Category: Spice Up Your Life

Sometimes you have to fudge a recipe

Full disclosure: I royally screwed up this week’s recipe, but it did still taste wonderful, so I’m sharing it with you anyway. I made a few missteps on this recipe. One was definitely my fault. The other was lack of direction on behalf of the original author, who is obviously more skilled than I. The one that was my fault […]

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Sometimes you have to fudge a recipe

Full disclosure: I royally screwed up this week’s recipe, but it did still taste wonderful, so I’m sharing it with you anyway. I made a few missteps on this recipe. One was definitely my fault. The other was lack of direction on behalf of the original author, who is obviously more skilled than I. The one that was my fault […]

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Sauce will have you wanting ‘summer’

There they were on my kitchen countertop: the final remnants of two friends’ summer garden efforts, a line of tomatoes and sweet peppers, all staring at me, begging to be made into something delicious. So I searched “tomato and pepper recipes” online, scrolled through the results and felt completely uninspired. Nothing seemed to appeal to my current mood, and I […]

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Be your family’s ‘gyro’ at dinner time

Tzatziki (pronounced zat-zickee) was not a term in my vocabulary until recently. I was scrolling through Pinterest, as I tend to do in my moments of spare time, and I stumbled on a picture of something that looked delicious. It was a recipe for Greek turkey meatball gyros (pronounced yee-rows) with tzatziki sauce. I’ve heard of gyros, but tzatziki was […]

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Breakfast pizza will be ‘tot’ of the town

Afew weeks ago, after a spirited debate about tater tot casserole, I realized that people have a lot of very strong opinions about how tater tots should be served. Something I didn’t realize is that the tater tot is actually a fairly recent creation; it was invented in 1953 by Nephi Grigg of the Ore-Ida Company. They were making frozen […]

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Just ‘Dew’ it: make off-the-wall cupcakes

I have to admit, I kind of went off the rails this week. Just stay with me on this one, but I decided to try a flavor combination I’ve only had while snacking or attending a barbecue—except this time it was in cupcake form. Sometimes I find myself going down a Pinterest rabbit hole and find all kinds of strange […]

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Get last slice of summer with roasted zucchini

I’ve been craving getting to play around with fresh vegetables in my kitchen lately. It must be something about fall being right on the horizon that’s making me want to grasp the last bits of summer gardens. When I came into possession of a few zucchini this week, I was excited to try a very simple preparation for it that […]

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Sausage, cheese make dish above ‘par’mesan

All of my friends who are avid crafters seem to have drawers full of leftovers and remnants from their many projects—buttons, fabrics, partial bottles of glue, etc. That’s how my pantry looks most of the time. Partial boxes, bottles and containers of ingredients I purchased to try a new recipe litter the shelves. I was thankful for the recipe I […]

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These cupcakes will leave you tickled pink

There quite possibly has never been as much pink in my life as there was this past weekend when my mom and I hosted a baby shower for my sister and brother-in-law. They’re expecting my niece in Novem­ber, and with my sister being much more of a girly girl than I have ever been, pink was the color of the […]

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This will help you ‘chili’ out about meal plans

I have a bad habit of realizing on my way home that I have no plans for dinner, pulling into the grocery store parking lot, scrolling through my Pinterest pages for a good idea and heading inside to buy ingredients for a hastily planned meal. We tried meal plan­ning for awhile and discovered quickly that leading the lives of newspaper […]

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