Archives for July 2009

Cheese & Onion Bites

Cheese & Onion Crisps

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 28th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
While I thoroughly enjoy cooking and baking, sometimes the simplest of recipes makes the best dish.  Over the past few weeks, I have found that to be true.

Last night, I decided to try a new recipe for baked ricotta.  I was hoping for a flavorful dip that I could serve

Best Brunch in the Northeast?

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 22nd, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
Lazy weekend mornings and brunches are quite a pairing.  While the advantage of staying in pjs as your make your own brunch at home is quite nice, the thought of having numerous food choices and no clean-up can make getting dressed worth the effort.

In an attempt to help those in
Gyro 2


by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 20th, 2009| Recipes, Sandwiches
Recently, my husband and I have had more time to cook together on weekends.  With less travel and fewer kid events due to summer, we have had more opportunities to experiment with new ingredients and recipes.  As we both enjoy cooking, it has been a wonderful way to spend our
Marsala Mushrooms 2

Tapas Mushrooms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 17th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Although I often refer to my husband's and my late Monday dinners as Tapas Night, not all of our meals consist of tapas dishes.  We have had flatbread pizza, fondue, and salad, just to name a few alternate meals.  However, for a significant portion of these dinners I

Pecan French Toast

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 13th, 2009| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
Breakfast is a popular meal in our house.  Requests vary from savory items, such as cheesy grits or omelets, to sweet items, such as cinnamon rolls and scones.  The amount of time available to make breakfast also helps to determine what will be made.

This past weekend both

Sauteed Rainbow Chard

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 10th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Our Fourth of July was celebrated in a truly foodie manner.  We spent the afternoon in our kitchen making various food and drink products.  We made infused vodkas (one of which was made with leaves from our lemon verbena plant), two types of homemade sausage patties, chicken salad with a

Review: Pangaea, North Bennington, Vermont

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 8th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews, Salads
After a rainy, work-filled June, my husband and I decided to start July on a relaxing note.  Although technically we started July with a 12-hour workday, we did get to the relaxation part on the second day.  Not sure of weather and plans for the holiday weekend, we made reservations

Braised Prime Rib

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 5th, 2009| Cooking Basics
Slowly cooked meat is a new favorite at our house.  However, not many days lend themselves to hours of prepping and cooking food.  Over the long Fourth of July weekend, a combination of unplanned events lent themselves to a day with nothing to do but shop and cook.  With a