Archives for May 2010

The Best Restaurant in the Pacific Alaska Region

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 28th, 2010| Restaurant News
With Think Tasty being almost three years old, I've become quite comfortable with sharing recipes, writing restaurant reviews, and conducting chef interviews.  To keep things interesting, it seemed like the perfect time to add a new feature to the site: finding the best restaurants in America.  I decided that

All-Clad Gourmet Accessories Panini with Press

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 26th, 2010| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
At our house, there is a general feeling of love toward good sandwiches.  When it is make-your-own-sandwich dinner night at our house, creativity surges.  Interesting combinations of meats, cheeses, veggies, and spreads are commonplace.

Although a well-filled sandwich is delightful, a well-filled sandwich that also includes hot, melted cheese is

Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 24th, 2010| Recipes, Sandwiches
With the arrival of beautiful weather comes the start of grilling season.  We enjoy grilling all sorts of things, including burgers.  And while you can't go wrong with a perfectly cooked burger topped with your favorite condiments, it is fun to think outside the box sometimes.

So, last week I decided

Balsamic Reduction

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 21st, 2010| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
As I sat here, mentally preparing this post, I had an internal debate: Is making a balsamic reduction a recipe, or should I create a helpful hint category?

The part of my brain that thought recipe won the debate, though by no means was it a firm and final decision. 

Balsamic Chicken

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 19th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes
Sometimes simple is what you are seeking in food.  Sure, I enjoy making sauces, sautéing vegetables, and creating new flavor combinations.  However, it also is nice to enjoy food that is less complicated.

This was the case on a recent Sunday.  That Sunday was a day of indulgence.  We had no

Best Restaurant – Pacific Alaska Region

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 17th, 2010| Restaurant News
Think Tasty is searching for the best restaurants from coast to coast, beginning with the Pacific Alaska region of America.  (This region includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.)  After reviewing suggested restaurants, we have created a list of ten restaurants from

Coconut Macadamia Crisps

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 14th, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes
A few weeks ago, I purchased the ingredients for a coconut chicken soup that I wanted to try.  However, our evening plans became filled with driving children here, there, and everywhere, and dinner became more of an eat out of the fridge night.

The next night should have been soup night,

Review: Andy Nelson’s Southern Pit Barbecue, Cockeysville, MD

by TK May 12th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
There are two great signs that you are at a fabulous barbecue joint: a line out the door and an atmosphere that is eclectic. Andy Nelson's Southern Pit Barbecue is a big win on both counts.  This past weekend, two of my children and I were looking for

Best Restaurants Here, There, and Everywhere!

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 10th, 2010| Restaurant News
At Think Tasty, we enjoy visiting new restaurants at home and when we travel.  We look for creative menu items, helpful service, and attractive decor.  Although we are foodies, we also like simple food done well.  Sometimes a side of the road diner can be just as delightful as

Apple Crisp

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 5th, 2010| Desserts, Recipes
Ever since I was a child, I have enjoyed homemade apple crisp.  Growing up in New England, I was fortunate to enjoy the fall with freshly picked apples and usually batches of hot from the oven apple crisp.  Although my mom wasn't necessarily an avid baker, she did enjoy making