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3 Cheesy Snacks to Please Your Palate

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 5th, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipe Collection, Recipes

Do you want a snack that features cheese, looks fancy, but is easy to make? Try one of these three easy, cheesy appetizers.

I'm rounding out the week's recipe with a collection of easy as can be cheese appetizers. These are all so simple to make but also full of flavor.

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Ridiculously Easy Stuffed Peppers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 3rd, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

If you have leftover meatballs and are craving a snack, look no further than these ridiculously easy stuffed peppers.

Ridiculously Easy Stuffed Peppers

  • 2 banana peppers
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 12 small cocktail meatballs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Remove stems from peppers, and cut in half lengthwise.
  2. Remove ribs and seeds from peppers.
  3. Bring a small pot of water to boil. Add peppers; cook banana peppers for 1 minute and jalapenos for 3 minutes.
  4. Set peppers aside.
  5. Dice meatballs and place in small, clean saucepot. Add at least 1/3 cup sauce.
  6. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  7. Preheat broiler.
  8. Place peppers
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Pimento Cheese Toasts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 1st, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipes

Pimento cheese makes a fine snack. Transform it into pimento cheese toasts, and you have a whole new level of appetizer.

Pimento Cheese Toasts

  • 2 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 ounces diced pimentos (drained)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 5 ounces sharp cheddar (shredded)
  • 24 baguette slices

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl; stir until fully incorporated.
  3. Add garlic and chili powders, stirring well.
  4. Add pimentos, season with salt
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3 Quick Bread Recipes Perfect for the Weekend

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 29th, 2020 | Breads, Recipe Collection, Recipes

A homemade start to a weekend morning can be yours with one of these three quick bread recipes.

This week I've been focusing on carb-centric breakfast treats that I adore. Monday's recipe for Carrot Cake Scones is a recipe you can make in about an hour or less. Wednesday's recipe for From Scratch Monkey Bread needs the better part

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Dutch Oven Dining Experiences

by Editorial Team May 28th, 2020 | Cooking Basics

Using a Dutch oven as your implement of choice when preparing a meal is one that many home cooks share. Whether it is indoors during inclement weather or used to add some flavor to an alfresco experience, a Dutch oven, if well made, will serve you well. These are just some of the many reasons why you should invest in a Dutch oven of your own, or make better use of the one that you have.
Choose a Good Brand
It is important to invest in the best dutch oven you can afford

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From Scratch Monkey Bread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 27th, 2020 | Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes

Yes, you need to be patient for this recipe, but the end result of this from scratch monkey bread is work every minute of it!

From Scratch Monkey Bread

  • Dough
  • 1 cup milk (warmed)
  • 1/3 cup water (warmed)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 3-1/3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Coating
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  1. To prepare dough

  2. In a medium bowl, stir milk, water, butter, sugar, and yeast. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine flour and salt in bowl of stand mixer.
  4. Add liquids to flour mixture and mix on low speed until dough
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Carrot Cake Scones

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 26th, 2020 | Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes

Who says you can't have dessert for breakfast? These carrot cake scones will change your mind!

Carrot Cake Scones

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking
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3 Desserts That Feature Strawberries

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 22nd, 2020 | Recipe Collection, Recipes

Whether you want something elegant or something simple, one of these desserts that features strawberries is sure to be the right choice.

Today is my actual birthday! What better way to celebrate it than with an assortment of dessert recipes that feature my favorite fruit?

Strawberry, Champagne, & Mascarpone Trifle- This may be the perfect dessert for my palate- a little sweet, a little savory, and a

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PopPop’s Strawberry Shortcake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 20th, 2020 | Desserts, Recipes

The classic summer dessert created with homemade touches makes PopPop's Strawberry Shortcake even more special.


PopPop's Strawberry Shortcake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter (diced)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 quart strawberries (washed and hulled)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • whipped cream

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter.

  3. Combine ingredients using a pastry blender (or two forks) until butter is reduced

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Grownup Strawberry Shortcake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 18th, 2020 | Desserts, Recipes

The addition of almond liqueur-macerated strawberries and mascarpone whipped cream makes this grownup strawberry shortcake a dessert of great elegance.

Grownup Strawberry Shortcake

  • Macerated strawberries:
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup amaretto
  • Mascarpone Whipped Cream:
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Shortcakes:
  • 8 shortcakes (homemade*)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

  1. To prepare the strawberries:
  2. Remove stems from strawberries.
  3. Cut berries into bite-sized pieces; small berries can be left whole.
  4. Place berries in a small bowl.
  5. Sprinkle sugar over strawberries, then pour amaretto over the sugar.
  6. Gently stir strawberry mixture.
  7. Cover and
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3 Ways to Cook with the Veggies in Your Freezer

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 15th, 2020 | Recipe Collection, Recipes

Trying to figure out how to make a meal without going to the grocery store? Try one of these dishes that can be made with the veggies in your freezer.

If you're trying to go to the store less but keep your menu interesting, here are three great options.

Cream of Broccoli Soup- There's no cream in this soup, but it's got the texture and flavors of it.

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Is Your Cookware Made of Safe Material?

by Editorial Team May 15th, 2020 | Cooking Basics

We are lucky to be living in a society where we have different types of restaurants and café’s around every corner and if you are a gourmet enthusiast like myself, you would try a different one every weekend! However, when it comes to our health, this may not be the best thing to do. Going to restaurants once in a while is a good thing,

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Spinach Balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 13th, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipes

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.

Spinach Balls

Handheld bites of

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Healthy-ish Broccoli Fritters

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 11th, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Cooking from your pantry and freezer ingredients doesn't get much yummier than these healthy-ish broccoli fritters, which are incredibly delicious and pretty good for you!

Healthy-ish Broccoli Fritters

  • 3 cups frozen broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper

  1. Place florets in a medium-sized mixing bowl, and microwave for 1-2 minutes to defrost.
  2. Allow broccoli to cool.
  3. Gently squeeze florets to remove excess water.
  4. Option 1: Chop florets into a fine dice. This will take a
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3 Great Ways to Finance Your Restaurant Business

by Editorial Team May 9th, 2020 | Chef Interviews

Whether you’re trying to build your own restaurant or already own one and want to deal with cash flow issues, you may already know that getting financing can sometimes be a challenge in this field. However, when you know all the options at your disposal, you can start to see which ones are more attainable, and what you can do to secure them. You might also find financing options you weren’t aware of before, which could increase your chances. Let’s take a look at some of the common ways you can get financing for your restaurant business.

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3 Delicious Ways to Transform Goat Cheese

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 8th, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipe Collection, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

Take goat cheese from a simple snack to an elegant appetizer with one of these three delicious recipes.

When I'm looking for comfort food two of my favorite things are snacks and cheese. Today, I have three different ways to use goat cheese in an appetizer. Whether you want a little sweet or more savory, one of these recipes will provide you with cheesy goodness.

Blueberry Goat Cheese Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 6th, 2020 | Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

The brightness of freshly picked blueberries shine in this slightly sweet and slightly savory Blueberry Goat Cheese Spread.

Blueberry Goat Cheese Spread

  • 1/4 cup cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup blueberries

  1. Combine cream cheese, goat cheese, and sugar in a small bowl.
  2. Stir until well combined.
  3. Fold blueberries gently into mixture.
  4. Use as desired.
  5. Refrigerate any remaining spread.

This is a really handy spread to have on hand. In addition to using it as a condiment in
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Make It From Your Pantry Cheese Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 4th, 2020 | Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

Challenging times call for a recipe like this: Make It From Your Pantry Cheese Spread. Check the fridge & cupboards; then let's go!

Make It From Your Pantry Cheese Spread

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3 Ways to Cook with Rhubarb This Spring

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 1st, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipe Collection, Recipes, Salads, Spreads & Sauces

Whether you want to use rhubarb as an appetizer, a salad, or a topping, I've got your covered with these 3 ways to cook with rhubarb!

Rhubarb should be available now, but it won't be around for long. Let's get cooking with some inspiration from these three recipes.

Strawberry Rhubarb Salad- Sure, most people see rhubarb and think strawberry rhubarb pie. We're going to turn that on its head

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Making Soup At Home Is Healthy and Easy-Peasy

Editorial Team April 30th, 2020 | Cooking Basics

When it comes to food, it seems like the world spreads into two large groups: vegetarians and meat lovers. But what about soup? Where does the warm, yummy and hydrating liquid stand? Fortunately, people in both categories can eat it because well, it can be made out of any vegetable or meant and adapt to personal taste.

You will discover in

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