Thoughts

Ah, summertime. The farmer’s markets are full of fresh produce, and it’s a foodie’s paradise.

Peaches are a taste of sunshine, happily plentiful and cheap during the hottest days of the year. Here are four ways to enjoy summer’s best fruit.

  1. Eat

Tortilla Wedges

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 8th, 2008| Appetizers, Breads, Recipes
To accompany our meal of Eggplant Stacks, a side of bread or pasta seemed too heavy.  However, something in the carb-based category sounded appealing.  With flour tortillas in our pantry and knowing the grill would be in use, I created my own light version of bread. This side was

Eggplant Stacks

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 8th, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
On a warm summer Monday I was debating what to make for dinner. Our twelve and ten year olds each had a friend staying for dinner and a sleepover, so trying to find a meal that would please all four and us seemed impossible. The children were happy to hear