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2 Easy Ways to Add a Kick to Dessert

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 27th, 2020| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipe Collection, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

Two simple and delicious ways to create adults-only desserts or appetizers that feature sweet fruits infused with some 21+ ingredients.









Some days it's fun to be an adult, other days it's more of a chore.

4 Ways to Get More Green into Your Diet

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 20th, 2020| Appetizers, Recipe Collection, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes, Soups & Stews

Try one of these four recipes to add more vegetables to your diet in the most delicious way!









After the wearing o' the green, drinking green beer, and partaking in any other St. Patrick's Day

4 Slightly Sweet Toppings for Crostini

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





Two slightly sweet bruschetta recipes aren't enough! Nope, although you may not know it, you need more recipes of this persuasion. Trust me. Once you realize how well these sweeter recipes help balance the savory nature of a meal, you'll

Between the fresh apples and sprinkling of dried sage this makes for a sweet and savory topping that tastes like fall

Apple & Sage Bruschetta

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

Between the fresh apples and sprinkling of dried sage this makes for a sweet and savory topping that tastes like fall.






Apple & Sage Bruschetta





  • 2 apples (peeled & cored)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon sage
  • Salt


  1. Dice apple into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Heat large frying pan over medium
Slightly sweet with a whole bunch of savory, this peach and caramelized onion bruschetta is the perfect topping for crostini and goat cheese.

Peach & Caramelized Onion Bruschetta

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

Slightly sweet with a whole bunch of savory, this peach and caramelized onion bruschetta is the perfect topping for crostini and goat cheese.











Peach & Caramelized Onion Bruschetta





  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
This is not your typical crostini topping. It starts with the typical base of tomatoes and basil, but it makes it even better with the addition of melted mozzarella!

Warm Bruschetta Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 4th, 2020| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

This is not your basic crostini topping. It starts with the typical base of tomatoes and basil, but it makes it even better with the addition of melted mozzarella!






Warm Bruschetta Dip





  • 3 tomatoes (diced & seeds removed)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon
A whole new type of bruschetta topping- tender red pepper and leeks combined with basil provide a fabulous topping for sweet potato rounds, mini naan, or crostini.

Leek & Pepper Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 2nd, 2020| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

A whole new type of bruschetta topping- tender red pepper and leeks combined with basil provide a fabulous topping for sweet potato rounds, mini naan, or crostini.











Leek & Red Pepper Bruschetta


Unlike any other muffin you've had, this one is filled with squash and gooey mozzarella. Who knew that eating your veggies could be so much fun?

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Muffins

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 24th, 2020| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday

Unlike any other muffin you've had, this one is filled with squash and gooey mozzarella. Who knew that eating your veggies could be so much fun?











Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Muffins





  • 1 spaghetti
Eggplant Salsa, Baba Ghanoush, Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich, and Warm Eggplant & Goat Cheese are 4 great ways to cook with eggplant

4 Recipes That Showcase Eggplant

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 21st, 2020| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipe Collection, Recipes, Vegetarian

Eggplant Salsa, Baba Ghanoush, Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich, and Warm Eggplant & Goat Cheese are 4 great ways to cook with eggplant.









I'd say that eggplant is my favorite vegetable to cook with, but that

Slightly Spicy Eggplant & Tomato Sauté

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 19th, 2020| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

Chunks of eggplant tossed with tomato sauce and chili powder make a warm, filling side dish or topping






Slightly Spicy Eggplant & Tomato Sauté



It’s a side. It’s a dip. It’s a spread. It’s delicious.



  • ½ cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 pound eggplant (diced)
  • 1-1/2 cups

Moroccan Eggplant Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 17th, 2020| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Eggplant, roasted peppers, garlic, and more coated with paprika make the perfect dip to serve with pita bread











Moroccan Eggplant Dip



A dip doesn't get much healthier than this!



  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Deconstructed Poached Pear

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 29th, 2020| Appetizers, Desserts, Recipes, Vegetarian

The perfect beginning or ending to a meal






Deconstructed Poached Pear



The perfect beginning or ending to a meal.



  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 bosc pear
  • 1 cup white wine (I used an unoaked Chardonnay)
  • 2 ounces goat cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Combine almonds and