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The Drumroll

On the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother, one of my favorite characters (Victoria) puts off her first kiss with Ted because of something she calls “The Drumroll.” The Drumroll is the lead-up to the kiss. The anticipation. The imagining of what the kiss will be like, and the waiting for the realization of that hope. She’s willing [...]

Mexican Party Dip

This is a recipe my mother cut out of Good Housekeeping magazine when she was something like 25 years old. It’s been a staple in my house at every party I can remember and is probably the absolute tastiest thing you could put on the table. I highly recommend sampling this one. I use mild jalapenos when I make this for large [...]

Vereniki

I come from an area of Montana with heavy German influences. While I’m not German myself, the school I went to held a German festival every year called Schmeckfest which means Tasting Festival. The highlight of Schmeckfest was the homemade vereniki. Essentially, if you like perogi, you’ll like vereniki. This particular recipe is from my friend and librarian, Bonnie Unrau. [...]

The Real Underdog

Last week was my favorite week of the year. The first round of the NCAA Tournament. Well, technically, the first and second rounds, together. Tuesday and Wednesday, two nights of games, and then Thursday through Saturday. Literally every minute of the day could be filled with basketball of some kind. There is no better week on the planet. It's a [...]

Chicken Tawook

Likely, most of us have heard of Chicken Tikka Masala—a hearty Indian dish with tomato sauce. Well, I was introduced to its Lebanese equivalent a few years ago, and I’ve never looked back. The Chicken Tawook I had quite literally drove me to find this recipe and now, whenever I have a chance, I make it. I tend to make [...]