Archives for January 2011

Wine Expo Recap

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 28th, 2011| Tasty Thoughts
Every year that we I have attended the Boston Wine Expo, I have found different items that are new and pleasing to my palate.  In previous years, there have been the baked goods of Sweet Santangelo's, Farnum Hill Hard Cider, and Tillen Farms pickled vegetables.  This year

Little Pub, Ridgefield, CT

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 26th, 2011| Restaurant News
Earlier this month, Think Tasty readers had the opportunity to choose the best restaurant in the Northeast region.  With ten terrific  restaurants on our list, picking the best was a difficult decision.  Voting was constant, with readers adding their votes and leaving

Creamy (Yet Lowfat) Carrot Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 24th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Vegetarian
While I am not a vegetarian, I find many all-vegetable dishes to be exciting.  I do enjoy lamb shanks and braised beef short ribs, but I also enjoy Moroccan vegetable stew equally as much.  Now that one of our daughters has decided to give vegetarianism a try, I have

Vanilla Coffee

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 21st, 2011| Simple Solutions
Today's simple solution is a little different than usual.  This recipe involves no cooking; in fact, it isn't even a recipe.  However, it is a kitchen hint that I think is worthy of sharing with my fellow coffee lovers.

Working from my home office, I consume at least four cups

Boston Wine Expo 2011

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 19th, 2011| Tasty Thoughts
If you enjoy wine, then you may be aware that the Boston Wine Expo will be held this weekend, January 22 and 23, at the Seaport World Trade Center.  With 300 international wineries providing samples of their wines, it is a not-to-be-missed event.

What you may not know is that

The Best Restaurant in the Northeast

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 17th, 2011| Restaurant News
After ten days of voting, the poll for the best restaurant in the Northeast Region closed this afternoon.  With ten wonderful restaurants on the list, it was hard to choose the best.  However, many diners and Think Tasty readers placed their votes,

Warm Cole Slaw

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 14th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
This year, my husband and I each created some goals. The goals fell into separate categories: as an individual, as a couple, and as a family.  Being food-centric people, several of the goals involved food, such as trying a new fruit or vegetable each month, taking the family to

Chef James Harris

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 13th, 2011| Chef Interviews
Think Tasty has been traversing the country, finding the best restaurant in each region.  In December, we visited the Mid-Atlantic region and discovered Zynodoa, a fabulous restaurant located in Staunton, Virginia.  Recently, I was able to speak with Chef James Harris and learn more about this dining destination.

Zynodoa has

Magic Bullet Blender

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 10th, 2011| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
Not quite a year ago I wrote about the amazing blender that I own.  Nothing has changed in regards to my affection for this kitchen appliance.  It still provides perfectly smooth frozen drinks and purées soups quite nicely.  However, it isn't the only blender in my collection.

While the

Best Restaurant- Northeast Region

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 7th, 2011| Restaurant News
Traveling north from the Mid-Atlantic region, Think Tasty now moves to the Northeast region.  Covering New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, we are sharing our top ten choices from the many that were submitted. 

Curried Yogurt Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 3rd, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
We had an enjoyable set of holidays at our home with our children and a set of grandparents.  Christmas was a nonstop rotation of presents and food, which is the perfect way to spend the holiday: Open presents with immediate family, have breakfast.  Open presents with grandparents/in-laws, have a