Category: Spice Up Your Life

This quick dish will be ‘pasta’-round the table

The past week was hectic around our house. I hosted our high school?s annual debate tournament on Saturday, Joey came home with all kinds of stories from his adventures at a wedding in Texas and I spent a few evenings at the school for parent-teacher conferences. (As a side note, I had some very pleasant conversations, and it was a […]

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Feel like one smart cookie with this recipe

The Internet is full of promises of des?serts baked in mugs in the micro?wave. To be honest, I haven?t always had a ton of luck with the different ?cake in a mug? recipes out there. I feel like Goldilocks as I wade through the recipes. Some are too moist, some are too dry, and only a few are just right. […]

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Pasta e fagioli a mouthful to say, but so good

Every once in a while, when I?m out to eat at a restaurant, I find myself in a conundrum. I look at the menu and spot a dish that looks amazing, but when I start looking at the name, I begin wondering whether I?ll be able to even pronounce it to order it. Often, I?ll decide that my embarrassment isn?t […]

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Stewing over a busy calender? Fill the freezer

As I look ahead at our Octo?ber calendar, it?s become painfully clear just how busy Joey and I will be this month. There isn?t much more space to add engagements, and with both of us moving in opposite directions over the next few weeks, coordinating meals won?t be very easy, either. That?s why I was excited to try a recipe […]

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Stewing over a busy calendar? Fill the freezer

As I look ahead at our Octo?ber calendar, it?s become painfully clear just how busy Joey and I will be this month. There isn?t much more space to add engagements, and with both of us moving in opposite directions over the next few weeks, coordinating meals won?t be very easy, either. That?s why I was excited to try a recipe […]

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You ?butternut? pass up this tasty recipe

Earlier this week, I found myself standing in front of the vegetables at the grocery store. I stopped in for some milk before I headed home, but I also had no idea what I wanted to make for dinner. That?s when I spotted something that looked beautiful, delicious and ,well, on sale: butternut squash. Personally, I love squash, and I?ve […]

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This recipe will make you one smart cookie

A few weeks ago, I was forced to do what I very rarely do: call in sick. It took Joey reminding me that a speech teacher without a voice is probably fairly ineffective before I logged onto my computer and e-mailed off my substitute plans. After I spent most of the day asleep on the couch with our schnauzer, Joey […]

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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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