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French Onion Mushrooms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 1st, 2020| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Fork and knife are required for this stuffed mushroom.




 



French Onion Mushrooms



Fork and knife are required for this stuffed mushroom.



  • 4 portobello mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 large sweet onions (sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fino sherry
  • 4 ounces swiss cheese (shredded)


  1. Preheat oven to

The Easiest, Cheesiest Mushrooms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 30th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes

Cheese + mushrooms = What's not to love?






The Easiest, Cheesiest Mushrooms



Cheese + mushrooms = What's not to love?



  • 16 baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Remove stems from mushrooms, and gently remove

Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 11th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces




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 is desired.
  4. Use

Homemade Rosemary Parmesan Crackers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 9th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes

These crackers are 1,000% worth the time it takes 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

Cheesy Cranberry Sauce Puffs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 25th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Vegetarian

Cranberry sauce- key to a simple snack!






Cheesy Cranberry Sauce Puffs



Cranberry sauce- key to a simple snack!



  • 2 sheets puff pastry (defrosted)
  • 6 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup cranberry sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a

Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 22nd, 2019| Appetizers, Garnishes, Recipes




Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts



An addictive snack or flavorful salad topping



  • 5 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup walnut halves


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Combine sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves in a small bowl; stir well.
  3. Beat egg white in a medium-sized bowl.
  4. Add walnuts, tossing to

Apple Cheddar Pinwheels

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 10th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes

Apples, show us your savory side!






Apple Cheddar Pinwheels



Apples, show us your savory side!



  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups diced apples
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • Salt & pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar
  • 1 sheet puff pastry


  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter

Baba Ghanoush

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 5th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday




Baba Ghanoush



Hummus' fun, eggplant-based sibling



  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tb. tahini
  • 1-1/2 Tb. lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Pierce eggplant with knife in multiple spots, and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 30-45 minutes (depending on the size of your eggplant), or until it

Bourbon & Vanilla Peaches

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 20th, 2019| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes, Tapas Monday




Bourbon & Vanilla Peaches



Bourbon & peaches- a new classic combination



  • 4 peaches
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Bring a medium-sized pot full of water to a boil.
  2. Fill a medium sized bowl with ice water.
  3. Cut a small x in the base of each peach.
  4. Place 1 peach

Rhubarb Salsa

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 13th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

Move over, tomatoes. Rhubarb is here for your tortilla chips!






Rhubarb Salsa



Move over, tomatoes. Rhubarb is here for your tortilla chips!



  • 1-½ cups diced rhubarb (approximately 3 stalks)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¾ cup diced green bell pepper (approximately ½ medium pepper)
  • ¼

Rhubarb Chutney

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 11th, 2019| 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

Spinach Balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 6th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes

Handheld bites of spinach-y, cheese-y goodness






Spinach Balls



Handheld bites of spinach-y, cheese-y goodness



  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 10- oz. packages frozen spinach (thawed