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Rhubarb Chutney

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 17th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

Rhubarb Chutney

A sweet & savory topping for spring

  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. (Keep a careful eye on the chutney, as it can burn quite easily.)
  4. Serve warm, or refrigerate.

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What to Know About Custom Food Trucks

by Editorial Team June 16th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Aspiring business owners are sometimes so concentrated on opening a physical location that they overlook the fact that there may have been other ways to attain their goals. For example, many entrepreneurs cannot afford to open their own restaurants because it requires a large amount of money. A food truck, on the other hand, might be the perfect mix of risk and profit.

There are several benefits to owning and operating a food truck rather than a typical restaurant. First, it comes in handy from a business

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Food-Grade Plastic Bucket – Possible Vessel for Wine-Making

by Editorial Team June 15th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Many wine lovers are fond of shopping for their beloved bottle of wine. While this has never been a bad idea, you should be aware that you can make the wine yourself.

You even stand the chance to learn more and make it just the way you want. This can also be a good way to pass the quality time spent indoors considering the lockdowns in many parts of the country and the world at large.

In short, wine-making right within your personal space

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Rhubarb Salsa

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 15th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes

Move over, tomatoes! Rhubarb Salsa is the new topping you want to serve with tortilla chips.

Rhubarb Salsa

  • 1-½ cups diced rhubarb (approximately 3 stalks)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ cup diced green bell pepper (approximately ½ medium pepper)
  • ¼ cup minced jalapeno
  • ⅓ cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt & pepper

  1. Heat nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add diced rhubarb, and sauté for 2 minutes

  3. Sprinkle with sugar, and sauté for additional minute

  4. Transfer to mixing bowl.
  5. Add pepper, jalapeno, onion, lime

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Broccoli “Meat”balls- A Delicious Oxymoron

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 10th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

Broccoli "Meat"balls

Satisfying & good for you

  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Steam broccoli until fork tender.
  3. Allow broccoli to cool slightly, then purée in a blender or food processor.
  4. Combine puréed broccoli and all remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  5. Form broccoli mixture into balls about the size of a walnut.
  6. Transfer broccoli balls to a baking sheet that has been coated with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Bake for 22 minutes.

Although I'm not a vegetarian, I do love converting many meat-based dishes
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Spinach and Cheddar Balls- No Forks Required

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 8th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

These spinach balls are the height of kinda-healthy. Full of spinach and a bit of cheese, you get your veggies and some indulgence in one bite.

This recipe isn't even two years old, but it's making an appearance in the "recipe from the archives" slot. It fits here perfectly for three reasons. One, these are incredibly delicious, so I need to remind everyone to make them. Two, there's a good chance that you have the ingredients on hand to make them, which is what we all

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 3rd, 2021 | Desserts, Recipes
Both of my children are college students this year. Both of them chose locations that take several days (even up to a week) for mail to reach them. Thus, I have a dilemma when shipping homemade goodies to them- keeping food fresh. Regular care package items, like chocolate chip cookies,
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Chocolate Filled Peanut Butter Mini Cups

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 1st, 2021 | Desserts, Recipes

In the almost two years since I published this recipe, I have become a full-time empty nester. However, in the interesting ways of the world, I now live only about four hours from my oldest. While it's not next door, I'm sure there will be more opportunities to get together, as our distance isn't as far. Then there will be an opportunity to deliver baked goods without a few days of shipping in between.

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in June 2019, keep reading.

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Waldorf Salad Revisited

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 27th, 2021 | Recipes, Salads

Waldorf Salad Revisited

All the flavors of the classic but healthier

  • 3 apples (cored & chopped)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 Tb. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  1. Toss apple with lemon juice in a large bowl.
  2. Add celery and walnut, and toss to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
  4. Pour dressing on apple mixture and stir.
  5. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

Every time I create a new recipe, I also need to search the archives for a corresponding recipe. This week the recipes are twins.
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Things to Know Before Buying Coffee Makers

by Editorial Team May 27th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Many people consider a coffee maker to be the center of their kitchen. This is where they go first thing in the morning when they have just gotten home and whenever they need a break. It starts with the freshest and most potent brew to wake you up and wanes with the last decaf for the evening.

This is why many people consider it a big investment when it comes to choosing the right coffee makers. After all, these small machines are the happiness of the entire

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Tangy Waldorf Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 25th, 2021 | Recipes, Salads

The Waldorf Salad you didn't know you needed

Tangy Waldorf Salad

The Waldorf Salad you didn't know you needed

  • 6 oz. baby kale
  • 2 oz. goat cheese (softened)
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 apple (cored)
  • 4 celery stalks
  • Pecans

  1. Heat large nonstick pan over medium heat; spray pan with nonstick spray.

  2. Add kale to pan and saute for 3-5 minutes, or just until the kale begins to wilt.

  3. Transfer kale to 2 serving dishes, and refrigerate.

  4. In a large bowl, combine goat cheese and yogurt, stirring until thoroughly mixed.

  5. Chop apple and celery into bite-sized pieces, and

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Benefits of Natural Gas Grills

by Editorial Team May 24th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Are you thinking about investing in a grill for your backyard? If yes, this is the right guide for you. Backyards are the perfect place for family gatherings, and the focus thing for such groups is the grill. But sometimes it can be confusing which grill to choose, what size, style, etc.

Don’t lose hope because there is the perfect grill for

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Vanilla Blueberry Pie Parfait

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 20th, 2021 | Desserts, Recipes

Who says dessert can't be healthy-ish?
This Vanilla Blueberry Pie Parfait proves otherwise.


Vanilla Blueberry Pie Parfait

A dessert that will cure your sweet tooth in a healthy way

  • 2/3 cup frozen wild blueberries (thawed)
  • 2 tsp. sugar (divided)
  • 2 graham
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Double Blueberry Biscotti

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 18th, 2021 | Breakfast Dishes, Desserts, Recipes

Blueberries in and on top of this biscotti make for a doubly delicious dessert

Double Blueberry Biscotti

  • 1/3 cup butter (softened)
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Skim milk
  • ½ cup freeze dried blueberries

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine butter and sugar in stand mixer; mix on speed 2 for 2 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until combined.

  4. Add vanilla extract, mixing until blended.

  5. Add baking powder, salt, and
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Chilled, Stuffed Tomatoes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 13th, 2021 | Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Chilled, Stuffed Tomatoes

A vegetarian main dish perfect for a hot summer night or anytime you can get your hands on some freshly picked tomatoes!

  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 Tb. sugar
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1-2 tsp. dried basil

  1. Bring pot of water to boil.
  2. While heating, remove husk from corn.
  3. Add corn and sugar to boiling water. Remove from heat, and let stand for 10 minutes.
  4. Cut tops off of tomatoes and remove seeds and pulp, using a spoon.

  5. Dice pulp and discard seeds.
  6. Remove pit and peel from avocado and dice.
  7. When corn is cooked, allow to cool, then cut
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Cheese & Herb Stuffed Tomatoes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 11th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

Highlight the flavors of freshly picked tomatoes with a simple filling of goat cheese and herbs.

Cheese & Herb Stuffed Tomatoes

Sure, we can call this a serving of veggies!

  • 6 plum tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 4 oz. goat cheese (softened)
  • 8 fresh basil leaves (minced)
  • Artisanal balsamic vinegar (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Slice tomatoes in half widthwise; remove seeds and pulp

  3. Drizzle olive oil on tomatoes, rub to coat inside and

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The 3 Steps To Having A Super Organized Kitchen

by Editorial Team May 10th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

We spent a good amount of time in our kitchens. Only in the bedroom is more time spent and that is mainly because we sleep there. The kitchen is usually the beating heart of the home.

Which means that it can get quite cluttered and disorganized. When you live a busy life it is inevitable that things will end up getting out of control as you treat the kitchen as a utility room and it can get untidy very quickly.

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How to Start Cooking Healthy Meals at Home?

by Editorial Team May 8th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

We’ve heard it for ages - nothing is better at nourishing us than home-cooked food. But are they healthy enough? 

Most times, even while cooking at home, we tend to ignore health standards. Whether we do

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Banana Frozen Yogurt

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 6th, 2021 | Desserts, Recipes

Banana Frozen Yogurt

A luxurious dessert that is actually quite healthy

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt*

  1. Peel bananas and mash with a fork or potato masher in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Combine milk and sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Combine bananas, milk mixture, and yogurt in a large bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour into ice cream machine, and follow directions in your owner’s manual. (My yogurt took approximately 20 minutes to reach soft-serve consistency.)

*If you don’t like Greek yogurt, you could use a plain or vanilla yogurt. However, Greek yogurt

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6 must-have accessories to upgrade your kitchen

Editorial Team May 5th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Everyone who spends time in their kitchen and enjoys preparing fresh food knows the importance of having the right kit. If you’ve been making do with the basics, and realize it’s time to upgrade your accessories, then start with these essentials which will make all the difference – saving you time and helping you to produce delicious results. Here are 6 suggestions for upgrading your kitchen equipment.

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