Archives for April 2017

Baked Cauliflower Tots

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 28th, 2017| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Tater tots. It is the childhood favorite side that seems to be appearing everywhere lately. That even includes Think Tasty, as you'll be seeing a new recipe that utilizes them in a recipe that will be shared in two weeks. But I digress. Tater tots may be a flavorful side

Fresh Fruit Salad Wrap

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 26th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Sandwiches
In the world of sandwiches, I consider myself to be the queen of wraps. I prefer almost all sandwiches (except for grilled cheese) to be served in some sort of wrap- lavash, flatbread, flax seed tortilla, or something similar. I've covered this numerous times, so I won't bore you with

Daytime Dining Dilemmas

by Editorial Team April 26th, 2017| Restaurant News
Although cooking is one of my favorite things to do, I also enjoy going out to eat. The majority of my breakfasts and lunches enjoyed at restaurants are scheduled for work. However, just because it is a work meeting doesn't mean that the food doesn't matter. Rather, I think that

More Ways to Be Creative with Fruits & Veggies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 24th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
Last week I shared two new produce-centric recipes. One was for a salad, and the other was for a jam. Both of these recipes provided the feel of summer, but neither really screamed of new, unusual ways to cook with produce.  Sometimes sticking with the basics is good. Other times

Quick & Spicy Pineapple Jam

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 21st, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
My mission to make spring arrive soon wasn't short-lived. After a winter that alternated between biting cold and oddly warmer temperatures, dry pavement and intense blizzards, I have been anxious for consistently nice weather to arrive. Perhaps if I stopped making hearty soups that simmered on the stove all day,

Southern Salad with Bourbon Vinaigrette

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 19th, 2017| Recipes, Salads, Tapas Monday
This is another one of those recipes where I wonder if my loose usage of terminology causes consternation for others. I'm calling this a southern salad. Why did I name it as such? Two of the main ingredients are peaches and pecans. As a person who has lived in New

Filling Up on Fruits & Veggies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 17th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
We are almost a month into spring, but here in New Hampshire I've learned not to expect spring-like weather. In fact for weeks, I've been trying to evoke the feel of spring in my cooking. Although since fall's arrival I've made cold weather foods, like braised short ribs and soups

Zucchini Ricotta “Meat”balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 14th, 2017| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
So, if I made sausage meatballs as a treat for my husband, it should seem obvious that I made something veggie based as a treat for myself. Don't get me wrong, I found the Cheesy Sausage Balls to be quite tasty. But after eating 4 or 5 of

Cheesy Sausage Balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 12th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Sometimes I am so excited by a recipe because I know it will make someone else happy. This dish is one of those recipes. It's fairly simple. My husband loves sausage. My husband also loves meatballs. If I could make a sausage based meatball, I would have a doubly happy

Creating Recipes for Him and Her

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 10th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts
My husband and I have some similarities in our palates. We both have an affinity for hot, melted cheese. We prefer pizza that has a thin crust.  We're suckers for a restaurant that offers us warm, homemade bread and butter. The number of foods that we both like is vast:

Pretend Paté

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 7th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Although I love cooking for others, I also enjoy cooking for myself. For example earlier this year my husband was away for a few days, leaving me a solo empty nester for a couple days. As part of the trip fell on a weekend day, not only would I be

Simple Sausage Rolls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 5th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
One of the best ways to my husband's heart is by making a recipe that incorporates bourbon. Or by baking a loaf of homemade bread. Or by serving cheese in a molten form. Or by creating a meat-based dish. Actually, I could keep going- many, many foods are the way