Archives for 2016


It’s the Season of (Sweet) Treats

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 19th, 2016| Tasty Thoughts
Imagine that! Last week I wrote about savory treats, and now this week I'm focusing on sweet. Who would've thought that this would be the followup article? ;-)

By now we are deep into the holiday season. More than likely you have: attended a holiday party; completed some holiday baking; nibbled

How to Host the Perfect Brunch

by Editorial Team December 17th, 2016| Chef Interviews
Playing host to your guests is always a wonderful honor but at the same time it carries quite a bit of responsibility. If you plan on hosting a brunch over the holidays, or even after the holidays, there’s no doubt that you want everything to be perfect for your guests.

Rosemary Mixed Nuts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 16th, 2016| Appetizers, Party Snacks, Recipes, Tapas Monday
As a child, before holiday dinners there may have been an appetizer or two: deviled eggs, celery with cream cheese, or cheese and crackers. Nothing fancy but something to stave off the hunger. The one appetizer that I remember at almost every holiday was a bowl of mixed nuts and

Items to Help You Cook Better

by Editorial Team December 16th, 2016| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
Are you someone who enjoys cooking? If this is the case, you should save some money and invest in a kitchen that you can be proud of. There are a wide range of items that can compliment your kitchen and help you to create food that is delicious and your

It’s the Season of (Savory) Treats

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 12th, 2016| Tasty Thoughts
If it isn't apparent in my writing, I am a huge fan of healthy eating. Salads truly are a favorite dish of mine, as are veggie-centric meals. Of course, all healthy eating and no indulgent foods make Michele a dull girl. So, during most of the year I try to

Cranberry & Peanut Chocolate Clusters

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 9th, 2016| Desserts, Recipes
This year there was no considering whether or not I would be hosting Thanksgiving, as the holiday fell into the middle of our hotel stay. *Sigh*

Without my own kitchen, I asked my best friend if she would like me to come and cook at her house or if we should

Raspberry Bourbon Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 7th, 2016| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
I was insistent that living in a hotel for a month would not mean that we would need to cancel Tapas Monday. Yes, there occasionally have been Mondays where life got in the way of our candlelight dinner for two, but hotel life wasn't going to be a barrier. For

Resetting the Kitchen

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 5th, 2016| Tasty Thoughts
As I write this, I am slightly more than halfway through my month of living in a hotel. I have spent the last couple weeks trying to deny the fact that I didn't have a kitchen, as you saw in last week's recipes. I've found this kitchen-less existence to be

Hotel Veggie Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 2nd, 2016| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Vegetarian
As I learned at the beginning of our hotel stay, I need to keep others' appetites in mind when cooking. This concept doesn't just apply to hotel cooking, so I'm not sure why I spaced it when making that first hotel meal of loaded sweet potatoes. Either way,

Loaded Sweet Potatoes- Hotel Style

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 30th, 2016| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

As I mentioned in Monday's post, I'm currently living in a hotel. It's a nice hotel with a decent gym, reasonable breakfast options, and indoor pool and jacuuzi- so no complaints about the hotel. But I don't have a


Tips for Cooking without a Kitchen

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 28th, 2016| Cooking Basics
Sometimes things in life align just perfectly. For example, the day after we brought our daughter to college and officially became empty nesters, a week's worth of travel for work fell into our laps. Having a week on the road, avoiding the quietness of our home, was truly welcomed.

And sometimes
carving turkey breast (400x400)

Now What? Leftover Turkey

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 25th, 2016| Main Dishes, Recipes, Sandwiches, Soups & Stews
When Thanksgiving is done, you may have a lot of leftovers and not that many people in your house. In my experience, it's the turkey that lingers. Somehow the side dishes and desserts disappear, but I have lots of turkey in my refrigerator waiting to be consumed. Sure, last night