Archives for April 2010

JP’s Marinara

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 30th, 2010| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
It's April vacation week in our state, so the kids have had a relaxing week.  With no school there also has been no gymnastics, no track practice, no conditioning sessions, no dinner has to be served at an exact time to meet our schedules' needs.  Of course, that doesn't

Oster Professional Series Blender

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 28th, 2010| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
Most mornings I am a creature of habit.  Without the aid of an alarm, I am awake at 6:00.  By 6:15 I am starting that day's workout.  Some time after cooling down, I make my breakfast.  Typically, this breakfast is an egg white wrap or a fruit smoothie.  The

A Great Farm to Table Restaurant

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 26th, 2010| Restaurant News
I had an interview scheduled with Ed Aloise last Monday at 10:00 a.m.  Ed is the co-owner and restaurant manager of Republic in Manchester, New Hampshire.  I arrived at the designated time and was informed that Ed was not there but would return shortly.  My initial impression was

Oven Baked Burritos

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 21st, 2010| Main Dishes, Recipes
One of the great things about having access to a grocery store with a fabulous butcher is the amazing variety of meats we can purchase.  When we first visited this grocery store, we were excited to see sections for lamb and veal, each of which were as big as the

Yogurt & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 19th, 2010| Breads, Recipes
Sometimes recipes are created because of the ingredients that happen to be in my kitchen.  This recipe is the perfect example of that.  Yesterday afternoon I noticed that the two bananas remaining from a recent shopping trip were very ripe.  I also knew that most likely they wouldn't be eaten

Simple Cheese Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 16th, 2010| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
On Wednesday I posted the recipe for Black Bean & Beef Nachos.  In the directions, I noted that you can top the nachos with either shredded cheese or cheese sauce.  As observant readers would have noticed in the picture, the kids opted for a cheese sauce topping on their

Black Bean & Beef Nachos

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 14th, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes
Some nights the dinner menu is based on the weather, such as serving homemade soup and bread on a cold, dreary day.  Other nights the menu is based on our schedules.  If we have a night where everyone is running in opposite directions, a simple crockpot dinner may be in

Greek Pockets

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 12th, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
It's Monday, and as such I am creating tonight's tapas menu.  While doing this, I realized that I had published only one of the two recipes that I created for our menu two weeks ago.  Having already shared the recipe for Eggplant Rolls, it certainly is time to share

Oreo Ice Cream Pie

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 9th, 2010| Desserts, Recipes
We hosted Easter brunch at our house last weekend.  With a group of twelve, there was plenty of food to share.  Mini quiches, lemon poppy seed bread, roasted asparagus, fruit salad, maple glazed sweet potatoes, and ham were served for our early afternoon meal.  Having filled our stomachs sufficiently and

Eggplant Rolls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 7th, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Although there were five Mondays in the month of March, there were only two Tapas Mondays at our house.  Due to a hectic business schedule, only the first and last Mondays were available for such a designation.  While I could be an independent woman and eat tapas alone at 9:00,

Sugar Biscuits

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 2nd, 2010| Breads, Recipes
We celebrated my husband's birthday this past Sunday evening, which meant that he chose the entire menu.  It was a simple menu: grilled steaks topped with butter, broccoli, and Caesar salad.  I asked if he wanted some sort of starch, and he requested sugar biscuits.  That is where the simple