Archives for 2012

Last Minute New Year Help

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 31st, 2012| Appetizers, Recipes
It's New Year's Eve, one of the most festive evenings of the year.  However, I almost always have preferred to stay home.  Not needing to leave the house guarantees several things.  First, I (and maybe some assorted family members) will be making the dishes, so I know exactly what

Chef Mary Holmberg

by Amy Harrington December 27th, 2012| Chef Interviews
Looking for a laid back tavern that you can relax in with great food, friends, and drinks? Then head over to the ‘dam on 998 Amsterdam Avenue in New York, NY. The ‘dam can exceed your expectations whether you are there to watch your favorite game, attend an

Lasagna Noodles

by Elizabeth Skipper December 26th, 2012| Ask the Chef
What's the difference with lasagna noodles? At the grocery store, I can buy the no-cook noodles or the regular, "old-fashioned", boil before using noodles. I know that the fresh pasta is best (but expensive). Is there a difference in using the no-cook or need to boiled lasagna?

No-boil lasagna has

Spiced Hot Chocolate with Homemade Marshmallows

by BnB Finder December 25th, 2012| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
With snow falling and pretty lights shining in windows, what could make a day more festive than a cup of cocoa?  Sure, you could grab that container of premade cocoa mix, add hot water, and enjoy.  However, if you have an extra couple minutes, wouldn't it be nice to

Chocolate Cream Pie

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 24th, 2012| Desserts, Recipes
For our final week of holiday treats, I am pleased to share a recipe from one of the PKP specialists, Melissa Koerner.  She serves a dual role, as both a fitness expert and nutrition expert at My Fitness Tunes.  Melissa has been sharing her expertise with our readers since

Chef Michelle Jurisin

by Amy Harrington December 20th, 2012| Chef Interviews
Arizona is home to five unforgettable restaurants called The Haunted Group, all owned by Eric and Michelle Jurisin.  Located in Cottonwood, Jerome, and Scottsdale, you have plenty of opportunities to “eat, play and stay” with the Jurisins. Michelle is a hands-on, hard working chef that can be found

Prettying Up the Table

by Elizabeth Skipper December 19th, 2012| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
It's that festive time of the year, when glitter, bows, stars, and all pretty things prevail. Some folks just love to gussy up the house and the dinner table. Alas, I'm not one of them. It's not that I don't like the look – it's just that I don't

Peppermint Cookies

by BnB Finder December 18th, 2012| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
It's the time of year when baked goods are in abundance.  Whether spending an afternoon a friend's house or stopping in the break room at work, there are bound to be plates of cookies and other sweet treats.  Maybe by New Year's we will be wishing for the desserts

Green Bean Bake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 17th, 2012| Recipes, Side Dishes
When we think about dishes special to the holiday season, there tends to be a focus on sweet items.  It seems that almost everyone has a grandmother, uncle, or other relative who makes a delicious cake or special batch of cookies every year.  However, there are other dishes that

Chef Markus Ford

by Amy Harrington December 13th, 2012| Chef Interviews
Looking for someone to cater your next event? Élever Chicago will exceed all your expectations in events, cuisine and style for a truly unforgettable night. Having Elever plan your next function will leave you and your guest in awe. In addition to being elegant and classy, they are

Knife Sharpening?

by Elizabeth Skipper December 12th, 2012| Ask the Chef
From what I've seen on cooking shows, knives are the most important tools that a chef owns. I have several "good" knives, which I take to a sharpener a couple times a year. Should I learn to sharpen my own knives or leave it to the professionals?

Aside from what


by TT Jr. December 11th, 2012| Desserts, Recipes
Every Christmas season my mom makes my favorite cookie, Snickerdoodles.  These tiny sugar cookies are wrapped in delicious cinnamon sugar.  They are best when they are warm, but they are always good.  I especially love them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel.  The