Archives for April 2011

62 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Salem, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 27th, 2011| Chef Interviews
There is something quite charming about a chef whose career was inspired by cooking with his mother as a child.  That was the initial spark for Antonio Bettencourt, co-owner and executive chef of 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar.  Since those early years, Chef Bettencourt has gained much knowledge, through

Apple Amaretto Chutney

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 25th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
Monday nights are a favorite for my husband and me, as we have a tapas meal to end the day.  However, his business travel schedule has been such that many Mondays in the past month weren't of the tapas nature.  So, when he was home last Monday, both of us

Butter Café & Bakery Homemade Peeps

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 21st, 2011| Desserts
All of the recipes I post on Think Tasty are either creations of my own or recipes handed down in my family.  That makes today's recipe unique.  Because although I have used this recipe, it is not my creation nor is it a family heirloom.  Rather this is a recipe

Butter Café & Bakery, Walpole, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 20th, 2011| Chef Interviews
When you think of a café and bakery, does a whole pig roast come to mind?  How about a clambake?  Most likely, neither pairing seems like something you would expect.  However, those are just two of the items that make Butter Café & Bakery the unique place that it

Polder All-In-One Timer/Thermometer

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 18th, 2011| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
As someone who uses a variety of cooking methods, quite often I need to gauge the temperature of the item that I am preparing.  Although there are some who can determine the doneness of meat by touch, that is a skill I have not acquired.  Other items, such as

Summer Squash Lasagna

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 13th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian
Last night was the perfect night for a little bit of recipe experimenting.  Due to business travel and sporting events, I had only one other person at home with me, my 13 year old who had the start of a cold.  As she was a bit under the weather, a

Roquefort and Honey

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 11th, 2011| Recipes, Simple Solutions
When I have greens available, my favorite lunch is a salad and a piece of flatbread.  While this may not sound like an exciting lunch, it really can be quite fun (and not calorie laden) with some creativity.  Salad toppings are easy to keep healthy, if you stick with

Boston Olive Oil Company

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 6th, 2011| Tasty Thoughts
A recent weekend was spent in Boston, celebrating my husband's birthday.  Although Boston is only an hour away from our home, it was quite delightful to have two whole days to explore different venues.  One of those venues was Newbury Street, which is home to numerous high-end shops, one

Stuffed Zucchini

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 4th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
I have dabbled in the world of vegetarianism, so I am fairly comfortable with creating menus that do not include meat.  In fact, my 13 year old has been eating a vegetarian diet for five months, which has helped me create meals with meat that easily are transformed into vegetarian-friendly