Category: Spice Up Your Life

This pancake recipe really stacks up

One of my favorite dinners as a child was when my mom would whip up big, fluffy pancakes. We’d have them with homemade syrup, made with warmed brown sugar and water, and over-easy eggs and bacon. I love breakfast foods, and I’ll gladly eat them any time of day. When Joey and I were dating, I decided to make him […]

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Here’s a dessert for your own a‘mousse’ment

When it comes to chocolate, I’m generally of the opinion that you can’t overdo it. This weekend, I enjoyed a Saturday brunch of biscuits and chocolate gravy, which sounds super disgusting, but it’s really a warm chocolate sauce poured over biscuits. I’d never heard of chocolate gravy until I became a Young and learned about the southern dish from my […]

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Your freezer is a good source for a hot dinner

I find myself looking at the ideas people post on Pinterest quite often, and one idea that I’ve noticed that’s popped up over and over the past few years is preparing a bunch of meals all at once, freezing them, and then thawing them out on busy nights when there’s no time to cook dinner. With Joey and I being […]

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You ‘Cotta’ try this ‘whey’ of making cheese

You’d think that after being married to me for nearly seven years, Joey would stop making quizzical faces at me when I announce my plans for my next culinary experiment, but I got the look again this week when I told him that I was planning to make homemade ricotta cheese. He was intrigued, stopping by the kitchen every 10 […]

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Make some chicken to ‘braise’ the roof

It wasn’t until quite recently—thanks to the recipe I’m going to share with you—that I realized I had no idea what the word “braise” actually means. In my head, braising meat had something to do with tossing it into a pan and searing it. So when I found a recipe for braised chicken made in the crockpot, I knew either […]

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Tortellini sure to push your (belly)buttons

Apparently, tortellini was invented by a peeping tom. I made a great recipe featuring tortellini this week and decided to see when and where it was first made. According to National Public Radio, the legend of tortellini says that it was created when the goddess of love, Venus, stayed at an inn, and the innkeeper decided to peek through the […]

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Your freezer is a good source for a hot dinner

I find myself looking at the ideas people post on Pinterest quite often, and one idea that I’ve noticed that’s popped up over and over the past few years is preparing a bunch of meals all at once, freezing them, and then thawing them out on busy nights when there’s no time to cook dinner. With Joey and I being […]

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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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