By Popular Demand

I’m big on variety. The spice of life.

So why another mug sweater pattern?

Mug Sweater

Well, once I got started, the requests kept coming.

And of course, I had to make them all different.

Tangled Cables Mug Sweater

And it seems that the high demand goes beyond my family and friends.

Months later, my trio of mug sweater designs is still the most popular thing on Spicy Life.

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The Naked Zucchini

If ever a vegetable could be called infamous, it’s zucchini.

Zucchini

Poor guy. He didn’t make the superfood list, but he’s still managed to make a name for himself—either trying to end world hunger or terrorizing gardeners everywhere.

Zucchini even has its own holiday. On August 8, Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day offers overwhelmed gardeners an excuse to pass their produce off on someone else.

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By Guess and By Golly

Stuffed Pepper

For everything there is a season, said the wisest man ever.

Italian Stuffed Pepper

July is the season of garden goodness, and I am loving it!

Mexican Stuffed Pepper

Of course, there is no bad season for stuffed peppers.

Except maybe the season of dental surgery.

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Inside-Out Omelettes

Stuffed Pepper Quiche

I can make a beautiful omelette.

But I usually don’t.

I tend to get carried away, chopping up way more vegetables than I can ever fit inside.  Then I go for it anyway – and end up with a half-folded, ragged omelette and a veggie avalanche. It’s delicious, but it’s not much to look at.

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A Lesson in Making Do and Making Spaetzle

Just for a moment, I’m going to try to think of a food more German than Spaetzle.

Spaetzle

I didn’t come up with anything.

(If you can think of anything more distinctly German, leave a comment! But for now, I’ll move on.)

What sets Spaetzle apart in my mind is the difficulty of explaining what it is. (It means “little sparrow,” and you say it “SHPAY-tsul.”) You can compare it to more familiar foods—noodles, dumplings… but it’s not. It’s Spaetzle.

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