Archives for January 2017

Valentine’s Day- Gifts from the Kitchen

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 30th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
I have mixed feelings about Valentine's Day. I'm not a fan of celebrating a day that was constructed as a financial promotion for card stores, flower shops, and restaurants. However, with the world proclaiming it as a day of love, I'd also feel sad not to recognize it. I know,
twice baked butternut squash

Twice Baked Butternut Squash

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 25th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian
I have written about winter squash numerous times, and I hope that the possibilities are limitless. I do adore the squash for its flavor and adaptability. Plus, it's still full of flavor in the middle of winter, unlike many other pieces of produce.

On its own butternut squash doesn't always feel

Why Eat Vegetarian?

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 23rd, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
I don't have a degree or certification in cooking, healthy eating, or vegetarianism for that matter, but in the current world of sharing your opinion online I've decided to join the masses. With my years of eating experience, I'm glad to explain the benefits I perceive in eating vegetarian meals.

sundried tomato spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 20th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Many a winter I go to the grocery store, buy a tomato, and add it to a wrap or salad. Many a winter I am utterly disappointed when I take a bite of that tomato. Its lack of flavor is disconcerting, as its pale color. *sigh*

Thankfully this winter I have
roasted beet terrine

Roasted Beet Terrine

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 18th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
I have to admit our first Tapas Monday in 2017 was pretty amazing. I think it was partially because the dishes came out so well and partially because we hadn't had a real Tapas Monday in quite some time. The entire time in the hotel was a wash. After moving

Being a Semi-Vegetarian

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 16th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
Ok, so I understand that it isn't possible to be semi-vegetarian. Either one is or isn't. I technically am not a vegetarian, as I do enjoy my fair share of meat. However, I do enjoy many a vegetarian dish and have many days where there isn't meat in any of

Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 13th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
As I was nearing the end of this crockpot series I was beginning to draw a blank on new ideas. Then I took a deep breath and considered all of the options out there. I mean, there are entire blogs built around crockpot cooking, I couldn't possibly be out of

Crockpot Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 11th, 2017| Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian
This recipe was a fine hybrid of my cooking. Within this dish I was able to combine the usage of a crockpot with carb replacement. Over the past year I have been using several different vegetables in lieu of pasta. I have tried and enjoyed zucchini in place of spaghetti

More Comfort Food for the Chill of Winter

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 9th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
Living in New Hampshire, most late afternoons in January are dark and cold. After a day of work there's nothing quite like walking into a house that is warm and scented with dinner to make everything feel brighter. Whether it be meatballs, chili, or soup, the smell of a hot

Crockpot Southwest Chicken

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 4th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Our first Monday in our new home was a bit busier than usual. I was wearing the dual hats of my work life, as always. Added to that I was still settling myself into our home. With our daughter just home from college, I wanted to be available to help

Planning for Tapas Monday

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 2nd, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
For many years my husband and I have enjoyed a special dinner for two to start the workweek. It's known in our house as Tapas Monday. The basics of the dinner are simple. Dinner is held a little bit later, about 8:00 or so. Typically the menu is comprised of