Category: Spice Up Your Life

Peach dumplings are anything but the pits

By now, I?m guessing many of you have discovered the apple dumplings made by Ree Drummond, more commonly known by her blog and TV show, ?The Pioneer Woman Cooks.? If you haven?t, they?re to die for, and you should try them (the recipe is at http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/02/apple_dumplings/ ?I always double the vanilla and add extra cinnamon). Every fall, I find myself […]

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Don?t be a dip: try some healthy hummus

When I transferred to Bethel College for my junior year, I quickly learned of a local legend in the communications department. You might assume I?m referring to a crazy professor or some creepy ghost story, but the legend wasn?t human; it was hummus. Up until my college years, I?d never even tried the Mediterranean spread, so when fellow students told […]

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Have a ball with chicken parmesan meatballs

Until I married into the Young family, for me, meatballs were always more of a secondary food item buried somewhere on an Italian restaurant menu. I definitely never made them at home, and I never thought of them as anything special. After eating many wonderful meals with Joey?s family, I can say with absolute certainty that I was not being […]

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Go ahead and fudge it: use a cake mix

I take a lot of pride in making something from scratch in my kitchen. There?s just something gratifying about pulling something out the oven, knowing that you measured out each, individual ingredient to make it all come together. Of course, I also live in the real world, and let?s face it, while we?d all like to be June Cleaver, it?s […]

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Try this bread if harvest is cucumbersome

If you didn?t get a chance to celebrate, Aug. 8 was National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor?s Porch Day. If you did get a chance to celebrate, hopefully it means you have a little less zucchini from the massive haul that your garden gave you or you have been enjoying some zucchini that some sneaky neighbor left on your […]

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Garden fresh tomatoes will grow on you

When my sister and brother-in-law decided to spend a few days out of state camping in the rain last week (the rain wasn?t really a part of their original plans), I had the duty of watering and harvesting their humongous garden. I have no idea how those two manage to eat everything they grow because after only a week, my […]

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I scream, you scream for ice cream bread

My dad and I have many things in common. We both love puns and jokes that make you groan. We both have awesome moustaches (OK, so mine?s imaginary, but I?d like to think I?d have an awesome moustache if I could grow one). And, most importantly, we both love ice cream. Even in the dead of winter, we?d gladly grab […]

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Fried-chicken recipe really got my goat

I did it again. I found myself standing in the grocery store, staring at a food I knew nothing about but was so cheap with its clearance price that I found myself putting it into my cart and bringing it home with me. This time, my frugality meter was set off by a quart of low-fat goat?s milk. As the […]

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Recipe for anniversary gets a little cheesy

This week marks four years since I got married to my best friend. For many people, anniversaries make them wonder how time has passed so quickly, but for Joey and me, we often look puzzled at each other when people ask how long we?ve been married. It seems like it?s been a lot longer than just four years, but I […]

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Rocky Mountain brisket at peak of flavor

When I was in college, my friends and I had a habit of saying, ?Put it on the wifely resume,? every time we discovered that one of us had a skill that would surely put us in the ?good wife material? category. For me, being able to make a cheesecake in my dorm room microwave and sew on a missing […]

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