Archives for June 2017

Finally Friday- June 30th

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 30th, 2017| Finally Friday
I'm writing this weekly article from Utica, New York, before I begin my drive back to New Hampshire. I was in the Mohawk Valley for the last few days in my other role as the Associate Dean of the Wasabi Ventures Academy. Last night was Demo Day for the AFRL

Parmesan Polenta Croutons

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 29th, 2017| Garnishes, Recipes, Salads

Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside.

As I've mentioned, our new go-to restaurant for just the two of us is The Foundry. I've also mentioned that they have my all-time favorite croutons in a recent Finally Friday column. As a fan

Mango Salsa

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 28th, 2017| Recipes, Salads, Spreads & Sauces

It looks and tastes like a bite of summer.

This salsa is so eye-appealing that some people assumed it was a side salad. The person in particular was my daughter. I had made crunchy, baked haddock for fish tacos and served it with shredded beet salad

Polenta- I Like It in So Many Forms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 26th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts

How I adore you, creamy polenta!

Polenta is one of those dishes that I absolutely love but put into the special occasion category. In case you aren't aware, the reason polenta is so incredibly yummy is that it's usually made with butter, cheese, and milk or cream. Thus, I

Finally Friday- June 23rd

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 23rd, 2017| Finally Friday

The longer I'm here, the more I really am loving this downtown living.

Last weekend was filled with horses, as many have been of late. While the racing was mediocre, our horse didn't perform as well as expected, our visit to the stable was wonderful as always. Each and

Shredded Beet Salad with Apples & Almonds

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 21st, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads

The purple shade of this salad alone makes it worth trying!

I truly enjoy beets. In many different fashions. Pickled beets make a fine side dish on their own or as a topping to add a little zing to a salad. As for roasted beets, I have many, many

Summer- The Season of Salads

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 19th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts

There's nothing quite like the warmth of summer being balanced by a cool, crisp salad.

I'm guessing that most people don't agree with the title of today's post. If you take a peek at advertising, summer is the season of: cookouts, watermelon, ice cream, lemonade, corn on the cob,

Finally Friday- June 16th

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 16th, 2017| Finally Friday

Home for the weekend = time with friends

It was nice to be home last weekend and have a mix of fun things on the docket. With delightful summer weather for the entire weekend, there was no reason to stay inside. Finally. So, I made the most of it-

Word of the Day- Drupe

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 12th, 2017| Tasty Thoughts

What's a drupe? Hint, hint. Look below.

I know that I wrote last week that I have stopped creating themes, and I did. However, in the world of whimsy sometimes themes just appear on their own. This week the new recipes involve stone fruit. As I began to write

Finally Friday- June 9th

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 9th, 2017| Finally Friday

Guess where I was last weekend?

We'll get to last weekend's travels later, but I'll start with sharing an odd/interesting note on my sleep. After a night of fairly restless sleep, I woke this morning and realized I had been dreaming about baking. I do love food- thinking about

Mini Cannoli Cups

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 8th, 2017| Desserts, Recipes

Sometimes you just need a bite-sized bit of cannoli.

Cannolis are a perplexing dessert for me. I do like them, but whenever we are at a restaurant that serves them, more than likely there is another dessert that tempts me more. Perhaps it's a dish of salted

Sweet Potato Melts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 7th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Basically it's an open-faced grilled cheese made healthy.

 I'm totally obsessed with gooey, melted cheese in almost any form. However, eating that daily would not be good for my health nor my wardrobe. So, I keep my consuming of grilled cheese and pizza to the weekend. To