Archives for February 2011

Microplane Gourmet Coarse Grater Revisited

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 28th, 2011| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
Two months ago, I published a review of the Microplane Gourmet Coarse Grater.  At that point I had mixed emotions about this kitchen tool.  (Not to worry, a second try with it and a little online counseling fixed that.) Yes, it did a fine job of grating,

Pat’s Brownies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 24th, 2011| Desserts, Recipes
You know how in the idyllic neighborhood a new homeowner is greeted by freshly baked goods?  I actually lived in a neighborhood that did that.  While it was just a typical neighborhood, it had several of the nicest neighbors a person could want.  One of these neighbors was a woman

Blueberry Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 21st, 2011| Simple Solutions
As you may know, we have been using only locally sourced produce, meats, and dairy items as of January 1st.  Thankfully, we froze several quarts of blueberries last summer, which have given us a taste of summer in the midst of a cold and blustery February.  Of course, this

Blueberry Chutney

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 17th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Monday was Valentine's Day, which according to card stores, florists, and chocolate shops is the most romantic day of the  year.  That sort of thinking is fine; I have no problem with a day that is set aside to recognize love.  However, as Valentine's Day fell on Monday this year,

To Die For Dips

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 16th, 2011| Tasty Thoughts
I love attending the Boston Wine Expo.  The obvious reason may seem to be that there are thousands of varieties of wine to sample.  While sampling a few wines is nice, the reason I love attending is the people and companies I discover there.  From innovative chefs to interesting

Banana Cream Pie

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 14th, 2011| Desserts
Although I am not a regular dessert eater, I do enjoy an occasional indulgence in the land of sweets.  That being said, pie is not one of my favorite desserts.  I'd far rather have cheesecake, a slice of non-chocolate cake, or ice cream.  However, when my husband and I took

Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 9th, 2011| Desserts
The 5th Annual Peku Super Bowl party was a success.  An assortment of salty and savory snacks provided an evening of eating enjoyment.  We covered quite a range of preferences with our dishes.  From classic Buffalo wings to healthier (but still yummy) roasted green beans, our appetizers were enjoyed by

Little Duck Organics

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 7th, 2011| Tasty Thoughts
As a mom, I completely understand the desire to put only the best ingredients into your child's diet.  When my oldest was ready for solid foods, I remember reading the labels on baby food items, seeking products that didn't have fillers, preservatives, and other unnatural

Quick Help for the Super Bowl

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 4th, 2011| Appetizers
I am not one who loves spending her Sundays watching football.  In fact, about one game per Sunday is good for me.  Of course, if there is cooking involved, I can keep my interest for a couple games, as I will spend a decent amount of the time in

Mashed Potato Pancakes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 2nd, 2011| Recipes, Simple Solutions
If your children are like mine, then they adore mashed potatoes.  I don't make them often, maybe once every few months.  However, when I do make them, I prefer to make a larger batch.  My purpose is two-fold.  One, there are leftovers for the kids.  Two, I can make