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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

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

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

Cinnamon Sugar Peaches

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 25th, 2019| Breakfast Dishes, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday




Cinnamon Sugar Peaches



An incredibly versatile dish with a simple recipe.



  • 3 peaches
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Tb. cinnamon-sugar mixture*


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Cut peaches in half, discard pit.
  3. Place cut side up on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until warm and slightly tender.
  5. Combine yogurt and cinnamon-sugar

Broccoli “Meat”balls- an Oxymoron

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 4th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian




Broccoli "Meat"balls



Satisfying & good for you



  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Steam broccoli until fork tender.
  3. Allow broccoli to cool slightly, then purée in a blender or food processor.
  4. Combine puréed broccoli and all

Charcuterie Figs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 25th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Bite-sized yumminess






Charcuterie FIgs



Bite-sized yumminess



  • 12 black mission figs
  • 2 oz. blue cheese
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • Honey


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Remove stem ends from figs, then slice in half lengthwise.
  3. Dice blue cheese into ¾” blocks.
  4. Slice each piece of prosciutto into 3 thin strips.
  5. Place

Fig Jam

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 23rd, 2019| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday




Fig Jam



The perfect jam to pair with charcuterie



  • 8 oz. dried Calimyrna figs
  • 1 Tb. brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tb. lemon juice
  • 1-3/4 cups water


  1. Remove stems from figs, and discard. Dice figs.
  2. Combine figs, sugar, juice, and 1-1/2 cups water in a small pot over medium heat.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 11th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday







Roasted Tomato Bruschetta



Full of flavor, even though they're winter tomatoes



  • 8 plum tomatoes (halved lengthwise)
  • 1 Tb. good olive oil
  • 2 Tb. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 large garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves (thinly sliced)
  • Toasted baguette slices


  1. Preheat

Cherry & Thyme Bruschetta

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 9th, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday




Cherry & Thyme Bruschetta



Why should tomatoes get to be the only bruschetta topping?



  • Olive oil
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 1 cup pitted & chopped cherries (about 20)
  • ¼ cup dry red wine
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. sugar


  1. Add a small amount of olive oil to a small saucepot over medium heat.
  2. Add shallot

Plum & Prosciutto Bites

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 31st, 2019| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

A whole new spin on fruit appetizers




I'm fairly certain that if you offer to bring a fruit-based appetizer to a gathering, many people will accept the offer but prepare themselves to be disappointed. Personally, I love finding a fruit tray at a buffet, but I know many people