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Banana Whoopie Pies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 25th, 2022 | Desserts, Recipes

Two words: handheld yumminess




Who knew what monster I was unleashing when I made Pumpkin Whoopie Pies in November? My husband had always turned his nose up at them, prior to this. (Deny it if you want, my dear, but it's true.) Yet, after he got to sample them at the office and then enjoy them again over Thanksgiving he was hooked. He
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Plum & Taleggio Prosciutto Packets

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 20th, 2022 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A delightful trifecta of yumminess




In the spirit of full disclosure, this recipe is not from deep within the Think Tasty archives. In fact, it's not even six months old. However, it really is the perfect partner for this week's new recipe. Both recipes are comprised of prosciutto, plums, and cheese and are delightful appetizers. So, ignore the newness of this recipe and enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness it offers. Here's to a delightful trifecta!

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in August 2018, keep reading.

This is basically a three-ingredient recipe, as you can see in the title
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Plum & Prosciutto Bites

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 18th, 2022 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A sweet and salty appetizer that could be considered a serving of fruit






Plum & Prosciutto Bites





  • 2 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 4 plums
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


  1. Heat nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Cut each prosciutto slice into 4 smaller rectangles.
  3. Place squares in heated frying pan, cooking each side for 30 seconds or until crispy.
  4. Transfer to a plate or cutting board.
  5. Preheat broiler.
  6. Cut plums in half along the crease; remove pit.
  7. Cut each half of the plum in half, so that you have 4 round disks.
  8. Sprinkle each slice with a pinch of sugar.
  9. Transfer plum slices to
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Cauliflower & Mushroom Risotto

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 13th, 2022 | Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Incredibly delicious & healthy in one bowl




Last week I diverted from the healthy eating routine most people follow in January. Now, it's back to some dishes that will help you recover from holiday indulgences. One of my favorite ways to do this is eating more vegetable-focused meals. I typically shy away from carbs at weeknight meals anyway, so if I also make a meal or two that are veggie-centric, it's a good way to eat a meal that's healthy and lower in calories. This Cauliflower Risotto is a perfect example of this style of cooking

To learn more about
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3 Expert Tips for Aspiring Food Bloggers

by Editorial Team January 12th, 2022 | Cooking Basics

If thoughts of your next culinary masterpiece occupy most of your waking and dreaming life, you may think food blogging could be an easy way to earn some cash.





Not so fast.





Unlike cooking, there is no magic recipe for a successful food blog – it takes a lot of patience, dedication, hard work, and equipment (a computer, camera, and a backdrop for food photography).





But we can give you some practical advice.





Here are three expert tips that every food

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Healthy-ish Cauliflower Cakes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 11th, 2022 | Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

Another yummy way to eat more cauliflower




After creating an indulgent, new recipe last week, I felt compelled to make sure this week's recipe had us back on track. In actuality, even though I call it healthy-ish, it probably is the right approach to take for good-for-you eating. This dish is healthy. Its main ingredient is cauliflower. There's an egg white- healthy; a pinch of flour- not awful; cheddar cheese- the -ish piece. 

What's nice about this dish is two-fold. One, it truly is a veggie-forward dish. Two, you can determine how much cheese you use. Need extra calories in
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Bourbon Cake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 6th, 2022 | Desserts, Recipes
On Wednesday I wrote about the chocolate peanut butter crunchies that I made for my kids, which means that today's recipe is for my husband. There are a few things to know about my husband: he's an adventurous eater, has a passion for horses, and appreciates
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Why Do I Need a Double Oven Range?

by Editorial Team January 5th, 2022 | Cooking Basics

If you love cooking, have a large family, or entertain a lot, then two are always better than one. However, switching from a freestanding range to a single-wall oven allows you to get numerous perks. The best thing is, these covers have less capacity than a freestanding range. Selecting a double oven range means you can easily bake a large meal at a time. This time saving will also cut your baking time. One of the significant features offered by a double oven range is, you can cook multiple dishes without mixing the aromas of the food. Use

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 4th, 2022 | 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, probably will be stale by the time they arrive. That's no good. If I'm going to take the time to make them and the cash to ship them, I'd like them to be enjoyable. Even though stale, homemade cookies may be better than cafeteria food, I still have standards to
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Pecan Pie Bars- Little Squares of Delight

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 30th, 2021 | Desserts, Recipes
Pecan pie is a dessert that everyone in our house enjoys.  While I enjoy pecan pie, I do have a couple issues with it. First, I have had occasional problems with getting the filling to set.  Sometimes the crust is on the verge of burning before the filling has gotten to the correct consistency. Second, I am not a fan of pie crust. I tend to dislike both the taste and texture.

After New Year's we had plans with another family while both of our oldest sons were home from college. With a theme of southern food, I was charged
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Chocolate & Caramel Oatmeal Bars

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 28th, 2021 | Desserts, Recipes

They're made with oatmeal, so they have to be good for you.




This week I'm focused on oatmeal-centric baked goods. Coincidentally both recipes were sent to two of my favorite recipe testers, my kids. Although not my original recipes testers, as I have been baking since my early teens, they definitely have been holding those roles since they were toddlers. So, with about 20 years of experience, they are good at providing feedback, and I'm good at knowing what to make for each. These Chocolate & Caramel Oatmeal Bars were sent to my daughter in Canada. Not only
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Herbalife Nutrition Clubs: A Community That Helps With Your Goals

by Editorial Team December 24th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

If you have ever tried to lose weight and/or become healthier before, you know how hard it can be to go at it alone. What if you had a community of people with similar goals who could all reach for their goals at the same time? This would be a powerful motivator for your lifestyle goals, and you can have it with an Herbalife Nutrition Club. These clubs provide a community of

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Falafel Special Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 23rd, 2021 | Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
If McDonald's can have special sauce for the Big Mac, why can't I have special sauce for my baked falafel burgers?

I usually think of burgers as delivery tools for their toppings and condiments. When I get a hamburger, I want lots of cheese, caramelized onions, fresh lettuce,
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5 Important Tips to Throw a Small Party at Your Home

by Editorial Team December 22nd, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Are you planning to throw a small party at your place? Friends get-to-gather is important to skip the stress of work-life because such parties always help in refreshing the mind. If you are going to organize this party for the first time, make sure to follow some important tips.





The party should be exciting enough that your friends can have fun there. Here, we have elaborated some suggestions that are crucial to follow. So, let’s explore:





Decorate the Place





You should decorate the house with the best décor accessories

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Baked Falafel Burgers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 21st, 2021 | Recipes, Sandwiches, Vegetarian
My husband is a huge fan of falafel. Whenever we are able to find a food truck with street meat, he's sure to ask for extra falafel. Personally, I don't get all that excited about falafel there because it's fried. I think it loses a lot of its yummy garbanzo flavor and becomes overwhelmed with oil. I know that's the reason that most people find it exciting. To each her own.

Recently I decided that I would try and make falafel at home but bake it. I figured that if there were enough spices and flavorings added to the falafel the
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6 Things You Need To Start A Sushi Business

by Editorial Team December 20th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

An ethnic cuisine that caught the fancy of Australians comes from the Asian region. It's not Chinese. It's Sushi from Japan. Sushi is synonymous with simplicity, seasonality, and great flavour. The popularity of this specialty food rose from 36% to 40% in just five years, and the upward trajectory continues.





Starting your sushi business has never been easier, and with the trend catching on, this is the best time to do it. The market now has devices like a sushi machine

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Sun-dried Tomato & Mozzarella Cigars

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 16th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
When I think of brunch, my mind typically wanders to breakfast treats: muffins, fresh fruit, danishes, coffee, mimosas. Of course, I am a huge fan of breakfast. Given the choice of going out to breakfast or lunch on a weekend, I will choose breakfast. I'm a sucker for good pancakes or toast. But I do keep my family and friends that prefer lunch items in mind. So, an ideal brunch menu will be composed of items from both mealtimes.

Thus, I am starting our two-week theme
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Use Whole Grains in Your Daily Diet for These Health Benefits

by Editorial Team December 15th, 2021 | Cooking Basics





As per health practitioners, you should eat at least three servings of whole-grain foods in a day. The reason is that these whole grains provide a plethora of health benefits for the human body. In fact, every organ, ranging from your

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Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 14th, 2021 | Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

When you want a tomato sauce so rich and thick that you need to spread it with a knife, this is the recipe you need.








Sundried Tomato Spread





  • 4 ounces sundried tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 4 tablespoons red wine
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Place sundried tomatoes in a bowl, cover with warm water.
  2. Allow to soak for 30 minutes or until soft.
  3. Drain tomatoes.
  4. Combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, wine, and paste in food processor; blend until smooth.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve or refrigerate, covered, until needed.


I served

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Beet Tartare

Michele Pesula Kuegler December 9th, 2021 | Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A vegan version of tartare. It's so delicious even your meat-loving diners will adore it.








 





Beet Tartare





  • 4 medium-sized beets
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  • arugula
  • 2 tablespoons diced walnuts


  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Remove greens* from beets and wrap each completely in foil.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes or until fork tender.
  4. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  5. Using
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