Category: Spice Up Your Life

Mexican recipe makes penty to eat today and ‘tamale’

Throughout the summer, we discovered that, for some reason, pork butts were on fantastic sales. Because Joey loves to fire up his smoker in the backyard, we bought quite a few of them and have lots of delicious, smoked pork in our freezer. We mostly use it to make tacos, combining the pork in a skillet with fresh green salsa […]

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Banana cinnamon rolls aren’t monkeying around

Banana cinnamon rolls aren’t monkeying around

My parents recently gifted me with bananas—a lot of bananas. So, looking at the bunches lining my countertop, I decided it was time to try every banana recipe on my Pinterest board. As I perused the large number of recipes I’d set aside, one popped out at me for banana cinnamon rolls. Not only did they look amazing, but there […]

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Warm breakfast actually is all it’s cracked up to be

Warm breakfast actually is all it’s cracked up to be

About the time Joey and I got married 10 years ago, I learned what “egg in the basket” was—a simple breakfast dish where an egg is cooked in a hole cut in the center of a piece of bread. I’ve tried to make egg in the basket many times over the years, completely enamored with the idea, but while I […]

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Time commitment not a deal-‘baker’ for no-bake pie

As a general rule, when I see the words “no-bake” in the title of a recipe, I assume I’m about to have a really easy time in the kitchen. Those are the types of recipes I save for when I need a quick dessert to bring at the last second. Well, this week’s recipe completely defies its no-bake moniker, my […]

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Let’s embrace the ‘pasta’bilities this week

Let’s embrace the ‘pasta’bilities this week

Until I began this column, I had no idea how many variations of pasta there are. I used to think I was pretty knowledgeable until I continued to discover new types that often were tough to find in small-town Kansas grocery stores. My recipe this week called for ziti, a tube-shaped pasta I’m definitely familiar with, but my local store […]

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You’ll have ‘fillings’ for this pot pie casserole

You’ll have ‘fillings’ for this pot pie casserole

I have a ton of amazing memories about my paternal grandma, who passed away in 2012. She was such an awesome person and a crazy good cook. Near the end of her life, she invited me over to her small apartment for dinner—just the two of us. She made a chicken and biscuits meal with some mixed veggies in it […]

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It’s time to get salty about your sweets

It’s time to get salty about your sweets

  Years ago, when Jimmy Fallon was on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream came out with a flavor called “Late Night Snack,” which was inspired by the show. The combination was “vanilla bean ice cream with a salty caramel swirl and fudge-covered potato chip clusters.” Being slightly ice cream obsessed, I tried it out, despite […]

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This will make you “patty” yourself on the back for a dinner well done

This will make you “patty” yourself on the back for a dinner well done

A few weeks ago, I was a bridesmaid in a good friend’s socially distanced wedding, and in preparation for the big day, I did something I have never done before: get a manicure. I opted for French tips—a layer of very light pink on the bottom and white for the ends of each nail. It ended up being a pretty […]

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Bread perfect for leftover that was driving me nuts

Bread perfect for leftover that was driving me nuts

I have had this block of leftover almond paste just sitting in the back of my refrigerator for weeks. Every time I would open the fridge, I would just stare at the container, knowing I needed to use it up but not being 100-percent sure how. But then there were beautiful, fresh blueberries sitting in the produce department at the […]

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Butter cookies have toddler tickled pink

Butter cookies have toddler tickled pink

My folks recently invited all of us over for hot dogs and hamburgers on a Saturday afternoon. We hadn’t all been in the same room since the stay-at-home orders began, and with things opening up and gathering sizes expanded, it seemed like a good time for the seven of us to socialize just a bit. As I have been doing […]

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