Archives for December 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

Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 14th, 2016| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
How do I love goat cheese? Let me count the ways. (You may want to sit down. The list is pretty long.)

Rather than listing all of the ways that I enjoy goat cheese, I'll take a simpler approach and explain why I like it so much. First, there's the tangy

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,