Category: Spice Up Your Life

Come to the dark side…of chocolate

One summer, when I was volunteering at camp, I was recruited to be in a skit where the actors had to do whatever the narrator said. It was silly, and the kids loved watching us all make fools of ourselves while we were directed to crawl around and say weird phrases. My character had to eat chocolate—lots of it. The […]

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This crisp makes quite a ‘pear’

When I was in grade school, I loved getting canned pears on my tray for lunch in the cafeteria. They have a unique texture that I like, and I’ve always enjoyed the understated flavor of them. That said, I often forget just how much I like pears. When I bake pies or other fruity desserts, I tend to lean toward […]

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These green beans will ‘bacon’ to you

One day quite a few years ago, Joey and I were given a large bag of green beans—the type you’re supposed to let steam in the bag in the microwave, and they were whole green beans, which was not something I was particularly familiar with. I popped them in the microwave and cooked them according to the directions, and they […]

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There’s always room for Jell-O cookies

It was 1897 in LeRoy, N.Y. A carpenter by the name of Pearle Wait and his wife, May, were experimenting with how to preserve a cough remedy and a laxative tea. One of their experiments included using gelatin, and while they didn’t necessarily find a way to preserve their medicines, they did succeed in making history. The fruit-flavored dessert they […]

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The best way to stew about how cold it is

For me, it seems like I can tolerate winter until Christmas is over, but after that, I’m ready for it to just move on. The cold and the dark just aren’t my scene. That being said, I do love cold-weather food, and not long ago I had a major craving for stew, so I found the delicious recipe I’m sharing […]

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It’s time for a real sweetie (potato) pie

I know. I know. We’re done with the holidays, you’re still trying to avoid all the snacks and goodies that piled up in your house, and here I am shoving a delicious pie recipe right in your face. But hear me out on this one: We’re all going to have to wean ourselves off the sweet stuff of the holidays […]

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Hot chocolate will stir positive feelings

As a college student, one of the staples in my dorm room was a big can of powdered hot chocolate. No matter what the weather was, I enjoyed relaxing with a big mug of steaming hot chocolate when I was feeling stressed. I still love the stuff and make it quite a bit this time of year. One thing I […]

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Embrace the ‘chile’ weather with casserole

Before I consider buying a cookbook, I turn to several recipes in it and assess whether I think I can actually get my hands on the ingredients inside and if the processes for cooking are more complicated than I want to do or take lots of specialized equipment. Unless I think I can accomplish it with foods from the hometown […]

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Slow down and enjoy molasses-based pie

I know a lot of people despise making pies, but I’ve grown to really enjoy it. This year, I made a total of six pies for Thanksgiving to share with my family and Joey’s throughout the weekend. I normally try making something new every year along with the old favorites, because I like experimenting. My brother-in-law was the catalyst for […]

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Strawberry brownies will tickle you pink

Well, it seems Kansas decided to skip right over autumn weather and jump straight into being cold. The lower temperatures made me immediately wish for some warmer-weather flavors. Specifically, I became completely fixated on a recipe for strawberry “brownies” I found online. To be fair, these are brownies in texture only. There’s no chocolate or “brown” involved in these. It […]

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