Category: Spice Up Your Life

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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Get ready for your mouth to open ?sesame?

Grocery stores are such interesting places if you look up from your shopping list and study shelves where you don?t normally search for ingredients. There are a lot of fascinating foods out there that, to be honest, I have no idea how to do anything with. Not long ago I bought some sesame oil. I?d never used it before, but […]

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Crackin? good: Egg cookies ain?t no yolk

My grandma made the best custard pie. It was cinnamon-y and delicious, and I always looked forward to getting a piece at family gatherings. I think she might have kept making it partially because she knew I liked it so much. When Joey joined the family, the first chance I got to expose him to her custard pie, I was […]

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Chill out with this no-churn ice cream

Several weeks ago, a friend of mine enlisted my help with a thank-you dessert bar for some awesome volunteers. For my contribution to the spread, she asked if I?d bring ice cream. Now, a normal person would have gone to the store, bought a couple containers of ice cream and brought them on over. But I saw this as an […]

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You ?oat? to try this awesome oatmeal cake

If being a teacher has taught me nothing else, it is that teenagers are incredibly motivated by food. Not long ago, my yearbook students earned a baked treat for completing a big milestone. When the nine of them sat down to decide what they wanted me to make for them, I learned another lesson: teenagers are picky?even with dessert. After […]

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There?s ?muffin? wrong with this recipe

For days, I had about a dozen leftover strawberries sitting in my fridge, and I was baffled as to what to do with them. After some Web searching, I decided it was time to make something for breakfast, and when I ran across a recipe for strawberry coffee cake muffins on the blog called ?Living Better Together,? I was sold. […]

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