Archives for May 2009


Steak au Poivre

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 28th, 2009| Main Dishes, Recipes
As I was thinking about dinners for this week, I knew that I wanted one of the dishes to include steak.  With a multi-day stretch of rain forecast, grilling was a less desirable option.  Panfrying the steaks seemed like a simple way to make dinner on an evening that was

Spiced Cauliflower

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 26th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
A while ago we purchased lamb shanks while grocery shopping.  We put them in our freezer, saving them for a special "dinner for two" night.  Last Sunday seemed the perfect day for cooking them.  After defrosting them overnight, we slowly braised them with red wine and an assortment of spices

Mushroom Pate

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 20th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes
Lazy Sundays are wonderful.  With four children, these don't happen all that often.  However, this past Sunday was a free day without a schedule.

We started our day by savoring several cups of coffee, watching food shows, and making a little breakfast.  This relaxing start was followed by shopping for new

Not Your Typical Tomato Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 18th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
Last week, there was no Tapas Monday.  My husband was traveling for business and there's no joy in candlelight tapas alone, so it was a regular dinner at a normal time last Monday.  However, as my husband was returning from the trip on Friday morning and we had an evening


by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 14th, 2009| Desserts, Recipes
I have to start by confessing that I was late in giving my mom her birthday gift this year.  Yes, I did send a card on time, and I did call her on her special day, but I didn't send a present.  To be honest, I was stumped as to

Italian Stuffed Chicken

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 12th, 2009| Main Dishes, Recipes
My husband and I cook differently.  He tends to choose his ingredients in a more spontaneous manner, while I make a plan of what I will use.  I prefer to measure ingredients, and he likes to approximate.  He adds many spices to dishes, while I choose one or two to

Roasted Butternut Squash

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 9th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Planning our menu for a mid-week dinner, I had decided on a pork tenderloin and broccoli, but I needed one more dish to complete our meal.  Although some sort of potato or rice dish would work, I was looking for something lighter.  I also wanted to make a dish that

Zucchini Cakes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 7th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday
When I was working on this Monday's tapas menu, I wanted a veggie dish that would compliment our Greek theme.  Zucchini seemed to be a prevalent ingredient in Greek menus that I reviewed.  As both of us like zucchini (and the kids generally don't), it was a great veggie to

Nachos with a Greek Twist

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 5th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
It's been a few weeks since we had Tapas Monday at our house.  Between business travel and family obligations, we have not been at home together on a Monday night recently.  So, yesterday I was quite excited to plan our dinner.  With a freezer full of meats from a recent