Archives for November 2008

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

Butternut and Broccoli Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 26th, 2008| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
I have a very dear friend that I have known for almost 20 years.  We worked together for about half of that time, so we had the luxury of seeing other daily and eating lunch together.  However, in the spring I decided to change careers, which has been great, but

Many Minis

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 25th, 2008| Appetizers, Breakfast Dishes, Main Dishes, Recipes
It dawned on me this morning that ours is a household of minis.  In addition to our vehicles (a minivan and a Mini), there are other minis.  My husband and I are both foodies, and thus, a couple of our children are mini-foodies.  They love to cook and critique new

Cheddar Cheese Biscuit Crackers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 20th, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
For soup night this week, our 12 year old chose corn chowder.  As it is a heavier soup, we didn't need bread to go with it, but it seemed that some sort of cracker might work.  Thinking about our options, I decided to try making cheddar cheese crackers.

So, on Tuesday

Grandma’s Corn Chowder

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 19th, 2008| Recipes, Soups & Stews
As the cold weather has arrived, and is staying, soup night has returned to our house.  So, each week, one person in the house gets to choose the soup du jour.  This week was our twelve year old son's turn to choose.

JP is the biggest foodie of our four

Banana-Berry Smoothie

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 18th, 2008| Breakfast Dishes, Drinks, Healthy Cooking, Recipes
I have to confess that I have a slight bit of an addiction to. . . smoothies.  If you had told me a few years ago that my daily breakfast would be a smoothie, I would have laughed.  Not that I ate big breakfasts, but a bowl of cereal usually

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 13th, 2008| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
A little food and math equation for the day:

Monday night at our house = Late dinner night for the adults

As I am the adult at home with the kids on Monday evenings, I am the planner of these late night dinners.  Quite frequently I make a dinner of smaller dishes

Sweetly Spiced Pecans

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 12th, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
Yesterday was a no school day for two of our children.  With our 12 year old son at a friend's house, our 10 year old daughter was looking for an activity to amuse herself.  After a morning of sewing clothes for her doll she asked if we could make some

Feel of Fall Salad Dressing

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 11th, 2008| Recipes, Salads
I know, I know.  It is November, and the weather has turned chilly.  And yes, I have stated previously that I am a seasonal eater and have begun making soups instead of salads.  However, last week we had a slightly warmer day, so I couldn't resist the urge for one

Slightly Spicy Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 6th, 2008| Recipes, Sandwiches, Spreads & Sauces
In the last couple years, I have developed a liking for a variety of fish.  I used to crinkle my nose at the thought of dinner at a seafood restaurant.  However, as I have sampled different kinds of seafood, I have found many to be appealing.

Cooking for a family, I

Splatterless Bacon

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 5th, 2008| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
All of my children and my husband love bacon.  So, for a lazy weekend breakfast or a summer burger barbecue, there is often the request to have bacon with the meal.

However, the mess from cooking bacon on stovetop (even when using a lid or a splatter shield) often makes me

Not from a Box Potato Skins

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 4th, 2008| Appetizers, Recipes
At our house, almost all of the family members are fans of Sunday football.  However, that doesn't mean that Sunday afternoon is spent watching every game.  In fact, the only reason the kids are fans of football is that it is our day for eating munchies.

Being foodies, my husband and