Category: Spice Up Your Life

A good reason to say ?halo? to angel food cake

I like to stretch my abilities in the kitchen to try making foods I?ve never made before. This week, I was able to conquer another recipe off my culinary bucket list by making an angel food cake from scratch. I decided I would give it a try for our family Easter lunch, and I have to admit I was a […]

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Go with the grain: Make Mexican red rice

One of my favorite foods has always been rice. I love it with broccoli, served with chicken or stuffed inside a burrito, but if I had to choose my favorite style, I?d have to say, hands down, it?s Mexican rice. When I was younger, we?d often eat great authentic Mexican food at a quick place in a mall food court. […]

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Coffee sugar cookies will keep you grounded

It seemed like a normal day. I was in my classroom, changing the date on the whiteboard, pushing in and arranging chairs, and just like every morning, sipping on my travel mug of coffee. That?s when it happened. I took a large gulp to finish up the rest of the delicious liquid in the bottom of my cup only to […]

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Chicken penne bake makes a tubular dinner

I have been completely, head-over-heels in love with the warm weather. If I wouldn?t melt down into asthmatic wheezing due to the remnant cough from a cold I had last week, I would be spending half my time whirling around, Julie Andrews style, in a field somewhere. With that said, I?ve had little interest in being stuck in the kitchen […]

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Get a kick out of some spicy brownies

Teachers? loun?ges?much like break rooms everywhere, I suspect?are the perfect place to deposit any food you want to get rid of. In a matter of a few hours, the only memory of whatever treat your Tupper?ware held will be a few errant crumbs. At the high school, we often share food with one another, so during our most recent planned […]

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Easy cheeseburger pie makes a filling meal

At some point before I began teaching at Haven High School, the annual debate and forensics tournaments became known for serving pie at their concessions stand. Now, don?t get me wrong, I love pie. I just hate planning concessions stands, and they?re made even more complicated when you have to pick up more than a dozen fresh pies the morning […]

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New mac & cheese recipe isn?t Greek to me

I imagine that years ago there was a person standing in a kitchen, trying to figure out what to feed the family for dinner. This person noticed that the pantry contained a lot of pasta and a lot of cheese but not much else. It was on this fateful day that macaroni and cheese was born. It sounds like such […]

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Try this nutty idea for decadent cookies

?Are you spreading peanut butter on those peanut butter cookies?? ?Yes. And then I?m going to dip them in melted chocolate.? ?Why? Are you going over to the dark side?? ?Yes.? Sometimes Joey is both impressed and appalled by my exploits in the kitchen. This week was no exception. I have a great peanut butter cookie recipe that only uses […]

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Lemon cookies can fix any sour mood

On a rare even?ing where Joey and I were sitting at home in front of the TV, we found ourselves watching an episode of ?Lidia?s Italy? on PBS?s Create channel. After watching host Lidia Bastian?ich make a batch of lemon ricotta cookies, I could feel Joey?s eyes on me. ?Would you please make those,? he asked, trying hard to give […]

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Cauliflower soup is good for more winter

If you missed it, let me fill you in on one of the current health-food crazes sweeping the Internet: cauliflower. Food blogs and Pinterest boards will yield recipes for everything from mashed cauliflower that the author swears your kids will think is mashed potatoes to baked cauliflower pizza crusts. I?d read enough posts extolling me that I wouldn?t be able […]

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