Archives for March 2011

Popcorn Palace

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 31st, 2011| Tasty Thoughts
I am not a popcorn fanatic.  Of course, maybe that's because there are so many poorly done types of popcorn available.  I don't eat popcorn at the movies, though most of my family and many of my friends adore it.  Popcorn covered in "butter flavored oil" just seems nasty. 
cheddar potato soup

Cheddar Potato Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 28th, 2011| Recipes, Soups & Stews, Vegetarian
A couple weeks ago we had a taste of spring, and it was wonderful.  However, it was only Mother Nature teasing us because although the calendar says it's spring, the weather has been anything but spring-like.  With temperatures topping out in the high 30s and fairly windy days making


by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 21st, 2011| Tasty Thoughts
Sometimes it is mere happenstance that brings about the most delightful of discoveries.  Such was the case with my discovering Craquelins.  On a Sunday in January, my husband and I went to a winter farmers' market to purchase our weekly supply of vegetables.  Exploring the various vendors' tables, we

Honey Mustard

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 17th, 2011| Simple Solutions
Every time I start to write one of these "recipes", I have this feeling of ridiculousness.  Most of the "recipes" require almost no cooking and very few ingredients.  However, that was point of creating this category.  They truly are simple solutions, little hints or tricks that can make meal

Popcorn- Two Ways

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 16th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes
Our oldest had his braces removed a month and a half ago, which ended his ban from certain foods, such as caramel and popcorn.  While no one in our house is mad about popcorn, it is nice to be able to make this treat while watching a movie or when

Avila, Boston, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 14th, 2011| Chef Interviews
Restaurant Week Boston is entering its second week, so it seems like the right time to feature another fine dining destination, Avila. This restaurant's menu features modern Mediterranean cuisine created by Executive Chef, Rodney Murillo.  I was able to speak with Chef Murillo to learn more about Avila.


California Olive Oil

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 10th, 2011| Tasty Thoughts
One of my favorite work-related events is attending the Boston Wine Expo.  Every year I am amazed at the number of interesting product I discover and intriguing people I meet.  This year was no different.  Of course, the majority of the booths are filled with wineries, which are delicious

The Beehive, Boston, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 9th, 2011| Chef Interviews
Four days into Restaurant Week Boston Winter 2011 seems the perfect time to highlight one of the restaurants and its chef.  With over 225 participating restaurants, the options were many, but The Beehive and Chef Rebecca Newell seemed to be a perfect choice.  Located on Tremont Street in Boston's

Veal Rollatini

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 7th, 2011| Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Veal is newer to the list of foods that I like.  I used to refuse to try it quite adamantly and, thus, didn't know what I was missing.  Finally, at some point in time, my husband ordered it while at a restaurant, and I agreed to try a bite.  While

Winter Stirfry

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 3rd, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian
It is two months into the year, and we have been successful with our goal to use only locally sourced meats, produce, and dairy items.  While it has made meal planning a little more challenging, it has been exciting to visit our biweekly farmer's market to see what produce will