Archives for February 2010

Single Serving Cheesecakes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 26th, 2010| Desserts, Recipes
Last week we celebrated our daughter's twelfth birthday with our family.  As is tradition, the birthday girl got to choose the dessert.  While most people think of cakes and birthdays as a given pairing, our kids tend to choose other dessert items.  Sam decided on a chocolate swirl cheesecake.

I had

Review: Agave, Portsmouth, NH, & Newburyport, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 25th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
Although I have categorized this article as a restaurant review, I have to admit that it isn't a full review.  Yes, my husband and I have been to Agave in both Portsmouth, NH, and Newburyport, MA, but we ordered the same dish and same drinks at each visit.  However, and

Egg Drop Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 22nd, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
So, the last recipe that I'll be posting from our belated Chinese New Year dinner is the simplest.  As I was writing my articles last week, I thought about the order in which I should publish them.  I'm glad that I had a moment of clarity and considered

Shrimp Fried Rice

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 19th, 2010| Recipes, Side Dishes
When I began planning the menu for our delayed Chinese New Year dinner, I had certain dishes in mind.  As we had ground pork in our freezer, I wanted to try making pork dumplings.  With my husband and our 13 year old being big fans of fried rice, that

Kung Pao Broccoli

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 17th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
After a week and a half away from my kitchen, I was excited to spend some quality time cooking last night.  Sadly, the reason for my kitchen absence was not a vacation to a tropical island nor a business trip in a fun city; a kitchen-based injury was the

Boston Wine Expo Cooking Demonstrations

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 16th, 2010| Chef Interviews
When you're a member of the media, you are allowed to enter the expo at 11:00 am.  You are able to visit more wineries and sample more wines in those first two hours before the general public enters.  As the expo becomes filled, you still can sample and chat,

Pear Vinaigrette

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 12th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
I am a foodie.  I love trying new flavors, textures, cooking methods, etc.  I also am a little bit finicky about how my food is prepared.  I don't like fried food; I prefer not to have a lot of fatty ingredients, such as cream, oil, or butter, in my

Review: REPUBLIC, Manchester, NH

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 10th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
A couple weeks ago, my husband and I discovered a wonderful new café in downtown Manchester.  As we were on our way to watch our 13 year old son at a wrestling tournament, we didn't have time for more than coffee and pastries.  However, we told ourselves that we

Saratoga Garlic

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 9th, 2010| Tasty Thoughts
As I mentioned the other week, the Boston Wine Expo sn't just about wine. There are many tasty snacks and sweets to sample, which makes the expo a well-rounded culinary delight.

On day two of our visit to the expo we discovered several wonderful, new-to-us foods.  The first was a

Tillen Farms Adds Cherries to Its Mix

by TK February 2nd, 2010| Tasty Thoughts
About two years ago, we wrote a review of the pickled food offerings of Tillen Farms.  This year at the Boston Wine Expo, we got to see what was new from Tim Metzger, CEO of Tillen Farms, and this was his first dabbling