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Cheesy Sausage Balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 12th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Sometimes I am so excited by a recipe because I know it will make someone else happy. This dish is one of those recipes. It's fairly simple. My husband loves sausage. My husband also loves meatballs. If I could make a sausage based meatball, I would have a doubly happy

Pretend Paté

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 7th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Although I love cooking for others, I also enjoy cooking for myself. For example earlier this year my husband was away for a few days, leaving me a solo empty nester for a couple days. As part of the trip fell on a weekend day, not only would I be

Simple Sausage Rolls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 5th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
One of the best ways to my husband's heart is by making a recipe that incorporates bourbon. Or by baking a loaf of homemade bread. Or by serving cheese in a molten form. Or by creating a meat-based dish. Actually, I could keep going- many, many foods are the way

Wine Braised Mushrooms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 31st, 2017| Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
I do not love the cold of winter, but I do love the cooking that it inspires. There's nothing quite like a day with subfreezing temperatures and a kitchen filled with warming dishes. Sometimes it's bread rising and baking. Other times it's a pot of soup simmering away for the

Veal Involtini with Brandy Cream Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 29th, 2017| Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Veal is an ingredient that I have come to appreciate over the past decade or so. Previous to that, it had been a food that I avoided both on menus and in cooking. However, after enjoying a few bites off my husband's plate at a restaurant at some point in

Italian Roasted Carrots

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 24th, 2017| Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
This recipe is a perfect example of my liberal definition of Italian cooking. I have no idea if this is a dish that is made in Italy, but the spices I used to season the carrots are Italian. For me anyway, basil and oregano always evoke thoughts of Italian food.

Whipped Goat Cheese with Pistachios & Honey

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 17th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Cheese- it's something that I incorporate into many a Tapas Monday menu. I know that it's an ingredient that will please both of us. Quite often I work with a cheese that has a melty, gooey component to it. However, that doesn't mean that I don't adore cheeses that lack

Sautéed Mushrooms with Quail Egg

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 15th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Historically I have been fairly particular (picky, if you like) about the way my eggs are cooked. I like my scrambled eggs to be well done, not soft cooked. I'm not a big fan of fried eggs, and definitely don't want my omelet to be wet. So, it was a

Basic Pasta Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 10th, 2017| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Spreads & Sauces, Vegetarian
I will start by admitting that I am not above buying store-bought pasta sauce. If it's going to be a busy day, and we're having zoodles or spaghetti squash for dinner, I might just buy a jar and heat it on the stove. I know, I could make a big

Classic Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 8th, 2017| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes
I've written about a variety of meatballs on Think Tasty, but I've never written about the basic meatball that I serve with zoodles or in subs. It's about time I did so.

Meatballs are something that I used to make based off of a recipe every time I made them. There
homemade garlic parmesan croutons

Homemade Garlic & Parmesan Croutons

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 3rd, 2017| Recipes, Simple Solutions
I'm going to let you in on a little secret. I usually buy croutons. I, queen of make it yourself, buy croutons at the grocery store. I'll hold my head in shame and go sit on the stairs for a while to contemplate the error of my ways.

Or I could
homemade crostini

Homemade Crostini

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 1st, 2017| Recipes, Simple Solutions
As I prepared to write this article I did a quick online search and learned that you can buy pre-made crostini at the grocery store. Who knew? I'd guess lots of people knew that, but I wasn't sure. It's such an easy thing to make that I don't think I've