Archives for September 2008

Review: Cafe 400, San Mateo, CA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 25th, 2008| Restaurant Reviews
Another business day in California means another day of looking for a place to grab lunch.  As I had a quiet afternoon scheduled for Wednesday, I decided to work from the public library for that portion of the day.  Searching the internet for cafes in downtown San Mateo, I came

Review: Cafe Soulstice, San Mateo, CA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 24th, 2008| Restaurant Reviews
In California on a business trip this week, I had a lunch meeting scheduled for Tuesday.  Not being from the area, I asked my lunch partner to choose a restaurant, and she suggested Cafe Soulstice.  With two locations (both situated within Equinox Fitness Clubs), we opted to meet

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 23rd, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
What does it mean when:  nachos are considered an excellent dinner?  dinner consists of finger foods (or at the most, foods that can be eaten using only a toothpick)?  the dining room for Sunday dinner is actually the living room?  It must be football season.

Yes, the NFL season has returned. 

Never Buy Them Again Bagels

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 18th, 2008| Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
I have enjoyed baking since my childhood.  As a teenager, I baked cookies, brownies, and pies.  I would cut recipes out of magazines to try at a future date.  This love for baking grew into a love for cooking all dishes.  Still, there are dishes that I have yet to

Review: Polcari’s North End, Salem, NH

by TK September 18th, 2008| Restaurant Reviews
The family Italian restaurant is an often done experience.  Every town in America, no matter the size, has at least one Italian restaurant. This usually means you can get pasta covered in some form of marinara sauce.  Throw some Italian bread on the table and some parmesan cheese out of

Apple-Chicken Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 17th, 2008| Recipes, Salads
Just last week I wrote about the arrival of chilly fall days and making soup.  It may come of no surprise to my fellow New Englanders, but a day or two after that, we had very warm weather.  In this part of the country, you need to have a big

Review: Pasquale’s Ristorante, Candia, NH

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 16th, 2008| Restaurant Reviews
When one thinks of excellent Italian restaurants in America, typically urban locations come to mind.  However, some of the best Italian food I ever have eaten was served at Pasquale's Ristorante, located in the rural town of Candia, New Hampshire. 

Last Friday, my husband and I joined another

Very Flat Zucchini Flatbread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 12th, 2008| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes
Working from home, I have the benefit of making lunch in my kitchen.  I don't have to decide either the night before or early that morning what I will want for lunch.

With plans to go to dinner with friends at an Italian restaurant tonight, I wanted a lunch that would

Turkey Meatball Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 11th, 2008| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
With the arrival of September in New Hampshire, the feel of fall is omnipresent.  Although the days can be warm, the nights are cold, with temperatures dipping into the 40s.  Thus, our menu begins its transformation from salads and fresh produce to soups and homemade bread.

Earlier in the week, the

Review: The Georgia House, Laurel, Delaware

by TK September 10th, 2008| Tasty Thoughts
Scattered throughout the United States are local restaurants that take a different tact on their menu. One of the great things for me is going to these local haunts and trying things that you don’t normally find on every menu. One such place that I went to recently

Review: Unwine’d, Bedford, NH

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 9th, 2008| Restaurant Reviews
My best friend and I made plans to go to dinner as a mini-celebration.  Not wanting to be rushed during our evening, we wanted a restaurant that would allow for that.  Having been to Unwine'd many times, I knew that they would allow us to dine at our own leisurely

Two-Cheese Baked Grits

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 4th, 2008| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
For many people a weekend morning without plans is the perfect occasion for sleeping late.  For me, it is the perfect time for a big, homemade breakfast.  At our house, the kids often request my cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip scones, pancakes, or waffles.  However, if the kids aren't