Category: Spice Up Your Life

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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Muffins make for a ?berry? good treat

I always know that summer has truly arrived when I see loads of fresh strawberries staring at me in the grocery store. This year, I was especially looking forward to that moment in time, because I had a recipe I really wanted to try for strawberry and cream muffins. One of our awesome readers, Stephanie Seiler, sent it to me […]

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Chicken parmesan casserole finds a place in the recipe box

Now that summer is here, I?d like to say that I?m finding myself with loads of free time to sit around and do nothing. Unfortunately, loafing around hasn?t been on the agenda for me yet, and I?m assuming, whether you get your summer off like I do or not, that I?m not alone in being pretty busy. One of my […]

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Nothing like a good pie, good company

There are few things better than spending an even?ing eating and socializing with friends and family outdoors in the summertime. We were recently gifted with a great evening of good food and excellent conversation in Newton (Thank you, Bruce, Laurie, Michaela and Andrew!). Our contribution to the meal was dessert, and in an attempt to not heat up the kitchen, […]

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