Archives for March 2010

Pear & Cheese – Version 2

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 31st, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes
As I mentioned in my previous recipe (uniquely titled Pear & Cheese - Version 1), this past Sunday we had a big dinner planned for that evening but were hungry hours before mealtime.  In order to curb our appetite, I created two different pear and cheese appetizers.

I found that

Pear & Cheese – Version 1

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 29th, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes
I should first mention that my husband returned home from his 17 days of business travel on Friday night.  Not only did he make it home, but he made it home early!  Granted, it was only by 10 minutes, but it was nice nonetheless.

Although it could have seemed a reason

Mexican Chicken

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 24th, 2010| Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
March has been a long month.  While it has been snow-free, which is a huge bonus in New England, we've had our fair share of cold and rainy days.  So, there's a little bit of cabin fever here.  Plus, having an insane month of business travel for my husband (away

Chef Mike Pagliarini

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 22nd, 2010| Chef Interviews
Attending the kick-off for Restaurant Week Boston, I was able to meet several local chefs.  One of the chefs was Mike Pagliarini, executive chef at Via Matta.  Having enjoyed the Tuscan Ribs he served, I decided to learn more about this talented chef.

TT: How long have you been working

Review: Black Forest Cafe, Amherst, NH

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 17th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
After a winter of planning weekend spent indoors with food simmering on the stove all day long, it is wonderful to have sunshine, warm weather, and snow-free roads.  Although it is quite nice to spend a day at home, by early March, cabin fever is rampant.  So, on a

Buffalo Chicken Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 15th, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes
Last weekend my husband and I had dinner with friends.  They were preparing the main course, so we brought the appetizer and dessert.  Chatting with my friend to determine everyone's likes and dislikes, we concurred that a dip would work.  And as everyone liked at least slightly spicy food, something

Boston Restaurant Week Samples

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 12th, 2010| Restaurant News
As I mentioned on Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the kick-off for Restaurant Week in Boston.  This event isprevious post, or visit Restaurant Week's website.

Part two of the kick-off is the sensory portion.  Each year several restaurants take part in the kick-off, sending a chef or

Restaurant Week Boston 2010

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 10th, 2010| Restaurant News
There are times when being a member of the media has its perks.  Today I attended the kickoff and tasting for Restaurant Week Boston, held at Pairings. However, I view an event such as this not just as a time to sample some really good food but also as

Review: Stella Blu, Nashua, NH

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 8th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
As a student I never was late in completing assignments, which makes me wonder how I could be so delayed in writing a review of Stella Blu.  My husband and I first dined there within a day or two of it opening in October 2008.  We loved our

Veal & Mushroom Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 1st, 2010| Recipes, Soups & Stews
In the past week, I don't believe I've seen the sun for more than a few minutes a day.  Looking at the extended forecast has become monotonous, with day after day showing predictions of snow and rain.  Granted, our accumulation has been little to none, but the weather has