Archives for August 2011

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 31st, 2011| Restaurant Reviews
Have I mentioned that I love when travel, be it business or pleasure, brings me to Manhattan?  It really is an amazing place to be.  Earlier this month, I spent a few days there on business.  With perfectly aligned schedules, my husband was able to schedule his work travel

Buttercream Frosting

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 29th, 2011| Desserts, Recipes
Last week I wrote about one of my favorite desserts, wedding cake.  In addition to enjoying the hint of almond in the cake, I love that there is a layer of fruit and a rich buttercream frosting.  Yes, I do know that some people prefer wedding cake with chocolate

Chef Juba Kali

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 26th, 2011| Chef Interviews
Season 7 of Food Network Star may have ended, but our interviews of the contestants continue.  Although eliminated in the second episode, Juba Kali displayed fabulous knowledge of food and cooking.  We were able to speak with him and learn more about this fabulous chef.

TT:  As a chef, scientist

The National, New York, NY

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 25th, 2011| Restaurant Reviews
My husband travels more for business travel than I do.  While I understand that the days are long and lonely, some of the benefits, such as dining at great restaurants, make me a little envious.  For most of the last year, when he would travel to Manhattan, he would

Wedding Cake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 22nd, 2011| Desserts, Recipes
There are two types of cake that vie for the position of favorite cake.  One of those is carrot cake, which I adore for its moist texture and sweet yet savory frosting.  The other is wedding cake, which I've enjoyed since I was a little girl who got to

Cupcakes & Cake Slices in NYC

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 17th, 2011| Desserts
During the summer, when our schedule allows, my husband and I schedule our business travel at the same time.  Although our days are filled with meetings, we have our evenings, and occasionally our weekends, to play.  What better way is there to spend a Saturday in Manhattan than walking through

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 16th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Zucchini is one of those vegetables that seems destined for filling with ingredients.  Growing up, my mom frequently stuffed zucchini with spinach, which made a delicious dish that could be served as an entrée or side.  This spring I created a tomato-stuffed zucchini topped with mozzarella.  As both of

Chef Jyll Everman

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 11th, 2011| Chef Interviews
With this season's Food Network Star nearing the end of the competition, it means that more chefs have been eliminated from the show.  Last week, we were able to speak with Justin Balmes.  This week, I was delighted to be able to speak with Jyll Everman, who was

Blackberry Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 10th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
We are fortunate to have wild blackberry bushes in our backyard.  However, most summers there aren't that many berries on the plants.  In fact, there usually are only enough for the kids to pick and eat.  Of course, I'm not going to complain about kids thinking that blackberries are a

The Fiddlehead Restaurant, Bangor, ME

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 8th, 2011| Restaurant Reviews
I love when I am amazed by a dining experience.  Over a month ago, my husband and I took a 10-day trip that was a mix of vacation and work.  We started with the vacation piece, during which we toured Maine and New Brunswick.  We chose Bangor, Maine, as

Artichoke Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 4th, 2011| Recipes, Salads, Tapas Monday
On a recent Tapas Monday, I lacked creativity.  I had a meeting near a great Italian specialty shop, so I decided to seek inspiration there.  As I knew would happen, I wasn't disappointed.  I found more cheeses than one would need for a dinner for two, assorted cured meats,

Chef Justin Balmes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 1st, 2011| Chef Interviews
Watching television isn't one of my favorite pastimes, especially if it is a reality show.  Reality shows seem to include way too much drama.  However, a few years ago, Food Network introduced The Next Food Network Star, and I was intrigued.  Watching people with various food backgrounds compete as