Category: Spice Up Your Life

Cherry bars are anything but the pits

I recently found cherries on sale for $1 per pound. I was so excited that I bought three pounds. When got them home, I realized I didn?t really know what to do with three pounds of cherries, so I got online and found some recipes. The first recipe I tried was a huge hit: cherry coconut bars. Joey liked them […]

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Have a ball (or two) with your next meal

Over the past year or so, I have become enamored with any meal that I can double (or triple?or quadruple) and freeze the leftovers for future meals. Between my crazy schedule during the school year to Joey?s crazy schedule with the newspaper, it?s sometimes a miracle that we even manage to get a meal in at all, let alone one […]

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Nothing boring about going granola

One of the best parts about being on break from teaching in the summer is that I have time to eat breakfast at home every morning. I normally don?t get fancy with my morning meal?I tend to alternate between raisin bran and sugary kid cereal?but I love having time to just sit and eat. During the school year, I normally […]

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Cobbler is a ?berry? good summer dessert

Several weeks ago, my sister was kind enough to water our plants and bring in our mail while we were gone for a conference. This past week, I returned the favor while she vacationed. Of the two of us, I got the sweet end of that deal. When I house-sat last summer, I was inundated with fresh veggies from my […]

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Crock pot garlic potatoes gives more to ?clove?

I don?t know about all of you, but I was almost relieved that Mother Nature finally decided it was summer this past week. I?m not a huge fan of the heat, but my allergies were thankful we weren?t swinging back and forth between cool and hot days. This past week, I had the opportunity to spend a few days out […]

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Pie is key to beating summer heat

I like to consider myself a patient person. I feel like I have a relatively high tolerance for tedious tasks. But after squeezing the juice out of eight key limes, I realized my patience has limits. Fortunately, after tasting the delicious key lime pie I made after squeezing all of those limes, I discovered my patience (or lack thereof) was […]

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Sauce will make you ?pasta? plate for seconds

I have what my mother calls ?expensive taste.? That?s not to say that I spend lots of money (because I?m cheap to the core), but I have this strange knack of choosing the most expensive item on the rack when we?re out shopping. I also happen to have the same problem when it comes to high-calorie foods. If given the […]

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Nothing small about mini corn dogs? taste

Every year when the Kansas State Fair is on, Joey knows he has to take me so I can get a Pronto Pup and an ice cream cone from the Kansas Dairy Assoc?ia?tion. Some people go for the booths or the rides or the people-watching; I just go for the food. That?s why I was almost uncontrollably giddy when I […]

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Roasted red pepper pasta is worth the heat

The other day, despite the heat, I decided to heat up my kitchen by cranking my oven to 500 degrees. I did this for two reasons. First, our grill is out of pro?pane, and I was not interested in making a trip to the store. Second, I was hungry, and the recipe in front of me looked good enough that […]

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Chai coffee cake fits to a ?tea?

As a child, when I would help my mom prepare dinner, I was often the one who brewed up a pitcher of iced tea. We drank a lot of tea at our house, and I still get excited about getting a large glass of iced tea?even in the winter. Hot tea, on the other hand, has never been my favorite. […]

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