Archives for November 2010

Review: Miss Shirley’s Café, Baltimore, MD

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 26th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
I was in Baltimore for work recently and had the opportunity to meet several associates for a late morning breakfast.  Not being familiar with the area, I asked for a recommendation.  One member of the team suggested Miss Shirley's, which received cheers of delight from the rest of the

Kale and Onion Polenta Crostini

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 24th, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Before this past Tapas Monday, I had never cooked kale before.  I remember one of my childhood friends complaining about its constant presence at the dinner table thanks to her parents' garden, but it was a veggie I had not been served or had cooked.  Seeing that it's a leafy
spicy honey

JP’s Spicy Honey Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 22nd, 2010| Recipes, Simple Solutions
My husband and I enjoy foods of many varieties and try to share these foods with our children.  Granted, new dishes, such as squash soup, aren't always met with the biggest of smiles.  However, this exposure to new foods tends to open their minds to creativity and expands their
Paris crepe

Review: Aux Meilleures Crêpes de Paris

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 18th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
As we spent every day of our Paris vacation exploring the city on foot, it was not surprising that twice during our trip we ate a meal while continuing with our excursion.  Our second day in Paris, we did just that, grabbing lunch at a take-out crêpe stand near
cheddar chenin blanc fondue

Mini Crockpot

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 16th, 2010| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
I am a longtime crockpot user.  In fact, I received my first crockpot as a Christmas gift from my parents when I was in college.  While it tends to be a seasonal kitchen appliance, only coming out during the colder months, it has been quite valuable.  There's nothing quite
Southeast Region

The Best Restaurant in the Southeast Region

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 12th, 2010| Restaurant News
After ten days of voting, the poll for the best restaurant in the Southeast Region closed this afternoon.  With ten wonderful restaurants on the list, it was a difficult decision.  However, loyal patrons and Think Tasty readers submitted their votes, and a winner has
Aaron Butts

Chef Aaron Butts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 10th, 2010| Chef Interviews
Think Tasty has been traveling across the USA seeking the best restaurants by region.  In October we discovered the Great Lakes Region, and along with it, Joseph Decuis Restaurant in Roanoke, Indiana.  This establishment is not only a restaurant but also a farm, emporium, culinarium, and inn. 
Brussel Sprout Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 8th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
While my husband and I often bemoan the lack of specialty markets, as we live in a rural setting, we also are grateful for the abundance of local farms.  Unfortunately, many of our local farms close after Halloween, and we are left with nothing but grocery stores for our

Review: L’Auberge Saint Roch, Paris

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 5th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
Yes, the location of this restaurant is Paris, as in Paris, France.  As I celebrated a birthday of note this year, I was gifted with a rather large present- a trip to Paris.  So, last month, my husband and I spent five days exploring that city.  This trip occurred
Southeast Region restaurant

Best Restaurants- Southeast Region

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 2nd, 2010| Restaurant News
Moving south from the Great Lakes region, Think Tasty now heads to the Southeast region.  Covering Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, we are sharing our top ten picks from the many that were submitted.  For