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Pantry To Plate students begin prepping their first meal. Photograph by Nicholas Stamper.

Pantry-to-Plate: Chico State students attend free culinary workshop

Nicholas Stamper, Contributor // February 23, 2023

The Tehama Kitchen was bustling Feb. 7 with 16 eager students awaiting the first of a five-part culinary education series presented and provided by Chico Basic Needs and Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry.  The...

Drunken Dumplings Fijian Rice Bowl with rice, curry, spam and various garnish. Taken by Garrett Hartman, Nov. 17.

Delectable Drunken Dumpling: Asian fusion cuisine

Ariana Powell, Reporter // December 2, 2022

The sun disappeared behind the horizon as we stepped over the threshold of Drunken Dumpling, a small Asian fusion sit-down restaurant on Park Avenue. The first thing I noticed, aside from the red, paper...

banana mozzarella toast on plate with bananas in background a bag of cheese and cinnamon

Banana mozzarella toast

Molly Myers, News Editor // October 2, 2022

Toasted bread, mashed banana, melted cheese and cinnamon sounds disgusting but is a surprisingly delicious combo. While one of my roommates has refused to try it, even shaming and bullying me for eating...

student wearing a sick mac miller shirt while holding a tray of fresh baked challah. Students head is not in pic, cropped out

Challah pronounced ‘Holla!’

Molly Myers, News Editor // September 24, 2022

Challah is a traditional Jewish bread served every Friday during Shabbat and every Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah — or Jewish New Year — begins Sunday, making it the perfect time to try this recipe. This...

The finished product of Nikujaga. Photo by Hiroto Nakajima.

Cooking Japanese cuisine: Nikujaga, or meat and potatoes stew

Hiroto Nakajima, Reporter // September 12, 2022

These days, healthy Japanese cuisines called “Washoku” are seeing a growth in popularity around the world. In this article, I will teach you how to cook “Nikujaga,” or meat and potatoes stew. Nikujaga...

The capirotada coming out of the oven.

Capirotada: A Mexican tradition that never disappoints

Javier Hernandez, Social Media Editor // April 18, 2022

Capirotada is known by many as the “Mexican” bread-pudding. In essence the comparison makes sense, but the two dishes are essentially different.  Capirotada is popular during Lent and Good...

My full presentation of huevos rancheros.

Nothing beats Huevos Rancheros at the top of the morning

Javier Hernandez, Social Media Editor // April 8, 2022

“Huevos rancheros” translates to ranch eggs, which makes sense considering the history behind this traditional Mexican dish. When I say ranch eggs, I mean in the form of livestock, not the buttermilk-based...

Wal Riek in his element at Broadways

San Diego native spices up Chico with his authentic cuisine

Javier Hernandez, Social Media Editor // February 21, 2022

Wal Riek, a local business owner, is known for his unique but authentic soul food and urban cuisine. This is something he says the community of Chico has been missing. Riek came to Chico State in 2014...

Jose and Jovito Hernandez outside of their shop.

From the 664 to the 530, a father-son duo brings authentic Tijuana taste to Chico

Javier Hernandez, Social Media Editor // January 31, 2022

J’s Tacos and Beer emulates authentic Tijuana cuisine here in Chico. Jose Hernandez and his father Jovito Hernandez run their business together. This journey didn’t start here in Chico. It originated...

My cup of arroz con leche while I was studying.

Winter time calls for Arroz con Leche

Javier Hernandez, Reporter // December 5, 2021

The sun is starting to set early and the need for a warm drink has become evident. When wintertime comes to Hispanic households, there are a multitude of hot drinks that are a staple to help keep people...

Pasta is just one of many dishes that can be made using items from the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry.

Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry provides plenty of meal possibilities!

Connor McPherson and Ian Hilton // November 17, 2021

Chico State students run into many obstacles when leaving home and going to school for the first time. Being away from your family can be hard on its own. It’s made tougher when you have to pay rent,...

Taqueria Ramirez, photo by Noah Herbst, taken Nov. 15, 2021

A guide to Chico taco trucks: Local cuisine through student eyes

Noah Herbst, Reporter // November 16, 2021

Taco Trucks: havens of greasy, authentic and inexpensive Mexican food. These meals-on-wheels businesses can be found with relative ease, and Chico is no exception. For students on a budget, taco trucks...

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