Category: Spice Up Your Life

This dip will make you say cheese

There was a Mexican restaurant we used to frequent when I was in grade school where I loved to explore the menu. Often, my goal was to find a dish with lots of cheese in it. One night, I spotted cheese enchiladas on the menu, and noting from the description that they were basically just cheese-filled tortillas and were being […]

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‘Orange’ you glad you tried these cookies?

We were recently invited to a special day-after-St.-Patrick’s-Day party. Since this followed the day of green, in tradition with the Irish flag, the theme for the party included all of the guests wearing lots and lots of orange (white would have been far too boring). I found an outrageously bright neon orange dress and paired it with some green tights. […]

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Make a side dish they’ll be talkin’ ‘sprout’

When I was a kid, I knew I didn’t like Brussels sprouts. That’s not to say that I’d ever eaten the vegetable in my entire young life, but I knew I didn’t like them, because any cartoon that featured a character having to eat them basically equated the action with torture. Oh, what a fool I’d been. As an adult, […]

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‘Orange’ you glad you tried these cookies?

We were recently invited to a special day-after-St.-Patrick’s-Day party. Since this followed the day of green, in tradition with the Irish flag, the theme for the party included all of the guests wearing lots and lots of orange (white would have been far too boring). I found an outrageously bright neon orange dress and paired it with some green tights. […]

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Taking a dip with real cheese

I know it’s a party favorite, but when I go to get-togethers where someone has a big crockpot full of cheese dip, I normally avoid it completely. It’s not because I dislike cheese dip. I love cheese—real cheese. What I can’t stand and am always afraid to run into is my arch nemesis: Velveeta. That rubbery stuff just grosses me […]

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Pepper in some flavor with a casserole

I am enamored by the pasta section in the grocery store. I’m amazed at how many shapes are available and often wish I was fancy enough to put some of the exotic ones in my cart. I was pretty excited with the recipe I decided to try this week, because it called for “farfalle” pasta. If you’re not familiar, farfalle […]

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Transforming brownies is no ‘truffle’ at all

One of the reasons I know Joey and I are a perfect match is our brownie preferences. Joey loves the crispy outside edges of a pan of brownies, whereas I love the fudgy, soft brownie that exists right in the middle of a square pan. The first time I made brownies for him, I left the center one for him—which […]

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‘Bean’ looking for a good meatless recipe?

Before our next paper hits the stands, many of you will be starting your observance of Lent. I grew up in a Protestant tradition that didn’t observe Lent, but later on, when I went to Bethel College, I had several classmates who practiced it and encouraged me to do it with them. I decided to abstain from sweets for the […]

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Come to the dark side…of chocolate

One summer, when I was volunteering at camp, I was recruited to be in a skit where the actors had to do whatever the narrator said. It was silly, and the kids loved watching us all make fools of ourselves while we were directed to crawl around and say weird phrases. My character had to eat chocolate—lots of it. The […]

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This crisp makes quite a ‘pear’

When I was in grade school, I loved getting canned pears on my tray for lunch in the cafeteria. They have a unique texture that I like, and I’ve always enjoyed the understated flavor of them. That said, I often forget just how much I like pears. When I bake pies or other fruity desserts, I tend to lean toward […]

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