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Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 3rd, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

A sweet, tangy, creamy topping for crackers and crostini

Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

A simple cheese and fruit topping all in one

  • 4 ounces goat cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries

  1. Combine goat cheese, 1 tablespoon sugar, and cranberries in food processor.
  2. Blend until cranberries are pureed well.
  3. Add additional sugar if a sweeter spread
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Homemade Rosemary Parmesan Crackers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 2nd, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipes

Full of flavor, these crackers are worth the little bit of effort required to make them.

Homemade Rosemary Parmesan Crackers

These crackers are 1,000% worth the time it takes to make them.

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (chilled)
  • 4 tablespoons milk

  1. Combine flour, salt, rosemary, and parmesan in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to combine.
  2. Cut butter into tablespoon-sized slices.
  3. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon
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Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Crackers

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

Simply sweet, easily made, utterly delicious

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Crackers

  • 1 piece lavash
  • 1 tablespoon butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Brush lavash with butter. (You don’t need to use all of it, just enough to make the cinnamon & sugar stick.)
  3. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  4. Sprinkle sugar mixture generously over buttered lavash. (There probably will be leftover cinnamon sugar. Save for another use.)
  5. Place lavash on middle rack of oven, and bake for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool for a minute or two,
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How to Shop for the Best Organic Wine

by Editorial Team December 1st, 2020 | Cooking Basics

If you love your wine authentic, you likely will have a flair for the organic kind. And while there are a million-plus bottles available for you to choose from, you surely want one that certainly has all you need in a drink, which is tasty, refreshing, and free from any additives that could compromise its authenticity. 

Drinking a healthy glass of wine could do a lot of good for your heart, and not to mention help with dealing with a stressful day. And getting your hands on

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Pomegranate & Pistachio Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 30th, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Simple to make and festive to look at, these bruschetta are a perfect appetizer for the holiday season.

Pomegranate & Pistachio Bruschetta

  • 20 1/2" baguette slices
  • 4 ounces goat cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup salted pistachios
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • Honey
  • Flaked sea salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place baguette slices directly on rack in the middle of the oven.
  3. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until crisp.
  4. While the baguette slices toast, chop pistachios until fine.
  5. Take baguette slices out of oven.
  6. Spread a thin layer of goat cheese
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Easy Appetizers for Thanksgiving Weekend

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 27th, 2020 | Recipe Collection, Recipes

Extra days off from work plus recipes for easy appetizers equal a simple and delicious Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanksgiving is different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't make it a tasty holiday nonetheless. Choose a simple appetizer recipe or two to make this weekend extra tasty.

Bourbon Brown Sugar Mixed Nuts- Not only is this an easy to make recipe, but the mixed nuts store incredibly well. Make them a few days in advance, put them in

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Home Upgrade: Improving the Essential Parts of your Home

by Editorial Team November 27th, 2020 | Cooking Basics

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Have you ever had a vacation wherein you rent a house or a condo unit? Aside from the beautiful view it has, your unit surely has a clean kitchen, a comfortable bathroom, a spacious living room, and all

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Cranberry Vinaigrette

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 25th, 2020 | Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

Use up those leftover cranberries with this simple salad dressing recipe.

Cranberry Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • olive oil

  1. Combine cranberries, vinegar, and sugar in a blender or food processor.
  2. Pulse until most of the cranberries are pureed.
  3. Add oil, as desired. Most recipes would recommend 1/2 cup.*

I prefer no oil in my dressing, but that produces a very tart vinaigrette.

It's the day before Thanksgiving, but with most people staying home and having smaller than usual gatherings, you

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Homemade Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 24th, 2020 | Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

There's no need to buy the stuff in the can when homemade is as simple as this.

Homemade Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

The easiest side dish for a holiday dinner

  • 1 cup water or cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 ounce package fresh cranberries

  1. Combine juice or water and sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat.
  2. Stir continuously until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add cranberries; stir occasionally, until it returns to boiling.
  4. Reduce heat to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally until cranberries begin to burst, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat to cool.
  6. Transfer to a covered container,
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Sweet Potato Casserole Bites

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 23rd, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipes

All the flavors of a sweet potato casserole in a simple, bite-sized format.

Sweet Potato Casserole Bites

  • 2 sweet potatoes (cut widthwise into 1/2” slices)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 full-sized marshmallows
  • 24 pecan halves

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Lightly brush both sides of sweet potato rounds with butter.
  4. Place on prepared baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Flip and bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. While the rounds continue to bake, place marshmallows in the
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Four Fabulously Fruity Cookie Recipes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 20th, 2020 | Recipe Collection, Recipes

They may not have a full serving of fruit, but they sure are deliciously full of fruit flavors.

So far this week I have shared recipes for a cranberry cookie, a blueberry biscotti, an apricot biscotti, and a bar cookie that features cranberries. It's time to discover other fruits that have earned their places in the world of cookies.

Almond Joy Cookies- Yes, there may be almonds and chocolate in this cookie, but there also is a good amount

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Frosted Apricot Biscotti

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 19th, 2020 | Breakfast Dishes, Desserts, Recipes

Dried apricots and a sweet glaze combine to make a delicious dessert or indulgent breakfast treat

Frosted Apricot Biscotti

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup diced dried apricot
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla extract, beating until smooth.
  4. In a separate
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Trail Mix Bar Cookies

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

All the pieces of trail mix in an indulgent bar cookie; you decide whether it's a treat or a health food.

Trail Mix Bar Cookies

Shhh. . .I won't tell anyone

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Double Blueberry Biscotti

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 17th, 2020 | 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, until combined.
  4. Add vanilla extract, mixing until blended.

  5. Add baking powder, salt, and flour, mixing
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Spiced Pear and Cranberry Cookies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 16th, 2020 | Desserts, Recipes

Also known as I miss New Hampshire in the fall cookies,
they're the perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of coffee and a cozy fire.

Spiced Pear and Cranberry Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup diced pear
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Combine
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Not Your Typical Meatball Recipes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 13th, 2020 | Recipe Collection, Recipes

For a meatball that's memorable, give one of these recipes a try.

Meatballs are a happy, flexible dish. Want to serve a sit-down dinner with pasta? Meatballs go with that. Enjoying an afternoon of movies at home? Meatballs are a terrific snack. Seeking a hearty sandwich? Meatball sub on the way!

To get some memorable meatballs into your life, try one of these recipes.

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Thanksgiving Meatballs 2.0

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 11th, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Want the flavor of Thanksgiving in bite-sized format? This is the recipe you need.

Thanksgiving Meatballs 2.0

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup crushed garlic croutons
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • Black pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine turkey, crushed croutons, egg, and sage in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix well using hands or a spoon.
  4. Season with black pepper.
  5. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Form mixture into balls the size of walnuts and place on prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15-20
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What You Should Know About Tequila Glasses

by Editorial Team November 11th, 2020 | Cooking Basics

No party is ever complete without a couple of tequila shots along the way. You can ask anyone. There's no person in the world who hasn't tried a tequila shot at some point in their life. If you are among

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Cranberry Sauced Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 9th, 2020 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Shhh. Don't tell the meatballs, but the sauce is the star of this recipe.

Cranberry Sauced Meatballs

  • 1-1/2 cups cranberries*
  • 1/2 cup water*
  • 1/4 cup sugar*
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper

  1. To make the sauce:
  2. Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat.
  3. Stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add cranberries; stirring until it returns to boiling.
  5. Reduce heat to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally
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5 Sweet & Savory Dishes to Make All Day Long

Michele Pesula Kuegler November 6th, 2020 | Recipe Collection, Recipes

From sunup to sundown, enjoy dishes that will satisfy your palate with a balance of sweet and savory flavors.

Have you gotten tired of me writing about my love for the pairing of sweet and savory? I am hoping the answer is no. In fact, let me offer five recipes that will help prove how

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