Category: Spice Up Your Life

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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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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