Archives for May 2011

Sweeter Muffins

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 30th, 2011| Breads, Recipes
Our oldest turned fifteen at the end of April.  He wasn't certain if he really wanted a birthday party, but he did think the idea of having a "handful" of friends over would be great.  So, once we agreed upon what a "handful" was (five) and spring track season ended,

Whim, North Andover, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 26th, 2011| Restaurant News
We are starting our summer series with a brand new restaurant, Whim, which is located at Smolak Farm.  To learn more about this restaurant, we interviewed Michael Smolak, owner of the farmer.

TT: Last summer you had a chef demo series.  How did you decide to integrate that into your

Summer Restaurants 2011

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 25th, 2011| Restaurant News
Depending on whom you ask, summer has a different starting point.  For some, the summer solstice is considered to be the start.  According to meteorologists, it is June 1st.  For children, it's the day that school is done for the year.*  For others, it's Memorial Day weekend.  Regardless to

Rice & Beans, Vegetarian Style

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 23rd, 2011| Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian
As I've mentioned previously, our 13 year old daughter has become a vegetarian.  After six months of this lifestyle, she is enjoying it and not missing any of the foods that I thought she would, such as filet mignon or bacon.  What has been helpful to this change is her

Pampered Chef Measure-All Cup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 18th, 2011| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
Mayonnaise, cream cheese, and peanut butter can prove to be daunting while cooking.  When an exact measurement is needed for a recipe, a standard measuring cup isn't very useful.  Sure, you can scoop the desired ingredient into the cup, but then you need to use a spatula to scrape

Benedictine Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 16th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes
My husband loves watching the Kentucky Derby.  In fact, I think it is one of his favorite sporting events of the year.  Horse racing is a newer to me sport, but enjoyable nonetheless.  We have celebrated this event at home and at the racetrack.  This year, we had a high

Blue on Highland, Needham, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 12th, 2011| Chef Interviews
If you're contemplating a night out at a fine restaurant, perhaps Boston is the destination of choice.  However, if you want to stay away from the traffic and parking delights of that city, why not look to the west?  Just thirty minutes outside, you will find Blue on Highland,

Cinnamon Cream Cheese

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 9th, 2011| Recipes, Simple Solutions
All of my children love bagels.  If breakfast needs to be a quick meal or one that's eaten in the car, a bagel with cream cheese is the answer.  If we make homemade bagels or go to a bagel shop, then their individual preferences can be seen.  One likes

Tryst Restaurant, Arlington, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 5th, 2011| Chef Interviews
The name of the restaurant itself is intriguing.  Once you add wonderful dining and wine menus, a creative chef, and fabulous atmosphere, you have a restaurant that you must visit.  I spoke with Chef Paul Turano to learn more about this enticing dining destination.

TT: What makes the food at

Mini Mushroom Tarts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 4th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
For this week's Tapas Monday I knew that I would be braising short ribs.  Although I could have made a gourmet dinner of short ribs and sides, I wanted to stick with the regular tapas format.  Some roasted broccoli was the second dish to come to mind, so I needed

Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 2nd, 2011| Restaurant News
This week many restaurants and bakeries in the Greater Boston area will be participating in 2011 Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer.  In partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer has a sweet goal in mind: sell baked good with profits being given to breast cancer research.