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Two Indulgent Ways to Get More Cheese in Your Appetizers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 5th, 2021 | Recipe Collection, Recipes

What makes an appetizer even tastier?
Cheese, obviously!

Cheese is very near the top of my favorite foods list. It definitely is in the top five. However, there is a constant battle for the number one spot, so rather than battling it out, I just keep a collective group of

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Buffalo and Blue Cheese Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 4th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Every time I am digging through the Think Tasty archives, it's a walk down memory lane. Although I knew that this recipe was older, I didn't realize it was from so long ago. When I created this recipe, my husband and I were still newlyweds with a recently blended family. Crazy how time flies!

From the wayback time machine

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in September 2008, keep reading.

What does it mean when:

  • nachos are considered an excellent dinner? 

  • dinner consists of finger foods (or at the most, foods that can be eaten
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Broiled Pimento Cheese- A Most Delicious Discovery

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 3rd, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

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

It's not quite a year later, but my location has changed again. I'm now a resident of the panhandle of Florida. Our plan had been to travel to Arkansas for racing season but, well, the pandemic. So, until we get there again (hoping for 2022), we'll have some pimento cheese toasts to hold us over.

From the wayback time machine

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Whipped Goat Cheese with Pistachios and Honey

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 2nd, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

Transform this soft cheese into something elegant when you make whipped goat cheese with pistachios and honey.

Lazy Sunday eating is quite often meant to be simple. When it's a day with a short to-do list, you may not want to spend a lot of time working in the kitchen to prepare your meal. For me that means I often want an afternoon of snacks. This recipe is a perfect choice. It literally takes 5 minutes to make, and then it's time to start snacking. Pair it with another snack or two, and you have

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Hot and Cheesy Corn Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 1st, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes

Don't let the simplicity of this recipe fool you into thinking that its flavor is anything shy of amazing.

While I love to think about food and work in the kitchen, there are days when I just want food to be ready quickly. Of course, I'm also not a fan of many frozen, store-bought items, so I need recipes that can be made in little time. Today's recipe is part of that category.

This dip is about as simple as a homemade dip

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Fruit and Bourbon- A Perfect Pairing

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 26th, 2021 | Recipe Collection, Recipes

When you hear about bourbon and fruit pairings, your mind may drift to a cocktail. I'm here to show you how you can flip that thinking and make fruit the star and bourbon the supporting actor. Just try one of these recipes below and discover how the two pair nicely and make a fine dessert or appetizer accompaniment.

Bourbon Simmered Apples with Cinnamon and Sugar

This recipe definitely leans toward the sweet, but that doesn't mean that it is for

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Southern Salad with Bourbon Vinaigrette

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

It's funny to think that when I originally wrote this recipe I was living in New Hampshire. I knew that I would not stay there forever, but I really didn't know where we would end up. Fast forward almost four years and here I am a resident of Florida. Surrounded
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A Hint of Bourbon Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 24th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

An appetizer with hints of bourbon- why not?

As I think about this recipe, I am surprised that it took me until 2018 to create a meatball recipe that included bourbon. Both meatballs and bourbon are favorites on my husband's list of items to consume. Although it came later than it should have, it's definitely used frequently and provides much culinary happiness.

From the wayback time machine

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

January arrives, and it's time for a fresh start. All of the shimmering decor of the holidays is put away, and life
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A Beginner’s Guide to Ground Coffee

by Editorial Team February 24th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Are you new to the world of coffee? There are several terminologies that can be daunting for beginners. One of them is “ground coffee.” You may have seen enough brewed drinks and less of the grounds. Or you may have seen it and probably didn’t know what it was.

So, if you love to brew your own cup at home, this guide will show you how to ground coffee. We will discuss the grind sizes and how long they can last. The information will help you to choose the ideal

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Simple, Yet Elegant, Raspberry Bourbon Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 23rd, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday

This three ingredient recipe will change cheese and crackers from "Ho-hum" to "Woohoo!"

Four or so years ago, my husband and I made our first step toward our current empty nesting. With no kids living at home with us full-time, we sold our five-bedroom home and moved to a three-bedroom loft in an old mill building. However, there was a one month gap between our home selling and our apartment being ready. For that month we lived in a hotel. In that time I managed to "cook" several meals. They weren't off

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Bourbon Sugar- Add a Kick to Your Coffee

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 22nd, 2021 | Garnishes, Recipes

A sweet hint of bourbon in your coffee!

This recipe was originally published in August 2015, but it's been a recipe that I've used for even longer. My husband is as much of a bourbon aficionado as I am a fan of Cava and Champagne. Thus, we've had a container of bourbon sugar on the coffee counter for years. There's no kick in this sugar, but there's a nice hint of flavor to perk up your morning cup of coffee.

From the wayback time machine

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in August 2015, keep reading.

This week's

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Start and End Your Day with Delicious Bacon Dishes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 19th, 2021 | Recipe Collection, Recipes

Yes, it's bacon week at Think Tasty. Although I focused on appetizers in the four days prior, today I want to give you a day filled with bacon. That doesn't mean that you just cook some bacon to start your day. No, we are going to be more adventurous than that. Let the planning begin!

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Caramelized Peaches with Bacon and Blue Cheese

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 18th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Sometimes a peach is utter perfection. It needs nothing to improve on it and should be eaten directly out of hand. Unfortunately, the majority of my peach purchases don't fall into that category. Some of them are too firm and not

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Tastes Like a BLT Tomato Cups

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 17th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Want to know how to drive your husband crazy?

Cook bacon, and tell him it's off limits. Twice.

When I make a recipe for Think Tasty, I cook it at least twice, if not more. The first round of recipe testing involves recording ingredient amounts, baking times, etc. Once complete, I sample the recipe. If it's good, I ask my husband (or anyone in my home in pre-COVID times). With double consensus, the recipe will have another round of testing. (It's my version of

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Lavash Tarts Filled with Caramelized Onion and Crunchy Bacon

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 16th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

My husband and I are very different eaters. It's not just a difference of portion sizes and favorite foods. Our differences also lie in the way that we think about and plan food.

My version

When I think about creating a dish, I consider contrasting flavors and providing an assortment of textures. Why? Because when I eat, I enjoy savoring my food and its different sensations. As I plan a meal, I check for ingredients, make a grocery list, and think about how the food

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5 Reasons Why Ninja Blender Won’t Turn On

by Editorial Team February 16th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Ninja blenders are unique blenders that work by pulverizing principle rather than chopping up the food. A lot of people prefer them because they are simple to use. They come with manuals that can answer any related question like the warranty and cleaning process.
However, Ninja blenders can frustrate you by failing to turn on when you need it most. For such a reason, you need to have an idea why these devices at times fail

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Polenta Cups Stuffed Full with Blue Cheese and Bacon

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 15th, 2021 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

I recently read an Alton Brown tweet that struck a chord with me.

Culinary truth: Nothing tastes better than a meal made by someone who loves you.

I agree completely with this sentiment and have a thought to follow it.

There's no cooking better than when you're cooking

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The Best Sauces You Can Make To Take Your Steak To Another Level

by Editorial Team February 15th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Put down that bottle of A1 or whatever brand of brown sauce you usually put on your steak. There are so many other sauces that pair beautifully with a perfectly cooked steak that adds to the flavor and doesn’t compete with

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2 Pecan Biscotti Recipes You’ll Love

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 12th, 2021 | Recipe Collection, Recipes

Apparently, I have a thing for adding nuts to my biscotti recipe. Thus far this week I have had four other biscotti recipes that highlight nuts. From peanuts to walnuts to pistachios to almonds, there are recipes from which to choose.

But, wait, there's more!

Oh yes, I make biscotti with pecans as well. Today I'm sharing two of those recipe. Pick the flavors you like best, and let the baking begin.

Pecan Biscotti with a Bourbon Kick

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Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe

Editorial Team February 10th, 2021 | Cooking Basics

Here is the full recipe for lemon garlic grilled chicken wings that are a must-try. And we promise you will get hooked on the flavours and also the easy method.

Prep Time: 1 hour 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Total Time: 1 hour 40 min
Serving: 2 to 4

Ingredients List

For Grilled Wings:

1Chicken Wings2 pounds
2Garlic Read More