Archives for August 2009

oatmeal bread

Honey Oatmeal Bread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 28th, 2009| Breads, Recipes
I broke one of my baking rules yesterday, which is that baking yeast breads should be done in cool weather only. It should be noted that though my house has central air, something about knowing the weather outside is hot make me not want to complete all the steps required.


Review: Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill, Washington, DC

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 26th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
After a brief stay at my in-laws' house last weekend, my husband and I headed to Washington, DC.  It was a quick trip, just two nights and one day before I returned home and he headed to a conference in the area.  Although it was a bit of a whirlwind,

PopPop’s Strawberry Shortcake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 21st, 2009| Desserts, Recipes
Bringing two of the kids to Delaware for a weekend with their grandparents, we decided to celebrate PopPop's birthday a week early.  Instead of purchasing some random golfing accessory, we opted to make his birthday dinner his present.  Planning dinner was the easy part- he's a meat and potatoes sort
Great Grandma's Coffee Cake

Great Grandma’s Coffee Cake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 13th, 2009| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
On Saturday morning our two daughters weren't home as they were having a special girls only sleepover at their aunt and uncle's house.  My husband decided to take our two sons fishing at a local pond, and I chose to stay home and make a special breakfast for the four
Thai Chicken Wrap

Thai Chicken Wrap

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 11th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Sandwiches
Summer can be such a short season in New England.  This year it seems like it may be very short after the cool, rainy start summer had.  However, days of temps in the 80s and extra humidity have arrived, making summer's presence well known.

While some may complain that it's too
Damariscotta River Grill

The Best Brunch in the Northeast

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 6th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
After two weeks of voting, a winner has been chosen in our Best Brunch in the Northeast contest.  With five contenders from five states and five amazing menus, it was a hard decision.  However, after reviewing their options, our readers have made their thoughts known.

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tomato bruschetta

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 4th, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes
As I wrote in my last post, we recently enjoyed a Saturday dinner of Italian appetizers with friends.  The inspiration for the Italian theme was the ready to be picked basil plant on our front porch.  I love using fresh basil in recipes, most often in tomato-based dishes.  Whether
mozzarella stuffed meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 2nd, 2009| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes
On a recent Saturday night we had our best friends over for dinner.  As we usually end up standing around our kitchen counter instead of sitting at the dining room table or lounging in the living room, making a variety of appetizers seemed to be the best menu.

I decided to