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Healthy Poached Pears with Cinnamon Cream

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 26th, 2023 | Desserts, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Vegetarian

Fruit, yogurt, and a sprinkle of sugar make a fine dessert of these Healthy Poached Pears with Cinnamon Cream.

Healthy Poached Pears with Cinnamon Cream

They look indulgent, but they really aren't

  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 seckel pears
  • 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

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How To Choose A Restaurant For A Special Valentine’s Day

by Editorial Team January 24th, 2023 | Cooking Basics

With the holidays behind us, it’s easy to forget that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. While chocolates as a gift will always be appreciated, a romantic dinner is sure to create warm memories. This means that you had better start planning now so you can find the perfect restaurant. with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to go.

A restaurant with a romantic atmosphere, a reserved table, and special deals will create the perfect setting for you and your partner to celebrate your love for one

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Healthy & Sweet Blackberry Parfait

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 24th, 2023 | Desserts, Healthy Cooking, Recipes

Healthy & sweet can go together

Healthy & Sweet Blackberry Parfait

Healthy & sweet can go together

  • 6 ounces blackberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 graham cracker sheets
  • 1-1/3 cups vanilla yogurt

  1. Place blackberries in a small bowl, and sprinkle with sugar.
  2. Using a muddler or back of a spoon, gently press berries to make a quick, cold sauce.
  3. Place graham crackers in a bowl; using a tenderizer or rolling pin, crush into crumbs. (They don’t need to be evenly sized.)
  4. Using your serving dish of choice, spoon 1/3 cup yogurt into
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Top 3 Chocolate Recipes to Try This New Year

by Editorial Team January 23rd, 2023 | Cooking Basics

Happy New Year! The new year is a time for setting goals, forming new habits and trying new things. Finding new recipes and creating your own delicious treats can be an exciting activity and a great way to spend more quality time in the kitchen. That's why we've put together this list of amazing chocolate recipes guaranteed to make your taste buds dance.

From simple cookies and brownies, all the way up to grand desserts featuring deliciously indulgent Lily O’Briens chocolate; get ready for a delicious adventure through this collection of different ways you

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Cinnamon Sugar Butter

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 19th, 2023 | Breakfast Dishes, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

Cinnamon Sugar Butter

Is there a better way to top a piece of toast?

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature*)
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Combine butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl.

  2. Mix thoroughly so that the ingredients are thoroughly integrated.

  3. For easy spreading, remove butter from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.

*Although I typically prefer to use salted butter, unsalted butter produces a sweeter, tastier butter.

compound butter, condiment

If a recipe only has three ingredients and can be made in five minutes, does it really qualify as a recipe?
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Cinnamon Marbled Quick Bread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 17th, 2023 | Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes

Sweet & simple- What's not to love?

Yes, Think Tasty is all about food, but as I reread this recipe and article, I was amazed at all the differences between now and then. First, this article was published originally in the middle of the winter in New Hampshire. I currently reside in Tampa, Florida, where winter is just a little bit different. Second, this article is ten years old, so I had two kids in high school who were home for a weekend breakfast. Both are college graduates, living in different parts of the country. Yikes! However, some things
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The 3 Essentials To Be Able To Bake Sourdough Bread At Home

by Editorial Team January 15th, 2023 | Cooking Basics

After the pandemic hit and people had trouble buying bread since it was often sold out everywhere, they started learning how to bake bread at home. Then things got worse when it was very hard to come by yeast. Luckily, there is a way to bake

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Warm Sweet Potato Salad with Spinach & Cranberries

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 10th, 2023 | Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian

It's a big bowl full of healthy comfort food!

Warm Sweet Potato Salad with Spinach & Cranberries

It's a big bowl full of healthy comfort food.

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 5-ounce package fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1/2” cubes.
  3. Place cubed sweet potato on baking tray and coat with 1/2 to
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From Scratch Breadsticks

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 5th, 2023 | Breads, Recipes
As I was reviewing this post before republishing, I noticed the original publication date: December 2008. I wrote this recipe over 14 years ago. I was newly remarried, had preteen children at home, and kept store-bought dough in freezer. That last note may be most shocking part of it all. Regardless, I still like and use this recipe when I want some breadsticks with a meal.

About a year and a half ago, I shared a very easy breadstick recipe.  It is a quick to make recipe that can be made using store bought pizza or bread dough. 
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Lots and Lots of Cheese Pull Apart Bread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 3rd, 2023 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

If it hasn't been transparent in my years of writing for Think Tasty, I eat in a healthy manner. I do enjoy unhealthy food, but I try to limit it to weekends and Tapas Mondays. Of course, if you asked my husband, he would tell you that my unhealthy eating really isn't all that unhealthy.  He probably is right, but I like eating the foods that I do and never feel deprived. Most foods that are unhealthy don't appeal to me. I don't enjoy most fried foods.  I can do without chocolate. 

With all that being said, last week I decided
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Cranberry, Bacon, and Blue Cheese, Oh My, Pizza

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 29th, 2022 | Main Dishes, Recipes

Cranberry sauce isn't just for a turkey dinner.
Once you try it on this flatbread, you may wonder why you waited so long!

Cranberry, Bacon, & Blue Cheese Flatbread

  • 3 strips thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 batch pizza dough
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup blue cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/3 cup whole berry cranberry sauce

  1. Preheat large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add bacon, and cook until crisp, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  5. Place a pizza stone
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Apple Cranberry Compote

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 27th, 2022 | Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
Today's recipe originally published in September 2015. Although it was planned around fall weather and apple picking, you definitely can make this with store bought apples. Served warm, it is a perfect winter side dish.

Saturday, September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day. While that may not be a reason to gather the family for a dinner or decorate your living room with apples, it is a fun day to cook a snack for, especially if
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Apple Coconut Curry Bisque

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 22nd, 2022 | Recipes, Soups & Stews, Vegetarian

Who ever thought apples and curry would pair so well?

Apple Coconut Curry Bisque

Who ever thought apples and curry would pair so well?

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 4
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Six Ways to Improve Your Baking Skills

by Editorial Team December 20th, 2022 | Cooking Basics

Baking is an excellent way to pass the time. You can relax, focus on your creativity, and enjoy some freshly baked treats at the end of the process. However, not all of us are born with that special baking bone in our body. Nevertheless, baking is a skill, which means you can always develop and refine your expertise.

If you’re looking for a few tips on how to turn your subpar cakes into delicious delicacies, look no further than this article. In this blog, we will be sharing our top tips and tricks to help

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Slightly Sweet Butternut Squash Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 20th, 2022 | Recipes, Soups & Stews

In case you aren't a regular Think Tasty reader, you may not realize that I have a seasonal fixation with butternut squash.  Actually, it's a two season fixation, and if it's a cold spring, it can seep into a third.  I love eating butternut squash in cooler weather. It is hearty, has great flavor, and is so versatile. After cooking the squash, I have many lunches just waiting to be made. (If I don't share it with my family). Seeing that I can eat squash weekly, I don't have to share all that often. For reasons
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Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 15th, 2022 | Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

A sweet, tangy, creamy topping for crackers and crostini

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 at once or refrigerate in a covered container until time to serve.

If you're going to

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Build an Online Baking Business from Home

by Editorial Team December 14th, 2022 | Cooking Basics

Are you the go-to person in your locality when they need cakes, cookies, and more baked products? Do you like to try new recipes in your oven, wishing one day you could enter a competition and win it to open your bakery? If yes, this article is for you.

You certainly don't need to win competitions or grand prizes to start your bakery business. In simple words, instead of waiting to start your business in a physical store, leverage the

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Raspberry Jalapeno Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 13th, 2022 | Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
We are amidst the holiday season, and by this time you may be feeling worn of cooking for seasonal get-togethers. And yet, there's still more to come. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve- they all loom ahead, filled with fun and food. At this point, the idea of buying
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American-style chicken. A recipe that you can successfully use in every restaurant

by Editorial Team December 12th, 2022 | Cooking Basics

fried chicken with french fries and nuggets meal - junk food and unhealthy food

Breaded chicken breast - if you don't already have this item on your restaurant's menu, be sure to change that. Adding breaded chicken to your menu is a great way to enrich your offer with a popular and well-loved dish. Using our recipe, you can prepare American-style chicken in no time, and the result will impress any fan of this type of cuisine. And many more!

American-style chicken - what distinguishes it?

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Honey Glazed Nuts

Michele Pesula Kuegler December 8th, 2022 | Recipes, Simple Solutions

Turn a bag of plain old walnuts or almonds into extra special honey glazed nuts

As always, the Christmas season arrives, and the pace inside our household quickens.  With four children excited for presents and school vacation, there is a constant air of excitement.  Add a set of parents staying for a few days and friends and family visiting for the holiday, and you have

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