Category Archives: A Spiced Life

Waste Not, Want Not

In every human language there is a multitude of words for food—types of foods, ways to prepare foods, ways to hunt foods, grow foods, store foods, dehydrate foods, transport foods, well, you get my drift. Hunger dominates every life. Yet, … Continue reading

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A Taste of the Sea

The brave Christmas Eve of 1982 involved oyster stuffing. It was the Christmas before my marriage. My husband’s family, large and in full storytelling mode, put out turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, rolls, seven-layer salad, green beans, … Continue reading

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Storing Up for Winter

As I sat down to lunch with a friend last week, our eyes drifted to the foods on my plate — sweet potato fries, lightly fried and delicious shrimp, French bread coated in butter and a small salad. A blush … Continue reading

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Autumnal yearning for warm potatoes?

I don’t have a German bone in my body. However, that’s not true for half of my family—that sturdy, handsome stock that surfaced on my husband’s side. Along with large feet, they acquired from their line a taste for vinegary … Continue reading

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Food in the land of plenty

I was having a perfectly pleasant conversation with myself over this story—yogurt smoothies or squash this week?—when I caved. I went to the World Food Prize a little over a week ago with students in a global food insecurity class … Continue reading

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Bread Pudding Blues

In fall, this woman’s fancy turns to thoughts of bread pudding. Any bread—multi-grain or white, English muffin or bagel—is fair game. Frugal cooks began the trend, likely in the 11th and 12th century, to use up left over bread. When … Continue reading

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Wine and Culinary Tour of Missouri’s Rhine Valley

A tasty tour in Missouri in the Columbia Tribune: http://www.columbiatribune.com/arts_life/food/a-wine-and-culinary-tour-of-missouri-s-rhine-valley/article_ad74cdaa-2538-11e3-9bdd-10604b9f1ff4.html

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