Category: Spice Up Your Life

Vegetarian soup will give you inner ‘peas’

A pastor friend of mine noted on social media the other day that 2018 is a weird year, with Lent beginning on Valentine’s Day and Easter falling on April Fool’s Day. He was excited at the sermon possibilities that may come from it. I started thinking about folks who will avoid taking their dates out for expensive steak or lobster […]

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Here’s an easy potato recipe you’ll really dig

While spending summer days alone at home, between bouts of trying to kill each other, my sister and I would often spend time creating stupid videos that our parents tactfully refused to watch when they came home (good move), playing with the farm cats outdoors and pretending to be world famous chefs as we prepared the few lunches we knew […]

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Here’s an easy potato recipe you’ll really dig

While spending summer days alone at home, between bouts of trying to kill each other, my sister and I would often spend time creating stupid videos that our parents tactfully refused to watch when they came home (good move), playing with the farm cats outdoors and pretending to be world famous chefs as we prepared the few lunches we knew […]

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You ‘doughnut’ want to miss out on this recipe

I’m forever looking online for new recipes to try, and it seems like there aren’t a lot of foods I haven’t given a go over the years of writing this column. I keep a spreadsheet of the recipes that have appeared in this space to keep track of what I’ve done and also when they came out, since I sometimes […]

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You ‘doughnut’ want to miss out on this recipe

I’m forever looking online for new recipes to try, and it seems like there aren’t a lot of foods I haven’t given a go over the years of writing this column. I keep a spreadsheet of the recipes that have appeared in this space to keep track of what I’ve done and also when they came out, since I sometimes […]

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You’ll ‘barley’ be in the kitchen with this recipe

With all of the extra time I seem to spend in the kitchen this time of year, I seem to feel more and more uninspired about what to make for dinner and less and less excited about spending even more of my days in front of the stove preparing food. If you find yourself in the same boat, this week’s […]

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A solution for when you’re rolling in dough

This past weekend, my cousin and his wife were in town from Colorado, so we got together for lunch as a family. My grandma brought her amazing cherry and apple pies along for us to enjoy, and I had to laugh at my cousin and his wife (they were just married this fall), as they shared a piece of pie. […]

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Slow down and enjoy molasses-based pie

I know a lot of people despise making pies, but I’ve grown to really enjoy it. This year, I made a total of six pies for Thanksgiving to share with my family and Joey’s throughout the weekend. I normally try making something new every year along with the old favorites, because I like experimenting. My brother-in-law was the catalyst for […]

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Cherries, almond a nice mash up in cookies

Every once in awhile, my sister and I would be allowed to choose a candy bar of our choice from the convenience store. It was an agonizing choice—trying to figure out how to get the biggest bar within the set budget. I normally landed on Rolos or a Caramello, because I could get each one to last quite awhile. If […]

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‘Cran’ your face with this holiday bread

I think I was only vaguely aware of what a cranberry was when I was a kid. Craisins were introduced when I was about 10, so I was firmly entrenched in loving just raisins by then, and while I think I’d tried the cranberry sauce that comes in a can and is sliced up for Thanksgiving dinner, I’m not sure […]

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