Archives for August 2010

Pecan Brittle

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 30th, 2010| Desserts, Recipes
Although summer is nearing its end and school has begun again, the current weather is in denial of these facts.  With temperatures in the mid-90s yesterday and today and staying that way for a few more days, it feels more like the middle of July.

As a person who has seasonal

Blueberry Simple Syrup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 27th, 2010| Recipes, Simple Solutions
My husband and I have a variety of shared interests and hobbies, one of which is cooking.  However, on a typical day it is difficult for both of us to be able to work on a meal together.  Between work demands and parenting responsibilities, it seems that one of

Chef Paul Gelose

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 25th, 2010| Chef Interviews
As Think Tasty has been conducting polls seeking the best restaurants in regions across the USA, we have discovered many exciting and interesting restaurants and chefs.  In July we explored the Rocky Mountain region, and along with it, The Palace Restaurant in Durango, Colorado.  The combination of a fabulous

Bagel Guillotine by Larien

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 23rd, 2010| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
All four of our children enjoy bagels.  It's not uncommon to see a bagel being toasted for breakfast or lunch on any given summer day.  Some of the time we stock our pantry with pre-sliced, packaged bagels, and other times we have either homemade or bakery bagels, which need

The Best Restaurant in the Central Plains Region

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 20th, 2010| Restaurant News
After ten days of voting, the poll for the best restaurant in the Central Plains Region closed this afternoon.  With many incredible restaurants included, it wasn't easy to decide.  However, loyal patrons and Think Tasty readers voiced their opinions, and a winner has been chosen. .

Review: Becco, New York City

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 19th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
Sometimes business travel is all work.  Sitting through long meetings, hurrying through short lunches, trying to find a place to work between meetings, none of those are fun or exciting.  However, every once in a while there is a perk to the travel. Recently, I was able to coordinate my

Review: Perro Salado, Newport, RI

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 16th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
Recently I was invited to dine at Perro Salado, courtesy of the owners.  After being told about their fabulous sticky ribs, it would have been hard to decline.  So, rather than resisting, I agreed to make a trip to this restaurant.

My dining companion (AKA my husband) and I arrived at

Broccoli Apricot Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 13th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
In our house we always are trying new recipes.  Sometimes they fail miserably, sometimes they simply exist, and sometimes they are huge winners.  Last night I tried three new recipes, and all three were hits.  It was kind of like a hat trick for me.  Granted, two of the

Best Restaurant- Central Plains Region

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 11th, 2010| Restaurant News
Moving further east from the Rocky Mountain region, Think Tasty now heads to the Central Plains region.  Encompassing Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas, we will share our top ten picks from the many that were submitted.  For the next ten days, readers will have

Newport Gourmet Tour

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 9th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
Recently, the creators of Newport Gourmet Tour offered to provide me with tickets to attend their Bellevue Tour.  I gratefully accepted and made arrangements to attend on a recent Thursday.  With the tour starting at 2:00 pm in front of the Viking Hotel and lasting for approximately two hours,

Pirogue Grille, Bismarck, North Dakota

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 4th, 2010| Restaurant News
Last month, Think Tasty readers had the opportunity to choose the best restaurant in the Rocky Mountain region.  With ten excellent restaurants from which to choose, it was a challenging decision.  Until the last moment, patrons provided their votes and left comments praising their restaurants.  When

Eggplant Parmesan Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 2nd, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
About this time of year, many gardens are overflowing with produce.  That isn't a problem we figured we would have this year, as we planted a modest garden of some container plants and a small plot of pepper plants.  However, a couple weeks ago our one patio eggplant ivory plant