Category: Spice Up Your Life

‘Cran’ your face with this holiday bread

I think I was only vaguely aware of what a cranberry was when I was a kid. Craisins were introduced when I was about 10, so I was firmly entrenched in loving just raisins by then, and while I think I’d tried the cranberry sauce that comes in a can and is sliced up for Thanksgiving dinner, I’m not sure […]

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‘Avo’ new experience with avocado cake

When I taught public speaking, one of the sample speech videos I often showed my students before we began work on demonstration speeches was of a young man showing how to make an avocado salsa. I watched that video more times than I can count, and while I’ve never made his recipe, I did learn from that sample speech how […]

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Sometimes you have to fudge a recipe

Full disclosure: I royally screwed up this week’s recipe, but it did still taste wonderful, so I’m sharing it with you anyway. I made a few missteps on this recipe. One was definitely my fault. The other was lack of direction on behalf of the original author, who is obviously more skilled than I. The one that was my fault […]

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Sometimes you have to fudge a recipe

Full disclosure: I royally screwed up this week’s recipe, but it did still taste wonderful, so I’m sharing it with you anyway. I made a few missteps on this recipe. One was definitely my fault. The other was lack of direction on behalf of the original author, who is obviously more skilled than I. The one that was my fault […]

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Sauce will have you wanting ‘summer’

There they were on my kitchen countertop: the final remnants of two friends’ summer garden efforts, a line of tomatoes and sweet peppers, all staring at me, begging to be made into something delicious. So I searched “tomato and pepper recipes” online, scrolled through the results and felt completely uninspired. Nothing seemed to appeal to my current mood, and I […]

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Be your family’s ‘gyro’ at dinner time

Tzatziki (pronounced zat-zickee) was not a term in my vocabulary until recently. I was scrolling through Pinterest, as I tend to do in my moments of spare time, and I stumbled on a picture of something that looked delicious. It was a recipe for Greek turkey meatball gyros (pronounced yee-rows) with tzatziki sauce. I’ve heard of gyros, but tzatziki was […]

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Breakfast pizza will be ‘tot’ of the town

Afew weeks ago, after a spirited debate about tater tot casserole, I realized that people have a lot of very strong opinions about how tater tots should be served. Something I didn’t realize is that the tater tot is actually a fairly recent creation; it was invented in 1953 by Nephi Grigg of the Ore-Ida Company. They were making frozen […]

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Just ‘Dew’ it: make off-the-wall cupcakes

I have to admit, I kind of went off the rails this week. Just stay with me on this one, but I decided to try a flavor combination I’ve only had while snacking or attending a barbecue—except this time it was in cupcake form. Sometimes I find myself going down a Pinterest rabbit hole and find all kinds of strange […]

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Get last slice of summer with roasted zucchini

I’ve been craving getting to play around with fresh vegetables in my kitchen lately. It must be something about fall being right on the horizon that’s making me want to grasp the last bits of summer gardens. When I came into possession of a few zucchini this week, I was excited to try a very simple preparation for it that […]

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Sausage, cheese make dish above ‘par’mesan

All of my friends who are avid crafters seem to have drawers full of leftovers and remnants from their many projects—buttons, fabrics, partial bottles of glue, etc. That’s how my pantry looks most of the time. Partial boxes, bottles and containers of ingredients I purchased to try a new recipe litter the shelves. I was thankful for the recipe I […]

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