Archives for January 2009

Banana & Strawberry Flambe

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 30th, 2009| Cooking Basics
With a French theme started for Monday night's tapas dinner, we needed to create a dish to compliment the Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs.  The meatballs seemed like they could be a pinch on the heavy side, so I wanted to make something lighter, most likely with a fruit or

Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 28th, 2009| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
With almost every Monday night being a tapas night for my husband and me, we have tried many different menus.  Sometimes it is nice to return to a menu or dish that we liked, but other weeks we like to try a new set of recipes.  This Monday was one

Broccoli Cranberry Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 26th, 2009| Recipes, Salads
Most days I make some sort of salad or veggie wrap for my lunch.  Typically I stirfry broccoli, peppers, and whatever other vegetables are available.  However, last week as I looked in the veggie bin in our refrigerator, a stirfry didn't seem appealing.

Of course, I didn't realize that I wouldn't

Kauai Coffee

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 20th, 2009| Tasty Thoughts
Last fall my husband and I enjoyed a two week honeymoon on the islands of Kauai and Maui.  While on Kauai, we toured the Kauai Coffee Estate.  We enjoyed a self-narrated tour of the orchards and were able to sample many varieties of their coffee at the visitors'

Zucchini Tomato Bliss

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 16th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
On Wednesday, I found myself in an unusual situation:  I was going to be alone for dinner.  With my husband away on business and the kids not home until after dinner, it would be a party of one for my evening meal.  Needing to retrieve the kids at 7:00 didn't

Nespresso Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 14th, 2009| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
One of my favorite beverages is coffee.  After breakfast I brew a pot, and as I work from a home office, I enjoy refilling my cup throughout the morning.  I am slightly particular about how my coffee is served, though.  I like it with a pinch of sugar and some

Vegetable Beef Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 13th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
This winter has felt very long, and we're not even a month into it, officially.  We have had a major ice storm, multiple snowstorms, and many days of cold and blustery weather.  Winter has begun with much excitement.

With nasty weather such as this, I am prone to staying inside

Review: Jewell & the Beanstalk, Manchester, NH

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 9th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
Every Thursday, my best friend and I have a scheduled business meeting.  Conveniently, it is planned to coincide with breakfast or lunch at a local dining establishment.  As there have been many of these meetings and we don't want to travel too far on a workday, we have visited many

Oven-Baked Poppers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 7th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes
On a weekend trip to the grocery store, my husband and I purchased half a dozen jalapenos with the intention of making jalapeno poppers.  Neither of us had made them before but reasoned that we should be able to make a decent batch.

With our typical late night dinner on

Meatballs with a Tropical Flair

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 6th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes
On a recent Friday night, the weather was determined to make it a stay-at-home sort of night.  With snowfall beginning at 2:00 in the afternoon and forecasts calling for up to a foot of snow, it was the perfect night for some yummy homemade food.  With no children at home

Knock Your Socks Off

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 2nd, 2009| Drinks, Recipes
Last night we celebrated New Year's Eve family style.  My husband and I invited my brother's family and our best friends, and two of our children invited two friends each.  There were more kids than adults, with 8 children, ages 12 and under, and 6 adults.  Being creative kids, they