Archives for July 2011

Tuscan Kitchen, Salem, NH

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 29th, 2011| Chef Interviews
Walking into this restaurant is much like walking into a kitchen.  If you visit the lower level, you can watch by windows through which you can see the pasta and bread being made.  On the first floor, you are able to see the brick oven in which many of

Bistro de la Gare, New York, NY

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 25th, 2011| Restaurant Reviews
When I am in Manhattan, whether it be for business or personal travel, I am certain that one of my dinners will be had in the Meatpacking District.  The energetic vibe and vast quantity of excellent restaurants located here completely compensate for the difficulty had in walking the cobblestone

Zucchini Fries

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 21st, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes
Zucchini is one of those vegetables that I wish was available locally all year long.  Sadly, its stay is much shorter than that, and it is a vegetable that doesn't freeze well whole.  So, while zucchini is available I like to cook with it frequently.

I have served zucchini in numerous

West Street Grill, Litchfield, CT

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 19th, 2011| Restaurant Reviews
Our Independence Day weekend was a huge tour of the Northeast.  Our journey took us to Maine on Friday, Saint John on Saturday, Saint Andrews on Sunday (which ended with a quick stop at home to unpack and repack), and Litchfield, CT, on Monday.  You might wonder how we

Bourbon Quarter, Saint John, New Brunswick

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 12th, 2011| Restaurant Reviews
While our breakfast at the Homeport Bed and Breakfast was the culinary highlight of our time in Saint John, our dinner at Bourbon Quarter came in at a length behind second.  Most of the food was enjoyable; however, the service was, well, interesting.

We arrived at Bourbon Quarter

Red Wine Tomato Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 11th, 2011| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Spreads & Sauces
After ten days on the road (with a quick 12-hour stop at home in the middle), it is good to be home again.  Don't get me wrong, the holiday weekend exploring New Brunswick was wonderful.  I also enjoyed a week of business travel in Manhattan, but being home is

Homeport Bed and Breakfast, Saint John, New Brunswick

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 7th, 2011| Restaurant Reviews
Over Independence Day weekend, we found ourselves without children, so we packed our bags and headed on a road trip.  Without firm plans in place, we drove northeast, headed for New Brunswick.  As we drove, we decided to spend the night in Saint John.  Being on the water and

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 6th, 2011| Desserts, Recipes
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Ultimate Figs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 4th, 2011| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Tapas Monday
I think figs may be one of the most unappreciated fruits.  I know that I didn't always see the beauty in them.  Typically I thought of them in their dried form, which doesn't showcase them nearly as well.  While Fig Newtons may be enjoyed by many, they are near